Battle Pond Adapts to Drought

Battle Pond

For the past 8 years, the Battle Pond has been a popular annual feature at the Bay Area Maker Faire. Members of Western Warship Combat Club, San Francisco Model Yacht Club, and Mare Island SubCommittee build a 24,000 gallon “ocean,” and wage 8 Axis vs Allies RC naval battles over the course of the event. Members of the audiences (Bleachers hold 1,200 for each battle.) operate 7 cargo ships during the battles, while members of Western Warship Combat Club attempt to sink them. The captain of the last cargo ship afloat wins the day for his or her team. Continue reading

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Cupcake Tops Times Two

Twin Cupcake TopsToday’s build was low on attendance but high on productivity. Note above that we built a second wireframe top! The green mesh will add structural strength and support our interchangeable cupcake tops. As you’ll see in subsequent pictures, with a small crew we got a lot done! Come join the funContinue reading

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Museum Making: Model Railroad Museum

Centennial Railway Garden of the Model Railroad Museum was opened to the public this past weekend. After many, many months of maker collaboration this 1/32 scale recreation is of Balboa Park as it was back in 1915 for the Panama-California Exposition. The video above takes us down a portion of the exhibit while following one of John D. Spreckels streetcars. Continue reading

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Robot Day at Central

Robot Day at San Diego's Central Library

Robot Day at San Diego’s Central Library

Libraries are changing and there’s no better leader in this shift than our Central Library downtown. You know the one? The domed structure in the San Diego skyline! It’s been open since September of 2013 and since then has been rocking the making world with programs (Arduino, RaspberryPi, 3D modeling, etc) and equipment (3D printers, vinyl cutters, 3D scanners, etc) galore!

One group that meets there is the Community Robotics Project which is building the robot you see pictured above. They have great plans but needed a deadline to push them to finish Phase 1. Why not plan an all-things-robot event at the Central Library and commit to exhibit? The result? April 11’s Robot DayContinue reading

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Four Cupcakes in Process

Count Them:  Four Cupcakes at Various Stages

Count Them: Four Cupcakes at Various Stages of Completion

Today was another big day. Huddled on the cement floor we’re riveting bent sheets of steel for our fourth base. On the far right is our third base waiting for floor and rim which our second base on the table at the far left already has. What has everyone else so engrossed in on our first base? They’re planning to prototype the steel rod frame of our first cupcake’s top.

While this was going on indoors we had another crew riding around, enjoying their first rides. While it was great fun it was also with a purpose that they rode, and rode and rode. We wanted to test the longevity of our battery life which turned out to be between 30 – 40 minutes of drive time. Continue reading

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Museum Making: The Old Globe

Making at the Old Globe

Making at the Old Globe

There is a thick vein of making that pulses through the museums of Balboa Park. The Old Globe is an excellent example. As you’ll see in the pictures in this post, there is much to be admired. From stitching wardrobes and building acoustics to  making props and constructing sets, there’s a lot making going on to produce shows across three stages!

You can see this yourself through tours available every weekendContinue reading

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First Cupcake Drive!

Rob was the first to occupy the assembled cupcake, and he took it on its first ride.

Rob was the first to occupy the assembled cupcake and take it on its first ride!

Such a great feeling! After many hours learning, experimenting, and building we did it. At 12:23 PM on Saturday at OSML, Rob somewhat unexpectedly took our first cupcake car on it’s inaugural ride. (Note his somewhat surprised start in the video below.) You can see that and more after the link.  Continue reading

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Maker Faire Meetup

San Diego Central Library

San Diego Central Library

Every month for almost two years we’ve held Maker Faire Meetups. These gatherings are open to the public and feature interesting speakers as well as news from the Makers Guild and Maker Faire. This month is no exception.

On Monday, April 20, we’ll be meeting at the Central Library downtown. Our two speakers will be Clayton, a 3D designer and printer craftsman, and Nick, a robotics PhD with many robot tales to tell. We’ll also be giving an update on Maker Faire. Details about the event can be found on our Meetup page and you can learn more about our speakers after the link. Continue reading

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Cupcake Car Update

Make way for Cupcake Car!

Make way for Cupcake Car!

You may know we have a community group-build to make Cupcake Cars to ride around in Maker Faire. We meet on Saturdays at the OSML makerspace in Vista and everyone is invited. Check out our Meetup page to learn more details.

Don’t jump to the Meetup page just yet! Spend a minute looking at the picture after the link. It’s of our local project and shows our first completed tin. Next Saturday (4/18) we’re ready to make several more and we could use your help!  Continue reading

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Panama Canal in Action

SDHC Panama Canal Exhibit

The Panama-California Exposition of 1915 celebrated the opening of the Panama Canal to draw attention to the fact that San Diego was the first American port of call on the Pacific. This year is its Centennial and in commemoration the History Center wanted a working model of the lock system to put on display. Where’d they turn to for help? To San Diego makers.

The goal was to build a physical model which in a compelling way demonstrated a boat’s movement through the locks. As you watch the video below I’m certain you’ll agree. There’s no way to watch the model and not understand. The goal was most certainly achieved! Continue reading

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