Meet Your Makers: Dan Royer, Makelangelo

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On May 3rd, I brought my camera and visited Dan Royer, who will have a table again this year at Maker Faire. He will be displaying Makelangelo: an art robot you put together yourself that produces 2D renderings of any image using a single line.

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Dan is a member at our local hackerspace, VHS, and he’s been diligently prototyping his kits all year. His dream is to see these being built by 6th graders.

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In this video, Dan talks about making robots for a living, what he will be bringing to Maker Faire this year, his next big robot-making project. He also shares some advice for people who want to get started making things and building robots.

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“It’s really easy to get started in robots these days. All you need is cardboard, hot glue, servos, Arduino, and a 9 volt battery, and you are off to the races.” – Dan Royer

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Dan sells his Drawbot kits online. The kit includes a 3D printed pen holder, 2 stepper motors, a 12v2a power supply, 2 3D printed bobbins, an Adafruit Stepper shield, and (optionally), an Arduino UNO. The kit requires no soldering or wire cutting, and is perfect for use in a classroom.

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Haven’t got your Vancouver Mini Maker Faire day tickets yet?

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Stop by The Hackery and  Lee’s Electronics for a special promo code. The Hackery and Lee’s also still have paper ticket weekend passes available at EarlyBird prices. Get ‘em before they’re gone!

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Lee’s Electronics  — 4522 Main Street
The Hackery  — 304 Victoria Drive @thehackery

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Visiting Vancouver Hack Space: 3D Printer Night

People gathered around 3D printers at Vancouver Hack Space

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Have you ever been to Vancouver Hack Space? VHS is a self-organized, inclusive collective of makers, AND a space to collaborate on projects, that will be coming to Maker Faire again this year! I visited VHS for the first time this past Wednesday, May 1st, and it was a really cool time to be there, because it was their second monthly 3D printer night!

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A 3D printer at work

A 3D printer at work

 

Close-up of a 3D print being made

Close-up of a 3D print being made

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While I signed a simple safety waiver to be in the workshop space, people were setting up 3D printers they brought from home. Armed with long spools of ABS plastic to print things out of, they were ready for some requests!

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After an hour or so, the crowd had settled down, smaller conversations had broken out, and it was a lot more social while people helped each other out with technical challenges.

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It was exciting and overstimulating for me, and the space was pretty tight for the crowd of almost 30 people. However, our host for the evening, Dan Royer, made a special announcement: VHS is officially moving to a new space!

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Dan Royer hosts 3D printer night

Dan Royer hosts 3D printer night

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VHS is presently stationed at 45 W Hastings St, with an entrance that opens from the ground floor in a low-lit back alley leading up a set of rickety stairs. It can be a bit of a scary experience for some people.

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The inside is well-lit, but tight, and densely packed with maker tools and supplies, shown below.

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VHS at the end of the night

VHS at the end of the night

 

Machine tools at VHS

Machine tools at VHS

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In the new space at 270 East 1st Avenue, VHS will have an extra 2000 square feet to fill, which they plan on dividing into two areas, with one room designated for CNC machines and power tools and other equipment, and another room for collaborative learning and other quieter projects.

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Below is a photosphere I shot of the new VHS space on Friday March 3. You can click and drag around in to see the space, and use your mouse’s scrollwheel to zoom.

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(View full screen photosphere of the new location for Vancouver Hack Space in a new tab)

 

VHS aims to complete the move in 30 days, just in time to invite everyone who sees them at Maker Faire to visit them in their new home.

 

Learn more about VHS’s move and find out how to help.

 

Donatio(n) at VHS