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Laser up and running again!

Minwax stain pens in Red Mahogany and Ebony on bamboo flooring.

The new HP desktop seems to be working fine, although it has to stop and think sometimes.  Amazing that with such great increases in computing and graphics power, the user experience is still pretty much what it was 20 years ago. Yesterday I burned some more flooring samples. I had to recreate (again) the artwork, since previous versions are stuck ... Read More »

Dead Laptops Aren’t Much Fun

Dead Acer 7736

So that Acer 7736 that was recommended for Fab Labs died on me.  First it would not read USB flash drives – they wouldnt insert and when inserted were not recognized.  It refused to recognize any USB devices plugged in.  Then after I’d gotten a couple test articles done on the Epilog Laser Cutter, it refused to wake up.  The ... Read More »

Lasers In Maui!

delivery van

We now have a Laser Cutter/Etcher!! This afternoon (6/24/10) my Epilog Helix 24, 40 watt laser cutter finally arrived at my home in Haiku, HI (Maui).  The laser can do a variety of cutting and etching.  The manufacturer provides a good reference page that shows the types of materials that can be cut and/or etched. The laser shipped a week ago ... Read More »

Paper Fabrication with Silhouette and ModelMaker

Silhouette SD paper and vinyl cutter

I recently stumbled upon a great web site for teaching with paper crafting – DigitalFabrication.org is from the Curry Center for Technology and Teacher Education at U. Virginia. The site is mostly about using a Silhouette (aka Craft Robo), a desktop paper/vinyl cutting machine about the size of a small inkjet printer. I have one of these machines and it ... Read More »

Mark Frauenfelder “Made By Hand” on Colbert Report

cover of Made By Hand, by Mark Frauenfelder

Last night Mark Frauenfelder, editor in chief of Make Magazine and editor of BoingBoing, was on Colbert Report promoting his new book Made By Hand (published by Portfolio/Penguin).     Its a fairly short interview (under 6min with intro) but fun to see.  Mark talks a bit about the joys of making things by hand, growing & raising animals, and ... Read More »

Robots And Dinosaurs — A Hackerspace Documentary (Sydney)

Robots and Dinosaurs is a Sydney Australia hackerspace and recently a student filmmakers team made a sweet little documentary on the space. Its been covered over on Make:Online and on R&D’s own blog.  I’m including the YouTube embed here for easier viewing (and experience with embedding.)   Its a very nice short piece about the community of a hackerspace – ... Read More »

Desktop 3D Printing – Makerbot, RepRap et al

GoldBot and friends, (Michael Robinson Chavez / Los Angeles Times / February 23, 2010)

One tech of the Fab Lab/Hackerspace is the 3D printer, where an object is created by adding successive layers of material. There are a wide range of materials used – from frosting and clay, to various plastics, ceramics and even metals. Professional 3D printers started back in late ’80s with 3D Systems Stereo Lithography, which uses a laser to harden ... Read More »

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