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'Tis the season for Maker Faire's

Maker Faire is an event created by Make magazine to "celebrate arts, crafts, engineering, science projects and the Do-It-Yourself (DIY) mindset".

So what has GorillaMaker been up to? Glad you asked! We've been touring the Maker Faire circuit. Here's a list of shows we've been to recently. 

So what's on the calendar now? Glad you asked! 


Glenn Warner Signs Publishing Deal With CelebrityPress To Co-Author New Book

Glenn Warner will team with Brian Tracy and several leading experts from various industries to release the new book, “Ignite Your Life: The World’s Leading Entrepreneurs and Professionals Reveal Their Secrets to Ignite Your Health Wealth and Success” by CelebrityPress.

Glenn Warner - ZooKeeperVerona, KY- December 9, 2015 – Glenn Warner has joined Brian Tracy and a select group of experts and professionals to co-write the forthcoming book titled, Ignite Your Life: The World’s Leading Entrepreneurs and Professionals Reveal Their Secrets to Ignite Your Health, Wealth, and Success. Nick Nanton, Esq. along with business partner, JW Dicks, Esq., the leading agents to Celebrity Experts® worldwide, recently signed a publishing deal with each of these authors to contribute their expertise to the book, which will be released under their CelebrityPress™ imprint.

Ignite Your Life is tentatively scheduled for release in early 2016.

About Glenn Warner:

From a very early age, Glenn Warner had the drive to understand what made things tick. He needed to know how to make things tick better. Growing up, he saw the dawn of the technology revolution, which only added to his passion for understanding creativity.

Having worked up the ranks of a Fortune 500 company for over a decade, Glenn ultimately found “big business” slow to change. As a firmly established Information Technologies expert, he struck out on his own and founded American Computer Solutions. With a standard for providing the very best solutions for his clients’ needs, ACS took root.

Always seeking the next challenge, Glenn knew there was more to do. Seeing the unlimited potential and endless capabilities in a barely tapped industry, Glenn dove headlong into 3D printing and thus GorillaMaker was born.

With many successful businesses flourishing at the same time, many people asked two questions: “How does he do it all?” and “Can he help me succeed too?” Glenn has worked with many companies that have started out very small and watched as they doubled and tripled their income. Glenn loves working with broken companies to help them succeed as large as they can dream. Over the past five years, Glenn has helped many companies grow. One company had over a million in sales “pre-Glenn”. Two years later that turned into five million. Glenn spent countless hours working with owners and their staff giving the tools they needed to be successful. He believes it’s all about changing the culture so the company can prosper for years to come.

Glenn is a big believer in the BNI concept of ‘Givers Gain’. With that, Glenn will give any company 30 minutes of his coaching for free. Glenn has had many people help him over the years. Michael E. Gerber, the author of the EMyth, changed his life. He took time out of his day to lead Glenn on the right path and gave him the tools to become successful. He not only guided but inspired Glenn, even going so far as to saying he has many books in him yet to be written.

Glenn loves to visit his clients so he can see the progress for himself. Inevitably, they all tell him how their sales have increased as well as productivity. That type of results is what drives Glenn to take them to the next level.

When you first meet Glenn, you will undoubtedly find his energy infectious. In just a few hours, he will have numerous avenues to getting your company on the right track. Even if you think your company isn’t broken, you will find that there are many things you can do differently to make your business more successful.

Call Glenn Warner at 859-918-9900 or visit

About Celebrity Press™:

Celebrity Press™ is a leading business, health and wellness book publisher that publishes books from thought leaders around the world. Celebrity Press™ has published books alongside Jack Canfield, Brian Tracy, Dan Kennedy, Dr. Ivan Misner, Robert Allen and many of the biggest experts across diverse fields. CelebrityPress™ has helped launch over 1500 best-selling authors to date.

Learn more at


Kasey Kalchert
Dicks and Nanton Celebrity Branding Agency®

Barnes & Noble FIRST EVER Mini Maker Faire

Barnes & Noble, in partnership with Make: Magizine,  is hosting their FIRST EVER Mini Maker Faire and we are proud to be showcasing our 3D Printers at 2 locations.

Florence Square - 7663 Mall Road, Florence, KY (click for directions)

Newport on the Levee - 1 Levee Way #2127, Newport, KY (click for directions)

There will be learning, projects, demonstrations and collaborations!

Make Workspace

Join us in in the Maker Faire fun at Barnes & Noble stores to see demonstrations that will amaze and inspire you! In the Make Workspace, a tech-educational expo, we’ll do product demos for 3D printers, drones, robots, coding, programming, and more. This is the future—come see it unfold before your eyes.

Event Schedule
Friday Saturday Sunday
3:00 PM 11:00 AM 11:00 AM
6:00 PM 3:00 PM 3:00 PM
6:00 PM

Meet the Maker

Come meet the leaders of the Maker movement! These are the people changing the way we learn, ideate, design, create, and build the future. They’ll be visiting your local Barnes & Noble store to talk about their process, their creations, and their vision.

Event Schedule
Friday Saturday Sunday
5:00 PM 1:00 PM 1:00 PM
7:00 PM 5:00 PM 5:00 PM
7:00 PM

Raspberry Jam

Event Schedule
2:00 PM

Make & Collaborate

Makers are DIY-ers with a tech twist. Come make and collaborate—then share! We provide the materials; you dream up the product. The only limit is your imagination. Get hands-on experience in design, handcrafting, and construction in the spirit of collaboration and teamwork.

Event Schedule
Friday Saturday Sunday
4:00 PM 12:00 PM 12:00 PM
5:00 PM 4:00 PM 4:00 PM
5:00 PM


*Schedule provided by Maker Faire Website

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International Space Station Commander Barry "Butch" Wilmore shows off a ratchet wrench made with a 3-D printer on station.

International Space Station Commander Barry "Butch" Wilmore shows off a ratchet wrench made with a 3-D printer on station.
Image Credit: NASA

What do you do when you’re 268 miles above earth, no hardware store in sight and you need a ratchet wrench to make repairs on your space ship? If you can download a file and it fits on your 3d printer, problem solved. While this isn't the first 3d printed object made in space, it is the first created to meet the demands of an astronaut. NASA was testing how tools could be printed, on demand, in space.

I remember back when Scotty needed an odd tool to fix their star ship. They had a library of parts to choose from and their replicator would make the part or tool. Will space missions generate tool libraries so astronauts could save space and print on demand? Think of a vast library of parts and tools to meet any needs in space. This could also be done here on earth for ships at sea or even the outback. Like you’re going to find a hardware store in the jungle? With internet and email availability, options are limitless.

Gorilla Maker and NASA 3d Printed Wrench

Gorilla Maker printed 3d wrench and NASA rendition.

NASA provided the STL for download and we printed one out of red ABS. We chose ABS over PLA as we have found PLA doesn’t flex well and is not very strong. Printing took 3 ½ hours with no raft or support and used almost 15,000mm of filament. That’s almost 50 feet! Our testing shows the wrench can withstand 3 inches per pound of torque. Not too shabby for a 3d printed plastic tool.

STL File from NASA :
Thingiverse link to NASA Wrenches :

TimePrint Time
≈ 3h 17m

MeasurementsWidth = 33.13 mm | Height = 26.00 mm
Length = 114.23 mm | Layer Height .20 mm

Filament Usage

Filament Used
≈ 14763.20 mm