Maker Faire 2015

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We should take a little bit of Noisebridge to MakerFaire, the world should be so lucky.

TLDR: Come to Noisebridge Thursdays 19:00 - 22:00 and help make this a thing. We need makers, presenters, and teachers.

Contact Jarrod or message me on Slack for more details


Noisebridge is an important resource for people to learn and make. We are more than a "makerspace", we are a community with a social mission to bring educative and creative autonomy to as many as possible. We have had a rough patch but we have done some good work during the recent Reboot to work toward this mission and it is time to attract some attention.

People are getting projects done here and this public hackspace thing may still be a good idea. Let us use this upcoming MakerFaire to get people to come to Noisebridge and to come back to Noisebridge. Let's connect with other Hackerspaces and strengthen our relationships. Let's meet other hackers and makers, and bring projects into our space so that others may learn from them.

See the Build Night recapitulations at the bottom of this page for progress.

Further event info is at

Event Location, Schedule, and Volunteers


San Mateo Event Center

1346 Saratoga Drive, San Mateo, CA 94403


Please make a note of what what dates and times you are available. If possible add contact information, or email it to Jarrod ( )


Thursday, May 14: 10am - 8pm
  1. Jarrod, 10a - 8p,
  2. J, 10a - 8p
  3. john 10a -6p,
Friday, May 15: 7:30am - 12:30pm
  1. Jarrod, 7:30 - 12:30
Saturday, May 16: 7:30am - 09:30am
  1. Jarrod, 8:30 - 9:30
  2. Olivier
  3. Mohammed
  4. Torrie
Sunday, May 17: 8:00am - 09:30am
  1. Jarrod, 8:30 - 9:30
  2. Mohammed
  3. Olivier


Friday, May 15: 1pm - 7pm
  1. Jarrod, 1 - 7
  2. john
  3. Noisebridge Digital Archivist Representative
Saturday, May 16: 10am - 8pm
  1. Jarrod, 10a - 8p
  2. john
  3. Mohammed
  4. Olivier
  5. Teapot
  6. Noisebridge Digital Archivist Representative
  7. Carl
  8. Torrie
Sunday, May 17: 10am - 6pm
  1. Jarrod, 10a - 6p
  2. john
  3. Olivier
  4. Mohammed
  5. Teapot
  6. Noisebridge Digital Archivist Representative


Sunday, May 17: 7pm - 9pm
  1. Jarrod, 7p - 9p
  1. Olivier
  2. Mohammed
  3. Teapot (probably)
  4. Noisebridge Digital Archivist Representative

All about that booth

The plan is have a good time and to pack a whole bunch of Noisebridge into a 10' x 10' space. Within MakerFaire we are going to do our best to create a mini Hackspace that will support the ideas and creations that others will bring. Here is the idea:

Noisebridge MakerFaire Booth AXON.jpg

Essentially we are creating a place where people can hack during the show and the ultimate exhibit is our community and our projects.

Nevertheless, the base for this space is going to be some custom furniture pieces that will be made at Noisebridge, with love, for hacking. (When all you know is design and woodworking, every answer tends to be custom furniture). The centerpiece of this affair so far, is a new work table with built in power outlets and a bright flashy Noisebridge logo on the top. A table that people can pull up a chair to and start working on a project. If there are other things that we should try to incorporate into a hacking table, let us know. The back of the booth is a set of rearrangeable cabinets that will store tools and projects for use during the show and support and audio/video system for demonstrations and presentation during the show.

Here are more specific plans for the booth furniture, I recommend the .pdf:

UPDATED NB Logo Channel drawing: File:Noisebridge MakerFaire Booth TableDetail REV 01.pdf

Noisebridge MakerFaire Booth.jpg

The .pdf of the current working drawings for for the table that we are building is here:

Every Thursday 19:00 to 22:00 we will meet at Noisebridge, likely in the shop, to work on building things for the booth. This includes the furniture and whatever else is being prepped for MakerFaire. Updates to this process will be posted on the mailing list and the blog.

