Makers of Ireland showcase their builds at Dublin Maker, July 23
Dublin Maker returns on July 23
This Saturday Merrion Square will be home to Dublin Maker, a day-long festival of hacking, tinkering, making and doing. The event is free to attend and gives inventors and makers the chance to display their creations in a carnival atmosphere.
The event, now in its tenth year, hosts educators, tinkerers, 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 creators, while inspiring the next generation of Irish creators and inventors.
Meet the makers
Fifty makers will take over a tent village of invention. Some of these are:
3D Printed Animatronic Droids: Complete and animated Star Wars droids: BB8, BB9E and NR-S3 plus 3D printed parts for other unfinished BD-1 and DO. Power and Batteries: Various electronic items with recycled lithium batteries for people with special needs, home automation, DIY e-bikes and possibly e-motorcycles. Brickxology: An exhibition of architecture and pixel art that Lego builds. Cardboard Arcade: Come and play games made (almost) entirely of cardboard, ‘scru’s’ and hot glue. Connecting With Light: The interactive booth at the SFI Center for photonics will focus on how we use light, from communication to medicine. It will use simple field experiments, such as water and food coloring, to “talk” to fiber optic cables. Visitors to the stand will have the opportunity to learn about light, test their communication skills and build their own light experiments. Creative Spark – Digitronic Art: By combining screen printing and electronics, visitors to this booth can discover Interactive Digitronic Art. Discover how with screen printing, cold soldering and programming you can easily touch a work of art and trigger a sound. Current chemistry researchers: Make your own batteries from common materials you can find around the house and test your battery by making a mini flashlight. Donkey Cars / Mechatrons Robotics: Witness two heavy robots compete for the undisputed Dublin Maker Merrion Park Championship. Test your driving skills against our AI-powered scale model race cars on our 25 square meter race track. See real machine learning in action. Set yourself up against AI. Ask the research team at Mechatrons, Insight and Transpoco how it all works I-Form: I-Form’s advanced manufacturing research center focuses on metal 3D printing, large-scale plastic 3D printing, 3D scanning and robotics. Kinia: As part of Dublin Maker 2022, Kinia will showcase its most popular educational technologies and activities for visitors to try out for themselves. Making DIY 3D Printers: Make your own 3D printers from scratch. Join the RepRap community and learn how 3D printing technologies are being developed by maker communities around the world.
TOG Hackerspace Repair Café
This year’s event will also feature the TOG Hackerspace Repair Café. Visitors can bring broken items to be repaired by the volunteers. Portable device testing (PAT) to determine the safety of electrical appliances and equipment will also be available.
There will also be a display with member projects and information about TOG Hackerspace. TOG is a hackerspace in the center of 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 both new and old technologies
Dublin Maker is supported by funding from Science Foundation Ireland, Dublin City Council and the ESB.
More details can be found at www.dublinmaker.ie