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tips of the week: glue tip tip, clamps and cardboard 101, wire splicing, and knowing where your tool is headed

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.***glue tip flow tiphave you ever noticed that many glue bottles have stepped tips to their applicators? it may be obvious, but still worth pointing out that these are there to allow you to cut the tip so as to control the amount of adhesive you wish to apply.john park’s guide to cardboardover on the adafruit learning system, john park has posted an excellent introduction to the fundamentals ...




carving a 5-minute wood wizard

wood carving is a wonderfully meditative hobby. i have recently taken up miniature painting again in a serious way and i cannot get over how relaxing and rewarding it can be. you can really fall into a near altered state as you work away on a little world you are holding in your hands. i haven’t done any whittling in years, but i remember it as having similar effects. in this day and age, we can probably use all of the relaxation and mental resets we can get. so, grab yourself a chunk of wood, a well-honed pocket knife, find a place...




light up leather arm braces

wearable microcontrollers have found their way into cosplay, fashion, and daily wear but are usually textile based. in this skill builder we’ll explore techniques for including leather in your wearables by examining my forearm bracer project, which uses a built-in adafruit gemma and rgb neopixels that change color patterns with a simple capacitive touch of the medallion on its side. read along and learn some key tips to working with leather and electronics, both on their own, and combined into one project.leather is a favorite material of crafters, cosplayers, and makers for good reasons. it is moldable, cuttable, colorable, and durable. it can be riveted, stitched, glued, and laced. as a substrate for a wearable project it has some very d...




weekend watch: a couple of wicked makers

there are so many great sub-genres of youtube maker channels, from those exploring a specific shopcraft or tool type to kid makers and general home projects, maintenance, and repair channels. one of these genres that probably doesn’t get as much attention as it deserves is the husband and wife collaborative channel. a fine example of this is wicked makers. jay and jaimie are a creatively active maker couple from austin, tx. jay has worked in the video gaming and animation industries while jaimie specializes in special effects fabrication. she...




east coasters: join us sunday for make's 2018 digital fabrication shootout open house

it’s that time of year again, when make:’s team of digital fabrication experts gathers an incredible collection of new machines of all types, and pits them against each other in a three-day-long cage match.this year’s event is led by matt stutlz, one again occurring at ocean state maker mill in pawtucket, rhode island.while the testing itself is private, and the results ...




tips of the week: glue tip tip, clamps and cardboard 101, wire splicing, and knowing where your tool is headed

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.***glue tip flow tiphave you ever noticed that many glue bottles have stepped tips to their applicators? it may be obvious, but still worth pointing out that these are there to allow you to cut the tip so as to control the amount of adhesive you wish to apply. john park’s guide to cardboardover on the adafruit learning system, john park has posted an excellent introduction to the fundamentals...




a makerspace in a shopping mall makes all the sense in the world

step inside the olympian city shopping mall in hong kong and you’ll see a glossy, modern commercial center, with the same stores and outlets found in just about every mall around the globe.as you reach the top of the escalator on the third floor, however, one element stands out — a standalone workshop/makerspace, containing 3d printers, electronics and soldering supplies, and even a well-filtered laser cutter.the space is called oc stem lab, and its purpose is to utilize the location — situated directly below soaring residential towers and alongside a popular subway stop — to offer hands-on learning to a community that is hyper-focused on increasing technology-based opportunities to its younger generation.the team showed me some of t...




rising from the ashes of a makerspace fire

foothills community workshop is a small makerspace in the old manufacturing community of granite falls, north carolina, about an hour drive north of charlotte. things were going well for the first six years. membership was steady, the workshop space had grown from its initial 2000 square feet to 5000 square feet, with an active woodworking shop, machine shop, science lab, model train layout, and the usual amenities of a community work space. the shop was in a small part of a textile mill with over 180,000 square feet of floor space.on the afternoon of friday, july 21st 2017, a fire started somewhere in another part of the mill, and the rest of the building was quickly consumed. there were no injuries, but the space was completely destroyed, ...




a makerspace in a shopping mall makes all the sense in the world

step inside the olympian city shopping mall in hong kong and you’ll see a glossy, modern commercial center, with the same stores and outlets found in just about every mall around the globe.as you reach the top of the escalator on the third floor, however, one element stands out — a standalone workshop/makerspace, containing 3d printers, electronics and soldering supplies, and even a well-filtered laser cutter.the space is called oc stem lab, and it’s purpose is to utilize the location — situated directly below soaring residential towers and alongside a popular subway stop — to offer hands-on learning opportunities to a community that is hyper-focused on increasing technology-based opportunities to its younger generation.the team sh...




3d printing a millennium falcon gaming prop

as i’ve written about here before, make: contributor james floyd kelly has a game terrain modeling channel on youtube called game terrain engineering. every week he releases new videos on the terrain and game component modeling projects that he’s been working on. so far, the builds have covered everything from fantasy rpg and skirmish games like dungeons & dragons and frostgrave to the currently crazy-popular mad max-like car combat game, gaslands and the new star wars: legion miniatures game.jim has been very taken with star wars: legion and has done a number of excellent videos on creating various terrain pieces to augment a legion gaming table. like many star wars fans, jim is most taken with the spaceships of that sci-fi universe. th...




robot bartenders compete in mixology and microcontrollers

the fifth annual dna lounge cocktail robotics grand challenge is this sunday, bringing out the best competitors in the art of robotics and bartending.each year the contestants are full of innovation and creativity. past entrants who are returning include tikitron by dr. bombay, which mixes eight cocktails from 12 ingredients and delivers them via glasses hidden deep in an active model volcano.another elegant robotic creation is the tea engine by catherine, which serves tea from an antique 1920s coffee percolator that is ordered via rotary dial and served in fine china. there is an arduino uno in the rotary that reads the pulse dial for one of four options: plain tea, tea with peach schnap...




