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When it comes to transistors, I’m a fan of NPNs (versus PNPs) for their ubiquity and reliability, and because I’ve memorized many of their specifications over time. Transistors come in many types and packages, and I find myself most-often working with TO-92 package bipolar junction transistors – or BJTs. These... Read more »

launchpad

MakerCon, the only conference by and for leaders of the Maker Movement, enters its second year with a first: Launch Pad. A competition aimed at young new hardware startups with an actual product to demo and less than $3 million in funding, Launch Pad allows new Maker Pros to gain... Read more »

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Scottish-born designer, Dean Brown, sees strong connections between the Arts & Crafts Movement of the late 1800s – early 1900s and today’s Maker Movement. One of the visionaries behind Arts & Crafts was John Ruskin. In 1849, Ruskin wrote The 7 Lamps of Architecture, which served as something of a... Read more »

Pitch Your Prototype

There’s just over a month left to submit your own project to the Pitch Your Prototype challenge, a collaboration between¬†Make: magazine and Cornell University with the goal of digging up promising prototypes from the Maker community. The individual or team that wins the challenge will be awarded $5,000 and have... Read more »

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We’ve featured the remarkable work of Dominic Wilcox here on the Make:¬†blog in the past, but now a short documentary called “The Reinvention of Normal” from filmmaker Liam Saint-Pierre gives us a glimpse into the extraordinary mind behind the work. In addition to showcasing several of his works in action,... Read more »

Simple Cardboard Box Loom

Have a cardboard box and some popsicle sticks sitting around your house? You’ve already got the basic building blocks for a simple cardboard box loom! You don’t need to spend tons of money on new equipment just to give weaving a try. In fact, you don’t really need to look... Read more »

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In this video, Jimmy makes rubber band-actuated cat paws from hot glue and plastic and zip ties and wood Read more »