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At MakerCon, we will have a number of presenters who will be showing new tools for makers, tools which continue to open the process of making to more people. Perhaps the most important tool for makers now and in the future is not hardware –  it’s software and it’s a Computer-Aided... Read more »

Image courtesy of  Joshua John

This year at Maker Faire Bay Area, you’ll have a chance to experience a unique view of the heavenly bodies. Stand as celestial being, a giant observing the solar system, feeling the heat from the flaming star on your face while the planets spin and twist around you. Celestial Mechanica,... Read more »


On Monday a new cloud-based, on-demand 3D printing company, called CloudDDM (Direct Digital Manufacturing), announced itself and its plan to open a facility in partnership with UPS. CloudDDM will allow customers to use a browser-based design program to create parts, prototypes, even complete products that can then be printed in... Read more »

Making a Maker City

This post is the second of a three-part series on Making a Maker City. It’s based on my experiences meeting with nascent Maker cities, my speeches on the topic, and most importantly my work with the Mayors Maker Challenge, especially in San Diego. My goal is to convey what I’ve learned so... Read more »


Carbon fiber isn't going to replace wood body guitars anytime soon, but for those who want something different here’s how I made the body for my carbon fiber acoustic guitar. Read more »


It was the late 80s/early 90s. I was aged in the single digits. Through my brother, I discovered comic books. However, as you can imagine, I was rarely allowed to borrow big brother’s comics. I read them anyway (he wasn’t home all the time). Sometime later, I bought my first comic... Read more »


Rockstar Robots make up the cream of the crop in the world of robotics. These are the bots that will turn heads with just their name being uttered. Even those who don’t stay on top of who’s making what should recognize a famous robot or two when they see it.... Read more »