Thursday, 14 December 2017

8 DIY Leather Gifts That Don’t Take Forever to Make

Linn at Darbin Orvar shares 8 simple and lovely DIY leather gift ideas.

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A Year After Our Virtual Reality Issue: Trends We’ve Seen

In July of 2016, we published our Virtual Reality focused issue of Make: magazine. Let's revisit VR, and see how it's changed.

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Edible Innovations: Maker Faire Rome Showcases the Future of Food

100,000 visitors and over 700 projects from over 60 countries came to Maker Faire Rome, a faire that's been nicknamed Maker Faire Europe.

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Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Making Your Own Game Components

Everything you need to know to bring your own game design to life.

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Nab This Humble Bundle Deal of Skill Building Maker Books

Just in time for the holidays — this Maker Skill Builder Humble Bundle offers up to $227 worth of killer content for just $20.

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Super-Sized Snow Speeder Model Flies, Fights Giant AT-AT

Our favorite Star Wars "it really flies!" model aircraft builder is at it again.

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This Insanely Intricate Nautical Door Will Keep the Kraken Out

John Hansen's nautical door project is simply jaw dropping. Watch him explain how the whole thing is made of nothing but wood.

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Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Livestream-Interactive Confetti Cannon

confetti everywhere!

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Maker Pro News: TechShop to Reopen, Custom Printed Shoes, Maker Faire Shenzhen and More

Catch up on TechShop's scheduled reopening, Maker Faire Shenzhen's refocused efforts to highlight professional makers, and more.

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Edible Innovations: This Bolognese Sauce Is Made With Crickets

Lee Cadesky is a scientist, engineer, passionate foodie, and maker, whose love for experimentation led him to create a cricket pasta sauce.

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Monday, 11 December 2017

Making a Benchtop Jointer Out of Plywood

Watch an enterprising maker create a plywood jointer using a shop of other homemade tools.

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Build a Hexapod Robot Out of Tongue Depressors

Bob Kat built this robot out of tongue depressors and materials from his trash, proving that ingenuity is all you need to create something.

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State of the Printer: A Look at Industrial Additive Fabrication

These top-of-the-line machines can print huge parts from a range of materials. In some cases, they even print parts for aircrafts.

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Sunday, 10 December 2017

Weekend Watch: A Trip Down Gravity Road

Gravity Road cartoonist brings the comic's lovable robotic sidekick to life and documents the process.

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This Week in Making: Life-Sized R/C Car, Bionic Hands, and New Holiday Gift Ideas

Check out this life-sized R/C car, the slow progression of these bionic hands, and all of the new ideas on our maker Gift Guide.

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Friday, 8 December 2017

Tips of the Week: Stupid Bench Tricks, Glue Gun Rivets, and DIY Battery Packs

This week we have three tips for your bench, how to make your own battery packs, and how to hold tiny objects for painting.

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Program a Light-Up Felt Menorah

Felt Menorah ChibitronicsGive Hanukkah a high tech spin this year by crafting a menorah out of felt and circuits. Each candle will light up on its own when added to the candelabra.

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The Biggest Little Chip: An Intro to the Versatile 555 Timer

Chain three 555s together to create a gadget that will allow you to impose a time limit in games like checkers or Scrabble.

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Thursday, 7 December 2017

DiResta Gives a Tour of His Type-Making Machines and Printing Presses

Take a tour of a growing letterpress printing machine collection.

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Quick Tip: Make a Coin Cell Pack Using Heat Shrink Tubing

By using heat shrink tubing, you can follow Jeremy Cook's method of creating a battery pack. It's both quick and easy.

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Ladyada Interviews Alexandra Dean, Director of The Hedy Lamarr Story

Alexandra Dean's documentary displays the difficulties that Hedy Lamarr faced when trying to be both smart and beautiful.

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Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Arsonists Destroy French Fab La Casemate

A French fablab, La Casemate, was burned down by arsonists who hoped to destroy an institution they believed to be notoriously toxic.

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Add Patterned Skins to 3D Prints with Hydro Dipping

Hydro dipping is the process of transferring images from hydrographic film onto nearly any 3D object by floating the image in a tub of water.

