2019 Maker List

The Makers!

The current list of Maker exhibitors at the 2019 Make It Dayton Festival. Know someone who should come show off? Send them HERE to sign up!!

Low-Cost Custom Cars

I will show custom low-cost cars and a 12V tool adapter system

IC3D Printers

IC3D’s large object printing combines the best of digital fabrication with materials of all kinds. Experience 3D printed objects and devices made with the new technology!

The Tinker Pi Factory

The Tinker Pi Factory is a STEM learning platform where kids (and adults) can learn about IOT, robotics and 3D printing.

Buildit Challenge

Everything at a Buildit Challenge is designed and built by young people using materials at hand, and their imagination. You can check out some projects from recent Buildit Challenge events and hear about ideas from some of our innovators.

Doug’s Electronics

Even though my name is Doug’s Electronics my product is craft related. Metal Earth models are Stainless steel and brass model kits that you assemble. We now carry Box Theater Crafting kits, and Hanayama metal puzzles. We’ll be selling metal earth model kits and dollhouse kits.

Amateur Liquid Rocketry

Midwest Propulsion Group will be showing (and possibly firing!) off their liquid rocket test stand

MakerBoxes @ Wright Library

See what you can make @ your library. Get hands on with the Wright Library’s latest MakerBoxes–maker kits that check out for 3 weeks at a time! Additional check-out-able how-to, engineering, inventing, and making materials will also be at the table for you to peruse.

Handcrafted Wood and Acrylic Pens

I will illustrate the steps involved in handcrafting wood and acrylic pens including showing some of the tools involved. I can do the same this year, and potentially bring in more of the tools (like my portable lathe) and potentially have a demonstration. But given the safety issues, this can’t be a public interactive display. If allowed, my wife would also like to display and illustrate the steps in her eco-printing, where images of leaves are printed on paper using natural dyes.

FlexQuad® Electric Cars

We supply car kits. These are low speed vehicles that you steer with your feet. They fold up for easy storage and are a portable alternative to golf cars and electric scooters. Yet, you build and customize it!

3D print anything anytime anywhere!

Learn how to 3D print absolutely anything! We will be talking about 3D design, 3D imaging and everything else in the 3D Printing industry!

Michael Fehskens

Self-published children’s books, comic books, and coloring books will be shown and information about self-publishing and design will be shared.

Ask me anything about COSPLAY

Interested in getting into cosplay, costuming, or foamsmithing? Come ask me anything! Plus, I’ll have prop and costume examples to see and touch, as well as completed items for sale.

Wright Brothers Chalk Art

I will be creating a Chalk Art design of the Wright Brothers Plane

Dayton Metro Library

Guests will get the opportunity to use one of the library many Maker Kits to create and bind a book of their own to take with them.

Miami Valley Knitting Guild

We will have members actively demonstrating knitting, spinning and other fiber arts techniques, and will give knitting lessons and FREE learn-to-knit kits to interested guests.

Fairborn Flying Aces RC club

Static display rc flight simulators


Galatune is a battle royal card game that got its start in Dayton. Stop by to try the game out yourself and to learn about game design. 2-5 players. Ages 10+

Hands on Pottery

Born in the wilds of southern Ohio and raised by forest creatures, Meg Smallwood has a fire for creation. Working in clay, metal, paint and digital realms, Smallwood Arts brings fantasy to life. Meg, in collaboration with her partner and prime Dan, have been creating fantastic art for over a decade. From fun and functional pottery, out-of-this world prints to whimsical sculpture, these two offer something for everyone. This year we will invite our visitors to watch and engage with the clay on the potters wheel. Meg will be doing live demonstrations of how these lumps of mud become beautiful works of art!

Model Railroading–So Easy, So Fun!

Exhibits will include a working tabletop railroad (T-TRAK), materials and steps to make scenery, building kits, informational handouts. Hands-on includes building a paper house, designing your own railroad engine colors and logo and coloring books for the toddlers who attend.

Steam Powered Spin Art

This year’s exhibit is a two cylinder, double acting steam engine of my own design powering a home built spin art machine where you can create your very own art pieces on 5×8" index cards. You will operate the steam engine! You keep the art! Other engines will be on display and some will be running on live steam.

Take A Hike

Take A Hike, walking sticks canes and wood crafts. No two are alike seeing as every stick is hand picked from nature cleaned carved and decorated in its own way. Custom designs can be done along with custom grips and wrist straps ranging from leather to paracord to rope and twine. You can see examples by finding me on Facebook or Instagram or email alekmartin92@gmail.com with custom ideas or questions.

Washington-Centerville Public Library

Washington-Centerville Public Library supports the Maker Movement through its innovative Maker Kits, Make It programs, and Fixit Clinics.

3D Wire welder printer

We will demonstrate a DIY wire welder printer

Hands On Engineering

Hands on Legos, Tetrix to build and program robots. Design, build, and fly an electric tethered airplane.

