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building your cat a custom electric skateboard

sometimes you see something on the internet and you just have to know more about the inception of the concept. for example, watch this cat ride a custom electric skateboard. we can probably all agree that it is awesome, but i can’t help but wonder why it was built, or how the heck you’d train a cat to even do that. i caught up with kim pimmel, an interaction designer for augmented reality at adobe, and asked him about his project.why did you build this? what was your inspiration here?i like to experiment at the fringes of ux design such as immersive interfaces in ar/vr, voice ux, or ml-driven design.as a cat owner, i’ve been curious if i could create interfaces for my cat midi. my pet projects series investigates whether she can learn ...




making a lantern prop in eva foam in four hours

bill doran of punished props academy has posted a project and video for making an eva foam lantern prop with flickering (programmable) led light strips inside. bill had one day before dragoncon to complete the build and accomplished it in four hours.being a pro prop maker, bill had most of the supplies and tools he needed on-hand. he ends up using a lot of the resources of his shop, all of which you may not have, but as with many such pr...




5 craziest projects at the nepal, kathmandu mini maker faire

the first kathmandu mini maker faire took place in 2016 after the 2015 earthquake and had a clear humanitarian focus to solve some of the greatest challenges faced by communities there. this year, the kathmandu mini maker faire (22/23rd september) brings together makers from nepal and beyond, specifically highlighting global innovations that inspire communities to “design the future”. about 20 international makers and over 40 nepali makers will be showcasing their brilliant work.here are the top 5 craziest project to get involved in this year:get immersed in nepali culture and history in the virtual reality booth guiding you through the main nepali heritage sites. experience the unesco kathmandu valley cultural heritage site like never ...




the best of digi-fab: new ebook collection

we’re proud to announce that a collection of our best 3d and cnc printing books is now available with stacksocial. from ‘getting started with’ texts that outline the essentials of digi-fab technology to advanced project-based volumes that promote hands-on learning, this trove of ebooks would cost hundreds of dollars if purchased separately. you can have them all for just $20.here’s a run-down of the books on offer. we hope that you agree that getting this much knowledge for just $20 is a steal.3d printing projects: a collection of projects from a who’s-who of 3d printing experts, including brook drumm, james floyd kelly, brian roe, steven bolin, john edgar park, john baichtal, rick winscot, nick ernst, and caleb cotter. featuring p...




grow your makerspace: preparing for disaster

since this is now hurricane season, and nc, sc, va got pelted with over trillion gallons of water in 3 days and floodwaters exceeded historic levels, what would you do if your area got hit by tornadoes, fires, hurricanes, and earthquakes?  do you have plans?here are some ways your space can support your community respond to future challenges:are you ready in the event of a disaster?see if you have any members who are or were first responders then get them to help you assemble a task team to create an emergency response plan. you need to make sure what do in event of flooding, how to rescue your equipment and tools from getting damaged.get connected: before any emergency occurs reach out to your local emergency management services and have b...




making a small shop forge out of a gas bottle

on his youtube channel, aussie maker neil paskin, aka pask makes, posted this video of him turning a (new) propane gas bottle into a shop forge using a kit from gameco, an australian supplier. the gameco kit supplies the gas hardware, kaowool insulator, the castable r...




learn to make robotic music with moritz

music is such a magical thing. the collection of harmonizing tones and intentionally sequenced noises coalesce into something that our minds latch onto and transform to be meaningful and impactful. moritz gets in on the joy of music with his robotic constructions, often combining sculpture...




tips of the week: shop fun with magnets, hot-knifing plastic, creating a samples library

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.***jimmy’s tips from making itif you didn’t get a chance to see nbc’s maker reality contest show, making it, it might be worth a look. i really enjoyed the spirit of it. great heart, wonderful, goofy chemistry between hosts amy poehler and nick offerman, and some very talented contestants. it really was more of a traditional crafts show, so the subject matter wasn’t all that interesting...




gordon mccomb, father of hobby robotics, has passed away

it is with a heavy heart that we here at make: announce the passing of hobby robotics pioneer, gordon mccomb. he died on monday, sept 10th, apparently of a heart attack. gordon was a great friend to make: and to makers and robotics hobbyists from around the world. gordon’s robot builder’s bonanza book, first published in 1987, arguably marks the beginning of hobby robotics as a significant maker category. it was the book that i bought in the late 80s that got me into robot building, and by extension, all forms of hardware hacking. i was so honored to become acquainted with gordon personally a decade or so ago. he was always so kind, helpful, and generous and he assisted us on several robotics contests and series that we did here on make:...




the many wheeled wonders of maker faire hannover

this weekend, for the 6th year in a row, the german maker community (and beyond) come together for the oldest faire in germany: maker faire hannover, taking place at the hanover congress centrum, set in the idyllic city park, on september 14–16, with the 14th being a dedicated schools day intended solely for educators and students. last year 20,000 people came out in support of maker faire hannover, and this year’s lineup of 900 makers is bound to draw an even bigger crowd.maker faire hannover is organized by organized by heinz heise, the german publishing company that produces a german-language version of make: magazine and is part of a series of maker faires in the region.the robust lineup of maker exhibits, presentations, and work...




