DFRobot's Ricky Ye with a Make: magazine editor's choice blue ribbon

DFRobot is a Shanghai-based open source hardware facilitator whose mission is to encourage people to develop their own products and simply enable more rapid project creation. We caught up with Hector Saldana of DFRobot to find out more about the company’s offerings. Saldana notes one of their main focuses of... Read more »

Airic robot aarm developed by Festo AG uses air muscles controlled by tiny piezo proportional valves, 2007. —Credit: Festo AG & Co. KG

A father’s love inspired this A-bomb maker to invent a pneumatic actuator that’s used in robots today. Read more »


This sweet POV rig built from aluminum t-slot beams will help you keep your hands free to shoot sweet workbench videos. Read more »

This collaboration between Hexbug and Vex robotics sits squarely at the intersection between toys and robots. These are surprisingly large radio controlled beasts that, at the flip of a switch, become autonomous. With a price tag ranging from $50 to $90 depending on which model you get, they are certainly cheaper... Read more »


For the past 142 years, blue jeans have been a favorite of men and women with dirty and tough jobs due to their durability and comfort. Created on May 20th, 1873 by Jacob Davis and Levi Strauss, they would go on to become a staple in homes and workshops worldwide. The... Read more »

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Anyone who has built their own shop has sunk time into making drawers for a worktable. Andrew Klein has invented a sawblade profile that turns making drawers into simple origami. There are many traditional ways to build a drawer, but they all at minimum involve cutting four sides and a bottom... Read more »

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A few times a year I volunteer to an arts organization and serve as their “house sound and light guy.” I usually run sound and do the lights for the traveling acts if they don’t have a tech with them. The auditorium is in a rural Minnesota area, but even... Read more »