Maker Pro

Maker Pro is a series of interviews with a wide range of people, looking at how they make their living through making. The interviewees are from diverse backgrounds and countries, and some of the interviewers are quite interesting too.

How they all make their living is varied too, some make and sell items, another helps makers sell things, some teach making and others write about making.

I recognised some of the people such as Emile Petrone and Jimmy DiResta. There were several such as Joe Meno founder of Brick Journal Magazine who I’d not heard of, he makes a living via “Adult Fan of LEGO”.

One of the things I like about this book is that it’s easy to dip into and read about each maker. I read it over several nights and will likely revisit some of those makers either via the book or by checking them out online.

The interviews are entertaining, interesting and often inspirational, I found out quite a few things I’d not read before and it was food for thought too. I thoroughly recommend this book.

3D printing small details

3D printing small details

For the Enchanted Cottage project I decided to make the mechanism for moving the figures using a 3D printer. I thought that ABS plastic would be a good material as the parts would be light weight and by printing them

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Arduino Starter Kit Review

Arduino Starter Kit Review

The guys at Oomlout kindly sent me one of their Arduino Starter Kits to have a look at. As per most starter kits it’s based around the Arduino Uno. The Uno is simplest Arduino to get started with so is

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Working with 3mm hardwood plywood

Working with 3mm hardwood plywood

For the Enchanted Cottage project I wanted to add a structure to hide all the mechanics and electronics. Because the weather house was made from 3mm plywood, I thought it made sense to make the rest from the same. The servos also needed testing so to make this easier a simple test rig was made.

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Party Political Broadcast by the Metric UK Party

Party Political Broadcast by the Metric UK Party

A slightly different guest post today but it’s a topic that’s close to my heart so thought it should have a forum to speak 2015 is the 50th anniversary of the UK’s promise to adopt the metric system, we believe

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Maker Movement

Maker Movement

Custom Made have published an informatic on “The Emergence of the Maker Movement“. This looks at the processes behind making, funding, tools, demographics and people, there is also a selection of interesting links of companies involved with Makers.

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Magnifier Lamp – Printing the head

Magnifier Lamp - Printing the head

The main part of the magnifier lamp is the head, after a few variants of design I ended up with something I was happy to print. I loaded the 25x140x160mm model into Automaker and selected the fine option. 36 minutes

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Building a workbench

Building a workbench

I’d been discussing workbenches with my Dad who’s just setting up a new workshop after a house move so I asked Brandon from Solid Wood Designs in New Zealand what he thought the basic fundamentals were for creating a workbench.

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