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Makers Gonna Make: Dremel Shows and Tells at Maker Faire Bay Area

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Maker Faire Bay Area, The Greatest Show and Tell on Earth, brought together Makers from all over the world, covering all walks of life and all media. The results, not surprisingly, were a master class in Making. And Dremel was in the middle of the fun.
 

Maker Faire Bay area opened with a surge of excitement. Literally.

When the gates opened in San Mateo, California at 1 p.m. Friday, May 15, throngs of students and educators flooded the Events Center. The 2015 Maker Faire Bay Area, affectionately followed on Twitter as #MFBA15, kicked off with early access to industry sponsors as well as educators and school groups. So, you can imagine that the thousands of little makers-in-the-making led the charge into the exhibitor areas.

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Dremel was prepared. Dremel brought tools. And, we let imaginations run wild. With two projects on tap for the big weekend, Dremel was sure to make memories for Maker Faire attendees.

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Project 1: Dremel Derby Cars


We're proud to say that thousands of little hands spent time making Dremel derby cars. This maker project was a simple build process that used familiar (and some of the most popular) Dremel tools: the Dremel Moto-Saw (for cutting the wood), Dremel WorkStation (for drilling the holes for the axles), and the Dremel 8050 Micro (for sanding and shaping the derby car to perfection). Of course, we'd be remiss if we didn't point out the huge role that the Dremel 3D Idea Builder 3D Printer played in all this. Each of the four derby car templates, which were used to trace the desired car's shape to the pine block, was designed and printed with the Dremel 3D Idea Builder. The cars' wheels became the Maker's choice – red or blue wheels which were also printed in either Dremel Blue or Racecar Red color options.

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Project 2: Etched Leather Bracelets

We're also proud to report that, during the full course of Maker Faire Bay Area, Makers created over two thousand leather bracelets. Attendees were able to design their own leather bracelet, but most Makers (in true Maker style) made a bracelet for someone else.

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On the social front, Dremel brought a custom-built photo frame to make the ultimate Maker Faire photo booth, and further encouraged attendees to snap a photo using the hashtag #DremelMaker for their chance to win a new Dremel 3D Idea Builder 3D printer.

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Throughout the Maker Faire experience, Dremel President John Kavanagh, could be found chatting it up with attendees about the future of Dremel and 3D printing.

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While it was evident that we enjoyed ourselves at Maker Faire Bay Area, we also had some tremendous partners who were also displaying and demonstrating the Dremel 3D Idea Builder – Autodesk and Sprout by HP.

We even brought our little friend, AJ the frog, to meet MegaBot at the Autodesk exhibit.

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Where else can you find this range of artists, tinkerers, engineers, robot-lovers and pyro-technicians all in one place but in the heart of the region best known for innovation? Maker Faire is a truly immersive experience for Makers of all kinds. We're already looking forward to our next trip to Maker Faire New York.

 

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