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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

Tormach wants to sell you an upgrade package for your Mach3-compatible CNC robot that includes a 1.3M USB microscope with 220X optical magnification, a mounting bracket, and all the necessary software to turn your CNC equipment into a scanner. The cool part is they've also produced a video showing how... Read more »

Sculptor Dustin Wallace, whose intricately machined Transformers for grown-ups and sheet metal origami robots I have been raving about for some months, now, is at it again. These are a selection of choice work-in-progress shots from his latest build, called Sentry. Besides the arm blades, when finished, it will have... Read more »

I purchased a 405nm laser diode...off ebay just recently and needed a case to mount it in. So I have turned this from a length of aluminium tube for the body and two pieces of aluminium bar for the front and back closures. The front closure doubles as a heat-sink.... Read more »

The biggest and best-quality versions of these watermelon car images I can find come from a members-only forum post on this South Korean site, which appears to be some kind of auto marketplace and/or enthusiast’s hub. Problem is, the plates on the car do not appear to be Korean. Can... Read more »

When I was a kid, I was very hard on school supplies, and I remember dreaming about "industrial grade" school supplies--Kevlar backpacks and, particularly, sheet aluminum binders with piano hinges. These days, you can actually buy such binders, but they are relatively expensive. So why not make your own? Instructables... Read more »

If like, myself, you don't know what a skater dolly is used for, exactly, check the embedded vid Martin made to demonstrate. Impressive results for such an inexpensive tool. Martin, who previously brought us this slick iPhone teleprompter, seems to have a real knack for doing a lot with a... Read more »

Spotted in the MAKE Flickr pool, photo and build by user JustJon. It uses an Arduino + adafruit Wave Shield to play the Doctor Who theme and flash the siren light. There's more info, plus video, at JustJon's personal site. Read more »

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