Continuing our tradition of a strong showing at Maker Faire Singapore and our commitment as a long time sponsor, ASRD enthusiasts showcased various projects they had worked on for months. We also received the "Maker of Merit" award for the very first time!
Maker Ellensi designed and created the award winning "Maker of Merit" Laser Harp. It has 12 invisible "strings", each consisting of a red laser emitter and a light sensor. All the electronic components are controlled by a Raspberry Pi that is connected to an external speaker. It is programmed to make a sound when the laser beam between the emitter and the sensor is blocked. It contains pre-programmed song chord sequences, so that everyone, regardless of music knowledge, can play a nice harmony out of it. Its body shape is inspired by the ancient Greek lyre and is fully made of laser-cut acrylic. Despite having no knowledge of Autodesk Fusion 360, Ellensi only took three months to develop the harp.
Designed in Autodesk Fusion 360, the Botcat was made by Michael Lapouge. The 3D model of a real Jaguar skull was modified to host all the electronics, and the face was designed from scratch using T-Splines freeform modelling. The interesting thing about this creation is that the entire Botcat was 3D printed, taking over 50 hours to complete. Its animated eyes are made of 2 OLED screens powered by a Raspberry Pi 3, and can move autonomously or be controlled wirelessly using a joypad. In the future, a camera can be added to recognize faces so that the eyes and head can follow movements.
3D Printed Violin
“When I was thinking of this year's Maker Faire project I knew I wanted to make something both functional and beautiful. I have always loved the violin so when the idea of designing and making one came to mind I knew I had to do it. Although it took a lot of effort and trial and error, it was immensely satisfying to have been able to make my ideas come to life. Surprisingly though, I find the memories that stick with me the most were those ones of people trying and having fun with the violin. Definitely made it worth it." ~ Ben Bisares
DIY Laser Cutter
Two months was all it took for Ben Goh to take his DIY Laser Cutter from concept to reality. Designed from scratch in Autodesk Fusion 360, Ben put together his laser cutter with a combination of parts that were 3D printed and acquired from Taobao.com as well. Currently, there are two types of laser cutters in the market: the CO2 tube cutter and the laser module cutter. In Ben's version of the laser module cutter, it is unique in that it can be fully controlled in any way he desires. Having the laser head positioned programmatically for accuracy is just one of the many features his laser cutter offers.