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Meet the Makers: Mikie’s Shop

We are always excited to meet new people that have 3D printers around, thus we’re happy to introduce Mikie’s Shop as a new maker to this year’s UC Mini Maker Faire!
OrdBot Hadron 3D printer

OrdBot Hadron 3D printer

Mike will bring a OrdBot Hadron 3D printer that he built. He will also show some 3D printer barrels he makes for QU-BD MBE 3D Printing extruders. Plus an add on extruder for a CNC router he built along with the controller setup he made for it. With all of this he will be showing off lots of the neat details that go into homespun 3D printing.


Fancy controller setup

He will also have a demo showing how to drive a 3 phase motor using standard household 110V(very carefully of course)! And if we’re really lucky he may also have a filastruder 3D filament extruder working by then that he will be able to demonstrate.

Thanks for joining our ranks as a maker this year, Mike! We look forward to having you here!

Meet the Makers: The Bike Project

The Bike Project of Urbana-Champaign is an amazing community resource for bikers, and one of the most maker friendly places in town. We are incredibly excited to have them representing this year at the Mini Maker Faire.  Last year they built an amazing spirograph from old bike parts, and we’ve heard their working another such creation for attendees to get hands on with this year!


The Bike Project is a non-profit, charitable organization of bicycle users whose mission is to educate and empower the community by providing a welcoming space to learn about bicycle repair, engage in maintenance practices, and promote safe operation through outreach and advocacy activities. The Bike Project is  located in the Independent Media Center, right down the hall from Maker Space Urbana , creative collaboration between the two organizations is not only easy, but has been a lot of fun over the years.

They are also helping to support the new LIFECykle project. A North-End Community Bicykle Ko-op you can support here.

We’re looking forward to having them back to represent the amazing biking community we have right here in Urbana Champaign!

Meet the Makers: DustDuino

This year we’re very excited to welcome local maker Matthew Schroyer and his project the DustDuino.  He’s creating a new hardware platform to help enable crowdsourcing of environmental reporting. You’ll be getting an inside look at this exciting new device and learning how it can empower you to participate in data collection at home and help us all better understand pollution!


More specifically the DustDuino is a low-cost means to measure particulate matter, or “PM”, in the home and outdoors. PM is a major pollution concern due to its ability to affect the lungs and travel through the circulatory system to other important organs. This Maker Faire display will have functioning DustDuino units for all to examine, so you can find out how it was made, and how to build one so you can use one at home!

You can learn more about this project online at and of course at the UC Mini Maker Faire!

Are you interested in participating in this year’s UC Mini Maker faire? Simply fill out our Call for Makers form!



Meet the Makers: Outta the Mouths of Babes

Can it be true? Really properly true? It is! You will be able to record your own broadcast this year through the youth radio program Outta the Mouths of Babes! How exciting is that??

Here’s is a little about the project and what we can expect:

Outta the Mouths of Babes (OMB) is a 12-week radio project that invites Urbana-area youth to become “youth correspondents” in a radio show where kids comment on social, political, and cultural happenings in the Urbana-Champaign area. When not in summer session, OMB staff organize youth indymedia workshops n the Chambana community that help connect youth with producing and engaging in local media. At this year’s Maker Faire, OMB will offer participants an opportunity to record their own broadcast and create indymedia!

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We welcome OMB to the 2013 UC Mini Maker Faire with open arms!

If you would like to participate in this year’s Maker Faire, please fill out the Call for Makers form. Spots for makers are FREE!



Meet the Makers: Living Letter Press!

Makerspace Urbana enjoys our Living Letter Press workshops so much that we are down right ecstatic at having them join the UCMMF this year! Prepare for a messy fun time hand printing cards this year.


The Living Letter Press began as a Kickstarter project, and now they offer press rentals to designers and artists who wish to incorporate letterpress into their professional and personal work. They provide commercial print service for everything from business cards to event posters and much more. They also offer classes and workshops throughout the year, teaching people how to compose a design with their vast collection of wood type and art cuts. This is a unique opportunity to work with some of their  large collection of vintage wood type to create unique messages!

If you want to have a booth at the Urbana Champaign Mini Maker Faire, don’t forget that our  Call for Makers is open until September 6th!

Meet the Makers: Central Illinois Aerospace!

We are happy to announce that the Central Illinois Aerospace rocketry club will be joining our ranks as makers this year. For the previous two years they have been at the Faire, and last year they showed us how to make paper saucer rockets, and this year they plan on having another full paper rocket design! They will also be showing rockets, videos, and other rocket paraphernalia the club has built (i.e. launch pads and a launching systems control box). They will have show & tell with a high-powered rocketry covered too.


With a focus on safety, education, and FUN, the CIA holds workshops, and educational programs for schools and other groups, and most importantly, bi-monthly launches.
Thank you CIA for joining our crew of makers at this year’s UCMMF!

Want to be a maker in the Faire? Fill our out Call for Makers today!