Makers of Ireland will showcase their builds at Dublin Maker, July 23
This Saturday, Merrion Square will host Dublin Maker, a day-long festival of hacking, crafting, making and doing. Free, the event gives inventors and manufacturers the opportunity to present their creations in a carnival atmosphere.
Now in its tenth year, the event welcomes educators, do-it-yourselfers, hobbyists, engineers, artists, science clubs, students, authors and commercial exhibitors of all ages and backgrounds. Dublin Maker’s mission is to entertain, inform and connect Ireland’s makers, while inspiring the next generation of Irish makers and inventors.
Meet the creators
About fifty makers will take over a village of inventive tents. Some of them include:
- 3D printed animatronic droids: Large-scale, animated Star Wars droids: BB8, BB9E, and NR-S3, plus 3D printed parts for other unfinished BD-1s and DOs.
- Capacity and batteries: Various electronic items with reused lithium batteries to enable people with special needs, home automation, DIY e-bikes and potentially e-motorcycles.
- Brickxology: An exhibition of Lego architecture and pixel art builds.
- Cardboard arch: Come and play games (almost) entirely made of cardboard, ‘scru’s’ and hot glue.
- Connection with light: The interactive booth at the SFI Photonics Center will focus on how we use light, from communications to medicine. He will use simple hands-on experiments, such as water and food coloring to ‘talk’ with fiber optic cables. Visitors to the stand will have the opportunity to learn more about light, test their communication skills and build their own light experiences.
- Creative Spark – Digitronic Art: By combining screen printing and electronics, visitors to this stand can explore Interactive Digitronic Art. Discover how, using screen printing, cold welding and programming, you can simply touch a work of art and trigger a sound.
- Current researchers in chemistry: Make your own batteries from common materials you can find around the house and test your battery by making a mini torch.
- Donkey Cars / Robotic Mechatrons: Watch two heavy robots fight for the undisputed Dublin Maker Merrion Park Championship. Test your driving skills against our AI-driven model race cars on our 25 square meter race track. See true machine learning in action. Take on the AI. Ask the research team at Mechatrons, Insight and Transpoco how it all works
- Form I: I-Form’s advanced manufacturing research center focuses on metal 3D printing, large-scale plastic 3D printing, 3D scanning and robotics.
- Physio: As part of Dublin Maker 2022, Kinia will showcase its most popular educational technologies and activities for visitors to try out for themselves.
- Make DIY 3D printers: Create your own 3D printers from scratch. Join the RepRap community and learn how 3D printing technologies are advanced by maker communities around the world.
TOG Hackerspace Repair Cafe
This year’s event also includes the TOG Hackerspace Repair Café. There, visitors can bring broken items to be repaired by volunteers. Portable Device Testing (PAT) to determine the safety of electrical appliances and equipment will also be available.
There will also be an exhibition with members’ projects and information about TOG Hackerspace. TOG is a hackerspace based in central Dublin, Ireland. It is a shared space where members have a place to be creative and work on their projects in an environment that is both inspiring and supportive of new and old technologies.
Dublin Maker is supported by funding from Science Foundation Ireland, Dublin City Council and ESB.
More details can be found on www.dublinmaker.ie