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Counting Down to Maker Faire UK 2017

Gareth Halfacree

Counting Down to Maker Faire UK 2017

The most wonderful time of the year is nearly here once more. No, we're not talking about Christmas: there's less than a month to go to Maker Faire UK 2017, the greatest show and tell on Earth - and we're absolutely thrilled to be attending once again. Last year's Maker Faire was absolutely jam-packed with wonders, from singing Tesla coils courtesy the Lords of Lightning to Mitch Altman's soldering workshop, Copenhagen Suborbital's space rockets to Matthew Little's clever electronics kits, and from the Newcastle Maker Space's Penguin Race to Leeds Hackspace's interactive light display, there was something for everyone -...

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Maker Faire UK 2016 - Counting Down the Days

Gareth Halfacree

Maker Faire UK 2016 - Counting Down the Days

It's rapidly approaching time for one of our favourite annual road-trips: the Maker Faire UK 2016 is this weekend at the Live Science Centre, Newcastle, and we're struggling to contain our excitement. If you've never attended a Maker Faire before, you're in for a treat. Billed as "the greatest show and tell on Earth," Maker Faires bring together everyone from professional makers building giant-sized devices to complete neophytes eager to immerse themselves in maker culture. There are workshops for everything from virtual reality to taxidermy, and a chance to see what your fellow makers are up to - and what...

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Wim Van Gool's Laser-Cut Soldering Tool Organisers

Gareth Halfacree

Wim Van Gool's Laser-Cut Soldering Tool Organisers

Having lots of tools readily to hand is a great feeling for a maker, but it brings with it a major problem: organisation. Having dozens of screwdrivers, tweezers, components and you trusty soldering iron makes for a cluttered desk, which is why we're pleased to see Wim Van Gool publishing a stream of handy laser-cuttable organisational tools on Thingiverse. Designed to help tidy up the Belgian maker's own workspace, Wim's three published projects thus far all make use of 3mm laser-cut MDF - our material of choice - to help tame the clutter. While the surface-mount device spool holder is...

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The Wuthering Bytes Widdop Kit: A Behind-the-Scenes Look

Gareth Halfacree

It's Wuthering Bytes month here at oomlout, and we're increasingly excited about the UK Maker Belt's premier technology event - especially given the goodies that organisers Andrew Back and Tim Harbour have prepared for attendees. It's long been a Wuthering Bytes tradition to give out some form of electronic kit, and this year's week-long extravaganza is no different. Attendees of the OSHCamp portion of the event this year will get something very special: a custom-made, limited-edition soldering kit designed especially for the occasion by our friends at Boldport. We don't want to give too much away about its purpose, but...

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Halifax Mini Maker Faire 2015 - Final Warning

Gareth Halfacree

  If you're around the Halifax area this weekend, or within reasonable travel distance, you owe it to yourself to head to the Halifax Mini Maker Faire - one of the four events we're exhibiting at this year. Last year's event was a blast, and there's no reason to assume that the hosts - Eureka, the national children's museum - will do any less of a job this time around. We'll be there showing off everything from our ARDX Starter Kits for Arduino to the OOpen Building Block System, as well as giving out our exclusive bespoke laser-cut keyrings. We'll...

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