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tips of the week: soldering 101, soap case project boxes, flexi-tips for gluing

tips of the week is our weekly peek at some of the best making tips, tricks, and recommendations we’ve discovered in our travels. check in every friday to see what we’ve discovered. and we want to hear from you. please share your tips, shortcuts, best practices, and tall shop tales in the comments below and we might use your tip in a future column.***soldering basicsfar too many people are intimated by soldering. it may seem difficult and complicated at first, but it really isn’t. earlier this week, german maker michael stapelberg‏ (@zekjur) posted this image on twitter and wrote: this soldering reference card from @adafruit is the most to-the-point explanation of good soldering practices i have ever seen.” it really is good becaus...




make your own dremel tool sanding drums

we’ve covered diy dremel bits before. it’s easier than you might think to make some of the bits used with dremel and other rotary tools.in this video, steve from the small workshop, shows you how he creates his own sanding drum bits using dowel stock and cut strips of whatever grade and grit paper (and drum diameter) he chooses.we’ve seen other methods that involve creating tube-type sanding drums that can fit on a traditional...




maker faire bangkok celebrates with huge electric parade

with roots that date back to the 15th century and a population of over 8 million people, the sprawling metropolis of bangkok is brimming with creativity, ingenuity, and a growing maker community. two years ago, the very first bangkok mini maker faire was hosted, featuring 62 exhibits and drawing over 3,600 attendees. last year the faire grew, featuring more makers and attracting over 4,600 attendees. this year, the organizing team has upped the ante to a full-sized featured maker faire bangkok, taking place on january 20 and 21 at the street ratchada.the video from last year’s faire offers a look at the community and projects of bangkok:and this year’s promo video captures the excitement (plus, it’s really fun to hear thai)!organizing ...




edible innovations: nima sensors increase transparency at the dinner table

from singapore to the usa and all around europe, edible innovations profiles food makers that engage in improving the global food system at every stage, from production to distribution to eating and shopping. join us as we explore the main trends in the industry from a maker perspective. chiara cecchini of future food institute — an ecosystem with a strong educational core that promotes food innovation as a key tool to tackle the great challenges of the future — introduces you to the faces, stories, and experiences of food makers around the globe. check back on tuesdays and thursdays for new installments.today we have a chance to speak with half of a food maker duo who made a device (and then a business) in acknowledgment to a personal p...




nintendo announces labo: a cardboard creator kit for kids

as a gaming company, nintendo has always been in the pursuit of finding new ways to play. they introduced us to bowling in our living rooms many years ago with the release of the wii (while inadvertently launching the modern drone industry) and while the design of their latest hardware, the nintendo switch seems conservative by comparison, their latest news shows that they’ve still got plenty of tricks up their sleeve. nintendo just announced labo: a cardboard kit for makers that works with the switch, to empower users to create interactive hardware and games.from the trailer; it seems like much of what you’ll be building with labo is made of punch-out, fold-together cardboard toys, similar to pinbox 3000 or kitrex. but where labo makes ...




arcattack helps you add music to your projects with stringtheory

there have been so many times that people have told me that they would like to play with projects that make music, but they have no knowledge of music. maybe they know robotics, and want to build a robotic guitarist, but they just don’t know what to do with the guitar itself to make things sound good.previously, this meant just doing cover songs. you’d find a popular song and just get the music for it, written out for the instrument you had chosen. however, this leaves original music completely out. ideally, someone would just learn how to create music but that is a huge task and often not one that you can just do in a weekend. this is where arcattack comes in. they have created this tool called stringtheory which lets ...




making a sandblaster from $6 in parts and a soda bottle

you’ve got love simple hacks like this one that give you access to a tool you don’t otherwise have or can’t afford. adam fleisch modified a $5 harbor freight airgun and a .77 fitting and used a soda bottle to create a super-cheap but what appears to be effective sandblasting gun. the only really futzy part was cutting in the 1/2″ feed trough in the blower tube using a grinding wheel. but that can be easily done. then it’s just a matter of drilling a hole through the soda bottle, filling it was blast medium, and firing away. i’m not sure how robust this solution is (e.g. it looks like ...




check out this sneaky railway smuggler tram

somewhere along the belarus border, guards detected this low-slung, rail-riding contraption shooting down the tracks in the middle of the night. where was it going? what was it carrying? how would the sender and receiver know when it was nearing arrival? those questions are still uncertain, but regardless it’s an interesting diy build using very off-...




papier macine launches beautiful educational kickstarter

back in august of 2017, i was introduced to papier machine, a playful look at electronics through paper experiments. i wrote about how cool they were, but, at the time, they were just a traveling museum exhibit. now, they’ve launched their own kickstarter so you can do these fun experiment...




digital sand is a mesmerizing display of physics and leds

these “digital physics toys” are simply stunning. i first saw one when i was in rome and ran into mike from mike’s electric stuff. he had this cylinder full of tiny leds that simulated falling particles.at the time, he said people loved it everywhere they’d seen it, but he hadn’t made any plans to release a build. luck...




