DIY projects, how-tos, and inspiration from geeks, makers, and hackers
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Alice Taylor is CEO of Makielab, a London-based startup that 3D prints customised action dolls called Makies. Customers design their doll on the Makie website, choosing facial features, hairstyles, eye and skin colour, and selecting outfits and accessories. The dolls – fully-poseable, and about 10 inches tall are then printed in London and shipped out. For the Makie and Alice, that's the beginning of a long adventure. I spoke to Alice about the adventure that she and Makielab have been on, playing with toys, working with geeks, and bringing 3D printing to the masses.
Bay Area artist, industrial designer, and educator Judy Aime’ Castro loves to share the joy of making, and her enthusiasm is contagious. She is cofounder of Teach Me to Make, leading hands-on workshops to makers of all ages. She develops accessible educational kits that encourage folks to tap into their [...]
This Saturday, 3/16 from 11am through 3pm, Ithaca Generator makerspace in Ithaca, NY, will be holding its grand opening celebration. They’ll be showing off their tools and the projects they’re working on. Check it out if you’re in the neighborhood! Filed under: General
MAKE staffer Chris Connors made didgeridoos out of PVC pipes with a beeswax coating on one end, serving as the mouthpiece — he repeatedly dips the end into molten wax just like he was making a candle. Filed under: Music
Calling all tech-tinkerers, crafters, performers, giant robots, musicians! Vancouver Mini Maker Faire's call for makers is now open. Organizers working with Vancouver Maker Foundation are looking forward to our third Mini Maker Faire here in Vancouver, Canada. Don't wait! Apply now.
We're celebrating the first anniversary of the Pi with the first ever Raspberry Pi Design Contest. Win a Printrbot Jr. 3D printer, and a prize package valued at over $600 for your Raspberry Pi project!
Joscha Weiand’s Loose Joints is a set of wooden poles and a variety of connectors that can be used to make shelving, chairs, and other accoutrements for the home. [via Doornob] Filed under: Art & Design, Furniture
We have another two wonderful Young Maker/Open Make events happening in the San Francisco Bay Area Saturday, March 16. Just like last month, you'll have to pick just one of these two happenings because they occur simultaneously on opposite ends of the Bay. Each offers a flurry of activity that starts at 10am and ends with an inspiring "meet-the-makers" panel discussion. The events are at The Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose and Berkeley's Lawrence Hall of Science. Each museum is also hosting a plussing session, where registered Young Makers can develop and finesse their projects for Maker Faire Bay Area.
One way to remember the first few digits of pi is to count the letters in the words of this phrase...
In celebration of our favorite irrational number, we're offering a limited number of Raspberry Pi boards bundled with the Getting Started with Raspberry Pi book for $54.99. This deal will only be available today or until we run out!
Last week I introduced slicing and CAD software, two key ingredients in a custom 3D Print. This week I'm going to cover the actual use of your machine, how to view and find 3D models, and venture into the still-budding world of DIY 3D scanning. Just like last time, all services listed are free (at least to a certain extent).
Here's a fun new take on 3D visualization and design: Make Your Own Gopher! Months ago, my colleagues and I were brainstorming the curricular connections we could make between making and high school coursework. Anatomy could be a rich area of overlap: students could laser cut slices of skulls and print mini skeleton models to have the kids explore skeletal structures, for example. Dan Sudran, the executive director of Mission Science Workshop, was way ahead of us.
We’re about six weeks out from the 4th annual Maker Faire UK, the largest gathering of makers in Europe, taking place on April 27 and 28 at the Centre for Life in Newcastle. In 2009, O’Reilly Media and Newcastle ScienceFest brought Maker Faire to the UK, and there were Faires [...]
Brooklyn-based maker Chris Hackett is founder and director of the Madagascar Institute, whose slogan is: “Fear is never boring.” Can’t argue with that! In MAKE Volume 33, Hackett shows us how to make our own welding rods. In his intro he writes: There are a bunch of DIY welder articles [...]
As part of a series of interviews, I am talking to the folks who organize the Maker Faire Bay Area. Here, I talk to Kate Rowe, part of Maker Relations. She has some great advice on preparing your maker exhibit application.
Running and maintaining a workshop with over 200 users from varied backgrounds certainly has its challenges. Eric Hagan, Resident Researcher at NYU's ITP, shows you how to do just that.
When not mesmerizing with anamorphic pac-man scenes in his home, creating push pin portraits, or making simple and simply amazing animated optical illusions, Facebook user Brusspup is busy turning water into waves.
This fun instructable by egbertfitzwilly shows how to make a microbial fuel cell out of jello, yeast, and carbon paper. Here’s how it works, we’re going to mix a little Jello brand Instant Gelatin with some Fleischmann’s Active Yeast and a few drops of plant food. Once that solidifies we’re [...]
Colombian maker Ampletos shows how to screen print PCBs (Google translated from Spanish) using a normal screen printing setup. [via Hacked Gadgets] Filed under: Electronics
In a good way, of course. If Steve Casino lived on a peanut farm, he could be a found-object artist. Steve paints tiny portraits of people he admires on peanuts. He picks the person he wants to depict, sifts through hundreds of nuts to find just the right one, cracks [...]