DIY projects, how-tos, and inspiration from geeks, makers, and hackers
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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 [...]
Born out of a collaboration at famed Chicago hackerspace Pumping Station One, Board Forge is a six-person startup developing a prosumer-grade, open-source circuit board assembly robot. This weekend at SXSW Create, I got a chance to snap a few photos of their prototype version 1.0 while chatting with founder Jeff McAlvay about the democratization of industrial electronics assembly equipment.
New York City-based researcher, designer, innovator, and entrepreneur Benedetta Piantella is a master at overclocking her mind. She’s an adjunct professor at two universities, teaching such courses as human-computer interaction, user experience, and physical computing. Concurrently, she’s a tech consultant for UNICEF and a technology architect for Columbia University’s Earth [...]
Enter for a chance to win $2,500 to bring yourself and your project to Maker Faire Bay Area, on May 18th & 19th in San Mateo, CA.
Andrew Deagon, Steve Frehn, and Ian Schaser were inspired to create NeckFX after Andrew dreamed up the idea while recovering from knee surgery (Because you know...pain meds). NeckFX is a custom attachment for guitars that light up LEDs as the guitar is played. While I don't play the guitar (or have any musical ability what so ever) an LED powered guitar seems pretty cool to me. They built a few prototypes like the one shown in the video and even sold them to bands and musicians. They launched a Kickstarter campaign in hopes of raising enough money to ramp up production and really scale up their maker business. But it didn't work out that way.
Our 8th annual Maker Faire Bay Area is coming right up, and we need your help spreading the word. If you love Maker Faire as much as we do, why not join our street team? We’ll send you a packet full of flyers and postcards, you post them up in [...]