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May MakeIt NYC: Kinisi, gMax 3D Printer, Project Wrongs and Rights

Special Guests Zachary Menegakis and Bryan Valenti show off the amazing Kinisi. Kinisi is a community-minded location tracking device that attaches to a car or bike, and uploads data to the Web in real time. Sounds interesting? Now consider large numbers of users doing the same thing in pursuit of a common goal. Imagine suddenly knowing where all the bike-wrecking potholes are! That's just one possibility with Kinisi - Zach and Bryan will tell us about all of the others. And if you're a Raspberry Pi enthusiast, you especially don't want to miss their presentation.

MakeIt NYC member Gordon LaPlante had a need that wasn't being met. An architect, Gordon needed a 3D Printer that could output really big stuff. And it just didn't exist. So Gordon just decided to make his own, the stupendous gMax.

So, how big is big? It has a build volume of over 2400 square inches. That's more than twice the size that the CubeX, recently shown at MakeIt, can manage. In other words, it's huge. But not at the expense of quality - Gordon's beastie can output detailed prints with the best of 'em.

Jonathan talks about how to do a project the Wrong Way. Jonathan had a vision to make the best Kindle reading light ever. And it went terribly wrong. Jonathan walks through his first attempt at a Kickstarter project, and how it failed, and why.

In response to this sad tale, Alan Hyman of MakeSimply talks about how to do a project (and get it to market) the Right Way, which also happens to be the MakeSimply way. Alan will discuss how to avoid the same pitfalls described in Jonathan's presentation, and where to find the information and resources to get it right the first time out.

Join us for all of this, plus lots of talk, networking and Pizza, too.

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  • Jeff H.

    To the person I was talking to about dense power sources for large quad-copters at the after-event pub outing, I wish I got your name, but here are a couple of articles on small fuel cells that might help point you in a new direction:
    http://www.gizmag.com/propane-fuel-cell-powered-uas/19735/
    http://www.popularmechanics.com/technology/military/planes-uavs/longer-lasting-drones-powered-by-fuel-cells-15425554
    The weight of the fuel cell unit is ~5lb. Regarding my suggestion on LTA lift, you'd need a little more than two cubic meters of helium to counteract the weight of the fuel cell.

    May 31, 2013

    • Robert C.

      Jeff,

      That's me thanks for the info, I did make a note of our discussion but having a link shortens my googling. Thanks,
      Robert

      May 31, 2013

  • Gordon L.

    I had a lot of fun. It was great to meet new people and share some great ideas. Thanks to everyone for being there.

    May 30, 2013

  • Linh V.

    May not be able to make it, will you video record it? I have ticket to spare, anyone?

    May 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Small Request to the Organizer(s),

    If you can get one vegetarian pizza for all vegetarians, that'd be great :) Thanks.

    Terence

    May 29, 2013

  • Howard F.

    I have to work tonight. See you next month.

    May 29, 2013

  • Patrick R.

    Scheduling conflict. I'm so bummed :-(

    May 28, 2013

  • Izu W.

    Let's make!

    May 23, 2013

  • Gordon L.

    Still working on the presentation to MakeIt great.

    May 21, 2013

  • Jonathan H.

    All presenters confirmed! Hope to see everyone there!

    May 19, 2013

  • Michelle M.

    Can I buy tickets at the door?

    May 10, 2013

    • Jonathan H.

      We strongly prefer RSVPs in advance - it helps us determine what kind of refreshments are needed. And we have been known to sell out, too. But if there's room, we don't turn folks away.

      May 10, 2013

  • Sune K.

    Would love to but its my birthday :) hope it goes well .

    May 1, 2013

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