Thursday , 18 September 2014
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MechaniCards – Laser Cut Kinetic Art

Last fall Make’s blog had a story about Brad Litwin’s Mechanicards(tm). These are small hand operated kinetic sculptures that fit in a 5″ rectangular mailing envelope. They are available either completed or as a kit. I was taken by the design and execution of these wonderful pieces of art.  The card are on the expensive side ($50-75 each completed), but ... Read More »

Maui Makers Meeting Thurs Jan 27

We will be meeting on Thursday Jan 27th 2010, 7-10pm at the home of Ben Ward. Ben’s address is: 297 Haulani St, Makawao, HI 96768 We will be buying a couple pizzas to feed, so please reply as comment here, or to the google group if you plan to attend so we can get enough.  Bring your own drinks. We will ... Read More »

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 »

Not your usual space: A Visit to NextFab Studio, Philadelphia PA

Street approach to NextFab Studio shows workspaces

NextFab Studio is a very different space from any other I have visited. It is has a highly visible location on the street level of a busy main street in Philadelphia amidst university buildings.  Almost all the workspaces are visible from the street through large windows.  Clean, bright, extremely well equipped, it primarily serves small businesses, artists and students out of ... 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 »

EL Wire Soldering Class was good fun

EL Wire Class Dec 15 2010

Last night (Wed Dec 15 2010), Maui Makers held its first class – Soldering EL Wire.  I purchased 10 Learn To Solder Kits from Cool Neon.  The each kit come with a half dozen sample lengths of Electroluminescent (EL) wire in various colors and widths (pre-stripped and ready for solder!!), four battery powered Drivers, copper tape, solder, heat shrink, solder ... Read More »

Meeting and EL Wire Soldering Class Wed Dec 15

CoolNeon's EL Wire Kit - image from their site, actual parts may vary a bit.

My order for EL Wire Learn to Solder kits came in from Cool Neon. They were very helpful folks and gave me a bulk discount and break on shipping. The kits include a soldering iron, solder, several samples of EL Wire and several inverter drivers (along with batteries). We will be holding a class using these kits on Wed Dec ... Read More »

Homemade plastic extrusion system for Aquaponics

Make Blog today had a post that caught my eye on a “Homemade plastic extrusion system” Turns out the he uses his extrusion system for turning HDPE pellets into thin, textured strips his aquaponics grown plants liked. His youtube site has some other vids that might interest our aquaponics makers. Read More »

Maker update – meetup, space, mobile, biz

Hali'imaile Base Yard Unit 11, set back from road behind security fence. It is not directly visible from road, being behind two other buildings.

Aloha makers This blog post is to update on progress and a few other things. First, NPR Morning Edition had a segment today on Hackerspaces. It talks about how people are repurposing (hacking) stuff to give it new function. Reuse vs Recycle vs discard. The emphasis was on fun projects this week. Next week’s segment will talk about small businesses ... Read More »

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