Maker Faire Bay Area 2016 concluded this past weekend and I was grateful for taking the time to attend. Self-described as “part science fair, part county fair, and part something entirely new”, the Maker Faire brings together tech enthusiasts, hobbyists, engineers, educators, students and many more, to show what they have made and to share what they have learned.

The Maker Movement is fascinating to us at Bay Area Circuits, and it’s an effort that we are committed to supporting through the distribution of free PCB design software & online tools, inexpensive and low volume PCB manufacturing, and sponsorship of educational initiatives and projects. 5-10 years ago it may have cost thousands of dollars to invest in PCB design software and manufacturing, whereas today, companies like BAC and our software partner, DipTrace, are providing PCB design software free of charge and manufacturing for as little as $30. We believe that ease of access to software and manufacturing have helped contribute to the “Rise of Makers” and are proud to play a small role in this. And ultimately, as Makers continue to design, create & innovate, we all benefit!

The Maker Faire provided an opportunity to see several of the projects we sponsor up close, and I’m excited to share photos of these projects here.

Maker Faire 2016