LED Lit Felted Mushrooms

Practice “slow making” and mindfulness while needle-felting, then sew on a light to complete the magical experience

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Plan C Live: Getting Every Kid A Desk And A Laptop

Having a place to work is important and, although “a room of one’s own” is an impossibility for many, a dedicated workspace to be creative and for virtual learning (or plain old homework) improves engagement and outcomes. Having a laptop and a desk at home has become a necessity for […]

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Adafruit Interviews The New Owner of Radio Shack: Tai Lopez

Ever since the close of Radio Shack, we’ve all been watching to see what would happen to the name, and legacy of the franchise. For many of us, Radio Shack was our introduction to DIY electronics, and our only source of components before online shops were widely accessible. In the […]

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Cool Crowdfuning: Handheld Laser Engraving, 3D Scanners, and Multi-Material Upgrades

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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First Look: The Creality Belt Printer, A Tiny Automated Factory On Your Desktop

We’ve seen several iterations of the “Belt Printer” concept over the last few years. The concept is that the bed of the printer is a belt, allowing for you to print objects that stretch off into the distance theoretically as long as you have space and can keep feeding it […]

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Can You Make A Wooden Canoe, Without The Wood?

When an engineer gets curious about whether or not a thing can be done, typically we get some interesting results. Xyla Foxlin had previously made some fantastically beautiful wooden canoes and found herself wondering, at the fiberglass covering step, if she could forego all the fancy woodwork and end up […]

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Great Maker Classes For January: Robotics, Paper Airplanes, and Engineering

Start your new year off right with some fantastic classes! Maker Campus brings you education from makers like yourself. Go check it out and keep checking as we’re adding classes and instructors all the time. For January, we have a few great choices that are sure to springboard you through […]

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Make:cast – Scott Swaaley – Engineer, Educator & Entrepreneur

Subscribe to Make:cast on Itunes or Google Podcasts. You can also find it on Spotify, Deezer, Podcast Addict, PodChaser and Spreaker. A list of previous episodes of Make:cast can be found here. Scott Swaaley of Make Safe Tools As a maker, San Diego-native Scott Swaaley is a triple-threat.  He can […]

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Pi-Hole Raspberry Pi Network Ad Blocker

Use a Raspberry Pi to block internet ads on your entire network — computers, smart TVs, phone apps, all of it.

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Make:cast – The Last Place For a Makerspace

The last place you might expect to find a makerspace is at The George Mark Children's House, a pediatric palliative care facility in San Leandro, California. It is a place that cares for families who are going through the difficult end-of-life process for their child. I talk with Dr. Joan Fisher, the medical director, and Dr. Gokul Krishnan, a pioneer in the practice of maker therapy who just received a NSF grant to design and build a makerspace at the George Mark House.

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4 Ways To Get Those Perfect 3D Printing Supports

Since I began 3D Printing, I’ve found supports to be a frustrating necessity. They do perform a job, but they are a real pain in the behind. Sometimes they stick too well and can’t be removed, they make prints take longer, they mar the surfaces. All around, they are just […]

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How The Heck Do Eink Displays Work? Let Collin Explain

Eink displays have been getting more and more readily available. Now is a better time than ever to include one in your project. They come in lots of different sizes and even now have multi color options. Collin, in the conintuation of his “Collin’s Lab” educational series, tackles this display […]

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Maker (Faire Producer) Spotlight: Ian Cole

Ian Cole has been at the helm of Maker Faire Orlando, and its parent organization The Maker Effect Foundation, since its inception. While this spectacular, volunteer run event did not take place in November as usual, Ian has been no less busy manifesting maker experiences for others (and acting as […]

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Making And Testing A Cheap DIY Heat Box For Sanitizing Masks

Over the past few months, a group of committed volunteers from the Philadelphia Makers Meetup have come together to address the shortage of lifesaving face masks.  Our objective was to design a practical, DIY device that could sanitize reusable PPE in accord with the following 6 criteria:   Quick, cheap […]

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This Giant Arduino Actually Works… Kind Of

Any maker who loves their Arduino wishes they had more. Typically though, they don’t simply mean BIGGER. Zach, however, did mean bigger: 12 times bigger! Zach’s giant Arduino is mainly comprised of wood, cnc milled to look like the tiny blue board. A fresh coat of paint and some 3d […]

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You Could Play With Some Serious Industrial AI In Make’s Latest Contest

It isn’t every day that makers get to take a $5,000 industrial AI platform to pull off their dream project. Yokogawa, a world leader in industrial automation, reached out to us because they want to see what makers can do with the E-RT3 Plus. After years of seeing incredible projects […]

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Make:cast – Machine Learning for Beekeepers

You can learn a lot about the health of a hive by listening to the sounds that bees make, as a beekeeper would do. The developers of the LongHive project, featured in Make Magazine Vol 75, tell us about their efforts to use machine learning to detect the presence of the queen bee by recording the sounds of the bees in the hive.

