Make 41: Tinkering Toys

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To a maker, a toy can be many things. It can refer to an entertaining product that delights while educating, like Lego sets and electronics kits. It can be an apparatus like a plastic injection-molding machine that helps us produce figurines and widgets. Or it can be a new creation that we produce either for ourselves or as a part of a larger business for others to enjoy. In the latest issue of Make: we’ll help you find the best maker toys, show you how to build toy-making tools, and learn from the pros on how to take your toy and game ideas to market.

Plus, build a messenger bag that charges your electronic devices without the hassle of wires, 3D-print a fully functional pinhole camera, and inject powerful flavors into your favorite foods with nitrogen cavitation. Then, read about how 3D printing is being used in schools, ways to hack your brain waves to control your stuff, how one maker took his giant giraffe robot to visit the White House, and much more.

Ready for fun? Then pick up your copy of Make: Volume 41 today!


Projects

Magic Cat Projector

Magic Cat Projector

Make this fun mini projector just in time for Halloween. It throws a shadow image of a black cat — which then disappears, leaving only his spooky grin!

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Glowing, Dancing Oobleck

Glowing, Dancing Oobleck

Oobleck is a delightful non-Newtonian fluid that exists as a liquid under low-stress situations, but becomes more viscous when agitated or vibrated. Named after a fictional green precipitation in a...

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Articles

La Princesse

La Princesse

200,000 attendees (or victims?) of La Princesse witnessed five days of nigh-Lovecraftian horror back in 2008 during Liverpool’s Capital of Culture event and it has remained in my nightmares ever...

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Categories: Art & Design Robotics

Los Ferronautas

Los Ferronautas

Mexico is crisscrossed by a vast network of abandoned railroads, no longer connecting many communities that had once relied on their freight and passenger service. In 2006, Ivan Puig and...

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Categories: Art & Design

Nixtrola

Nixtrola

“I went online to buy a nixie clock and didn’t see any I really liked,” says Woodland Hills, California tinkerer Sean Fannin about timepieces made from coldwar-era numeral-displaying nixie tubes. “A lot...

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Categories: Art & Design

Treetop Tinkering

Treetop Tinkering

Perched high in a coniferous tree in Sandpoint, Idaho sits a hexagonal treehouse, handmade by 23-year-old Ethan Schlussler. During the build process, he grew tired of climbing up and down...

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Categories: Art & Design