this meter long steampunk angler fish is comprised mainly of scrap

yanick ouellet wrote in to tell us about this interesting display that he and some students did for a local museum. they scrounged parts and pieces to cobble together into a one meter long angler fish. inspired by the aesthetics of steampunk as well as deep sea monstrosities, “le poisson des cataccombes” was born.when the fish detects a presence with the ...




make your own high-quality video studio lights

on diy perks, matt shows, step by step, how he made a set of very lovely-looking studio lights to be used for his youtube channel. the lights have 6 led strips in them at 3 different color temperatures: daylight, warm light, and ice blue. the three color types are all adjustable (through three knobs at one end of the strips). this allows you to adjust each strip and mix the colors to get the exact light value you need.the project involves cutting an aluminum base, installing and wiring the strips, making end cap “arches” for the lights, installing dimmer switches, and the plastic and diffusion paper domes. as is the ...




maker spotlight: james dale catron

website | instagram | facebookhow did you get started making?  since i was very young i have always been fascinated by structure and form. i could be found most days occupying my time with modeling clay or a lego set. if not dismantling bicycles in my fathers garage. i attended college with a major in graphic design, my heart set on working for disney or image comics but my interest shifted to building custom trucks. fabrication and airbrush painting led me to start building metal trophies for car shows. once yoked with my art background this was the genesis of my metal sculpture.what type of maker would you classify yourself?the biggest goal with my art is to impart a feeling or an emotion to the viewer. i am basically a welded sheetmetal ...




see your favorite diy content creators at maker faire new york

click here to get your tickets nowback at maker faire bay area in may, we tried out a new stage, filled with people who make videos and tutorials. we call these our diy content creators. you probably know a few of them, since more than one of these actually have more followers on youtube than make: does! this is a whole group of extremely talented people who show how to do all kinds of things from code to crochet, baking to blacksmithing.we’ve been working hard to get the schedule together, cementing everyone’s place so that we can announce who you’ll...




listen to history makers with dr. lucy rogers

there’s a new and interesting podcast popping up that you should give a chance. this is history makers with dr. lucy rogers. brought to us by rs technology, this podcast separates itself from the rest of the tech podcasts by having a strong comedic slant. co hosted by comedians, the podcast is riddled with factual history and comedic quips to keep you amused.episode one is the only one available so far, but it is qu...




braille skateboarding tests autodesk's $1300 3d printed titanium skate trucks

in this collaboration between the popular braille skateboarding youtube channel and autodesk, aaron kyro and gang meet up with industrial designer paul sohi to test out a set of generatively designed, laser-sintered titanium skateboard trucks. the crew is wowed by the trucks’ diminished weight — said to be 45% lighter than normal skate trucks — and impressed by their toughness, standing up to some impressive jumps off a 13′ ledge that previously ruined stock gear.in actuality the printed component is really just the hanger, which is typically the bulkiest part of a skateboard truck, connecting to the baseplate, kingpin, and a...




the joys of restoring a grody old talking scale

years ago, when i was co-writing a book on tivo hacking with leo laporte, i embarked on one of the most fascinating hardware explorations i have ever undertaken. i took apart a tivo series 1 and tried to figure out what each component did and how they all worked together. i loved every minute of it. ok, that’s not true. some of it was very frustrating, but in the end, all of the effort was worth it and i learned a lot. that experience gave me a much greater understanding of consumer electronics manufacture and all of the components that go into it. so, i was tickled to see fran blanche doing the same sort of teardown and restoration on a weight talker talking scale from the 1980s. the teardown was a bit nauseating as the bathroom scale had...




braille skateboarding tests autodesk's $1300 3d printed titanium skate trucks

in this collaboration between the popular braille skateboarding youtube channel and autodesk, aaron kyro and gang meet up with industrial designer paul sohi to test out a set of generatively designed, laser-sintered titanium skateboard trucks. the crew is wowed by the trucks’ diminished weight — said to be 45% lighter than normal skate trucks — and impressed by their toughness, standing up to some impressive jumps off a 13′ ledge that previously ruined stock gear.in actuality the printed component is really just the hanger, which is typically the bulkiest part of a skateboard truck, connecting to the baseplate, kingpin, and a...




watch the braille skateboarding crew test autodesk's $1300 generative-design titanium skate trucks

in this collaboration between the popular braille skateboarding youtube channel and autodesk, aaron kyro and gang meet up with industrial designer paul sohi to test out a set of generatively designed, laser-sintered titanium skateboard trucks. the crew is wowed by the trucks’ diminished weight — said to be 45% lighter than normal skate trucks — and impressed by their toughness, standing up to some impressive jumps off a 13′ ledge that previously ruined stock gear.in actuality the printed component is really just the hanger, which is typically the bulkiest part of a skateboard truck, connecting to the baseplate, kingpin, and a...




grow your makerspace: 6 tips for building positive maker culture

uncovering space, equipment, tools, donations and funding is hard work, right? acquiring those prerequisites for a makerspace is much easier than building a maker culture.how do you build a maker culture in a society that loves to dispose of items, people and relationships? our current society encourages people to use their wits to verbally cut and bust others chops?these are very tough questions and we would like your input and your best practices, but here are some tips:set your makerspace expectations.first you need to establish the maker norms, the cultural standards and not just stated once or put on a plaque but repeated during every meeting.to help create a maker culture,  some maker spaces are putting their values into their names a...