In response to Etching Metallized Plastic, Johnny Kaw says:
When I was building plastic models (1960s), I noticed that the acetone-based glue didn’t stick well to the ‘chrome’ plated surfaces. The recommendation from the hobby shop was to sand or scratch off the plating. I discovered that a regular pencil eraser could also take off the plating easily — I just ‘erased’ the plating!
In the piece Kickstarted? Now What?, Anton Willis remarks:
Great post David! I feel like we’re in the same middle space with the Oru Kayak, and pre-planning for Kickstarter now. We’ve been looking at a number of options for the final assembly stage- the volumes are too small for most contract assemblers, but too large for us to do in-house. One option we’re excited about is setting up a small assembly operation in Willits, my hometown- it’s a rural town with chronic unemployment, and lots of vacant industrial space that used to serve the wood products industry. There are a lot of places like this in the US (even close to our high-tech and financial hub cities), and this gets back a bit to your “plumbers” post- how can we leverage the underused resources around us- in terms of people, space, and manufacturing equipment- to move forward with the more small-scale, decentralized, dare-I-say democratic model of design and manufacturing that the Maker movement espouses?
In response to Kitchen Tasks with Power Tools, user raster says:
I’ve always wanted a bandsaw in the kitchen. Imaging how easy it would be to slice a loaf of bread or a frozen pizza!
In the piece More Plumbers? Or Reinvented Toilets?, Joe says:
I disagree with your hypothesis. While its great to pretend that robots will fix our toilets using 3d printers in a hackerspace, that is just wrong. There is far too much existing infrastructure that relies on the current technology/implementation that will continue to need service and installation for years to coe.
Making a LED widget at a hackerspace is awesome, but making a proper joint in copper inside my dry wall is best left to people who spent more than 2 minutes in a hackerspace using a torch.
Don’t get me wrong I love tinkering and building but by saying you can learn to be a good plumber in a few weekends is foolish. Yes you can be mediocre, but thats not enough.
There is a big difference between having an idea how to fix something and actually knowing how to fix it.
But that is just my opinion.
In the article DiResta: Locust Wood Bench, user Yorg Mendelson writes:
Excellent! I heart time lapse assemblies. Thank you!
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