I’m excited to the point of no return this week, as this will be my first official Maker Faire, and I’ll probably overdose on Maker-related things and activities. I’ll probably take too many photos, and talk to too many people, but that’s OK, as I can’t imagine doing anything else. I hope to see you there!
Jim Burke from Pumping Station: One has created a kickstarter project for the 2012 Power Racing Series. The goal is to raise $20,000 by October 20th. The donations will go towards funding a new timing/scoring system, more races, safety equipment for drivers, and a few other things. We have participated in this event the past two years, and we had a great time both years. We are looking forward to next years races.
“The Power Racing Series (PPPRS) is an event where Hacker/Whateverspaces turn those toys cars that everyone wanted into highly competitive sort-of racing machines. Teams are allowed quite a few liberties (motors, batteries) but we also made a few restrictions so you masochistic engineers can pleasurably cry yourselves to sleep at night. You have $500 to do this with (aside from safety equipment, cause we don’t want to mop you up either). You also compete in three events, and you’ll have to do more than just drive fast (re: be entertaining) to win points. After all, it’s not like we want an actual race to break out. Oh and it is rather unsafe, so you’ll sign a waiver. You built it, so we knew you’d understand.”
Milwaukee Makerspace took 2nd place and 3rd place in the overall competition and 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the Builder-Points-Only sub-competition!!!! I was an amazing trip and a good time was had by all. Congratulations go to i3Detroit, who won 1st place in the overall competition.
Grave Digger is just about done, assuming it doesn’t dig its own grave!!! The wires got a good bit warmer than I cared for. The expected duty cycle on those wheel chair motors must be crazy low. I may run at 12V.
That steering wheel is also way too small. I’ll likely weld on handle bars tonight.