Well made furniture /= mini hackerspace, we need participation!

  • how do we demonstrate Noisebridge in a 10' x 10' area, is it possible to also enjoy this?
  • help build out the booth, add to it, decorate it, make it better, make it more 'Noisebridge'
  • lend/bring your projects, demonstrate your projects, and teach others you know
  • work on projects at the show, and have projects for others to work on
  • spread the word about us needing help and get people to come meet us.

Pre-MakerFaire Noisebridge Maker Meet and Greet

Ideally, everyone would get to go down to MakerFaire and check out the neat stuff. For those that can't we should have an event to bring in Makers who are in town to talk about their projects and meet up with other hackers/makers. I'm thinking a special Five minutes of Fame and a mellow cocktail party.

Schedules and Specifics

Thank you for getting this far. This isn't worked out yet, but soon. You could help with this.

Planned projects for Display and Presentations/Demonstrations

Scotty's Land Yacht, Julio's LED aquarium, book scanner,

Build Night Recapitulations

Initial resin test casting - Maker Faire Build Night 2015-02-12

LED installing and light testing - Maker Faire Build Night 2015-02-26

Additional resin text and table start - Maker Faire Build Night 2015-03-05

Additional resin test results and table top continues - Maker Faire Build Night 2015-03-12

Routerpocalypse - Maker Faire Build Night 2015-03-19

Substructure Assembly begins - Maker Faire Build Night 2015-03-26

Substructure Assembly Continues - Maker Faire Build Night 2015-04-02

Substructure wrap up and beginning of LEDs and Electrical - Maker Faire Build Night 2015-04-16

Resin Pour! and electrical wiring finish - Maker Faire Build Night 2015-04-23

Resin top, soldering, and table wood working completed. - Maker Faire Build Night 2015-04-30

Parts and Materials Specifications (working list)


3/4" Red Oak Finish Plywood - $49.97 / 4'x8' sheet

3/4" C grade Douglas fir sheathing plywood - $24.97 / 4"x8" sheet

Number 20 biscuits - ~$8.00 / 100 count

Kreg pocket screws - 24.97 /1000 count

Titebond 3 wood glue $36.92 / gallon

Casting and Finish

The NB logo is 298in^3 or ~165 fluid ounces

Tested : Ultra-Glo epoxy resin - pigment TBD

May switch the the comperable but less expensive EasyCast
 1 gallon kit is $77.60 via Amazon prime, need two kits $155.20

Electrical and Electronics

LED Strip: WS2812B individually addressable

 Can be purchased from ebay or alibaba.
 example: $9.99-12.99/meter
 or for $24.99/meter
 JH - We have ~16' of linear distance inside the logo. So I'm considering purchasing this from the ebay vendor: 
 -- LEDs/m: 60, Board's Color: White, Waterproof Grade: Epoxy IP65, Length: 5m, Price:US $74.99

LED Controller/driver:

 Arduinos work fantastically. A Pro Mini works great and cheap.
 JH- is this correct? $9.95
  HT- Yeah that works perfectly.

Power for microcontroller and LEDs:

 Just need a 5v power supply of some sort, can be salvaged from existing cords by splitting the wire open and solder onto on/off switches.
 JH- Something like this? $5.95
  HT- Yeah this works perfectly.
 I expect we need something separate for the LEDs. We will have >16 feet of them in the table.
  You make a good point, do you know of any electrical engineer that can do calculations on the electricity draw?

100-1000uf capacitor:

 To prevent sudden power drops.

Wiring and Power

 Need wiring diagram and Spec
 TO SPEC: breaker, outlets, wire, jbox, switches, wire nuts
 IEC 60320 C14 power inlet to connect to outlet in


Have: Typical NB Shop tools, Plate Joiner,

Need: Router bits with bearing over the blade to help the speed and accuracy of the logo channel cuts as we increase their depth.

Software and Documentation