Try your hand at making a custom copper pendant with The Collaboratory. The Collaboratory is a creative and inspiring working art studio workshop and boutique in Mesa Arizona, offering hands on "Serious Fun" classes, workshops and events. Mediums include, industrial arts (metal, welding and plasma), glass fusing and mosaics, fashion, sewing & design and upcycling.
Flite Factory is a drone manufacturing company that aims to implement a drone training program at all school districts across the valley. The Factory teaches learners how to fly and build drones as well as comply with the drone industry’s safety requirements; they believe that by implementing this training early kids will be ready to engage with the world of drones by the time they graduate high school.
Cheaper Than Therapy showcases Roy Tuttle’s unique labors of love- a heavily modified 1947 International truck and an original metal sculpture of a man on a motorcycle. Built from scrap salvaged from junkyards, craigslist, yard sales and farm yards, the truck is a true original, with details as minute as fingernails on the bike’s rider. The man can even be taken off the bike for any children who want to take pictures on this work of art.
Join us at SWMF as we celebrate the grand opening of our new Ahwatukee Design Studio!
Visit our interactive maker booth to see the latest in prosumer desktop 3D Printing technology! See a variety of parts printed in a wide array of ever-growing materials from our selection of FDM, SLA, & SLS 3D printers. FreeForm proudly supports Arizona makers, educators, and entrepreneurs with the best selection of 3D printers and scanners as well as offering design and prototyping services that are fast and affordable.
With the opening of our new design studio in Ahwatukee, FreeForm is pleased to announce our 3D Printing training curriculum for professionals and educators. As strong advocates of STEM outreach, we work closely with Arizona's educational institutions to provide customized solutions including 3D printer bundles and onsite training.
In addition to our exhibit, come see our presentation on the current state of desktop 3D printing technology including the best of CES'17 open to all show attendees.
We will also give a special presentation for educators in the N-Compass village on integrating 3D printing into curricula across a broad range of subjects (beyond just STEM), including History, Social Studies, Visual & Performing Arts, Languages and Language Arts.
Christine Bachman, a licensed locksmith who regularly trains infosec teams on physical security, will give a presentation on lockpicking basics, and visitors can try out lockpicking with demo equipment. Handmade jewelery with handcuff shims and lockpicks hidden, lockpick sets, progressive practice locks, and DIY make your own lockpickkits will be available for purchase.
Tripoli Phoenix aims to provide a safe, fun, inclusive environment for high power rocket enthusiasts, which enable them to further their aims and purposes as related to high power rocketry. Arizona's premier high power rocketry club, Tripoli Phoenix encourages all generations of fliers.
At Southwest Maker Fest, the club will display all aspects of a High Power Rocket system:
- Types of Rockets
- Propulsion Components
- Launch Systems
- Avionics and Tracking Systems
- Recovery Systems
Club members will be on hand to discuss:
- How to get started in High Power Rocketry
- How to build a rocket
- How to build the major components of a rocket
- How to build a launch system, towers and controllers
- How to successfully recover a rocket
- Where to launch a rocket
- Permits that are required to obtain airspace
- Rocketry events in AZ, the USA and around the world
Alexis Noriega from The Crooked Feather creates costume props and accessories, which have been featured at Comic Con, beauty and fitness pageants, music and theater productions, and other occasions both large and small. Her work has even made an appearance on both Outrageous Acts of Science as well as live performances by R. Kelly and Lady Gaga! Come and see some spectacular props and costumes on display, and learn how these pieces are made.
Aprons4UnMe sews everything from aprons made from towels to cell phone purses, totes and diaper bags. Aprons4UnMe has hats with fabric flowers to adult and baby bibs. Aprons styles extend beyond the towels to different styles from history that remain practical and purposeful to today's needs.
Aprons have a history, a purpose and a theme whether they are practical and purposeful or creatively unique in how or why aprons today are now worn. Aprons that bring back the generous love of the grandma we all know and miss, to the step outside the box of modern daywear and usage. Aprons never did any one thing better but have you covered in everything you creatively do, constructively make and purposely need.
Local artist Quick Yeates is a painter and maker of upcycled metal jewelry, clothing and sculptures. At Quick and Deadly Urban Art you will find original artworks in the form of paintings, small woodblock paintings, prints, stickers, hand-screened t-shirts, bike chain jewelry, chainmail sculpture, and interesting metal bibs and bobs.
CakeKaiserArt specializes in hand-drawn art using different media, such as colored pencil, watercolors, and charcoals, and small crafts using beads. Art piece themes include nature, landscapes, satire, mythical creatures, characters, and more.
Stop by to see a live drawing demonstration and inquire about the artist's techniques. Witness the creation of a new, full piece from start to finish over the course of the event.
Treasures With A Twist is all about up-cycling, reusing and re-purposing materials into something unique and useful. Almost everything is created of pieces that once had another life. There are so many "Treasures" out there waiting for a new "Twist", and I make a habit of finding them and creating items that people enjoy having.
EarthSeed is a Sustainability Prototype for space settlement: a mobile tiny home that includes not only living space, but fish and garden for food production. Exhibits will include displays detailing individual components of the tiny home, and how they work. We will have an activity for visitors: eggshell plantings of NASA's Seeds for Space. Those who plant a seed in an eggshell may take it home to nurture.
CREATE at Arizona Science Center® is a place where science, design, and engineering collide! Inspired by the productivity of an inventor’s workshop, the creativity of an art studio, the experimentation of a lab, and the connectivity of a commons, CREATE is a 6,500 square-foot community hub for turning dreams into reality.
At CREATE, people of all ages can share ideas, collaborate on projects and learn about science, technology, engineering, math and art through making. By using state-of-the-art, computer-controlled equipment and traditional crafting tools, visitors will have the chance to cut, saw, code, hammer, sew, paint, solder, and much more!
At SWMF, we will proudly show off the things made in our space by some of our talented passholders and staff as well as demonstrate 3D resin printing. In addition, we will offer a make-and-take rocket-launch activity.