It's back! The 3rd annual Mini Maker Faire is happening Saturday and Sunday at the Grand Rapids Public Museum and Grand Valley's Kennedy Engineering Building downtown. Christie Bender from GRPM and Aaron Brown, one of this year's "makers" joined the weekend morning news team to talk about some highlights of this year's Faire.
So what is the Maker Faire? Maker Faire is just that – an event featuring things that are MADE. From wood working, to 3D printing, to crafts, to jewelry – you will see that and much more at this year's faire, explained Christie. Nearly 100 makers are taking part and more than 60% of them are new this year.
Aaron Brown is with Axislab 3D Printing & e-Nable. Axislab is his 3D printing shop located on Lake Michigan Dr. "E-Nable is an international organization that 3D prints hands for children born without," explained Aaron. He uses his business to be able to make and donate hands for the kids. Axislab 3D Printing is a Grand Rapids based public 3D Printing lab, specializing in rapid prototyping, consulting, and material sales.
The Grand Rapids Mini Maker Faire will take place at both the Grand Rapids Public Museum and downtown GVSU's Kennedy Engineering Building on Saturday, August 20 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, August 21, from 12 noon to 5 p.m. Attendees can get tickets at either location for admission to both locations. Tickets can also be purchased here.