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Hack Your TV Watching with a Two-Button Remote

Lucas Pacentrilli built a remote to make things easier on his girlfriend's grandfather, who struggled with changing sources on his TV.

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A Citizen IoT Network for Makers has Formed in San Francisco

Noodle! Coins uses low power Bluetooth to crowdsource connectivity for maker devices at a radically cheap price.

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Tuesday, 5 December 2017

How To: Quick and Sturdy Workbenches

Turning old doors and 2x4s into rock-solid little workbenches.

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TechShop’s New Owner Discusses Future Plans

The interview goes into their ideas for necessary changes to the company, possible options for previous members with lifetime memberships, their background with Sunflower Wind, an interesting connection to CIA chief Mike Pompeo, and more.

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This “Bee-Dimensional” Printer Creates Some Sweet Looking Prints

These honeycomb sculptures are the result of the B-Code biological 3D printer, a printer that relies on bees to create pieces of art.

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Maker Faire Shenzhen’s Focus on Maker Pro, Education, and Large Scale Art

This year, Maker Faire Shenzhen had a heavier focus on maker pros and education, offering lessons and tours for inexperienced or young makers.

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Monday, 4 December 2017

Adam Savage Learns About Creature Prop Restoration

The painstaking preservation of the animatronic puppets from the Gremlin films.

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Favorite Podcasts

I have only recently jumped into the podcast craze last summer (I know where have I been right? Thanks to Serial) so I thought I'd take a break from makerspaces and share my favorites so far..

99 % Invisible- Did you know that the CIA can come visit a studio set and shut down the operation if prop money used is too "realistic"?  Why aren't we on the metric system yet? These are just a few of the small things that make HUGE impacts. This is the podcast for unsung heroes and things you would never hear about otherwise.

Reply All- How easy is it to hack Trumps phone? Is Facebook really listening to us through our phones? a fascinating technology podcast for all people, minus the crazy jargon, that shapes our lives whether we know it or not.

Revisionist History- Malcolm Gladwell, one of my favorite non-fiction authors, talks about the little things that make a big difference throughout history.  Who knew he hated golf courses so much?

Worst Best Sellers- these librarians are willing to take one for the team and read/discuss the worst offenders on the best seller list. This podcast is filled with lots of laughs.

S- Town- a fan of Serial constantly emails NPR for someone to come out and investigate a murder cover up in his rural town in Alabama. What one reporter discovers is so much deeper than that as he develops a bond with the fan and his friends. My favorite podcast of the year is an amazing sociological study that resonates so much with what is going on in the US today.

Tanis- Ok...for about 2 episodes I thought this was real and I went around telling everyone about this area in the Pacific Northwest that is like a black hole for bad juju (like the black lodge in Twin Peaks).

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I had no experience with the podcast's other popular fictional podcast The Black Tapes so I assumed this reporter who blends fiction with true historical events to explain a large government coverup of a mysterious moving place called Tanis was legit. I mean who really trusts the government anymore? The host Nic portrays himself as a podcast reporter involved with a hacker from the deep web as he regularly updates his real podcast boss on how it is going.  In my defense, I had been re watching alot of old X-Files episodes.  By episode 2 I realized that all the parts are played by 2 people.  This podcast does open up a whole new medium for those who want to present stories without writing a book or having to deal with being published.  I am also enjoying their newest addition about a historical game called Rabbits.

Switched on Pop- why was Justin Beiber's Despacito such a phenomenon? (come on admit it we were all singing along). Although I'm a big ukulele player, I had no musical background otherwise and these hosts are great at talking about fascinating music theory of the popular songs of today.

Crimetown- growing up in Fall River, MA and hearing personal stories my mom told me about how everyone loved criminal and ex-mayor of Providence, RI, Buddy Cianci, I could not resist a podcast all about him and the underground crime syndicate.

