23 3D Printers to Drool Over

‹ › View All This is our 3D printer shoot-out weekend at MAKE HQ, and we’re putting all the newest machines to the test in our labs. But we thought we’d give you a little preview. The machines in this gallery are not everything we’re testing this weekend, but the varieties of designs and the […]

Tim Hunkin: Illustrator, Engineer, Cartoonist, and Maker

Tim Hunkin In his presentation at the the Elephant Castle Mini Maker Faire last month, Tim Hunkin, an illustrator, engineer, and cartoonist, talked about the homemade amusement arcade he has built over the past 15 years and his work at the Exploratorium in San Francisco. It’s a great talk. Have a look:

Component of the Month: The Transistor

Each month this year, we’re exploring a different electronic component, delving into what it is, how it works, and how you use it in projects. Last month we covered capacitors, and before that we looked at LEDs and diodes. This month we examine tranistors! As always, we’ll start things off with an introduction to transistors […]

Maker Pro Newsletter, Special Edition

“There’s been very little in the way of actual numbers or data documenting the growth of the [hardware] ecosystem.” 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, and innovators, along with technology and market trends. Please […]

UPS to Offer 3D Printing Services in Select Stores

UPS Stores announced Wednesday that it will start offering 3D printing services in a select number of its retail stores, making it the first national U.S. retailer to do so. The first store is in San Diego. The company plans to offer the service in a Washington D.C. store next week. There are plans to offer […]

PiLarm: How to Build a Raspberry Pi Room Alarm

I’m always on the lookout for those teachable moments. Inspiration struck me when my 5-year-old asked for help in keeping his little brother from sneaking into his room. I spotted the perfect time to teach him about inputs, outputs, and programming. Learning is easier when the lesson centers on solving a personal problem. I could […]

Germany’s Maker Faire Hannover Features Sir Elton Junk, Monkey Business, and More

The fine makers of Hannover, Germany, are hosting their very first Maker Faire Hannover this Saturday, August 3, from 10a.m. to 8p.m. Produced by Heise Zeitschriften Verlag GmbH Co. media group, the event has an interesting array of makers who will be presenting their projects, everything from 3D printing to fabric art, sculptures, robotics, and […]

Using NeverWet to Protect Electronics

Last month we covered NeverWet, a chemical sold by Rust-Oleum that you can apply to stuff to make it resist water. Now, Adafruit has taken it to the next level by coating various electronics including one of MAKE alumna Becky Stern’s projects, the Flora bike helmet. It sounds like a fun tool to play around […]

Middle School Robot Making on Cape Cod

Remember when Cape Cod was primarily a place for whale hunting? Those days are past, but in mid-August, Cape Cod will be a whale of a good time for some middle school makers. Cape Cod Community College, in West Barnstable, will be hosting Summer of Solar Science Aug. 12-16. The fee for this week long […]

Crashing, Rolling, Printing, Foo-ing, and Crowdfunding (Plus a Poll!)

Image by Flickr user Andy Magee. It was an interesting ride home from MAKE HQ yesterday, I’ll tell you. On my ride home down lovely Route 101, I was the lucky participant in a 6-car pileup that started with a pickup truck racing down the hill and not seeing that traffic had come to a […]

Cory Doctorow: Every act of Making Begins as an act of Unmaking

In a keynote presentation at the Elephant Castle Mini Maker Faire last month, Cory Doctorow had some interesting things to say about making and much more. “The gateway drug to making is breaking,” he says. “That is to say, every act of making begins as an act of unmaking.” Have a look:

Lego Mindstorms EV3 Source Code Available

The new Lego Mindstorms microcontroller brick, the EV3, sounds pretty great! It has an ARM9-based processor running Linux, which means that hackers are chomping at the bit to tinker around under the hood. To that end, they’ve released the EV3 source code on Github. To get an idea of how cool the Lego hacking scene […]

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