Your Next Hardware Project Might Be Biological, and Other News from the Solid Conference

Your Next Hardware Project Might Be Biological, and Other News from the Solid Conference

O’Reilly Media held its annual Solid conference this week in San Francisco. It’s an annual show  covering “Hardware, Software & the Internet of Things.” We found it eye-opening, informative, and occasionally controversial. Here’s some of what we heard at this year’s show: Synthetic Biology Joichi Ito, Director of the MIT Media Lab, explained... Read more »

By , 06/26/2015 @ 3:00 pm

Categories: CNC Machining, Electronics, Maker Pro, Science | 4 Comments on Your Next Hardware Project Might Be Biological, and Other News from the Solid Conference


LittleBits Receives $44.2M in Funding, Names New Key Hires

LittleBits Receives $44.2M in Funding, Names New Key Hires

LittleBits, the New York-based open source hardware startup that produces modular snap-together circuitry kits, announced this morning that it has raised just over $44 million in its Series B funding from DFJ Growth as well as Morgan Stanley, Grishin Robotics, and Wamda Capital, among others. This is one of the largest... Read more »

By , 06/25/2015 @ 1:15 pm

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This 3D Printer Mod Lets You Carve Metal With Electricity

This 3D Printer Mod Lets You Carve Metal With Electricity

Take any 3D printer, throw on this modular head, and use it as an EDM machine to do precise metal carving. Exciting stuff! What’s EDM? Electro-Discharge Machining or “spark erosion” is a fairly specialized field that not many hobbyists are familiar with. The technique flips traditional electrical design upside down... Read more »

By , 06/18/2015 @ 8:00 am

Categories: 3D Printing, CNC Machining, Machining, Open Source Hardware, Tools | 3 Comments on This 3D Printer Mod Lets You Carve Metal With Electricity


Root Venture VC Raises $30 Million for Early Stage Hardware Startups

Root Venture VC Raises $30 Million for Early Stage Hardware Startups

When Avidan Ross was planning his wedding, he bought a Jinan G. Weike LG500 laser cutter to make his own escort cards and table numbers. “She got a diamond, I got a 90W laser,” he said. It was that mentality that led Ross to launch a $30 million fund — or,... Read more »

By , 06/16/2015 @ 10:32 am

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Geekbus Moves to Educate Young Makers

Geekbus Moves to Educate Young Makers

Geekbus is San Antonio’s mobile, 21st century innovation station. It’s a moving Makerspace inspired by garages, dorm rooms, and incubators of innovation, where businesses like Microsoft, IBM, and Facebook were first built. Teachers, parents, and industry leaders are excited because Geekbus students are having fun making things with digital design,... Read more »

By , 06/12/2015 @ 7:30 am

Categories: Education, Makerspaces, Workshop | 6 Comments on Geekbus Moves to Educate Young Makers


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