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Factory@Home – report for Whitehouse Office of Science & Technology Policy

Hod Lipson (Fab@Home) and Melba Kurman were commissioned by the US Office of Science & Technology Policy (Executive Branch) to write a report on the emerging economy of Personal Manufacturing (aka Fab Lab tech).  The full report “Factory @ Home: The Emerging Economy of Personal Fabrication” (PDF) is available from Hod’s Cornell U website. I am only part way through ... Read More »

Dinner Meetup Monday Jan 10 Flatbread Paia

Our next meetup will be Monday Jan 10, 2010 at Flatbread in Paia from 6-10pm.  This is a cross-over meeting with the TechHui Maui Techies group.  Many of our people are on this list too.   No particular topics but bring your ideas if you have something to share. NOTE: DAY CHANGE FROM PREVIOUS ANNOUNCED DAY – MONDAY NOT TUESDAY. ... Read More »

Young Makers – teaching kids to learn by doing

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The Young Makers Program is a collaboration between MAKE Magazine, The Exploratorium, and Pixar. The purpose of the program is to inspire and develop the next generation of makers, creators, and innovators. The Young Makers Program is different in several ways from other activities such as robotics competitions and science fairs. In particular, there are no winners and losers, and ... Read More »

Lilypad successes, Makers and Education, DARPA Program

LIlypad Embroidery, a Creative Commons Attribution Share-Alike (2.0) image from bekathwia's photostream

This post is an amalgam of several news items I read recently. First off an article on the LilyPad’s success in bringing women into electronics projects. From a post in BoingBoing: “MIT’s Leah Buechley and Benjamin Mako Hill recently published a paper called LilyPad in the Wild: How Hardwareʼs Long Tail is Supporting New Engineering and Design Communities, about the success ... Read More »

Art-Science Education Hackers and Govt Support

There are some interesting movements going on over on the mainland that I caught wind of this week: First – Arts, Science and Makerspaces The National Endowment For Arts (NEA) blog has a post up on Alt.Art-Sci: We Need New Ways of Linking Arts and Sciences. “A recent National Science Foundation (NSF)-National Endowment for the Arts workshop sought to re-think the ... Read More »

Ten people at First Maui Maker Meeting

First meetup: L-R Jerry I (me), JerryB, BrianT, ColeS, Dave, Wayne,BenW, Crystal, and Hiro

We had a meetup at Ben’s house yesterday (Sept 16, 2010) – our first real Maui Maker specific meetup!  There were 10 people there (not counting Ben’s two boys and visitor).  Ben and Hiro provided pizza and fish tacos, and drinks.  The meeting started about 7:30pm and the last of us left at about 11:45pm – sorry it was so ... Read More »

Building the Solarbotics Beetlebot

Beetlebot With Cover

In mid-August I received a Solarbotics Beetlebot robot kit for review.  This is a beginners, no-solder kit featuring a simple bump-and-turn robot that looks kinda like a beetle, especially when you add the stickers Solarbotics includes: Since this is a simple, no solder kit intended for young kids, I figured it would not be fully fair to build and review ... Read More »

Playing with the Laser Cutter

Calipers from Thingiverse #782

I’ve been experimenting with the Epilog Helix 24 the last week or so.  I picked up several new types of wood, including some 1/8, 5mm and 1/4″ plywood.  My flooring vendor also gave me a whole bunch of samples/discards.  I also acquired a few narrow pieces of pine (?) when my wife ran a cheap cutting board through the dishwasher. ... Read More »

Free live online class on Arduino and Processing

O’Reilly and Creative Live are offering a 5 week (one session/wk) class “Processing and Arduino in Tandem: Creating Your Own Digital Art Tools” .  The class is free if you can make it to the live version – tuesdays starting Aug 31 at 3pm PST (Noon Hawaii time).  The O’Reilly description says you dont need programming or electronics experience, although you ... Read More »

Simi Valley Adult School Basic Machinist

Basic Machinist Projects

As I mentioned back in Desktop Fab, Basic Machining and CNC last fall I took the Basic Machinist course at Simi Valley Adult School.  I am taking this opportunity to document the class a bit more.  The main effort was on 8 projects, with basic math and print reading supplementing and supporting the projects.   The projects provide opportunity to use ... Read More »

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