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Make:cast – Scott Swaaley – Engineer, Educator & Entrepreneur

Wed, 01/13/2021 - 23:02

Subscribe to Make:cast on Itunes or Google Podcasts. You can also find it on Spotify, Deezer, Podcast Addict, PodChaser and Spreaker. A list of previous episodes of Make:cast can be found here. Scott Swaaley of Make Safe Tools As a maker, San Diego-native Scott Swaaley is a triple-threat.  He can […]

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LED Lit Felted Mushrooms

Tue, 01/12/2021 - 16:00

Practice “slow making” and mindfulness while needle-felting, then sew on a light to complete the magical experience

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Plan C Live: Getting Every Kid A Desk And A Laptop

Mon, 01/11/2021 - 22:20

Having a place to work is important and, although “a room of one’s own” is an impossibility for many, a dedicated workspace to be creative and for virtual learning (or plain old homework) improves engagement and outcomes. Having a laptop and a desk at home has become a necessity for […]

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Adafruit Interviews The New Owner of Radio Shack: Tai Lopez

Mon, 01/11/2021 - 19:45

Ever since the close of Radio Shack, we’ve all been watching to see what would happen to the name, and legacy of the franchise. For many of us, Radio Shack was our introduction to DIY electronics, and our only source of components before online shops were widely accessible. In the […]

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Cool Crowdfuning: Handheld Laser Engraving, 3D Scanners, and Multi-Material Upgrades

Fri, 01/08/2021 - 17:10

We receive so many pitches for crowdfunding projects. They pour into our inbox daily. Since crowdfunding is a bit of a gamble, it is always kind of hard to determine just how to write about these projects, considering that many of them may not ever deliver. Cool Crowdfunding is our […]

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First Look: The Creality Belt Printer, A Tiny Automated Factory On Your Desktop

Thu, 01/07/2021 - 16:00

We’ve seen several iterations of the “Belt Printer” concept over the last few years. The concept is that the bed of the printer is a belt, allowing for you to print objects that stretch off into the distance theoretically as long as you have space and can keep feeding it […]

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Can You Make A Wooden Canoe, Without The Wood?

Mon, 01/04/2021 - 17:08

When an engineer gets curious about whether or not a thing can be done, typically we get some interesting results. Xyla Foxlin had previously made some fantastically beautiful wooden canoes and found herself wondering, at the fiberglass covering step, if she could forego all the fancy woodwork and end up […]

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Great Maker Classes For January: Robotics, Paper Airplanes, and Engineering

Mon, 01/04/2021 - 16:00

Start your new year off right with some fantastic classes! Maker Campus brings you education from makers like yourself. Go check it out and keep checking as we’re adding classes and instructors all the time. For January, we have a few great choices that are sure to springboard you through […]

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Make:cast – The Last Place For a Makerspace

Wed, 12/30/2020 - 19:28

The last place you might expect to find a makerspace is at The George Mark Children's House, a pediatric palliative care facility in San Leandro, California. It is a place that cares for families who are going through the difficult end-of-life process for their child. I talk with Dr. Joan Fisher, the medical director, and Dr. Gokul Krishnan, a pioneer in the practice of maker therapy who just received a NSF grant to design and build a makerspace at the George Mark House.

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4 Ways To Get Those Perfect 3D Printing Supports

Wed, 12/30/2020 - 16:00

Since I began 3D Printing, I’ve found supports to be a frustrating necessity. They do perform a job, but they are a real pain in the behind. Sometimes they stick too well and can’t be removed, they make prints take longer, they mar the surfaces. All around, they are just […]

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How The Heck Do Eink Displays Work? Let Collin Explain

Wed, 12/23/2020 - 16:00

Eink displays have been getting more and more readily available. Now is a better time than ever to include one in your project. They come in lots of different sizes and even now have multi color options. Collin, in the conintuation of his “Collin’s Lab” educational series, tackles this display […]

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Maker (Faire Producer) Spotlight: Ian Cole

Wed, 12/23/2020 - 04:46

Ian Cole has been at the helm of Maker Faire Orlando, and its parent organization The Maker Effect Foundation, since its inception. While this spectacular, volunteer run event did not take place in November as usual, Ian has been no less busy manifesting maker experiences for others (and acting as […]

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Making And Testing A Cheap DIY Heat Box For Sanitizing Masks

Tue, 12/22/2020 - 16:00

Over the past few months, a group of committed volunteers from the Philadelphia Makers Meetup have come together to address the shortage of lifesaving face masks.  Our objective was to design a practical, DIY device that could sanitize reusable PPE in accord with the following 6 criteria:   Quick, cheap […]

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This Giant Arduino Actually Works… Kind Of

Mon, 12/21/2020 - 16:00

Any maker who loves their Arduino wishes they had more. Typically though, they don’t simply mean BIGGER. Zach, however, did mean bigger: 12 times bigger! Zach’s giant Arduino is mainly comprised of wood, cnc milled to look like the tiny blue board. A fresh coat of paint and some 3d […]

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You Could Play With Some Serious Industrial AI In Make’s Latest Contest

Mon, 12/21/2020 - 16:00

It isn’t every day that makers get to take a $5,000 industrial AI platform to pull off their dream project. Yokogawa, a world leader in industrial automation, reached out to us because they want to see what makers can do with the E-RT3 Plus. After years of seeing incredible projects […]

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Make:cast – Machine Learning for Beekeepers

Fri, 12/18/2020 - 21:27

You can learn a lot about the health of a hive by listening to the sounds that bees make, as a beekeeper would do. The developers of the LongHive project, featured in Make Magazine Vol 75, tell us about their efforts to use machine learning to detect the presence of the queen bee by recording the sounds of the bees in the hive.

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