If you're going to add podcasting to your makerspace or digital media lab, I suggest listening to a wide variety of podcasts and take a look at what you enjoy about them.  For me, I love clever segments like Reply All's Yes Yes No where their boss from the baby boomer generation asks their Millennial hosts to explain a tweet that he has no idea about.  I also enjoy Worst Best Seller's The Rock vs Wolverine: Movie Adaptation Starring Roles and when the co-host's cat gives book reviews. These segments are endearing as you learn as much about the hosts as you do about the subject.

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DIY Thermocam

My path to building a low-cost, DIY thermal imager kit

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Santa and His Merry Band of Elves Come Alive in this Display

Santa and his merry band of elves come alive in this automated display. Head on over to Maker Share to see it in action.

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Sunday, 3 December 2017

This Week in Making: AI Drone Pilot, Reimagined Frankenstein’s Monster, and More

Watch an AI drone pilot dominate the competition, buy a statue of a reimagining of Frankenstein's monster, or add a tablet to your workbench.

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TechShop To Reopen Locations Through Asset Acquisition

The recently shuttered chain of workshops has reached an agreement with a third party to acquire all company assets, announcing plans to re-open as many stores as possible, as soon as possible.

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Friday, 1 December 2017

Tips of the Week: Filament Dry Box, Phonecam Memos, Testing Car Coolant with a DMM

Did you know that you can check for signs of car coolant corrosion with a DMM?

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This Cross Stitch Is the Ultimate Ultima Homage

Glenda Adams cross-stitch of a screenshot she captured from Ultima is very convincing. It looks like it came straight from the game.

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Maker Spotlight: Joseph Sam

The time that Joseph Sam spent building things with his father and step-father inspired him to become an engineer.

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Maker Pro News: Brick and Mortar Maker Pros, Fabrics Made From Food Waste, and More

This week, read up on small brick-and-mortar retailers who are selling merchandise made by maker pros and small businesses.

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This Robot Can Solve a Rubik’s Cube Faster Than Most People

This Raspberry Pi robot was designed to solve Rubiks Cubes in a matter of minutes. It's pretty impressive, and easy to build!

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Thursday, 30 November 2017

Making an Arduino-Driven, Automated Dust Collection System

Using cheap PVC sewer pipe, an Arduino, and a Servo Shield to create an automate dust collection system.

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Google’s new AIY Vision Kit Lets You Build And Hack Your Own Intelligent Pi-Powered Camera

Create low-power neural network applications, recognize objects, detect facial expressions, and more with the new AIY kit.

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Edible Innovations: Meet the Foodies of Maker Faire Bengaluru

Simona Granda, from Future Food Institute, travelled to Maker Faire Bengaluru to meet the assortment of food makers in attendance.

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Build Your Own Zoo with a Colorful Assortment of 3D Printed Animals

Da-eun "Eunny" Jun, a maker from South Korea, uses 3D modeling and printing to create colorful flat animals and other models.

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Maker Spotlight: Celeste Flores

Meet Celeste Flores, an entrepreneurial blacksmith who trained out of The Crucible makerspace after attending a fine arts school.

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Wednesday, 29 November 2017

April Wilkerson’s Workshop Gift Guide

A popular YouTube maker shares her suggestions for thoughtful shop gifts.

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Maker Faire Rome Welcomes Young Makers with Massive Kids Area

Maker Faire Rome, happening this weekend December 1–3, is gearing up to be a special show for kids of all ages.

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Manly Leg Lamp Puts a Twist on the Classic Christmas Story Light

This piece of art is a great take on the film's gaudy original, although I don't know that it'd be any less embarrassing for the rest of the family.

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Two Teens Restore a 1974 Super Beetle

Claire Nelson and her brother decided that they would buy and restore a 1974 Super Beetle all by themselves.

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Mad Science and Sterling Engines at the DTLA Mini Maker Faire

Witness a collection of art, virtual reality, electronics, robotics projects at DTLA Mini Maker Faire, a free Faire held in downtown LA.

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This Lego R/C Creation Is Just Plane Cool

Adam Woodworth's R/C creations bring whimsical aircraft and spacecraft to life as actual flying toys. His latest creation is a Lego airplane.

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Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Turning a Broken Terracotta Pot Shard into a Lovely Flower Pendant

Bobby Duke transforms a hunk of broken flower pot into a unique piece of pendant jewelry.

