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Michael Castor

Michael Castor

I am the Evangelist for the Maker Shed. It seems that there is no limit to my making interests. I'm a tinkerer at heart and have a passion for solving problems and figuring out how things work. When not working for Make I can be found falling off my unicycle, running in adverse weather conditions, skiing down the nearest hill, restoring vintage motorcycles, or working on my car.

Latest from Michael Castor

MC Grid

With all the microcontrollers and single board computers on the market, sometimes it's hard to see all your options. That's why we made up this quick reference sheet for the 8 most popular boards we sell in the Maker Shed. Read more »


With all the recent publicity surrounding guns, Mehdi Sadaghdar (and his eyebrows) decided it'd be a good idea to show the world how to build one. Read more »

tron costume

EL-wire is great stuff. It gives off a neon like-glow without generating heat or deadly high voltages. It's simple enough for beginning makers yet can yield some impressive results! Ready to get started? We have some great new EL wire starter kits available in the Maker Shed! Read more »


Secret Labs has been busy. They updated their flagship Netduino Plus (now the Netduino Plus 2) back in November and they just updated to the Netduino to the Netduino 2! The Netduino 2 features the same Arduino shield pin compatibility, footprint, and .NET Micro Framework programability as the original but... Read more »


Want to learn about Arduino from the ground up? The Mintduino Game Pack teaches you all about basic electronics, breadboarding and programming piece by piece. When you finish, you'll have a fun, two player game to play with a friend and a firm grasp in the world of microcontrollers. Read more »


We reviewed Aleph Object's Lulzbot AO-100 in our Ultimate 3D Printing Guide where it scored highly in several categories. The freshly upgraded AO-101 promises to make this capable machine even better! Check out the latest unboxing video for a comprehensive list of the updates and how it compares to the... Read more »


The Raspberry Pi is a multifaceted device that can use a host of skills. While this single board computer was made with education in mind, it is not what I would call "easy to use" and can challenge even the most savvy maker. Fortunately, with a thriving online community and... Read more »


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