Move over R2D2! BB-8, the adorable new Star Wars droid, stole the show when it rolled on stage at this year’s Star Wars Celebration. In Make: Vol. 46 we show you how three Makers approached building their very own working BB-8 bots, and how you can build one, too!
Then, look at ways to trick out your favorite vehicle in this issue’s special section. From detailing electric car and bicycle builds to customizing your connected car dashboard to clever bicycle hacks for riders on the go, there’s nothing as DIY as hot-rodding your wheels.
Plus, get these full how-tos: Build a million-color flashlight using NeoPixel LEDs, 3D-print a sweet R/C race car, craft a surprisingly realistic rose out of duct tape, and much more.
Take a sneak peek at projects and articles from the issue!
Let's add a new weapon to your water fight arsenal and build a pneumatic water balloon cannon. This is an easy project to put together. For about $20 and 20 minutes of time you can return fire across the street, down the street, or even to the next block if you want.
- Posted by Jason Fabbri | September 16th, 2015 5:30 AM
There are many types of battery chemistries, and each one has its own different characteristics. So which one to choose? We’ll cover the basic features for each battery type in order to help you decide which one is right for you.
- Posted by Jordan Bunker | July 30th, 2015 5:00 AM
What started as an idea to produce our own simple, fun, affordable electric vehicle has evolved into a DIY project easily assembled by nearly anyone. The Switch defines a new class of auto — a lightweight, high-capacity, versatile electric vehicle (EV) that requires minimal resources to construct, assemble, and drive.
Build the Congolese workhorse that can haul hundreds of pounds of cargo.
- Posted by Doug Bradbury | July 28th, 2015 7:00 AM
3D print and snap together this little race car with a brushless motor, Flutter wireless microcontrollers, and a few bucks of filament.
- Posted by Taylor Alexander | July 26th, 2015 5:00 AM
Designing and building the Chibi-Mikuvan go-kart for the Power Racing Series was no easy feat.
- Posted by Charles Z Guan | July 23rd, 2015 7:00 AM
Following the metal-framed makeover of its smaller simple sibling, the Printrbot Metal Plus transitions from a laser-cut wood frame to a new, beautiful powder-coated metal housing. The sturdy frame offers a number of upgrades over the previous generation, getting great results in our tests. It holds a z-axis that’s been […]
- Posted by Chris Yohe | July 21st, 2015 2:29 PM
The founders of Carbon Origins moved to the desert to launch rockets. It was harder than they expected.
- Posted by Nathan Hurst | July 21st, 2015 7:00 AM
When historians of the future look back on the history of giant mechanized robot warriors, they'll say it all started with BattleBots.
- Posted by James Tiberius Burke | June 29th, 2015 12:53 PM
Looking at historical inventions is a way for students to interact with technology and understand it.
- Posted by Dale Dougherty | June 29th, 2015 11:00 AM
The Amazing Air-Filled Under-Sea Adventure used more than 40,000 balloons to fill the building’s five-story atrium.
- Posted by Agnes Niewiadomski | June 29th, 2015 11:00 AM
Three cordless screwdrivers and a microcontroller = perfect small batch coffee roasting.
- Posted by Larry Cotton | June 24th, 2015 4:59 PM
Will a vague copyright law affect the scope of what hobbyists and modders can do with their vehicles?
- Posted by Benjamin Preston | June 24th, 2015 3:53 PM
Monowheels, by their very nature, are fairly simple machines; after all they only have one wheel! They work by driving a seated base around the inside of a circular track to push it forward — you might think of them as a perpetual roller coaster.
- Posted by Dave Southall | June 24th, 2015 3:10 PM
Soldering is fun and with a little practice it is a skill that anyone can master. Lets start with assembling Chip and his Pixel Power base and then we can plug him into an Arduino and program his eyes.
- Posted by Paul Gentile (The Hobby Guy) | June 24th, 2015 3:03 PM
Rogan Brown makes four-dimensional paper sculptures of microbes. He calls himself a scientific surrealist, and the fourth dimension is time.
- Posted by Laura Rena Murray | June 24th, 2015 1:46 PM
Using spray paint may seem like a straightforward process, but if you’re not familiar with it, the results can be disappointing. Here are some tips and tricks to ensure that your paint job comes out as beautiful as you’d expect.
- Posted by Jordan Bunker | June 24th, 2015 12:46 PM
Rivets are one of the oldest, most reliable methods of permanently fastening two materials together. Like many simple inventions, time has brought new and more complex features to rivet technology, which has resulted in a variety of different types of rivets. Here we’ll cover two of the most common rivets used in the home workshop.
- Posted by Jordan Bunker | June 24th, 2015 11:34 AM
Entering the world of radio-control (R/C) hobbies can be a little daunting. To make it a bit easier to get started, we’ll cover the basics of 2.4GHz spread spectrum radio control, and the different pieces of a typical R/C system.
- Posted by Jordan Bunker | June 24th, 2015 11:29 AM
Thinking of building an enclosure for your latest project? Or maybe you’re working on a giant robot to terrorize the neighborhood? Chances are, sheet metal will play a part. Sheet metal comes in all manner of varieties and sizes. Here are some tips and tricks to help you get that […]
- Posted by Jordan Bunker | June 24th, 2015 11:12 AM
This automatic bicycle light from recycled and found parts is about the most eco-friendly DIY bike light in the world.
- Posted by Nikos Mavrikakis | April 7th, 2015 7:00 AM
It’s surprising the number of things you can do with duct tape. This project is my attempt at creating a duct tape rose that is as realistic as possible. Here’s a video of the build: And here’s how I did it, step by step.
- Posted by Jason Poel Smith | December 18th, 2012 11:00 PM