Breezy Tunnels

Our exhibit will allow guests to interact, test, and discuss a wind tunnel designed for classroom use.

Computer Science and Aviation History

The Inventors Council presents a relay based computer with tethered robot in 2ft square playground and analog computer to teach computer science and simulation, Wright Flyer in a wind tunnel to teach aviation history, aircraft stability and control. Programming of the computers can be altered and people get to try flying the Wright Flyer. Both demonstrate things to make and how to make things.

Amateur Radio Pavilion

Hands on radio and electronics demonstrations and kit building!

Today’s Microcomputers

As computers shrink in size and cost, they become incredibly faster and more powerful. We are showing a few of the latest micro-sized computers and how easy they are to work with. DMA – Making sense of today’s technology

Dayton 3D Printing Society Community Print

The Dayton 3D Printing Society will be presenting a scale model of Carillon Park’s own Deeds Carillon. The completed (hopefully!) model stands at over 2 meters tall, comprises 173 parts, and taking over 500 hours of printing time. Members of D3DPS have contributed to the design, printing, and assembly of the model. Members will be on hand to talk about 3D design and printing.

Southern Ohio Forge and Anvil – Blacksmithing

We will be demonstrating blacksmithing using mostly tools that were made by the demonstrators. We will also have displays of blacksmithing and foundry work that was created by members of Southern Ohio Forge and Anvil members.

JLM Glass Studio

I will bring my mobile glassblowing studio and offer live demonstrations. Guests will be encouraged to engage with questions and feedback on art direction.

I make custom chainmail ring by ring with a set of pliers. I normally always bring something to work on to show the process for how each project is made.

Parts Express

We will demonstrate the uses of audio exciters and how the sound is affected by the material they are attached to. We will also be showing people how they can build their own Bluetooth boom boxes.

Greene County Public Library – Spark Place

Spark Place, Greene County Public Library’s makerspace, is located on the second floor of Xenia Community Library. You’ll find a variety of equipment to help with creative projects. Our knowledgable staff can teach you to use tools and technology you haven’t tried before. Join us at our booth today to try our laser engraver!

Midwest Naval Combat Club / RC Warship Combat

We are a local club that command radio controlled scale models of the world’s naval warships from the 1870s through 1950s. There are two classes, Treaty which is 1:144 scale and Battle Stations which is 1:96 scale. We have battles of allied vs axis teams and that shoot BBs or ¼” ball bearing at each other in attempt to sink the other guy, yes they shoot and they sink. The ships range in size from less than a foot long all the way to over 9 feet long. We use 3D printers to help create parts and superstructure of our ships.

Dress in a Day!

Watch our costumed historic interpreters create a historic garment from pattern to finished product in one day! Prior to the late 1840s when the sewing machine was commercially used, ladies would sew garments by hand. Men’s clothing was appearing in shops but women’s garments were more custom and thus easier and more economical to create at home. Our team of seamstresses will sew only by hand using period materials to create a dress that will be worn by one of our interpreters. The garment will be fitted where necessary to that person.

Hearth Cooking-A Feast!

Costumed historic interpreters will be spending the day preparing a feast! Using historic methods including Dutch ovens, wood fires, reflecting ovens and locally handmade stoneware bowls. Preparing a large feast takes all day so visitors will have the opportunity to see many stages of the process throughout the day. We will also use beans plucked right out of our kitchen garden.

Dayton Dynamic Languages

Coding can be easier than you knew, and more fun, especially when you hook it into a variety of gadgetry. Come try out some projects our group members have put together! Don’t just play flappy birds: *be* the bird. Take a NodeBot for a spin. Play a video game… then hack it to suit your tastes.

Blacksmith – Farmers Forge

I am a blacksmith, I will be demonstrating traditional blacksmithing using early 1900’s equipment.

Proto BuildBar

Proto is a fun, hands-on place where people of all ages and experience levels can come together around a simple, yet powerful idea: “I want to make something great.” Join us to learn all about 3d printing in a fun and exciting environment.

Balloon Animals and More!

I’ll show you a few basic twists that can turn a long skinny balloon into a balloon creation. You’ll get to make a balloon dog, sword, or flower to practice the basic steps. You’ll also learn the basics about 260 balloons, where to buy supplies, and recommended Facebook and YouTube sites for additional training.

The Science of Slime

Mound Cold War Discovery Center-Dayton History

Quilts of Valor/Volunteer Piecemakers

We will display completed quilts of valor, readied for presenting in November 2019 to US service veterans or currently serving . We will show the “stages” of quilting process.

How to Make Your Dragon: Free Polymer Clay Workshop

Free polymer clay workshop on making your own dragon! Child friendly!

Usborne Books & More

Unique paper airplanes to fold & fly -patterns include dragons, bugs, flying reptiles, birds, spaceships & More!


