Makers in Maryland or the US Mid-Atlantic Region?


#1

Hi all!

I’m building a Food Computer in Baltimore, MD and would love to hear from or meet up with anyone building a Food Computer nearby!

I just finished building (and am starting to work with) the Food Computer v1.1, and I will be building a v2.0 to teach a high school class in a few weeks. I’d love to hear any feedback from makers in the Mid-Atlantic region!


#2

Hi Melanie,
I am in Springfield, VA and am looking to build a PFC v2.0. I have downloaded the Build of Materials (BOM) and started pricing it out at a line item level. Four days ago they posted an update the BOM v2.0.0-beta2, but they still have a ways to go to finalize the build items. Currently, the beta v2 BOM is totaling around $3,000. This cost will go down as they move to a finalized BOM.

Anyway, I would be happy to share notes and resources. It is not difficult for me to get up to Baltimore. I would love to hear about your efforts on your Food Computer v1.1.

Best,
Lyall Vanatta
lvanatta@verizon.net


#3

Hey guys,

I am in Gaithersburg, MD and am looking to build a PFC v2.0 in the near future. I am just getting started over here, but I would love to hear about how you guys are doing. I was considering opening up the possibility of using the PFC as a learning opportunity to a Montessori I had worked at previously in my area. It is just an idea I had played with earlier, however. I haven’t given it too much thought.


#4

Great–thanks, guys!

I’d love to meet up or share more about build processes, Food Computer utility, materials/tools, etc. I plan to build a v2.0 either within the next month or in the summer (pending material listings and funding opportunities for materials). Do either of you have a schedule for when you want to finish your Food Computers?

@aristocatt: I’m going to teach a high school biotechnology class with Food Computers starting next week, so I’d be happy to share and potentially collaborate on some sort of class cirruculum if you’re interested!


#5

Hey all,

Currently assembling materials for a PFC 2.0 here in Arlington, VA. Does anyone know where in the area we can get the acrylic sheets and sheet metal milled? It seems like the TechShop (http://www.techshop.ws/arlington.html) would be a good bet but you need to have a membership to use the CnC machine.


#6

I’m not sure about places in DC/VA, but I did my machining at The Foundery in Baltimore, MD (http://foundery.com) if that helps? They offer day passes for non-members who are “certified” to use the machinery, although the drive up might not make this a convenient option.


#7

Hi all! I currently live in Columbia, MD and am just getting started on my PFC! @Ivanatta, I’ve just made the same discovery you have…yikes! Anyways, I’d love to connect, learn about what you are all up, and perhaps work on a food computer together! Cheers :slight_smile:


#8

@melanieshimano and everyone else.

I live in the Southeast Baltimore County and I have been wanting to put together a PFC. I want to connect and find out more about what your doing and how we could help each other. I want to see how I can make improvements to the software, that being my background. But I want to build a PFC to learn all the aspects.

Thanks,
Matthew Ward
me@wardmatthew.com


#9

To add: I work in Baltimore and live on a farm in Harford county where I’m working on automated grow systems on a slightly larger scale than pfc. I am really interested in the project though and would be happy to contribute technically if you need help.


#10

Great to hear from more Marylanders @kelseykruuuse @wardmatthew @justuseapen ! I’m finishing up the school year with our pilot Food Computer class and would love to set up a potential meeting to see what everyone is up to with their Food Computers–would you guys have time for something like this in the next few weeks?


#11

Yes! I’m usually flexible after 330 in the after noon. Also, my office frequently hosts tech meetups (see elixir) if canton is convenient for any of you.


#12

Thanks, @justuseapen ! I can get to Canton easily for a meetup—what about @kelseykruuuse and @wardmatthew and anyone else who’s intereted?


#13

Yes! Canton works great! I think it’d be great to get together. I’m usually free after 5:45pm on the weekdays


#14

I would love to meet and Canton is about a 10 minute drive from my house. I travel about 80% for work so it’s hard for me to pin down what state I’m in. Literal state, like I was in NYC this week already. Next week I’m in NC.

With all of that being said, if we plan a couple weeks out I can fit it into my schedule. I’m excited to meet people that are as interest in this stuff as I am.


#15

Excellent! Are you all available during the last week of June/first week of July?