Local performers, artisans, DIY engineers, chefs and crafty innovators come together for the 10th Annual Craft Lake City DIY Festival at the Gallivan Center. This-three day weekend, Aug. 10–12, will encapsulate the craftsmanship that our city cultivates while celebrating Utah’s movers and shakers. Spread across the breadth of these pages are peeks into some of what this year’s DIY Festival will feature. Bring your family, friends, lovers to enjoy what this year’s festival has to offer! Visit craftlakecity.com to learn more about this community enriching event!
One of the great things about the DIY Festival is the variety of creativity that can be found within the booths and among the many artisans—and the unique combinations of creatives that can come together. Binary (binaryslc.com) is a 3D-printing company that is currently exploring robotic-fabrication techniques in the field of additive manufacturing. What they have to offer applies to the architectural and design markets, which Binary is in itself. Binary is looking to bring its skillset and technology to creative minds who may be just a smidge away from their ideas and dreams coming to fruition.
“For us, the DIY Festival lets us speak directly to the slice of the community that we feel most connected to: the makers, creators, artisans and designers,” founder Matt Sutton says. Binary is currently focused on large-scale additive fabrication, such as application to architecture. They have the material capabilities to work in both ceramics and plastics, with plans to venture into concrete a little further down the road. The company can
also provide design services for clientele who may not have the resources or time to develop their ideas enough to actually construct them. One of Binary’s recent projects—with results they are truly proud of—was a living wall project for a local restaurant that used over 70 custom-designed containers printed out from porcelain. “My gut tells me there is the critical mass of creative talent to really utilize and benefit from this kind of technology,” Sutton says.
Binary will be bringing their largest robotic arm to the DIY Festival—one with an eight-foot reach. They’ll use it to continuously make interesting items throughout the festival. “It will be a logistical nightmare to get it there, but we think the impact will be worth the effort,” Sutton says.
Binary surely hopes the display of their potential leads to future collaborations and success, and they hope to encourage and inspire anyone interested in robotics or STEM fields to get busy and actively get their hands dirty while learning as much as they can.