maker faire bangkok celebrates with huge electric parade

with roots that date back to the 15th century and a population of over 8 million people, the sprawling metropolis of bangkok is brimming with creativity, ingenuity, and a growing maker community. two years ago, the very first bangkok mini maker faire was hosted, featuring 62 exhibits and drawing over 3,600 attendees. last year the faire grew, featuring more makers and attracting over 4,600 attendees. this year, the organizing team has upped the ante to a full-sized featured maker faire bangkok, taking place on january 21 and 22 at the street ratchada.the video from last year’s faire offers a look at the community and projects of bangkok:and this year’s promo video captures the excitement (plus, it’s really fun to hear thai)!organizing ...




making a sandblaster from $6 in parts and a soda bottle

you’ve got love simple hacks like this one that give you access to a tool you don’t otherwise have or can’t afford. adam fleisch modified a $5 harbor freight airgun and a .77 fitting and used a soda bottle to create a super-cheap but what appears to be effective sandblasting gun. the only really futzy part was cutting in the 1/2″ feed trough in the blower tube using a grinding wheel. but that can be easily done. then...




want to create a budget-friendly makerspace in the new year? think, plan, and organize.

after the 2017 steam symposium in san francisco there were many great ideas floating around the brain. it was next to impossible to capture them all. when getting to the meat of what was most useful to share with the maker community what really stood out was exploring the best ways to create budget-friendly makerspaces. this is constantly discussed in education circles as makerspaces are not only a hot trend, but visibly impact the student learning experience. my personal highlight was meeting and chatting with make’s very own dale dougherty who was passionate about the concept of makerspace design by and for the user or what is commonly known as user-center design.when designing a space, a couple things are clear, while you don’t n...




maker pro news: the maker pros of ces, selling hardware in china, hogwarts acceptance rates, and more

you’re reading our weekly maker pro newsletter, which focuses on the impact of makers in business and technology. our coverage includes hardware startups, new products, incubators, and innovators, along with technology and market trends. subscribe today and never miss a post.“you talk to 20 customers and it feels like that’s what you’re supposed to be building, but that’s actually when you have to talk to 50 more.” – comet labs partner adam kellthe maker pros of ceswe’re midway through ces (@ces), the annual consumer electronics convention in las vegas. the event has long generated headlines for the latest gadgets made by established brands, but in recent years there has also been an undercurrent of entrepreneurship at t...




claude paillard, virtuosic youtube maker og

before there was jimmy diresta, becky stern, izzy swan, april wilkerson, john edgar park, and countless other popular and industrious youtube project makers, there was claude paillard. when we first came across this amateur french radio engineer’s sole video, 11 years ago, we were seriously charmed. and deeply inspired. in this 17-minute, unnarrated how-to, claude shows you all of the steps in fabricating a vacuum tube radio triode. with peppy piano music and confident, practiced handicraft so impressive it almost appears a...




laser cut and color some soft simple animals

da-eun jun, of seuol, south korea, uses laser cutting to carve bendable animal shapes out of white foam. she carves out legs for her little creatures too, and draws colorful designs over each animal to make each one of them ...




this clever secret hiding spot looks like an antique bookshelf

everybody loves secret stashes and hidey-holes. we’ve seen quite a few variations over the years here. this is an interesting new take on the old secret bookshelf stash. instead of doing what you’d typically expect, hollowing out an old book, keith decent has approached the bookshelf stash in a new way. the books are actually a facade that slides out of the way revealing the entire shelf to be one large storage compartment.keith decent said:basically the book spines are laminated onto slats which are bound together and caught in a track inside the box, just like a roll-top desk, only sideways. i made this using scraps and things laying around...




this week in making: build your own speakers, construct a lightsaber, and more

print your own pc speakerscheck out these pc speakers and amplifier that chris slyka recently built!the entire project was printed out and assembled over the course of three months. no idea as to their sound quality (can’t find a video of them working anywhere), but the amount of detail and craftsmanship that was put into the design is incredible.automate your door for $20tired of having to turn a stupid knob to open one of the doors in your house? for $20 (even less if you already have some of the parts) you can build an arduino based motion sensor that will open a door for you when you wave your hand in front of it. the door will automatically close behind you too. sieuwee, the 16-year-old responsible for the project, shared his build n...




weekend watch: charlie the maker

when my son (now 30) was growing up in the late 80s and 90s, surrounded by new and powerful personal tech tools, i saw a kind of assumed efficacy in him that i found hopeful. armed with the inspiration he had to create a digital animation with sound effects and music, or to make art to fax to people, or to build a drawing robot (with me) out of legos and logo, he did not hesitate. to paraphrase yoda: he was all do, no try.at that time, i wondered what it must be like to grow up with these powerful, high-tech tools always at hand and the confidence to use them at will. i also wondered what a future might hold for those who grow up with such resources. looking at so many of the talented you...




lulzbot pulls back the curtain at ces and launches a new extruder

if i had to name one company that is standing behind open source 3d printing (really open source everything) above and beyond the rest of the pack, it would be lulzbot. this week they have been at ces showing they have nothing to hide by building their fantastic (and i can say this as i’ve had one in my hackerspace for 2+ years running flawlessly) lulzbot mini 3d printers live on the floor of ces. “what are they doing with all these printers they are building?” you ask, they are giving them a...