Makers 2014

This is our second year and as well as welcoming back some of the favourites from last year we have some new exhibitors and workshops

Philip Thompson

Philip exhibited last year talking all about Type Faces and fonts, he also designed our ‘HacknMake’ logo. Philip Thompson is a design & artist. Living in the North East of Scotland. Having studied Graphic Design & worked in industry for over 10 years, he then went on to study an MFA at Gray’s School of Art, exploring his creative practice through design & fine art. Communication, informa- tion & opinions form the core of his research & work. In 2009, Philip created “Typeface a week”, a blog in which new type forms were created each week based on experiences & observations during the year. His wife, Gabrielle Reith contributed greatly to the project, as well as friends & guests.



SQUARESNSQUARES from George Connell

Another firm favourite from last year George will be running a number of drop in workshops during the day.

Shape with a difference, folding squares and triangles


Squares n Square workshop

Swim Train Timer from James Littlejohn

A WIFI touchpad system for swimmers with display on mobile devices in real time. Works On or Offline. Constructed using Arduino and Raspberry Pi. More information is available on James’s website:

swimtraintimerfull Swim TRainer

Monsters of Aberdeen

Monsters of Aberdeen make puppet monsters and kept everyone entertained last year. They are all unique and are given away as presents. I don’t sell monsters but try and encourage people to make their own. They are easier than you think to make, and essential for every household. Monsters can be made all odd shapes, sizes, colours and patterns. They are a great way of teaching kids some easy creative skills and make a great addition to any family.


Monsters of Aberdeen

Monsters of Aberdeen

Underwater ROV’s

Come and try your hand driving a micro underwater remote operated vehicle (ROV) around a water-filled tank. Learn how you can build your own Arduino controlled ROV capable of exploring depths of up to 100m using commonly available components. See an example of an ROV from the OpenROV project.


Lock Picking and home security

Locks are part of our everyday life, we take for granted that they will work every time & only open with the correct key.

Sadly, this just isn’t the case – there are many well documented flaws in traditional pin tumbler lock designs, dating back to their inception over 150 years ago, yet manufacturers have been slow to adapt & improve their designs.

In order to make an informed decision about our security needs, we have to understand the common vulnerabilities and how these can be exploited, as well as new features becoming available in modern locks.

To achieve this, the talk will cover the basics of how a pin tumbler lock works (the most common household lock) and the physics involved. We will then discuss how various techniques can exploit design weaknesses to open locks with lock picks and other bypass methods.

A selection of different locks & tools will be provided, allowing tuition for small groups and opportunities for people to practice the techniques demonstrated.

Home security will also be discussed, with hints and tips on what you can do to better protect your home, from lock selection, to critical analysis of common weak points.


We run a community-based workshop which is not only home to the bikes we lend out for free, but also offers tools, spare parts and competent help to anyone coming down the road keen on fixing or building their own bike, helping out with the project or just looking for a place to make urban bike culture happen


57 North Hacklab

57North is a hacker collective with a shared space located in Aberdeen, Scotland. Who meet regularly to share knowledge, hack on projects together, and build community.

They will be showing some projects that you can take part in and see what 57North is all about.

Grampian Guild of Spinners, Weavers and Dyers

Grampian Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers is a group for all who have an interest in Textiles. Their main aim is to promote the three traditional crafts that appear in their name. Not only do members share a common interest but they are also willing to pass on their skills to anyone who would like to learn more.

Their weavers work on a range of looms from rigid heddles to four shaft and eight shaft, producing a variety of items from simple woven mats to fine lengths of fabric. Other specialities include a range of woven articles in different materials from braids to baskets.

Some of the Spinners use wool from their own sheep. They can show you the whole process from preparing a raw fleece to knitting with a ball of finely spun wool. Not only can you spin traditional fleeces such as Shetland but you may be tempted by the more exotic fibres such as alpaca or even a modern fibre such as recycled denim jeans or plastic.

Dyeing has always offered the ultimate opportunity to customise a project and make it truly unique and individual. Their dyers work with a wide range of dyes from the traditional ones obtained from plants including madder, indigo or even onion skins to the modern chemical dyes which can be used in a microwave. The colours obtained by the various methods come in a wide variety and everyone should find a colour that they really like.

Although the crafts of weaving, spinning and dyeing are traditional, they, as a Guild, aim to bring them to a younger audience and encourage people to “have a go” and to take them forward into the 21st century.


Make Aberdeen

MAKE is Aberdeens first digital fabrication studio.

Their studio is based in 17 Belmont Street and hosts a wide range of digital fabrication tools, offering people low cost access to equipment and knowledge to advance what they make.

MAKE brings people into a vibrant network involving professionals, technology, design, engineering, coding and many others. Their network spreads across Scotland, the UK and globally through the FabLab network.

One main goal of MAKE is to reduce the inherent costs associated with prototyping and manufacturing. The expense of setting up a new business for anyone is typically expensive and high in risk, however MAKE offers use of this equipment at low cost.

They support users with an established network of advice, previous experience and potential opportunities.

MAKE reduces the capital cost issues for designers and makers, supporting startups to develop, grow and bring innovative services, products and ideas to the forefront of Scottish Industry.



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