Zero to Maker: Knowing What You Don’t Know

I just got back from New York City where Eric Stackpole and I spent the weekend exhibiting and talking about OpenROV at the Open Hardware Summit and World Maker Faire. Although it wasn't quite as big as Maker Faire Bay Area, it was an unbelievable gathering of makers and creators... Read more »

Zero to Maker: Adventures in Plastic

In honor of Plastics month here on MAKE, I'm excited to chime in with some of my recent Zero to Maker exploits into the world of silicone. For the non-maker (or "pre-maker," as I like to say), working with plastic can be revelatory. It opens your eyes to the wonders... Read more »

Zero to Maker: Is Making Nature or Nurture?

I wonder: what do you think the differences are between the "buy a grill" and "weld a grill" people, in general? I guess more broadly I mean the difference between people who "get" making and those who don't, regardless of their actual ability to make things. Read more »

Zero to Make: Crash Course in Welding

There's something about the process of joining two pieces of metal together that captures people's excitement and curiosity. Outside of a romantic idea of welding masks, torches, and flying sparks, I had no idea what I was getting into. Now that I've taken a few classes, I've learned enough to... Read more »

Zero to Maker: Crash Course in Laser Cutting

"And that's just the beginning, there are all types of materials that work with the laser cutter. In addition to cardboard and paper, you can etch glass, cut acrylic, and engrave leather. You can even laser etch onto a chocolate bar." Said Zack, my TechShop Dream Coach who has been... Read more »

Zero to Maker: Access to Tools

I was about five pages in when I discovered a major obstacle: I didn't have any of the tools the book required to do the suggested projects and experiments. I realized that despite my commitment to learning and my eagerness to get started, my goal of going from Zero to... Read more »