SSD Shows Off at Maker Faire

The 2017 Denver Maker Faire was held this past weekend and was a huge success. Solid State Depot showed off the new logo as well as personal projects from members. Dan’s “retro computer” was a big hit playing hi-lo written in Basic.

John M. brought his bare bones $2 Doppler radar sensor made of two transistors and an oscillator, hooked up to an oscilloscope to produce velocity data about objects at a distance. Andrew brought his inverted pendulum.  Using a linear rail, a pendulum is balanced and maintains stability via a PID control loop. This is a classical example of non-linear control theory and requires a combination of mechatronics and control.

Brandon displayed video of the collaborative SSD eclipse balloon launch with VR goggles.

The Maker Faire also hosted the Sparkfun AVC and Combat Bot Division with weight classes from 1 to 30 lbs.

Carter built a 3 lbs “beetle” weight class robot named “Captain Hook” which managed to stay relatively intact while up against Poison Arrow, a 250 lbs BattleBot.

Maker Faire Denver is produced by Colorado Maker Hub, a nonprofit organization that celebrates the Maker Movement and fosters the maker ecosystem.

Sneak peek at the new logo

Introducing the new logo for Solid State Depot!  With Denver Maker Faire coming this weekend, we decided that it was time to roll out our new logo.  Our first use of it was etching a new LED sign for our door, using our laser cutter.

New stickers and new business cards.

The first sticker went to join the world’s largest sticker ball over at StickerGiant.

MakerFaire Denver 2017 Coming in October

Mark your calendars! Denver’s Maker Faire will be held Saturday and Sunday, October 14-15, at the DenverMart on 58th Avenue near I-25. Maker Faires are events where creative and curious people gather to share what they are working on and learn from each other.

A few of the activities going on this year at the Faire are SparkFun’s AVC and Combat Bot competition, Build-Your-Own Drone workshop, and a Boulder U-Fix-It Clinic hands-on lamp repair workshop.

SSD will have a table at the event and is looking for projects to display and people to help set-up, clean-up and man the booth during the event. If you would like to volunteer for a shift and show off a project at our table (volunteers for 4-hour shifts get free admission), sign up here and/or reach out to Jennifer or Andrew at one of our open houses.

See for full details about this year’s Maker Faire!