Saturday, 30 December 2017

Making Acrylic Pour Art with a Colander

Forget spin art. Try your hand at creating some cool art with a kitchen colander.

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Friday, 29 December 2017

Tips of the Year: The Best Tips of 2017

A roundup of some of the best tips we came across this year.

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Thursday, 28 December 2017

Wednesday, 27 December 2017

Gamers Stage Annual Battle for the North Pole

Beasts of War's annual Christmas battle report. This year's foe? Mumm-Ra from Thundercats and a horde of possessed Christmas toys.

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Hacking Apart A Piano To Build A New Instrument

a unique instrument with some peculiar features

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Tuesday, 26 December 2017

Cool Tools “Recommendo” Newsletter in Index Format

The wonderful Cool Tools tips and recommendations newsletter, now in a convenient, searchable form.

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3D Printing and Fiber Arts Come Together

roving wool
We've been getting into needle felting lately at the library. It is really amazing what someone can make just by stabbing wool over and over again...talk about stress relief from crafting!!

One beginners tip is using cookie cutters when you are first starting out to make easy shapes.  So why not 3D print our own cookie cutters?  Here's one of a cat face I found from Yeggi:  It took about an hour to print actual size on our Ultimaker 2.


Before we get started, here are the needle felting tools you will need: 

Needle Felting Kit (this one comes with roving wool too)
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and YES, wear those leather caps for your fingers even if they look goofy. The needle is not like a normal needle. It is barbed AND IT HURTS.

For more color options you can buy bulk roving wool and if you like going with a cute animal kit Hamanka has a ton!







Instructions:
Grab some wool and place it in the cookie cutter shape.


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Hold down with your hand (just not too close to where you are stabbing) and go to town using your needle. Keep flipping it over front and back periodically so it doesn't stick to the foam.  Once you can't pull it apart with your fingers it is done. I made a thin one (took about half an hour of stabbing) just to see if we could actually do this with grade school students in a decent amount of program time.  The stabbing reminds me a lot of how a tattoo gun works.


Special detailed features like eyes are just very small pieces either rolled into a ball or a thin string for the mouth.  Place them where you want and MORE STAB! You can also buy little plastic eyes that you can glue in instead.  Be careful of the needles themselves, I already snapped one. They don't have too much give if you start to bend it.




Just do a search on Pinterest for needle felting to see all the amazing things that you can do with needle felting. Not only does it incorporate 3D printing but you can enhance sewing or embroidery skills.  And for the crazy cat ladies among us.... #lifegoals





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Get Some Practical Use Out of Your 3D Printer

You can easily prototype and fabricate simple parts, tools, and jigs, either from your own designs or from online repositories

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Sunday, 24 December 2017

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Friday, 22 December 2017

UFO Chicken Coop is Out of this World Wonderful

UFO-loving Idaho couple builds saucer-shaped chicken coop.

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Medication Dispenser, Smart Home Sentry, and More: Here are the Winners of Our Sigma Z-Wave Challenge

z-waveWe received tons of great submissions — thank you all! — and today are excited to announce the winners to our Sigma Z-Wave Challenge.

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Print and Fold This Posable Papercraft Star Wars Droid

Build your own Star Wars TK-X7 multipurpose droid with configurable arms, sensors, and weapons. No tape or glue required!

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Thursday, 21 December 2017

Making A Simple Japanese Pocket Knife

The Redsmith fashions a traditional Kiridashi pocket knife from steel stock.

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Start a Business With Your 3D Printer

Reapply your 3D printer skills to start your own business selling prints or training others to use their machines.

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Wednesday, 20 December 2017

E3D Announces A New Water Cooled Extruder

Keep it cool with E3D's new liquid cooled extruder.

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NEW: Electronic + Arduino Faves Added to Humble Bundle

Today we add two new Arduino and electronics books to our end-of-year Maker Skill Builder Humble Bundle deal, bringing the total to nearly $300 worth of ebooks available for a price you name. This particular Bundle focuses on honing essential maker skills like working with sensors and solder. We also […]

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7 Projects of the Year on Latest Maker Update

Donald Bell closes out the year of Maker Update with his favorite projects.

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Quick Mini-Loom Ornament

One of the most fun and satisfying projects in my book Fabric and Fiber Inventions is the little cardboard loom. With just some scraps of board and bits of yarn, you can make really interesting weavings. While the pieces in the book are coaster-sized, I decided it would be fun […]

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StitchKit Hopes to Bring Electronic Fashion to Schools

StitchKit is meant to open the doors to fashion tech for people who previously would have found it too complex.

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Tuesday, 19 December 2017

Edible Innovations: Use Coffee Grounds to Grow Mushrooms

Funghi Espresso is a start-up that aims to get people to reuse their coffee grounds as a substrate for mushrooms.

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Monday, 18 December 2017

Physics Girl Builds an Acoustic Levitator

Explore the floaty properties of sound with acoustic levitation.

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Science Simulation With 3D Printing

This 3D printed model shows off river erosion to students.

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Maker Pro News: Industrial 3DP, Kickstarter’s Hardware Studio at CES, and More

Read up on how maker pros create massive projects with industrial 3D printers, or how Kickstarter is repping Hardware Studio at CES.

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Sunday, 17 December 2017

Weekend Watch: Make It Soph

A UK model-maker shares her love of modeling, crafting, and whatever strikes her fancy.

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Friday, 15 December 2017

Tips of the Week: Distance Between Two Holes, Shop Labels, and Not Over-Driving Your Voice

Sturdy, iron-on shop labels, magnetizing tools, finding the center of a hole, and not over-driving your voice.

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More Twists In The Story of TechShop: 2.0 Agreement Cancelled

The ongoing saga that is TechShop continues to face twists and turns as the Memorandum of Understanding is cancelled.

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These “Forgotten Giants” Hide in Plain Sight

Copenhagen-based artist Thomas Dambo's latest builds, The 6 Forgotten Giants, are hidden in locations around the world.

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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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