When we post new content on MAKE, we love hearing from our readers. Whether the comments be informative, insightful, or funny, here are our favorites from the past week, from Makezine, our Facebook page, Google+ Community, and Twitter.
In the article Farm Drones Take Flight, Kelly comments:
The approach used by the large ag operations I’m familiar with are definitely not in the “sledgehammer” category. Farmers live and die by the condition of their farms’ soil, and chemical cost is extremely high (e.g. $114 per ounce for some of them). Farmers collect a large volume of data on what they do, and it’s used as inputs to the systems they use to apply fertilizer, irrigate, and so on. Nothing is wasted. What Chris Anderson is saying here makes a lot of sense, unless you put it in context of the facts.
In the piece Daleks, Rebels, and Playing Pong With Bacteria at the UK Maker Faire, Robert Dunkel remarks:
i am so glad to see there is a community out there that is into making stuff and things either for fun or for use, this used to be a common hobby among people at one time, especially kids, in fact popular mechanics was originally intended for people interested in the making of things, they even used to publish plans on how to make different power tools and equipment, they even at one time did plans for different lathes from a small model lathe to a full size lathe to get almost anything done on that you could possibly imagine or at least make a tool that you need with it, but they have become a mag for advertisers like most. Your Mag has got that same spirit of people wanting to make stuff and able to talk to those that enjoy doing that as well, and to bring others in that will enjoy it.
On MAKE’s Twitter page, Jim Tiffin contributed this:
On MAKE’s Google+ Community, maker Hauke Scheer shared:
I recently got into 3D printing to create articulated prototypes of my science fiction and fantasy characters. Right now the models have over 30 points of articulation, exchangeable hands and accessories that can be stored on the backpack of the figure. They were printed on a Stratasys Mojo printer and designed in Softimage. They were exported to the STL format via Zbrush and Netfabb. More pictures can be seen here: http://hauke3000.deviantart.com/gallery/44040891
In the article Solder Paste 101, Steve responded with:
I would love to hear other peoples ideas on alternate uses for solder paste. Like using it to fill molds for casting small metal objects.
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