DIY projects, how-tos, and inspiration from geeks, makers, and hackers
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We get a lot of questions about 3D Printers, especially when it concerns their use in an educational setting. Here's an exchange between me and a 7th grade science teacher. I imagine my reply could be helpful to others as well.
As a 9-year-old boy I coerced my mother into buying me a Science Fair 50-in-1 Electronic Projects Kit from Radio Shack. It was a miracle in-a-box! I could wire any of the projects in its book, use it over and over without having to buy new components, and even prototype new ideas (though I probably called it "messing around"). It was a precursor to my interest in ham radio and played a key role in my eventually choosing a technical career. Josh Chan's LightUp impresses me as having similar prospects, and more.
Amanda Williams and Bruno Nadeau of Fabule Fabrications want to introduce you to Clyde at this year's Maker Faire Bay Area. Clyde is a hackable, customizable desk lamp designed for both utility and creative expressiveness. He is hopefully the first in a line of objects for everyday life that are accountable to their end user, encouraging hacking, modding, and personalizing.
Instructables user SarahandDillon made a differential light meter with a TL082 op amp; it compares the readings of two photo sensors. This works in the exact same way as the improved transimpedance amplifier, except that the current flowing out of Vout, through the resistor/capacitor barrier, to V- is now the […]
Sometimes finding the right snippet of code to use in your Arduino sketch is as simple as reading the Monday Jolt on the MAKE site.
This week in the MAKE Flickr pool we saw...
Smithsonian Magazine has a great piece about Lego’s influence on future engineers via its MIndstorms robotics set, and kids’ exposure to basic engineering principles while participating in First Lego League action: A recent Brandeis University study shows that kids who participate in robotics contests are more than twice as likely […]
Taos, New Mexico-based artist Christina Sporrong is a welder, blacksmith, educator, aerialist, illustrator, performer, mayhem creator, and all-around badass. Christina will be bringing her incredible, interactive Caged Pulse Jets to Maker Faire Bay Area, May 18 and 19.
Here's a report back from the 2013 FIRST Robotics Competition that took place in St. Louis, Missouri from April 24 - April 27, along with a slideshow and video of FIRST robots competing in an arena.
Avant-garde fashion designer Alexandria von Bromssen‘s Camp Couture school will bring together open source philosophy with high fashion design once again at this year’s Maker Faire. The Camp Couture school is aimed at makers of all ages and skill levels and encourages creative expression by teaching students to create their […]
For next weekend's Maker Faire, each of us editors has one of more beats. My beats include young makers, sustainability, and food. Food and cooking were my entres (get it?) to making and I'm particularly excited about the line-up of culinary related presentations and makers scheduled for Maker Faire.
A while back, I took Duann Scott up on an offer to visit Shapeways' factory in Long Island City, New York, so I could see where nylon and lasers come together to make fantastic objects.
"The internet unlocked the world of bits. 3D printing is unlocking the world of atoms." From the editors of MAKE magazine, the Maker Pro Newsletter is about the impact of makers on business and technology. Our coverage includes hardware startups, new products, incubators, innovators, along with technology and market trends.
The Maker Scouts have entered the independent project phase of this session and with Minecraft practically haven taken over their brains, it was no surprise that they wanted to make something Minecraft related. They came up with the idea of a live action Minecraft game where they would make the rules and make real life versions of their favorite items in Minecraft using real world materials and tools.
If I'm going to wake up at 6am and drive two hours to a workshop, I don't think it's too much to ask to see something mind-blowing. Which explains why I visited the Citizen Astronaut and Space Hacker Workshop at Hacker Dojo, right across the street from NASA Ames Research Center. Iif there's any place to see something so amazing that it makes me angry not to have seen it before, it should be here. The day kicked off with a believable plan for getting ordinary citizens into space. That sounds about right.
Summer Desk Rentals are available at SVA's Products of Design lab located in Chelsea, NYC. Launched in 2011, the PoD is chaired by Core77′s Allan Chochinov.
May, in case you didn't already know, is Maker Faire month. May 18-19—next weekend—is when it all happens. May is also Maker Month at The Crucible, an Oakland-based nonprofit arts education organization that fosters a collaboration of arts, industry, and community. If you're fired up to start making things after Maker Faire, The Crucible is offering $30 off spring and summer classes. Through training in fine and industrial arts, The Crucible promotes creative expression, reuse of materials, and innovative design. The Crucible is also highly regarded for its innovative performances, particularly performances with fire!
In 2010, Natalie and her family made the 10 hour drive from San Diego the Maker Faire Bay Area. They were so excited by what they saw at the Faire that, during the long drive home, they decided they needed to be part of it next year, and that's how the Love & Rockets Young Makers Club was born.
MAKE’s 2013 Hardware Innovation Workshop is only a few days away and I'm really looking forward to the event, especially the “pitches with prototypes” contest. One of the entrants is Nicholas Stedman of Moti. He is trying to make robotics easy for "Designers, Developers & Devious Kids" with his Internet in a motor concept.
What can you make with two cake pans, 20 toothpicks, some lumber, and a handful of screws? A Panjolele! Whitehall, Michigan-based maker Chester Winowiecki loves to make his own musical instruments. A few years back, Chester wanted to make a cigar box ukulele and had the box and wood, but […]