Kansas City Maker Faire 2016

This was our second year at the Kansas City Maker Faire and, like last year, it didn’t disappoint. It’s held in a beautiful venue and there’s always lots of interesting people to talk to. We even got to talk with the folks from Hackaday. Check out what they had to say here.

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Jennifer Standing by before the Doors Open


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Jennifer Demonstrating the MOTORplate to some Early Visitors


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The Blues Brothers Were There!


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Decisions, decisions… Winding Down Afterwards in the Tasting Room at Boulevard Brewing Company


5 Comments
  1. Can you tell me what DC and stepper motors you used in your MOTORplate demo?

    • The DC motors were small geared down motors from Pololu with optional encoders added. Here’s a copy of the order including the wheels:
      2 x #1426 Pololu Wheel 70×8mm Pair – Red = 16.98
      4 x #2214 100:1 Micro Metal Gearmotor HP with Extended Motor Shaft = 67.80
      2 x #989 Pololu Micro Metal Gearmotor Bracket Pair – Black = 9.98
      2 x #2598 Magnetic Encoder Pair Kit for Micro Metal Gearmotors, 12 CPR, 2.7-18V = 17.90

      The steppers were from a batch of 5 that we found for cheap on ebay. We lucked out because they had pretty good torque at 5VDC and pulled less than 1 amp per coil.

  2. Thanks for the info! Most of the stepper motors I can find are rated for 12 volts, but can run at 5v. Is that what you expect with the plate, to connect 12v stepper motors?

    • No, I didn’t design the MOTORplate to support a specific voltage. In fact, most of mine are 5VDC which is convenient for testing because they don’t require a 2nd power supply.

  3. Great, thanks again for the info

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