Our exhibit is a 1918 Ford Model T World War I ambulance. When the US entered WWI, Ford Motor Company personnel collaborated with the US Surgeon General’s Office, as well as drivers who had served on the front lines in France, to design a Model T-based ambulance suited to battlefield conditions. This ambulance consists of a 1918 Ford Model T built primarily from parts pulled out of barns around the Dayton area. The ambulance body was built from original Ford blueprints supplied by Benson Ford Research Center in Dearborn, MI. The production team includes Glen Fike (mechanic), Richard Hoover (mechanic), Charlie Eddy (CAD, woodworking, and metal machine work), and Jan Servaites (canvas, sheetmetal, and paint work). The project took 3 years to complete.

Butter Making @ Home

Learn how to make sweet cream, German infused herb, cultured and non-dairy butter in 10 minutes. Co-Sponsored with Snowville Creamery


X*ACT’s mission is to encourage community cultural and artistic endeavors and to promote, educate and develop interest in the arts throughout our local and surrounding communities. The X*ACT booth will feature hand-made arts and crafts from local artists, make-and-take activities, and information about upcoming theater shows.

Satellite Tracking

A ‘Satellite Tracking Station’ that communicates with the various orbiting satellites in the sky, such as our ISS (International Space Station). This entails the use of an actual tracking station, using readily available equipment’s. materials, and software to make this a viable demonstration. There are over 180 communication satellites in the sky that amateur operators can work with.

Book Signing – Dayton Beer: A History of Brewing in the Miami Valley

Join Author Tim Gaffney for a pint as you talk about the history of brewing in the Miami Valley. He will be at Carillon Brewing Company starting at 3 p.m. Bring your books or buy copies at the Museum Store or Carillon Brewing Company to have signed!

Book Signing – The Wright Brothers 1904 & 1905 with author Gerard Blake

Meet Gerard Blake, author of The Wright Brothers 1904 & 1905, and have your book (available for purchase in the Museum Store) signed! This book talks about developing and test flying the Wright Flyer II and The Wright Flyer III

Linux is Everywhere!

The Dayton Linux Users Group

Love Cakes by Dorothy Lane Market

Cake decorating demonstrations

Early Settlement Woodworking

Costumed woodworkers will be busy making handles for tools that will be used around the early settlement. Come and try your hand at using tools that were common at the time Dayton was settled in 1796.

Irvin Honey

Learn about beekeeping, the equipment used and the process of collecting honey.

Smart Slumber

Our exhibit will feature information about weighted blankets and the prototype and be an opportunity for guests to learn more about the benefits of our products.


We will see if guests know the difference between recycling and trash! Can they beat our AI recycler?

National Park Service

We will be bringing activities that demonstrate Bernoulli’s Principle and discuss how the Wrights used their understanding of it to design the most efficient airfoil. The ranger-guided activities will also help children learn about the Scientific Method and how to conduct experiments (forming a hypothesis, testing the hypothesis, and drawing conclusions). I will bring the Bernoulli box which demonstrates the principle using cans and a bicycle pump, as well as some smaller paper-based activities that they can take home to continue testing.

The Manufactory

Our makerspace members will be displaying their creations and talking about techniques and the steps they’ve taken to achieve the project. Guests will also be able to make an event t-shirt using precut vinyl and a heat press. It’s tentative, but we should also have a beekeeper with a replica hive, our local robotics club, and a few artisans from our shop

Brea Frey Design

My name is Brea Frey and I am a student at Miami University and a Letterpress printer. I create artwork using a 1300 pound machine made in 1913. At Make It Dayton we will be printing on a much smaller tabletop press. Letterpress was once a necessary process for making books, posters, and every other printed piece of advertisement and entertainment. It almost died when new innovation in printing came along, but in recent years has evolved into an incredible art form. I consider myself lucky to be part of a still growing number of printers who are working to keep history alive and practicing preservation through production. I hope you find joy in one of my greatest joys: making old things new.

FIRST Tech Challenge — PowerStackers

Community Robotics Group. To inspire youth to interest in STEM.


Full-Scale 1850s era beer brewing at Carillon Brewing Co.


Wood-Oven Sourdough Bread Baking at Carillon Brewing Co.

Non Ferrous Casting

Non-Ferrous Casting Company was founded in 1954 and is located in Dayton, Ohio. Five generations of our family have mastered the art and technique of sand casting, four of which have been directly involved at Non-Ferrous. Our company specializes in the green sand process of aluminum, brass, and bronze castings. We have the ability to manufacture everything from prototype or “one off” pieces to large-scale industrial production runs. We can help you with your turnkey operational needs too. From one ounce to 200 pounds, we at Non-Ferrous Casting Company ensure consistent price and delivery from a trust. Check us out at https://nonferrouscasting.com/ or our Etsy store https://www.etsy.com/shop/NonFerrousCreations