John Baichtal

John Baichtal

My interests include writing, electronics, RPGs, scifi, hackers & hackerspaces, 3D printing, building sets & toys. @johnbaichtal

Latest from John Baichtal

After watching this great video of DorkbotPDX, how could you not want to attend a Dorkbot? [Thanks, Paul!] Read more »

Shaun Crampton's Woodbug construction set may be purchased from Ponoko or you can download the files for free and mix it up yourself. Read more »

As Lego-based cube solvers proliferate, they tend to use PCs or cell phones to do the actual solving of the puzzle, with Lego motors and sensors for the rest. David Gilday’s MindCuber uses only those elements found in a Mindstorms set, and with a sub-2-minute average solve time, still packs... Read more »

“Left to his own devices he couldn’t build a toaster. He could just about make a sandwich and that was it.” Mostly Harmless, Douglas Adams, 1992 That was the thought in Thomas Thwaites’ mind as he undertook a 9-month, £1187.54 project to recreate his own toaster as part of his... Read more »

Are you a hackerspace member with an event you’d like to publicize? Send it to or tweet me at @johnbaichtal and I’ll post it. Also feel free to subscribe to my hackerspaces Twitter list. Hackerspace Happenings runs weekly(ish) Tuesday(i)s(h). Adafruit Visits Tokyo Hackerspace A few weeks ago, Adafruit swung... Read more »

This inflatable robot by Otherlab weighs less than 70 pounds but can support up to 1,000 pounds with the help of inflatable actuators and pneumatic piping, according to Hizook. [Thanks, Travis!] Read more »

Nikolaus Gradwohl of Vienna, Austria, built a cozy little workbench for his flat: Since space is very rare in my flat I made a small workbench that is hidden in an ikea-shelf. I combined a folding table and an ikea shelf. Then I added some small cabinets with drawers and... Read more »


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