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Technology Makes for Amazing Gifts

By Velleman NV /  Nov 20, 2017 4:55:14 PM /   Posted in Events

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As we begin to head into the New Year, we all know that the Holidays come first. In our current society, there have been so many technological advancements that it’s very hard for one to keep up. This holiday season why not check out our gift giving guide for those that are on your lists this year. 

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Minikit Madness Giveaway

By VellemanStore /  Feb 23, 2017 2:46:35 PM /   Posted in Latest News

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March Madness? More like Minikit Madness. We're giving away 4 minikits to 4 lucky winners this month. Just tell us what your favorite Velleman minikit is and you'll be entered to win!

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12 makes of Christmas

By VellemanStore /  Dec 13, 2016 7:56:00 AM /   Posted in Projects & Hacks

This year celebrate Christmas with a new tradition — the 12 makes of Christmas. We've picked a minikit to complete each day until Christmas is here.

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Bay Area Maker Faire Recap

By Administrator VellemanStore /  May 19, 2015 12:56:49 PM /   Posted in Entertainment

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The event may be over, but the movement is just as strong as ever. This past weekend we attended the Bay Area Maker Faire in beautiful San Mateo, California. We were only there for three days, but the experience was enough to last a lifetime.

Typically a weekend event, Maker Faire started a day earlier on Friday this year. School children from the San Mateo area were bused to the event to experience everything Maker Faire had to offer. A flood of mini-makers washed over the Faire in a matter of minutes and their excitement was contagious. Laughter filled the air as kids of all ages found themselves in a wonderland of steampunk creations, LED art installations, and a circus tent packed with 3D printers. The amazing thing about Maker Faire is that you don’t have to be an engineer or a hardcore technophile to appreciate the creations people have brought to life. 

 

And there’s something for everybody!

Microsoft, a “goldsmith” level sponsor was located in the 3D printing pavilion near our booth. While Microsoft isn’t known for their 3D printing, they had created a pressure sensitive LED fixture similar to that of the famous scene in “Big” where Tom Hanks dances a tune in FAO Schwarz. Throughout the day we could hear people dancing tunes like Harry Potter theme music. Just outside our circus tent, a young maker had created his very own, life-sized, remote controlled Dalek from Doctor Who - EXTERMINATE!

 

1 Booth. 3 Days. 150,000+ People.

The newest addition to Maker Faire this year was the 3D Printing Pavillion, or the circus tent as we called it, was a madhouse of whirring machines and bewildered attendants. 3D printing might not be as niche as it was a couple of years ago, there was an abundance of new innovations to the industry. Our booth neighbor at FormLabs brought their CLIP-like printer (Continuous Liquid Interface Production), and Stuctur3d Printing even brought their specialized extrusion head that can print with silicon. That’s right, the same silicon that comes from a caulk tube. 

Attendants were astounded with our project catalog which contains a description of our entire selection of DIY mini kits, including a special alternative energy education project. In addition to our mini kits, we also had our most popular test equipment on display alongside our soldering stations and accessories.

Our most popular attraction, aside from showcasing our dual extruding K8400 and single extruding K8200 3D printers, was our special giveaway. Attendants had the chance to win a K8200, our first generation 3D printer with unique moving, heated bed.

If you entered the drawing for the K8200, stay tuned this week as we will be selecting the winner this Friday!

While we most certainly did not see 150,000 people at our booth alone, there was an amazing turnout for Velleman, Inc. During the Faire, we had the opportunity to meet our loyal customers and pave the way for new relationships. From older hobbyists all the way to little tykes looking for a kit to practice their newfound soldering skills, we truly enjoyed meeting face-to-face with those that have supported us throughout the years. 

 

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