Plan C Live: Pivoting to Entrepreneurship

A strong entrepreneurial spirit runs through the maker community. Along with artisanal makers and crafters, as well as industrial designers and mechanical engineers, figuring out how to apply your skills to produce an income is a essential reality for many in the community. In this Plan C Live, we are […]

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Make:Cast – Problem Solving is #1

Sarah Boisvert on Workforce Training for Digital Fabrication Jobs Subscribe to Make:cast on Itunes or Google Podcasts.  You can also find it on Spotify, Deezer, Podcast Addict, PodChaser and Spreaker. In Make: magazine Volume 75, in the article “Fabricating the Future of Work,” Sarah Boisvert writes: “Digital fabrication is preparing […]

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Plan C Live: What We’ve Done

As government and industry have struggled to respond meaningfully to the pandemic and its related social ailments, a civic response — an imperative for frontline workers who often lacked basic safety gear — materialized. Networks of makerspaces shared designs for personal protective equipment, produced them locally, and distributed them nationally. […]

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Snapmaker 2.0 – A Hands-On Review

Snapmaker 2.0: The CNC milling, laser engraving 3D printer  Manufacturer: Snapmaker URL: www.snapmaker.com Price: $1,039–$1,599 preorder (before Dec. 1, 2020) The most successful 3D printing Kickstarter is back with three successors, and the modular concept has remained: the Snapmaker 2.0 is a three-in-one 3D printer, laser engraver, and CNC milling […]

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What Would You Do With A Robot Arm On Your Workbench?

Robot arms are awesome. I think that’s a pretty safe statement to make. We’ve seen all sizes and varieties of robot arms and the general sentiment is always … “wow, that’s cool”.  The Dorna 2 keeps this trend going, even though we didn’t have enough time with it to really […]

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Maker Faire Cleveland 2020 Goes Virtual This Saturday!

Organized by the Cleveland Public Library, the 8th Edition of Maker Faire Cleveland has left the shores of Lake Eire and taken up residence in the cybersphere. In a city with a tradition of arts philanthropy that supports free entry to notable local museums, Maker Faire Cleveland has likewise been […]

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Maker Faire Shanghai: Empowering China’s Students and Entrepreneurs to Invent the Future

With it’s striking skyline, neon boulevards, bustling waterfront, and rich history it is no surprise that Shanghai is home to innovators and makers of all kinds. To celebrate this diverse and vibrant community, event producers City Moments and co-organizer Tongji University College of Design and Innovation have organized the first […]

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Backyard Wind Power

Build a simple generator to power your small projects from the breeze.

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This Copper Electroforming Kit Is Just Cool

      Copper Electroforming Kit $155–$250  enchantedleaves.com Electroforming with this kit is just cool! It feels like equal parts science and magic, combining chemistry and electricity and the decorative arts to transform pretty much any small design into copper metal. In my case, it’s also a fun learn-at-home activity that can […]

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Quarantined Cosplayers Coping with Covid

Social distancing trick-or-treating? Virtual costume parties? These are just a few of the ways cosplayers adjusted their Halloween festivities this year due to Covid-19. But it’s gone way beyond Halloween. Everyone has made adjustments to stay safe during the pandemic, and this includes all of your favorite content creators as […]

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Raspberry Pi’s Latest Offering Packs The Whole Computer Into A Keyboard

The Raspberry Pi has always been able to claim that it is a full computer, all you have to do is plug it into all the external components like a keyboard, mouse, and monitor to get going. However, it has been sold as a bare board since it’s conception, keeping […]

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Make:cast – Make Anything with Open Source Projects

Episode 3: Joshua Pearce on Open Source In the third episode of Make:Cast, I talk with Joshua Pearce about his new book, “Create, Share and Save Money Using Open Source Projects.” Joshua is a professor of materials science and electrical engineering at Michigan Tech University where he directs the Michigan […]

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Happy Halloween: Maker Camp Spooktacular

It’s no secret that Halloween is a day that makers love. And, its great to see that childhood passion for trick-or-treating transform into a love of cosplay and costume creation and prop building. So this week and last we reached out to some of our favorite Maker Camp hosts to […]

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Toy Inventor’s Notebook: Make a Miraculous Marangoni Soap Boat

Here's an example of the Marangoni effect at work. As a bit of detergent is placed in the cut out circle, the difference in surface tension propels the little boat forward.