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Plan C Live: How Maker Educators Adapted During This COVID-19 Semester

Education has been turned on its head this year and the struggle to teach and learn virtually is real for teachers and students of all ages and their families. For educators whose focus is on hands-on learning the disruptions are doubly challenging: They face the same transition to a virtual […]

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Cool Crowdfunding: 3D Printing Shoes, Cake Icing, and Detecting Print Failures

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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Bring The Force To Your Holiday Celebrations With These Star Wars Crafts

This year for the holidays, we know that a few of you have Star Wars on the brain.  Here are a few projects to bring the force into your holiday celebrations. Lego Holiday Special Wreath The Star Wars Holiday Special lives rent-free in many of our minds. If you haven’t […]

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Tis The Season For Maker Contests: Space Plants and Holiday Decorations

With holiday vacations coming up, what better way to spend a little time away from work than with a maker contest? We are very happy to announce a pair of fun and inventive competitions happening right now on Make: Projects. Growing Beyond Earth Maker Challenge NASA has proposed an interesting […]

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These Blobs Are Actually Clever Data Visualizations

I met John Kuiphoff a couple years ago and was blown away by some very clever data visualizations he shared based on people’s YouTube channels. John’s back, and this time with another very creative approach to data visualization. In this project, John is wanting to display how much sunlight hits […]

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Learn Skills From Fellow Makers This Holiday Season With Maker Campus

One of the most powerful aspects of having a local makerspace is how much you can learn from other makers. No matter what your interest, there’s likely someone out there somewhere, who can teach you the tips and tricks you need to get going. Sadly, many of us either don’t […]

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Plan C Live: Covid-19 As A Global Test Bed For Distributed Design

"While the [pandemic] has illustrated the many opportunities in collective intelligence by using new combinations of people, technology, and data to tap into our shared capacity to develop solutions to the crisis, it has also highlighted the challenges in getting the design of collective intelligence right."

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Make:cast – To Maker Faire Rome with Love

Italians have a love of innovation and design and it shows at Maker Faire Rome. In this episode of Make:Cast, I look back at Maker Faire Rome in October 2019 during a pre-Covid time when live events could happen. I was guided through Maker Faire Rome by Alessandro Ranellucci, the curator of Maker Faire Rome, along with Massimo Banzi, co-founder of Arduino. Maker Faire Rome 2020 is happening as a virtual event this weekend.

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3D Printing Upgrades For Use Outdoors

When I bought all this land I didn’t realize just how much time I’d be spending doing maintenance to keep it nice and usable. I have over a mile of trails that I keep mowed, trimmed, and basically just clear enough for casual walking. One of my favorite things is […]

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Buy Small For The Holidays – And Beyond

As 2020 winds down, let’s celebrate makers differently than before. Makers provide a path for America’s economic recovery because many makers turn their creations into businesses. New businesses like those account for nearly all job growth. That’s particularly important because COVID-19 has led to the shutdown – at the peak – […]

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Open Source Hardware Certifications For November 2020

November was another big month for open hardware certifications; with close to 73 new projects certified from a variety of domains. The certification website and API have been up for a while and there is a growing awareness about just how easy it is to certify your project. While there […]

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Make:Cast – How Hard Can It Be?

In this episode, I talk with Tim Deagan in his garage workshop in Austin, TX.  He says his lifelong motto has been: "How Hard Can It Be?", even though he has repeatedly learned that most things are indeed harder than they initially look. We talk about creating Flame Effects, Propane Patio Heaters and the resurgence of Ham Radio during Covid-19.

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The Make Staff’s 2020 Gift Ideas for Makers

The Make: staff has pulled together a list of their most-used and most-loved items from this past year and are sharing them to help you do your holiday shopping.

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