Josh Stevenson

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School’s In Session: 39 Lessons from the Make: Education Forum

<i>Make:</i> held an education forum at the New York Hall of Science, which consisted of a series of five panels, plus a talk with Carmen Fariña, chancellor of the New York City Department of Education. We can’t tell you everything that the panels discussed, (though you can see it for yourself — on our …

the 3D laser printer

Live Camera Preview<p>See your design take shape before you print. Onboard cameras show you a preview of your design on whatever material you choose. …

Printing

Stem & Learning

Build It<p>Projects to build with your children to ignite their imagination and jumpstart their passion for technology.<p>Code It<p>Perfect for budding …

Prototyping

Zortrax Releases New Software Update, Contest & Free Download for Robotic (KUKA) Arm

The Zortrax lineup of 3D printers is one of our favorites to write about perhaps quite simply because there’s a lot to write home about. The Zortrax …

3D Printing

The New Tormach PCNC 440: Welcome to the Era of the ‘Desktop’ CNC Mill

Tormach today introduced its most compact milling machine ever, a unit that takes up as much space as the average table saw.<p>If that sounds small, it is. The PCNC 440, the latest entry in Tormach’s line of personal CNC mills, is a 450-pound unit that occupies a footprint of just 40″× 32″×42″. By way …

2 Expert Tips to Give Your 3D Prints Smooth, Colorful Finishes

The September edition of the Maker Educators Meetup at the Digital Harbor Foundation in Baltimore, Maryland, featured two remarkable 3D print finishing technique demos presented by co-hosts Shawn and Steph Grimes.<p>I have attended dozens of presentations on this topic, and having written previously …

3D Printing

Optimize for Tiny Victories

I was talking with Dawn C. Hayes, a maker and occasional adjunct processor in NYC earlier this week. We were talking about things like motivation and …

Hayes

Make a Set of These Sweet Wedging Corner Clamps

I love these wooden corner clamps that Izzy Swan just posted to his YouTube channel. They’re an upgrade to an earlier set he’d built years ago.<p>The current version has the wedges attached to the clamp jig so that you don’t lose the wedges in-between jobs. And these clamps are adjustable so that they …

Build a 3D Printer For Under $300 (Plus a Lot of Dedication)

We’ll be up front here: this project isn’t easy. However, if you’re up for a challenge this (or several) weekends, these plans to build your own 3D …

3D Printable Rotary Tool Holders and Accessories

One of the more practical and useful things that a 3D printer can do is print jigs, holders, and other little improvement hacks to annoying problems found with in your everyday tools. Rotary tools, that very universal of maker tools, have lots of holders and accessories associated with them, and so …

Use an Arduino and Relays to Control AC Lights and Appliances

Photos: Christopher Alden<p>In building our latest project, The Great Houdini Escape Room, located in the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco, we tackled many Maker challenges. Everything in the room was built from “scratch.” The room uses over 5,000 feet of wire and is operated on over 5,000 lines …

Understand 1,700 Mechanical Linkages with these Helpful Animations

Mr. Đức thắng Nguyễn (Duc Thang Nguyen) is an engineer from Vietnam. Since his retirement in 2002, he has being working on an amazing animated 3D catalog of mechanical contraptions.<p>Using Autodesk Inventor as a tool, he has documented over 1,700 mechanisms. All from gears, couplings, clutches, …

Sculpture

The Modular Bench Power Supply To Rule Them All

Right now, [The Big One] is using an ATX power supply as a bench power supply for all his electronics projects. It works, but it’s not ideal. The …

Build Yourself a Camera Slider That Uses a Guide Rail and Friction

In addition to the prototype tripod design that we recently featured, ProductTank has also created a new design for a simple camera slider. A bit …

IFTTT's Maker Channel Connects Your Electronics Projects to Nearly Everything

One of the big problems with DIY electronics projects is connecting them to the internet as a whole. Now, with If This Then That’s new Maker channel, …

Casting Your Own 3D Printed Parts

In response to our post about 3D printing spec parts from the design files in McMaster-Carr’s online catalog, reader Frankie Flood pointed us to his posts about sand casting 3D printed parts. This first piece posted to his blog was his first attempt at documenting casting of the 3D printed parts. …

Definitely not Boring: Old Tech Drills Any-Shaped Hole

When recently ogling some antique pocket knives at a local flea market, I noticed the inlaid shield in the handle. I remember thinking, “Given how many of these things were made, there’s no way they carved each one of these inlays by hand.” As it turns out, I was right! Before the CNC milling …

Enabling Makers To Create “The Next Big Thing”

Ray Almgren Contributor<p>Ray Almgren is the vice president of marketing and STEM evangelist at National Instruments.<p>Makers have long been known as hobbyists or tinkers. However, with increased access to professional-grade tools, the maker movement is transforming business as usual. Through …

DIY PVC Double Barrel Rubber Band Gun

Image Credit: SpecificLove<p>Rubber band guns are a childhood favorite. At least is was for me. I remember shooting my brother with the rubber bands and …

Rubber Bands

Make Your Own Reusable Casting Molds with this Putty Recipe

Casting molds are a pretty handy thing to have around, especially if you’re in the habit of playing with resin or liquid polymer clays. If you’ve ever longed for a custom mold of your own, this easy-to-follow molding putty recipe is a great place to start! It uses readily-available ingredients from …

Track Down

Can't Code? This iPad App Will Easily Let You Make Your Own Video Game

There’s no shortage of nit-picking gamers who feel they could easily make better video games than what’s being released every week. And thanks to a …

Posted: November 21, 2011 in Anodizing projects, Garage projects Tags

There were some questions raised awhile back concerning home anodizing and exactly how it is accomplished. I thought I would share my procedures …

Latr.fm Saves Individual Podcasts Episodes to a Special Feed

Sometimes, you come across an episode of a podcast you want to hear, but you might not want to subscribe to the series as a whole. Latr.fm lets you …

The Smallest Workshop in the World

Introduction: The Smallest Workshop in the World<p>About: Design Communications Graphic & Web Designer Photography NYIP, PSA …

Woodworking

How to Make Your iOS Notifications Smarter with IFTTT

iOS notifications are great for keeping you up to date with whatever's happening in your apps, but they get overwhelming quickly. With If This Then …

Deek, David Stiles, and Joe Everson team up on a "Transforming A-Frame Cabin"

<b>"Affordable, Transforming A-Frame Vacation Cabin Only Costs $1200 to Build"</b><p><b>Details on the full plan set for this cabin is below… BUY THE PLANS HERE</b> …

Redirecting…

Program Your Arduino from Your Chromebook

I own a Chromebook Pixel. It’s light and convenient, and sometimes it can be a lot handier than lugging around a full laptop. However it’s not my main machine, because there are some things it just can’t do.<p><i>Programming an Arduino Uno from a Chromebook using Codebender.</i><p>Until today one of those …

CNC Vinyl Spray Painted Chairs

How to use custom vinyl stickers to transform a commonplace chair into a showstopperThis instructable will use:- CNC vinyl cutter- vinyl- x-acto …