The Maker Movement is coming to a PBS station near you with the broadcasting of Make48 Season Two, a popular 48-hour invent-a-thon, sponsored by Epilog Laser.
Hosted by the Kansas City Art Institute, 12 teams are given real-life problems to solve with the creation of prototypes using fabrication equipment such as Epilog laser equipment and 3D printers.
“The Art Institute in Kansas City, where it’s held, has an Epilog laser system so the contestants all have the opportunity to use that to create their prototypes to win the competition. When they approached us this year, we totally jumped onboard,” says Epilog Marketing Specialist Amy Dallman, adding that the company also provided a monetary contribution in terms of sponsorship as well. “(Season One) was really well-received and it’s also a part of the Maker Movement, focusing on making things to meet real-world problem, so we really wanted to be a part of that.”
Filming for Make48 Season Two began on September 28, with the 12 teams from 12 states “developing innovative products in a secret category and battling the 48-hour clock,” according to the competition’s website.
This is the third time Epilog Laser has sponsored Make48. The company has also sponsored a number of Maker Faires across the U.S. to the Maker Movement. “We think that it’s a fantastic crowd who sees the limitless possibilities that the laser brings in terms of not only branding and customization, but also building and making—the capabilities are endless,” Dallman tells A&E magazine. “The things that these guys come up with—prototypes and models—the end-results that they want to make—it helps bring their visions to a reality and it’s really cool to see all the things that the laser can do and how it can turn design they’re working on into real-life working products.”
Make48 Season One will begin airing on KDBI Denver at 7 p.m. on October 28. See the schedule below for air dates and times. Episodes are also available to view online.
For more information, visit www.make48.com.