Maker Fest at Hagley Museum

Living in Northern Delaware, we have a lot of museums in the area, many of which are former properties of the du Pont family. The Hagley Museum is one of those, and is “the site of the gunpowder works founded by E. I. du Pont in 1802. This example of early American industry includes restored mills, a workers’ community, and the ancestral home and gardens of the du Pont family.” 1. The museum has been a staple of area schools’ field trips for as long as I’ve been in Delaware. The connection to America’s industrial history makes it an idea location for a Maker Fest, which was held today.

This was the first Maker Fest at Hagley, and turn out seemed pretty good. There were many Makers exhibiting, and lots of adults & kids on hand to take it all in. I was happy to see a big STEM education presence, with demo areas for VexIQ (Elementary/Middle School) and Vex Robotics (Middle/High School) programs. I spoke to a couple of the folks who mentor kids with these Robotics competitions. This is something I’m interested in doing in the future.

Higher education was represented as well, with several exhibits from the University of Delaware, such as this self-playing guitar:

This drawing bot:

And this fiberoptic art piece:

I also had a nice talk with a man who has designed and built his own take on a Rostock delta-style 3D printer. His version is the Woodstock (see below), and the design is available on Thingivese. While talking he told me of a local 3D Printing interest group, which I’m looking forward to joining. Even better, they meet at a brick-and-mortar, local 3D Printing business.

Here’s one of the exhibit tables for that business, PrintedSolid.com. I’m looking forward to purchasing filament locally, as well as meeting other folks who have printers in the area.

There were all kinds of makers present. I didn’t get pictures of the person who made honey, or the many crafters, but I did get pics of an exhibit by a man who makes violins:

A maker of marionettes:

And even a maker of beer! Yes there were samples, and yes it was delicious. This is on my (rather lengthy) to-do list. I have the equipment, I just haven’t made the time.

All in all, it was a great event, and I’m already looking forward to next year.

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2 Responses to “Maker Fest at Hagley Museum”

  1. jclark.org - Upcoming Functional Print: Hand Challenge Says:

    […] be able to afford traditional prosthetics. I even saw a 3D-printed prosthetic hand last weekend at Hagley Museum’s Maker Fest (see the 6th picture down). But I only learned today that anyone can produce one of these devices […]

  2. Matt Gorton Says:

    Thanks for coming and documenting the event! It was exciting to have a local maker event like this. Look forward to seeing you at the shop or at one of our meetups some time.