One of the most memorable sights from Maker Faire Bay Area last year was watching Petaluma, Calif.-based artist Shawn Thorsson‘s jaw-dropping 8-foot-tall Space Marines towering above the crowd as they worked their way through. Shawn is a master prop builder and was featured on the cover of MAKE Volume 32. […]
For those of you heading to Maker Faire Bay Area this weekend (May 18 & 19), here are some suggestions to enhance your experience. Suggestions include pre-Faire planning, transportation, the Maker Faire app, and more.
For those of you who might have forgotten, let’s go over the rules of Centurion. The object of the game is for every minute, for 100 minutes, drink a shot of beer. It doesn’t sound like a lot, but after completing the challenge you’ll have had 3 liters of beer (or about eight and a […]
We’ve been following the work of [Andrew Holme] and his homebrew GPS receiver for a while now. A few years ago, [Andrew] built a four-channel GPS receiver from scratch, but apparently that wasn’t enough for him. He expanded his build last year to track up to eight satellites, and this month added a Raspberry Pi for […]
How do we make new make new makers? Recent experience shows that when kids are exposed to the context for making, they pretty much handle the job themselves. We just need to get out of the way. The challenge to us adults is, providing that context, and being brave enough to get out of the way. Enter Maker Education Day.
Do you ever wonder why geese always fly together in a V-shape? We’re not asking about the fact that it makes the work load much less for all but the lead goose. We mean how is it that all geese know to form up like this? It’s is the act of flocking, and it’s long […]
David Neevel made one of the best viral videos of 2013, the “Oreo Separator Machine.” It is dry-funny and it stars his whack machine that removes the white [disgusting] faux Oreo cream. He is a maker who knows how to tell a story. He is a copywriter at Wieden+Kennedy in Portland. […]
We’re just a day away from the launch of our 8th annual Maker Faire Bay Area and it’s always so exciting to see the exhibits take shape and the installations roll in. The best thing is that you never know what’s waiting for you around the next turn. It could […]
This year, Maker Faire features more young makers than ever, many of whom have participated in our ever-expanding Young Makers program, now housed in the Maker Education Initiative.
It's no surprise that so many people get inspired at Maker Faire to join in on the 3D printing revolution. Fortunately for everyone at Maker Faire, you can head over to the Maker Shed and pick one up at the event.
Based on the popular (and controversial) Kickstarter project, here is the DIY How-To for creating your own glowing plants with this DIY synthetic biology kit.
Oakland-based artist, blacksmith, and fabricator Jon Sarriugarte and his wife and creative partner Kyrsten Mate have been bringing their incredible vehicles and installations to Maker Faire Bay Area since the very first one in 2006. That first year, they brought their SS Alpha Fox art car and their then-toddler daughter […]
[Martin Raynsford] figured out a way to sneak some learning into a fun package. He did such a good job the test subjects didn’t even know they were teaching themselves just a tiny bit of CNC programming. The apparatus above is a marble maze, but instead of building walls [Martin] simply etched a pattern on […]
Polish Lego builder piotrek839 built this sick robot arm that packs some pretty impressive functionality. It’s remote controlled and uses a whopping 12 Power Functions motors and linear actuators to do its thing. You can read about the project on LUGPol, though it’s in Polish. Filed under: Robotics
Once the DoD requested the 3d printed gun files be removed from the internet, a couple things happened. The Streisand Effect went into full force. The file was shared all over and can still be found easily. I suddenly realized that I was going to be printing a 3d printed gun and doing […]
We agree with [Mário Saleiro] that the motors from a car’s power windows make for a fantastic high-torque solution to your next project. If you have a you-pick junkyard in your town they’ll be dirt cheap after you put in a bit of time to find and removing the parts from the yard. But you’ll […]
Collin Cunningham’s awesome videos are always great to watch. This time, Collin shows how to build a Color Organ, which is a light display that responds to sounds around it, allowing you to build cool visualizer effects to go with your tunes. Long before the dawn of digital music, folks […]
MAKE's 2nd annual Hardware Innovation Workshop concluded yesterday after two inspiring, thought-provoking days. Thanks to all our great sponsors, presenters, and attendees for making it a success. Here's a look back.
[Andreas Schuler] has been playing around with his Rigol DS1022C digital storage oscilloscope. It’s an older model which can capture samples at up to 25MHz, but [Andreas] claims to have quadrupled that using a service menu hack. His technique changes the settings to use the DS1022C at 100Mhz. Usually a hack like this includes some […]
Mechanical Engineer Jeff Landrum examines the future of 3D Printing and how the recent rapid developments in the industry could lead to a new "killer product". There's a countless number of game-changing developments that could arise and lead to a truly consumer-level product. When will we see "the Apple II of 3D Printers"?