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Can You Adopt PlasmaBot?

If you like glowing, 7-foot tall glass robots, creator Wayne Strattman is looking for a new location to let his creation live.

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Finding Creativity In Constraint: Our Saudi Arabia Maker Camp Experience

A diverse staff of creators spent an amazing month in Saudi Arabia teaching a making/tinkering program to teenagers.

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Open World: Vigyan Ashram Is Fostering a Growing Maker Movement in India

Vigyan Ashram was the first Fab Lab outside MIT. They’ve long been a pillar of sustainable innovation and a hidden gem of the Maker Movement.

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Edible Innovations: ViRiDi Is Like Blue Apron for Gardening

Start your own indoor urban garden with ViRiDi, and discover the joys of watching plants grow. Your garden will be sustainable too!

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Monday, 27 November 2017

Alex, the French Cooking Guy, Feeds His Ramen Noodle Jones

How to make your own Chinese ramen wheat noodles and broth.

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Building Bots to Grind in Star Wars Battlefront 2

When games insist you do mindless tasks, assign them to a robot!

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Maker Pro News: Reviving Local Manufacturing, Mourning TechShop, and More

There’s talk, from local town meetings to the highest national policy circles, of how to revive the domestic manufacturing economy

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Sunday, 26 November 2017

This Week in Making: Holiday Gift Guide, DIY Tesla Coil, and One Big Crossbow

This week, check out our Make: Holiday Gift Guide, build a tiny Tesla Coil, or witness the power of one massive crossbow.

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Saturday, 25 November 2017

Weekend Watch: Blitz City DIY

A YouTube maker shares her explorations of electronics, coding and hacking, and nerd life in general.

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Catch ‘Em If You Can: Make Books Lightning Deals This Weekend

Lightning DealsSeveral incredible maker related books will be on massive discount November 25-26, as part of Amazon's Lightning Deals initiative.

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Friday, 24 November 2017

How to Make Hexaflexagons with Vi Hart

The definitive guide to folding these fun, six-sided, foldable geometric model.

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Thursday, 23 November 2017

Craft This Turkey to Celebrate Gratitude on Thanksgiving

turkeyThis arts & crafts project showcases everything you're grateful for on the feathers of a cute turkey.

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Here’s Where to Look for Black Friday Deals on Tools

Looking to buy some new tools for the holidays this year? This will help.

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Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Maker Faire Galicia Shines a Light on Community and Industry 4.0

A small sampling of the wonders that will be on display at Maker Faire Galicia this weekend.

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Understanding How a Watch Works

A mid-20th century industrial film explains how a watch works.

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It's Almost Time For Hour of Code



Hour of Code is coming December 4th-11 so be sure to take part in their online activities and let your local schools know how easy it is to join up. In addition this year I will be hosting a littleBits & Lego WeDo workshops after school for drop in activities.  One of my favorite robots, Dash will probably make an appearance as well (shhhh don't tell Cozmo).

littleBits has been doing a great job putting educators and technology business reps together for webinars so be sure to become a part of their email list. I recently attended:

How to Host An Epic Hour of Code

They are also adding lots of content to their library community blog like this post from one of their Global Chapters including Educators Guide with lesson plans to help kick start your littleBits programming.  One thing I took away from the webinar that I didn't know was Scratch is also making lesson plans to guide educators in using their products and hosting meetup groups for in person collaboration all over the US. It makes sense!




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“Death Star Dad” Returns With A Massive Millennium Falcon On His House

Behold this 28-foot Millennium Falcon that hovers over the roof of a neighborhood home. It's impressive...most impressive.

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Detect Lightning with a Simple Circuit

Lightning throws off all kinds of interference, and some of them are actually very easy to detect with just a circuit.

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Tuesday, 21 November 2017

E-Paper Hacking with Ben Krasnow

Exploring the latest generation of e-paper, how it works, and how you can program and hack the display.

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Capture Moving Timelapse Video with this Motion Control Camera Slider

The best way to take your timelapse videos to the next level is to have the camera move while it's capturing the video. It's tricky but can be done.

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