Alamance Makers Guild … On the Roll in the Community!

The Alamance Makers Guild held a public meeting at the Sylvan Learning Center in Burlington, NC on 12 February 2015, 7:00 in the evening. The participants at the meeting were very excited and interested in the discussions, the show-n-tell and learning about the various displayed items of interest.

Jeff Powell, a Senior Biomedical Engineering student from UNC and founder of the Helping Hand Project. He created the Helping Hand Project to combine the power of Open Source Hardware and 3D printing. At the meeting he discussed with the audience the making of 3D printed Prosthesis for children in need and the benefits of 3D printing. Other presenters were James Duxbury who showed a great wood working project, a wood-turned Kaleidoscope. Brett King, steampunk art, displayed and demonstrated the use of his taser. Lee Atkinson, showed and discussed the purpose and uses of his “Breadboard Box,” as it relates to the use of modern electronic components. Paul Schaefer and his group showed everyone a scale model of an aluminum part from the Nike Ajax Rocket. They are building a full-sized rocket that can go into space. Joel Leonard from “The Forge”, a community based organization out of Greensboro, displayed and discussed the “Pi symbol” that was produced from 3D printing. The symbols are being produced by his organization for their upcoming Pi event.

Mr. Ben Harris is the founder of the Alamance Makers Guild. The organization was started on 8 June 2011 in Burlington, NC. It is a group of inventors, artists, programmers, tinkerers, crafters, and educators. They have a wealth of knowledge that they are willing to show case through their talents and skills to educate the community. It should be noted that Alamance Makers Guild is recognized by the White House as being one of four maker cities in the state.

The President of the United States declared 18 June 2014 a “National Day of Making.” The White House produced the first ever “White House Maker Faire.” Ben Harris was rewarded for Alamance Makers Guild efforts at community building in Alamance County with an invitation to The White House for the first White House Maker Faire, as one of 16 “Honored Maker Attendees.” In relation to the many other larger cities out of the fifty states, this is considered a huge recognition for the work that he and his organization is accomplishing in Alamance County.

Ben and his group are steadily working hard in the Alamance County community. Alamance Makers Guild invites all interested individuals from youths to retirees to participate and become new members of the group. Ben realizes that everyone has talents and/or skills, although sometimes the talents and/or skills must be found, created or even fine-tuned, each and every one of us have something special to offer when it comes to educating and promoting our community. Everyone is creative!

Alamance Makers Guild hold their meetings for speakers, activities, or demonstrations every second Thursday of each month. The meetings are free and open to the public, everyone is welcome to attend!

On 4 March 2015, Alamance Makers Guild will be sponsoring a “County Wide Round Table” at the Holly Hill Mall Business Center in Burlington, NC. The event is scheduled to take place from 1:30pm-5:00pm, people from all over the county is invited to attend. Local social, civic, businesses and educational leaders will all be in attendance at this event.

14 April 2015, Alamance Makers Guild will be holding an open meeting: “A Night of Cosplay, Prop Making, and SteamPunk” (Tricks+Tips), at Sylvan Learning Center, 2356 S. Church St. Burlington, NC. The event is scheduled to take place at 7:00pm.

25 April 2015, “Burlington Mini Maker Faire”

*For more information about Alamance Makers Guild and their events, you may email Ben Harris at:  or

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