Peek into Open Source Maker Labs

How often do you get to watch a rocket launch? How often do you watch rockets being built? … How often do you get to build a rocket? Maker spaces and labs are awesome places to collaborate, innovate, build, hack, and break almost anything you can think up. Recently, we got to take a peek inside Open Source Maker Labs, a high-tech digital fabrication lab in Vista, California.

At OSML, Students for the Exploration and Development of Space at the University of California, San Diego (SEDS UCSD) have been constructing a Vulcan-1 rocket, complete with a 3D printed engine. With metal cutting and welding stations, OSML is also where Maker Faire San Diego’s cupcake cars and power racers were constructed. Classes include lots of basic electronics and also laser cutting and engraving, but one of your best resources here is the incredible community.

Open Source Maker Labs is a definite stop for anyone interested in making in North County.

You can also check out amazing video of the Vulcan-1 rocket launch (parts of which were filmed by drone) here:


Seeing Maker Faire Happen

We had an amazing and inspiring time at Maker Faire Bay Area, and can’t wait to charge ahead towards Maker Faire San Diego! By clicking on the images above, you can check out a few of our photos on Facebook.


Hello Tinkering Studio… and a Little Caterpillar

Have you ever wanted to learn how to make your own screen print – frame and all? What about simple automata? Flashing LED “flux capacitors”? What about an origami Yoda? There are a plethora of places around San Diego that will share with you the tools and knowledge you need to make whatever you dream up. The Tinkering Studio, located at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center in Balboa Park, is one such place.

At the Studio, they’ll teach families, kids, and adults of all ages how to make fun objects, often from items or materials that are easy to find or make at home – so the making doesn’t stop when you leave. Giving the confidence needed to explore hands-on making and DIY creativity is one thing Maker Faire San Diego is all about! In the video above, we meet Ashanti, Lead Tinkering Studio Coordinator, as she shows us some really neat automata made at the Tinkering Studio.

Oh, and we weren’t kidding about origami Yoda…

Yoda, made out of paper he must be...


Weekend DIY: Lucky LED Crochet Dragon

Crochet this awesome dragon with LED lights for your Khaleesi... or your Hobbit, we won't judge

It might be Friday the 13th, but no Friday is unlucky when you can make your own luck dragon! A fierce creature with glowing eyes is sure to ward off any bad mojo coming your way.

Incorporating yarn and embroidery, LED lights and optical wires, and inspired by  The Hobbit‘s very own Smaug, it’s a combination of traditional craft and technology that yields very awesome results. Whether you want to call it an  luck dragon, add it to your hoard of fun critters, or simply pay tribute to your Khaleesi this Sunday (we’re dying for the next Game of Thrones episode here), this makes for one very fun project.

Source: Instructables – Crochet Dragon Smaug from The Hobbit by ChrysN

Every Friday we’ll be featuring some of our favorite DIYs from around the internet. We’d love to see your takes on them! Share with us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.


Fashion & Technology at Maker Faire San Diego


We are delighted to have San Diego Mesa College Fashion Program participating in Maker Faire San Diego!

Last night, following the furor around the fiber optic gown on worn by actress Claire Danes at the Met Gala in New York City, the Mesa College Technology and Fashion class was featured on CBS 8. They’ll be utilizing Adafruit’s FLORA boards, NeoPixels, EL Wire, and more to create one-of-a-kind pieces to showcase.

Mesa Fashion

We can’t wait to see what they’ll bring to Maker Faire San Diego in October 2016!

Source: Dress mixes fashion, technology, and fairy tales


Power Racing Series

Step 1: Form a Power Racing Series team.
Step 2: Acquire a Power Wheels ride-on car.
Step 3: Design & build your best all-electric Power Racer.
Step 4: Add flare! Give the car & team some personality!
Step 5: Come in October and RIDE FOR GLORY!

Teams throughout San Diego County are making Power Racers for October’s Maker Faire San Diego. Race against other electric car hacks and show off your team’s personality. Awards are given for both speed and moxie.

Interested in learning more? Looking for others to form a team? Want to learn about our PRS Starter Kit? Contact the San Diego Maker’s Guild or attend a meetup.

You can also message us on Facebook, Twitter, or even Instagram!

For car and race details as well as great video, visit


Building Drones

Listen to some of the cool hacks, features, and custom adjustments local engineering student and maker, Mark Liu, made on his flying drone. This quick look shows some of the very cool possibilities with drones, which are getting more and more popular every day across the country! Like Mark, instead of buying one, you can even build your own drone.

Makers are working on fun, engaging, and amazing projects all the time in San Diego. We’re a city filled with DIY makers! Do you craft, build, sculpt, hack, or engineer? Do you teach others how? Come across an amazing speaker? See a mind-blowing performance? Do you know someone making something beautiful, delicious, cool, or completely epic in our region? Tell us! we’d love to share the story. Click here to find out how.


The Making of a Maker

Let these 10 kids tell you how to inspire your child’s creativity. 

Source: The Making of a Maker


Share some Pie, Raspberry Pi, and Python

Makers are working on fun, engaging, and amazing projects all the time in San Diego. We’re taking a quick look back at Pi Day (3/14) where one San Diego Maker’s Guild member, Rob Burkhead, was teaching students how to use Raspberry Pi and Python (the programming language, not the actual snake of course) to protect pies at the San Diego Central Library.


Power (Racing) to the People

Hosted by the San Diego Maker’s Guild, meetups are more than your peek into all things Maker Faire, they’re your way to get involved too. Check out what’s coming up on Monday, March 14.

Mini electric racing cars. A whole lot of power! The Power Racing Series has been a huge hit at at Maker Faires around the country. Let’s build some of these $500 mini electric racing cars in San Diego and run our own Power Racing Series event for the next Maker Faire San Diego. The amazing Mark Liu will share his experiences building and racing an electric Power Racing Series Car at the Bay Area Maker Faire. Find out how you form a Power Racing Series car team! Vroom vroom!

For the second part of our Meetup, Chance Roth, founder of the San Diego Drone Users Group, will talk about drones and the effect of the new federal regulations. Bring your questions about drone building and flying.

We’ll meet on the 9th floor of the San Diego Central Library. After the meeting, you’re welcome to join us at Lolita’s Restaurant to hang out and eat great Mexican food. Mingle with your local makers! Share projects you’ve got on your plate and ideas you’d love to bring to life.

Monday, March 14, 6:30PM-7:45PM
9th Floor San Diego Central Library, Shiley Room
Join on MeetUp or Facebook.