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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 »

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 »

Community Communication Effectiveness

The other night (5/3/10)  I went to a meeting of Maui Upcountry Sustainability group and got caught up in discussion of how such a volunteer group can be more effective and efficient.  This is an issue for many groups – maker/hacker spaces being another type.  People come to a meeting, talk about ideas, get excited, perhaps volunteer to do something ... Read More »

Maui Techies Dinner 4/29/10

Last night the Maui Techies from TechHui.com gathered for a dinner at Asian Star in Wailuku.  It was a nice venue – quiet, open and good food (Vietnamese) – but lacked WiFi.  I had never been to this part of the island before – its a more industrialized area with auto body shops, small business offices, etc.  Quite a contrast ... Read More »

Visit to 23b Shop in Fullerton, CA

23b Shop sign

On Saturday April 17, The hackerspace 23b Shop in Fullerton CA had an open house and giant birthday party for Amber.  I had read up on the space a while back and wanted to check them out, so I drove down mid-afternoon.  I should have checked sigalert before driving, as the I-5 had some serious delays and it wound up ... Read More »

A Visit to NYC Resistor

Front Room of NYCResistor

A week ago I posted that I was going to visit NYCResistor and take a class on April 10 2010. Sorry it has taken a week to update but life intervened. I took the subway out from midtown Manhattan where I was staying and arrived about a half hour early.  NYCResistor is located a short walk from the subway station ... Read More »

DIY Paper Engineering, Die/Vinyl cutters

I’m traveling on the mainland this week. Just spent a couple daze in Salt Lake City and off to NYC tomorrow.  Mostly this trip is for family purposes but on Saturday I’m going to be at NYCResistor taking a class in DIY Paper Engineering.  I am jazzed to be able to take a class at this hackerspace – both to ... Read More »

Desktop Fab, Basic Machining and CNC

Desktop fabrication, as discussed in Gersenfeld’s book (Fab: The Coming Revolution on your desktop), and the related Fab Labs pretty much stick to the new small devices – laser cutters, small CNC routers, etc. However manufacturing has long used computers for fabrication on larger machines. CNC (Computer Numeric Control) has been around for a few decades, with Numeric Control predating ... Read More »

Google Fiber for Maui – Digital Fabrication, Fab Lab, Physical Computing, Hackerspaces

Here is some preliminary prose I wrote for the Google Fiber For Maui initiative. It could also be considered the seeds of a business plan for Maui Makers. The benefits of broadband are not limited to online experiences. Digital fabrication and physical computing are two areas that draw on internet connections, especially when combined with social interaction and education. Digital ... Read More »

What is Maui Makers?

Since I’m starting to leak the existence of Maui Makers, I guess I should post something on the vision. I have spent 30+years doing software development in various bleeding edge industries. First UNIX, then computer animation, then cdrom/multimedia, virtual reality, military C4I, location based entertainment, augmented reality, etc. I’ve tried to apply the Software Engineering I learned in school, although ... Read More »

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