Thursday , 27 November 2014
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Lasers and Bots : Thurs Nov 18 2010

I’m going to host a Maui Makers meeting at my home on Thursday November 18, 2010 from 5:30-11pm. I’ll show the Epilog Laser cutter, Makerbot 3d Printer, and some of the other tools and toys I have here. Festivities will start in late PM (5:30) and continue until everyone (but me) leaves. I’ve got a grill if you want to ... Read More »

GOOD interviews my friends at CrashSpace

CrashSpace Logo

CrashSpace is the maker space I helped start back in Los Angeles (ok Culver City) last year.   GOOD magazine interviewed the people at CrashSpace and posted an article with this video: Crash Space from GOOD: Edge of Progress on Vimeo. Its impressive and inspirational. The Crashers have done a lot with a fairly small space that didn’t have any ... Read More »

A Visit to The Transistor in Provo, Utah

Door leading to The Transistor

[This article was written back in august/sept but held in abeyance until the Vimby/Scion Hackerspace Challenge show on The Transistor was released.  The video went live today so embargo is off.  The zombie car/shooter at the end is what they built for the challenge.] I was in Salt Lake City Utah for a visit and decided to visit a hackerspace ... Read More »

EL-wire Tron costume

Syuzi Pakhchyan showing off her awesome Quorra (from new Tron flick) costume using EL-wire

Thats Syuzi Pakhchyanh, showing off her awesome Tron (Quorra, new film character) costume.  Syuzi is one of the innovators and author in the area of Soft Circuits (aka Fashion Technology). She taught a class at CrashSpace in LA and helped out at the Siggraph tutorial I attended this past summer.  For this costume she used Electro Luminescent tape (EL) and ... Read More »

Bronze Casting from Makerbot Printed Original

One project I hope to undertake at Maui Makers is doing some metal casting using originals made on our Makerbot 3D Printer. This is something that has been talked about in the forums since inception and at every demonstration of the ‘bot that I’ve given/seen. Mostly it was about how cool it would be if you could do this but ... Read More »

Vimby/Scion Hackerspace Challenge – CrashSpace videos live

This past summer Mitch Altman, Vimby and Scion sponsored a challenge to 5 hackerspaces in the USA.  They were given $3000 grant, 3 weeks and asked to create something that: 1) repurposed a commercially made object 2) was interesting/fun/useful to the average person 3) referenced a commercially released movie They have been slowly releasing videos in the series.  Today two clips ... Read More »

from STEM to STEAM – lets not forget the Arts!

My friend from CrashSpace, R. Kevin Nelson, has written a great open letter response to Thomas Kalil’s opening speech of the NSF‘s “Innovation, Education, and the Maker Movement” workshop. Kevin notes that while the maker movement has much to contribute to the educational push for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math), we cannot forget the massive contribution to our cultural progress by Art.  Kevin ... Read More »

Makerbot Video from NYC Maker Faire 2010

The Makerbot folks were out in force at the Maker Faire NYC with their new Thing-O-Matic printer, frostruders, unicorn plotter and regular Cupcake bots (total around 20 bots!) all printing out and giving away sample printed objects (and snacks!).  Check out the video (about 5 min), and more at the Makerbot Blog. 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 »

Completed Stairs with Laser Etch, Photo Etching

Completed stairs with laser etched turtles

A long-in-process project here at home has been laser etching the stairs in my home.  I had new bamboo flooring put in, and that included the stairs to the loft.  The project took several months because I was commuting back and forth between Maui and So Cal.  Last visit I got all the panels etched and painted.  Yesterday the installer ... Read More »

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