That's interesting. In the US, I think we have tended not to encourage students to "tinker." Even those who are interested in things like robotics often come to their first meeting having never used a tool...I hope that changes.
The Maker Faire, first held in the San Francisco Bay Area in 2006, is a giant faire for all things creative and fun. There are now many mini and large scale Maker Faires throughout the world. There were 100 last year.
Given the the title of the article, it is appropriate that this year will be Shenzhen's first to host one of the handful of large scale Maker Faires (the last two years they had a mini-Maker Faire).
The Maker Faire in Shenzhen is just next month, right? Yep, I think that will be huge, and it will be interesting to find what the ratio is going to be in its attendants between amateur/aspired Maker vs. professionals based in Shenzhen who want to move up the food chain.
I guess its very common in the Asian culture to work on the weekends also if there is a demand to finish the work. Indians are also very good in working on weekends or working past 9pm most of the weekdays. People need to learn how to balance work and life. I know its easy to say and so very difficult to follow.
Great quote Junko "When I show 3D printer demos, they often say, 'Is that it? Is that all it does?'" While 3D printing is interesting and could be revolutionary in the future there is so much hype about it today I am not surprised that people aren't that impressed when they see it.
I was using 3D printing for models as a grad in the Aerospace industry 15+ years ago, from what I have seen most of the machines available today are just scaled down models of what was available back then. Nice for making models.
There are certainly uses for makers, being able to create prototype cases to wrap around a new device board is great and saves lots of expense having one machined. Need a lot more innovation in 3D printing though.
Looking at home 3d printing is the wrong place. In a same way, while every home has a printer, For most print jobs, even simple ones like flyers and business cards , you used a commercial printer.
But if you look at commercial printers you see a large variety of materials(plastics, metals, organics, food, ceramics, some mixed materials), techniques (from printing point by point to layer by layer), dimensions(from printing aircraft parts and houses, to tiny 100nm stuff) and industries(healthcare, manufacturing , prototyping , aviation, fashion.....) .
While there's hype ,there's a lot of innovation in this industry.