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Sean Michael Ragan

Sean Michael Ragan

I am descended from 5,000 generations of tool-using primates. Also, I went to college and stuff. I am a long-time contributor to MAKE magazine and makezine.com. My work has also appeared in ReadyMade, c't – Magazin für Computertechnik, and The Wall Street Journal.

Latest from Sean Michael Ragan

I'm just in the process of organizing all the junk in my garage, so my radar is tuned to clever DIY part storage ideas. This one from back in 2007 is by Instructables user tomward and uses ziplock bags inside binder pouches inside ring binders to provide three levels of... Read more »

This impressively complex deployable spaceframe was designed by Studio Dror. It's called Volume.MGX and was printed via selective laser sintering (SLS). I guess hanging it over a light bulb and calling it a "lamp" makes for better video than setting a piece of glass on it and calling it a... Read more »

Spotted in the MAKE Flickr pool, by user tmo-photo, these 200% scale Lego minifigs printed on a MakerBot. Read more »

It's a full-size chair version of one of those little wooden toys with segmented legs that collapses when you release the internal tension. I've heard them called "swoon toys." This furniture-scale version called Lazy Chair, by UK designers Fresh West, stands back up rather more slowly than the toys; it... Read more »

Awesome party toy for dirt cheap, provided you've got the necessary outdoor space (and the, ah, secure 40-foot overhang). Made from used tires, wooden poles, and "a whole lot of metal bolts and cables" by Jan Köaut;rbes, these swings are suspended from the superstructure of the Mmabatho Sports Stadium in... Read more »

I don't know how long they've been available, but Timothy J. Silverman's lovely photo (uppermost) just alerted me to the existence of these dual-reading dial calipers that simultaneously report inches and meters on the main scale and the dial. I do remember wanting such an instrument a couple of years... Read more »

If you’ve ever used a magnetic stirplate before, you know how handy they can be. Scientific equipment is often way, way more expensive than it should be, and if you’ve ever priced commercial stirplates you may have been shocked at what some companies get for a device that is, ultimately,... Read more »

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