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Camp ShopBot – Friday Feb. 28 & Saturday, March 1

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This year’s Austin, Texas Camp ShopBot will once again be hosted by Wayne Locke – Locke Design & Woodworks, 9000 Featherhill Rd. Austin, TX 78737.   512.288.3472 Friday morning sign-in is between 9-10 am with light refreshments served, lunch is around noon and the Camp ends between 4-5pm. Saturday morning sign-in is between 8-9 am with light refreshments served, lunch is around noon and the Camp ends between 4-5pm. Come for one or both days. There is no charge to attend this Camp.

I asked about age requirements and Wayne at Locke Design & Woodworks and he said “Breathing, I guess.” so while it is not a kid’s camp, children are welcome (accompanied by an adult). Everyone is welcome – from hobbyists to professionals. Sign up here.

What’s All the Excitement About ShopBot CNC Tools?

A ShopBot is an amazing do-all tool for precisely cutting, carving, drilling or machining all kinds of things from all kinds of materials.  With a ShopBot, you use the included software to design your parts on your personal computer, then, like a robot, the computer controls the cutter to precisely cut your parts.  In the past, tools like ShopBots were strictly industrial tools and were referred to in factories as CNC (for Computer Numeric Control) tools.  Now, the types of tools that create things by cutting material away or building up material in layers to create an object are called digital fabrication tools, and ShopBot’s innovations have made them affordable for individuals and small shops. For more information on what the ShopBot can do, click here.

Are YOU a Commercial Maker?

This year’s Austin Mini Maker Faire will be held at the Travis County Expo Center (remember when Austin Maker Faire was held here way back when?) so, we’re back! The Commercial Makers will be outdoors this year, under one large tent.

Commercial Makers are makers that sell their handmade wares the event. We’d love it if you offered some kind of demonstration of what you do, but it’s not a requirement to be a commercial maker.

What are the requirements to be a commercial maker?
Your items must be handmade by you. We would love makers from all over Texas! (or not from Texas, we don’t mind!)

Link to the application. Applications are due by March 15th!
Check out the Austin Mini Maker Faire 2013 Makers
 Austin Mini Maker Faire 2012 Makers

Here are images of past commercial makers, to give you an idea:

This third year of Austin Mini Maker Faire will be held at Travis County
Expo Center on Saturday, May 3rd and will continue an annual festival to
make, create, learn, invent, craft, hack, recycle, build, think, play, and be
inspired by science, technology, engineering, arts, music, and crafts.

Over a hundred Makers and thousands of attendees of all ages will 
participate in a day of exciting exhibitions, demonstrations, and hands-on activities for all ages while enjoying interesting presentations/speakers, live music, and visual/performing arts.

In 2013, Austin Mini Maker Faire took place at the Palmer Events Center
and attracted:
• More than 150 Makers in over 60 maker booths.
• More than 4000 ticket purchases by individuals and families.
• Adult Makers from the fields of engineering, architecture,
robotics, crafts, environmental sustainability, and the arts
• Youth Makers involved in robotics, technology, design, and more

In 2014, Austin Mini Maker Faire aims to attract twice as many Makers and
8000+ visitors through local, regional, and national advertising; representation
at aliated events; newspaper and radio interviews; and word-ofmouth
promotion of the event. Previous sponsors include: Paypal, Volusion,
Twilio, TechShop, Tormach, Stitch Lab, and many more.

PRESS:
In 2013, we were featured on KVUE and were written about in the Austin
Post and in the Austin American Statesman, and received a ‘Best of’ in the
Austin Chronicle.

If you have any questions about being a commercial maker, drop me an email lisa@austinmakerfaire.com or reply to this post. I’ve been a maker at 14 Maker Faires around the country, so I have lots of experience at this point! My first Maker Faire was back in 2007 at the Travis County Expo Center!