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48 Solenoids Transform This 1960s Typewriter into a Computer Printer

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Several years ago, Chris Gregg, a Tufts University lecturer and computer engineer, received a letter from his friend Erica. This wouldn’t be so unusual, except that it was typed on an actual typewriter, not a printer. Gregg is a fan of vintage typewriters, but, as with myself, makes many mistakes, […]

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Posted by | July 1st, 2015 5:30 AM

Categories: Arduino, Computers & Mobile | No Comments on 48 Solenoids Transform This 1960s Typewriter into a Computer Printer

Make it Safely: What to Wear in Your Workshop

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When working on any sort of project, safety should always be a huge priority. Although your shirt, pants, hair, or even undergarments might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think about keeping yourself safe, they can be quite important. The following are a few clothing […]

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Posted by | July 1st, 2015 5:00 AM

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Building the Bricasso Lego Mosaic Printer

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Jason Alleman, aka JK Brickworks, has done some very impressive Lego projects over the years, but this might be his coolest yet. Introducing the “Bricasso,” an all-Lego mosaic printer which can scan a piece of art and then re-create it using 1 x 1 multicolored Lego plates. In this 4-part […]

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Posted by | June 30th, 2015 12:00 PM

Categories: 3D Printing, Fun & Games, Home | 1 Comment on Building the Bricasso Lego Mosaic Printer

Arduino-Controlled Butterfly Wings and More at Kansas City Maker Faire 2015

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The handsome and stately Union Station yet again provided a fantastic venue for Kansas City’s Maker Faire this past weekend for its fifth annual event. Continuing its growth year after year, the 2015 Faire brought together an incredible number of Makers and attendees for a really fantastic and interactive two days […]

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Posted by | June 30th, 2015 10:04 AM

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Falcon 9 Failure Is Second Setback for Unlucky Student Space Scientists

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While the loss of yesterday's SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket may cause major headaches for NASA, the Dragon also carried other payloads built by numerous high school and middle school students.

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Posted by | June 30th, 2015 8:03 AM

Categories: Science | 3 Comments on Falcon 9 Failure Is Second Setback for Unlucky Student Space Scientists

A Maker’s Introduction to Ham Radio

Jon Platt, WØZQ, shows off his microwave “handheld” station - a complete transmitter and receiver package with the horn antenna built right in. With this simple station, Jon has made contacts hundreds of kilometers away by bouncing signals off of rain showers and other weather-related structures, such as temperature inversion layers. (Photo by Bruce Richardson, W9FZ, and provided courtesy of the ARRL)

You may have heard about amateur or “ham” radio from a friend or maybe one of the members in your Makerspace is a ham. What is ham radio and what does it offer you? First, you’re a Maker, so you already have a lot in common with the ham radio […]

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Posted by | June 30th, 2015 6:30 AM

Categories: Electronics | 5 Comments on A Maker’s Introduction to Ham Radio

Skill Builder: Using an Awl to Sew Leather and Heavy Fabrics

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Introduction If you think about tools that we use today that are passed down from ancient people, the knife, or possibly a modern version of the spear might come to mind. Lying somewhere between those two implements in the modern-day usefulness is the awl. Made out of bone in ancient […]

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Posted by | June 30th, 2015 5:00 AM

Categories: Sewing, Tools | 3 Comments on Skill Builder: Using an Awl to Sew Leather and Heavy Fabrics

Maker’s Dashboard

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Don’t let the limited features of your car’s dashboard get you down. Here are nine projects that will help you customize your cockpit.

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Posted by | June 29th, 2015 1:30 PM

Categories: Electronics, Raspberry Pi | 3 Comments on Maker’s Dashboard

Over the Top: A Brief History of 21st Century BattleMechs

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When historians of the future look back on the history of giant mechanized robot warriors, they'll say it all started with BattleBots.

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Posted by | June 29th, 2015 12:53 PM

Categories: Art & Design, Maker News | 2 Comments on Over the Top: A Brief History of 21st Century BattleMechs

Maker Pro Q&A: Stuck on Sugru

Jane Ní Dhulchaointigh, inventor of Sugru

Sugru is a “moldable glue” that has found a place in many Maker toolboxes. Inventor Jane Ní Dhulchaointigh talks about finding her product’s niche.

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Posted by | June 29th, 2015 11:00 AM

Categories: Home, Tools, Workshop | 2 Comments on Maker Pro Q&A: Stuck on Sugru

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