On one of my favorite blog, hackaday, they had a post about MakerFaire 2009 business card back in 2009 http://hackaday.com/2009/05/30/business-cards-at-maker-faire/ In the article it say “We’ve also heard rumors that [Jérôme Demers] has bunch of resistor bending cards.”
I can tell you that this is not a rumor, here is the proof!
It is time for me to present to you my business card. During my internship at www.Solarbotics.com I was fortunate to get and design my own business card for the MakerFaire 2009. I had some crazy ideas and took effort to get this one accepted! It was finally accepted by my boss.
The idea is to make this resistor bender so it can be useful to you when you assemble a kit. On one of my semester project at University, we had this huge PCB that was a amplifier and we had to solder a bunch for 1/4W resistor. I then decided to make a little quick and dirty resistor bender out of alumiun to help me in assembling my PCB. It turn out to be really usefull.
Here is the picture of alumium version.
These one came from CorelDRAW and then printed on a normal printer. I used cardboard paper.
The plan of my original idea was to able to bend two type of resistor leg width.
A other idea, was when the card was finish, it could also rest like a mini name plate on your desk my desk.
At maker faire, I meet a lot of nice people and here is some cool business card I got.
Limor had those limited aluminium card. I got the last one I also got her Laser cut SPIROGRAPH cards!
Here are some tips if you ever get other people business card. The first one was a tip that I learned from Dave (my boss at Solarbotics) when we went to this really nice electronics expo.
- Take notes. When you are at a faire, you see a lot of people and get a lot of business card. So write down immediately on the back of the card what you where talking with that person. In my case, I had sponsorship proposal, website link, product samples, etc. We once help a mechanical engineer from 3M and he gave us his buisness card and he told us “if you need anything from 3M, you tell me and I will make it happen.” So I wrote down the time and every detail about the problem/project we help him solved. We never know what will happen next! 3M is one huge company!
Here is a example of stuff I wrote on a card after talking to Collin Cunningham we where talking about this website that provide a single place to uploads to major video sharing sites. I have no clue why I did not write that link on his buisness card…
- Make a backup. After MakerFaire, I had a lot of card. I then got this idea to make a backup and took pictures of all my business card just in case I lost them.
- Get in touch. After a few days, send some email to thanks people you meet and get the first inital contact. That will help in the futur when you will need there expertise.
I hope you enjoyed, if you want my card, please come and see me at the solarbotics booth at MakerFaire 2010! See you there!
ps- I will also have my new Beetle bot kit!!