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Insert Some Halloween Into Your CircuitPython Learning

Tod Kurt has been doing a wonderful series of tutorials to help you learn CircuitPython. Of course, being October, he’s chosen a spooky theme. If you’ve ever wanted to know how to do a 2 axis gimbal, this simple little eyeball project will give you all you need to know, […]

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Fine Tune Your Resin 3D Print Supports

Create support structures for your SLA, DLP, or LCD resin prints — the right way

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Cool Crowdfunding: 360 Video Drones, 3D Printers, And Video Production Lessons

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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What We Do Now? Learning from El Paso-Juárez

With the largest bilingual, binational workforce in the world, the El Paso-Juárez “borderplex” is home to over two and a half million people. Covid-19 has introduced incredible complexity into a region already defined by it: The border is closed except by permit and now, after a spring of relative calm, […]

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NASA’S Latest Rover Prototype Transforms To Rappel Down Steep Cliff Faces

Exploring distant planets such as Mars is an incredibly daunting task. We’ve seen, through experience, that even something as simple as traversing the landscape to collect data can present insurmountable challenges to our rovers. To that end, NASA and others are constantly innovating ways to be able to explore more […]

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8 Cool Crowdfunding Projects, From AI Cameras To Laser Etching 3D Printers

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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Plan C Live: Karina Popovich and the Makers for COVID-19 Coalition

A coalition of individual hobbyists and 3D-printer owners all around the United States and the world, Makers for COVID-19 is producing PPE for hospitals and health care workers. To date, the coalition has 3D-printed and donated 82,000 units of PPE to medical workers in 30 States and across 8 countries. […]

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Sculpting A Life Sized Ghost Busters’ Slimer For Halloween

We all have varying levels of expectation when it comes to the quality of our Halloween decorations. Jonathan Pfeiler, however, may have just raised the bar for the high quality end of the spectrum. This Slimer yard ornament is life sized, theoretically weather proof, and awesome. Head over and check […]

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4 Creative Approaches To DIY Giant Spiders For Halloween

This year, BIG things are all the rage (not that they haven’t been popular in the past!). You don’t need to rush out and spend hundreds of dollars on a store bought piece to wow your neighbors though, in these 4 videos you’ll see how you could build a giant […]

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Eddie Van Halen’s DIY Maker Story

Eddie Van Halen, considered by many to be the best Rock ’N Roll guitarist, passed away on October 6, 2020. I must admit I knew little about him and his music. However, as I read a few stories about him, I became curious to learn more. In this 2019 interview […]

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Open Source Hardware Certifications For September 2020

Hello Makers, In the month of September we had 43 newly certified open-source pieces of hardware. Today we will take a look into them! First we have “Ajolote” badges from Electronic Cats. This was created especially to teach anyone to solder their first electronic card; It is a very basic […]

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Here’s How To Create These Mesmerizing Patterns In Your 3D Prints

We’ve seen a few examples of interesting designs and patterns as the first layer of a 3d print, and finally Billie has stepped up to deliver a tutorial on how to pull this off. If you haven’t seen it in person, it can be somewhat hard to explain, but the […]

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Starting Friday: Two Days of Making at Empire State Maker Faire 2020!

What happens when seven Maker Faires decide to hold a virtual event across the whole state of New York? YOU get to make, engage, and learn all weekend! Tune in this Friday & Saturday, October 16th & 17th, as makers from across New York State and the world share their […]

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Coming Up This Weekend: Maker Faire Eindhoven 2020 and the New Reality

The 7th annual Maker Faire Eindhoven kicks off this weekend, revealing that there are always new opportunities to innovate, explore, and inspire. Held in the in the Klokgebouw, a former Philips Philite (Bakelite) factory along Strijp-S, in what is now the heart of the city’s industrial arts district, this year’s […]

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