3d printing a millennium falcon gaming prop

as i’ve written about here before, make: contributor james floyd kelly has a game terrain modeling channel on youtube called game terrain engineering. every week he releases new videos on the terrain and game component modeling projects that he’s been working on. so far, the builds have covered everything from fantasy rpg and skirmish games like dungeons & dragons and frostgrave to the currently crazy-popular mad max-like car combat game, gaslands, and the new star wars: legion miniatures game.jim has been very taken with star wars: legion and has done a number of excellent videos on creating various terrain pieces to augment a legion gaming table. like many star wars fans, jim is most taken with the spaceships of that sci-fi universe. t...




robot bartenders compete in mixology and microcontrollers

the fifth annual dna lounge cocktail robotics grand challenge is this sunday, bringing out the best competitors in the art of robotics and bartending.each year the contestants are full of innovation and creativity. past entrants who are returning include tikitron by dr. bombay, which mixes eight cocktails from 12 ingredients and delivers them via glasses hidden deep in an active model volcano.another elegant robotic creation is the tea engine by catherine, which serves tea from an antique 1920s coffee percolator that is ordered via rotary dial and served in fine china. there is an arduino uno in the rotary that reads the pulse dial for one of four options: plain tea, tea with peach schnap...




toy inventor's notebook: ballpoint penball!

they’re ubiquitous: those clicking ballpoint pens. find them at the bank, the doctor’s office, or almost any place where forms and signatures are needed. go grab a freebie pen and make this fun bagatelle: the ballpoint penball game!make itillustrated by bob knetzgerfor the ball launcher, use the ink cartridge as the plunger, the button as the tip, and the compression spring for the launching force. reassemble the parts as shown, and discard the little cam and the barrel (above and below). the cap holds things together, and you’ll use the clip to help mount it to the game.photo by bob knetzgermake the game parts from styrene sheet following the downloadable template. to cut the pieces, score the plastic along a straightedge with the kni...




constructing a building-sized draw bot

if you are looking for a quick way to paint your house or a make a retina-resolution-reprint of your favourite artwork, you probably have to skip this post. the machine we built is large, low-res and veeerrrrryyyy slow. it is also big, bad-ass, cheap and out of control, something that can be built in a couple of afternoons, has an almost mesmerising and meditative tranquility while seen in action – and (re)produces great (ok, read: “makes unique”) works of art.figure 1: drawbot and its makersabout a year ago the organisers of a local maker festival issued a call-for-artists to do something interesting and appealing with a 18ft high tower. as part of the outdoor bit at the festival the host organisation had three towers as ‘canvas’...




making your own foam cutting table

one of the youtube modeling channels i’ve been watching a lot recently is boulder creek railroad, an extremely well-done series where an aussie model-maker and model train enthusiast, named luke towan, creates terrain, buildings, vehicles, and other components for his impressive train layout. luke’s videos are well put-together and he is extremely precise and methodical in documenting his builds.in this video, luke shows you how to build a professional-quality foam cutting table (think: band saw for styrofoam) using little more than commonly-available hardware/hom...




making your own foam cutting table

one of the youtube modeling channels i’ve been watching a lot recently is boulder creek railroad, an extremely well-done series where an aussie model-maker and model train enthusiast, named luke towan, creates terrain, buildings, vehicles, and other components for his impressive train layout. luke’s videos are well put-together and he is extremely precise and methodical in documenting his builds.in this video, luke shows you how to build a professional-quality foam cutting table (think: band saw for styrofoam) using little more than commonly-available hardware/home...




making your own foam cutting table

one of the youtube modeling channels i’ve been watching a lot recently is boulder creek railroad, an extremely well-done series where an aussie model-maker and model train enthusiast, named luke towan, creates terrain, buildings, vehicles, and other components for his impressive train layout. luke’s videos are very well put-together and he is extremely precise and methodical in his builds.in this video, luke shows you how to build a professional-quality foam cutting table (think: band saw for styrofoam) using little more than commonly-available hardw...




edible innovation: sustainability beyond meat

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.the definition of “hunger” is, in few words, a compelling need or desire for food. more specifically, it’s the feeling of weaknes...




custom canine wheelchair | make:

a friend needed a wheelchair for their french bulldog at short notice. they were unable to afford the costly commercial wheelchairs available online. i rose to the occasion to design something for an adorable dog, and the results were fantastic. murray loved her chair!i’ve since built two other chairs for dogs, and i’ve worked on iterating on what i call the “figo” design and documentation to encourage dog owners to tackle this project for their pet in need.this device uses parametrically designed 3d printed joint pieces that fit into acrylic or aluminum tubing. the tubing can be easily customized to the dog for both fit and style, and the 3d printed pieces can also be personalized via the customizer application on thingiverse. curr...