MAKE, Volume 21: Desktop Manufacturing – plus a visit to MakerBot HQ!

MAKE, Volume 21 digs into desktop factories, covering a variety of ways you can get started with personal manufacturing – including:

  • CNC kits
  • DIY CNC milling machines
  • Steps for building your own 3D scanner
  • An in-depth look at the MakerBot Cupcake CNC & it’s development

We also paid a visit to MakerBot HQ in Brooklyn, NY and sat down with company co-founder Bre Pettis. Be sure to check out the interview + tour of the Botcave in the above vid!

Oh and of course, MAKE 21 is chock-full of step-by-step instructions for building a variety of sweet projects including –

  • Reaction Timer
  • Padded Swords
  • Magic Photo Cube
  • ESP Tester
  • Gourd Lanterns
  • Geared Candleholder
  • Snow Gun
  • + a whole bunch more!

The above video is a bit of a change of pace from the usual previews we post for new volumes – let us know what you think of the new format in the comments below!


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14 thoughts on “MAKE, Volume 21: Desktop Manufacturing – plus a visit to MakerBot HQ!

        1. @ Collin
          I picked it up for the desktop manufacturing, something I love in general, and el wire primer as I had a project in mind. Both were great. I’m not done reading this volume however so far the majority has been very interesting. The snow making, geared candle holder (being as it included how to make your own gears), remaking history to name a few.

          @ Gareth
          My interests are somewhat eclectic so thats hard to answer but I did take the survey a few weeks back. My primary hobby is microcontroller & electronics related, AVR in particular, but I’m always down for making random cool things and expanding my maker knowledge base. Primer articles are always welcome.

          1. Thanks for the input, Personman77.

            What sorts of primers would you (and other readers here) like to see?

            BTW: That geared candle holder is gorgeous. I saw Ben’s original at Maker Faire. It’s really yummy. If I had the time, I’d love to try my hand at making one.

          2. As for a primer, wire crimping would be nice. I would like to make my own board to board connectors, servo/stepper jumpers, ribbon cables ect. A general reference of std parts & techniques would be nice.

            An article or collins lab on voltage regulation would be cool as well. I can set up a 7805 or zener diode regulator however I can’t say for sure what the determining factor is in choosing the caps I use or which type of regulator is appropriate for my project. For that matter are there any other options worth considering?

            Maybe how to add sci fi like special effects to video, bring youtube to the next level with cheesy lasers and the like .

            I’ve also always wanted to learn how to knit my own hackey sack, yeah thats right make bring back the hackey sack. This one might just be me :)

            Thats a couple of thinks that have been on my mind. If any of those have been done in an issue I missed please let me know.

            Thanks for being receptive to my input

  1. I was at Solidworks World today and it would have been so cool if Makerbot was there along with all the multi-$$ machines. It would have definitely drawn a crowd.

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