Maker Faire Bay Area Recap

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Maker Faire Bay Area 2016 is officially in the books.

If you made it out to the San Mateo Event Center and stopped by our booth, we hope you had a great time checking out some of our projects, building a bristlebot, and learning more about how the new is built to serve the professional engineer and maker communities alike. If you missed the faire, or just want to relive it, check out the video about for some highlights, interviews with some interesting makers, and footage from our booth.

As usual, Maker Faire Bay Area was a massive source of inspiration, with incredible projects ranging from the world of arts and crafts, to robotics, embedded systems and more. Here are a few numbers from the Arrow Maker Faire booth:


Speaking of the epic partnership, in case you missed it, we are excited to announce an exclusive strategic partnership with Indiegogo to help bring more incredible technology projects to market. You can read more about the specifics of the partnership here, but we think it is fundamentally changing the landscape of crowdfunding technology projects and are very excited about this new partnership.

It was great to meet and talk shop with so many like-minded folks in the Maker and engineering communities and we hope to see many of you at future Maker Faires to come!  

Hello, I’m Nicholas Powers at Maker Faire.  We’ve gotten to see some incredible things today, including people riding around on creative inventions that they’ve created themselves, like interesting cupcake cars, drone races, and robots.  Look forward to what you’re going to see on Arrow Electronics. 

Behind me you see the Arrow booth at Maker Faire.  Arrow Electronics is at Maker Faire to help makers understand how you do from that prototype stage, that make stage, that DIY stage, all the way to the production stage, that’s where Arrow Electronics specializes.  We’re a distributor that helps you get all the little pieces that make your idea a reality. 

In our booth are examples of all the fun projects that we get to play with at work and put together.   We are engineers at heart, we’re passionate!  You’ll see things like a giant light bright, a Lego milling machine, a Lego paper airplane launcher, there are little bristle bots that any kid can put together.  These are some example of why we love engineering.   You get to dream, make, and see a dream come to reality.

Matt Anderson - Chief Digital Officer, and Arrow Electronics: is here to announce a groundbreaking, first of its kind partnership with Indiegogo.

Dave Mandelbrot - CEO Indiegogo: We’re also here to announce our partnership and share with makers how it’s going to allow them to allow them to more easily make their projects come to light. 

MA: If you have a product out there that you may have made on Arduino, Raspberry Pi, or one of the Dove boards that you see here at the make shed, you can actually bring that to Arrow.  We can help get the cost down, make it much more scalable and suitable.  We work with some of the world’s largest contract manufacturers to help manage the supply chain.  It’s one of the things that people don’t know about Arrow.  We’re actually heavily involved with design.  In fact, Arrow is deeply involved with some of the most cool and innovated technology companies that you’ve ever heard of. 

Rory MacKean – CEO of Franklin Robotics: We’re interested in robots for agriculture.  This is my background.  We’re interested in making a robot that can help out.  We found out that one of the biggest frustrations that people had when growing things is weeding.  We knew we needed to make robot that could drive around outdoors, sense things, and maneuver.  We wanted to get that running as quickly as we could. 

Matt Hertel  - Pocket NC is the FR4 Machine Shield is a concept machine for people who what to work with computer numerical control and don’t have a lot of extra cash or the know how to build the framework.  The machine shield can be used for controlling a microscope or a pen to draw circuits or a Three-D printer, we’re also working on things like a pick and place head for it or a two watt laser.  It’s a machine for moving around items in three accesses.

Randy Szarzynski – ZarPlotter: I wanted to build something to paint signs and murals on the side of a wall.  That was too big of a scale for me to control. We imagined this machine as a simple desktop drawing machine.  I worked with some hacker guys to write the code for me.  I’m a graphic designer and I was a sign painter in my youth. 

Tina WJ Liu – Chinese Beyond Borders (DEMO)

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