John Baichtal

John Baichtal

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

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Pittsburgh hackerspace HackPGH used leftover helium from their LEAD Balloon project to facilitate another project: the Aerial Ping Pong Drop. They filled biodegradable party balloons and launched origami butterflies and ping pong balls into the atmosphere. What for, you ask? They used Egg-Bots to write a URL on each ball,... 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 run weekly(ish) Tuesdays. Power Racing Series Kick(start)s it Up a Notch In... Read more »

Joris Peels and Artur Tchoukanov, both former i.materialise employees, have started Origo, a company which aims to develop a 3D printer for kids. Artur thought, “what would a 3D printer that would work in the home look like? What if we could make it easy enough so that kids could... Read more »

Thingiverse user Benoît Josse created this clever plastic & rubbler-band ball: A few years ago I was interested in Penultimate Modular Origami by James S. Plank folding paper into geometrical spheres. Now there’s a RapMan in my stable and paper turned into polylactic acid. This is my first printed object,... Read more »

Steve Cooley of Campbell, CA, made this super easy and cool build platform for his kids. Wow, Tinkertoy is even more awesome if you drill some holes in a board and use it as a building platform. I drilled some holes in different sizes so my kid can plug different... Read more »

First Lego League team BEBO built this claw game a pre-season project. The joystick has two motors used as rotation sensors, and controls the claw via bluetooth. [Via The NXT Step] Read more »

MakerBot Industries’ latest drool-inducing extruder, the MK7 StepStruder is designed for 1.75mm filament rather than previous versions’ 3mm, making for tighter and sexier prints. Intriguingly, MakerBot’s announcement mentioned the possibility of packing two extruders for printing two kinds of filament simultaneously. Heck yeah! Read more »


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