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Iron Man of Maine makes his return

Returning this year with tons of Ghostbuster Stark-themed technology is the ironmanofmaine.

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Last year, I had my Mk7 Iron Man suit, and next year, I’ll have another. It all started with my first prop, an Iron Man Mk.1 Arc Reactor, which soon evolved into my first suit. Since then, I’ve learned much more about LEDS, circuits and even 3D printing, which opens the door for endless possibilities.

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As previously reported on Bits & Pieces, my first suit comprised of AVR based Arduino electronics as well as hand repulsers that fired with the flexing of my fore arm muscles via a muscle sensor. $2,000 and 400 hours later, the elaborate costume was completed in my basement.

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More specifically, there were four Arduino Unos (ATmega328) in the suit: one for each bionic replusor, one for the sound board, and one for the arc reactor. All of the components were powered by 10-2600 mAh batteries.

I took a break from the suit building this past year to build Ghostbuster tech, applying what I learned with my Iron Man suit. You can see that here, as I am gradually evolving this even further with real lifelike functions and experiential sound as it was seen in the motion picture.

In my possession, I now have a 3D printer which enables me to make and print parts that I would have normally had to build from scratch; a majority of these 3D-printed parts were applied to my stark Ghostbuster tech.

Next year, I plan on diving back into the suit building again, taking all the 3D printing knowledge I have acquired and use it to develop a 3D-printed ironman suit. This was my first suit which was made of foam floor mats from Sears. You can see a step-by-step progression of all my builds on my Facebook and website here.

Most importantly, inspiration comes from passion and the pursuit of the things and heroes we adore. I look forward to many more years of being a Maker and being part of the ever-evolving Maker Movement. This is only the beginning. More experiences will continue to spark and inspire, while deeper layers of design and creativity will help push the envelop of making.

Maker camp kicks off on Google+

Dale Dougherty, founder and publisher of MAKE magazine and Maker Faire, officially kicked off Maker Camp 2013 yesterday. The free summer camp for teens – hosted on Google+ – runs for the next six weeks.

Maker Camp is a whole new kind of camp: an online summer camp that is completely free and open to everyone. Maker Camp takes place wherever you are, by letting you do fun activities and share them with others through the Google+ platform. You’ll make cool projects, go on epic virtual ‘field trips’ and meet awesome makers,” Dougherty explained in a blog post.

“This is Maker Camp’s second summer, and the format is similar: Each weekday morning, we’ll post a new project or activity on our Google+ page—30 things to make over six weeks. Each weekday afternoon, tune in to a live Google+ Hangout On Air to meet expert makers who create amazing things. And like last year, our Field Trip Friday Hangouts will take you to new places that few of us get to see.”

According to Dougherty, Maker Camp has added a few items to make this year’s version even better. For example, there’s a new Google+ Community for Maker Camp, along with a network of affiliate camps so Makers can create together in a local library, youth club or designated Maker-space.

“If there’s a campsite near you, you’ll find it on this map,” he continued. “We’ve worked with Google to supply many of these campsites with maker equipment like soldering kits, LEDs and [Atmel-powered] Arduino microcontrollers (good for making robots and other gadgets).”

Most importantly, says Dougherty, Maker Camp hopes to foster the DIY (do-it-yourself) spirit in young people.

“We want each camper to see how much there is that you can do and how much there is to explore all around you. Once you begin doing things, you’ll meet others who share your interests, and you can collaborate to work on projects together,” he added.

“We call that DIT (do-it-together). Google+ is a platform for that kind of collaboration, and it extends to any location and any time zone. And when Maker Camp comes to an end, you’ll have friendships that last beyond summer. What each of us can do is pretty amazing, yet what we can do together is even more amazing. In that spirit, I invite you all to join us at Maker Camp, starting today.”

Interested? You can follow Maker Camp on Google+ here.