We’ve been hustling and scurrying around behind the scenes in order to get something really cool together for our community. We’re partnering with Hackster.io to bring you the Make: Community Projects platform! You can now hop right over to the Make: Community Projects page and enter your own project. We’ll publish it for the whole community to see!
Posting your project is very simple. Just go to the community projects page and sign up for an account. Don’t worry, signing up is totally free. Once you’re done, click the “+” button to add a new project and you’re off! The interface is very simple and even has the ability to import already-published projects from places like Instructables. In theory, it should also import things from other blogs, but there’s no way to make it work perfectly for every variation out there. Let us know if you try something and it fails.
The biggest question that people have been asking is “why should I post there?” and there are many reasons:
- The possibility of being featured in the magazine — We use the blog, and now our community projects page, as a resource to find what goes into the latest issues of Make: magazine. By posting your project on our community hub, you’re putting yourself into the pool of projects we consider.
- Community accolades — Other people can see your project, comment on it, make their own, and give you a thumbs up!
- Exposure on the Make: blog — Previously, to get onto the Make: blog, we would have to write a story about you. With this new system, you’ve got another way onto our blog page! We will be writing about our favorite entries on the community platform, and we’re even working on some other ways of giving you exposure…
- The ability to update and edit your contribution — Previously, there was no convenient way to update or edit something that ended up on the pages of Make:. If you’ve made progress on a project you’ve entered on the community projects platform, you can update it! This sounds like a tiny feature but we get a lot of requests for this, so I know people will be happy.
We activated this system last week and some people were nice enough to test it out for us. I want to take a moment to show off some of the cool projects that our community has already contributed.
Vision: A torch for the visually empaired by Saiyam Agrawal
Vision is a torch shaped device to help blind people navigate with greater comfort, speed, and confidence, whilst making use of ultrasonic sensors.
The GLUSS project by Robert Reed
Strong like a truss but moves like a slug = Gluss. A radical approach to scalable robots that allows serious research on a hobbyist budget.
Star Wars Chocolate Mold by Warren Downes
Make Stars Wars Chocolate Silicone Molds with X-Carve CNC
Retractable Speedbag Station by Ash Khan
A quiet DIY boxing speed bag station for the garage that retracts upwards when not in use, so you can resume your normal garage activities when you’re not throwing punches.
Custom Ferrocerium Rod by AlexQ2
Personalize your ferrocerium rod, creating a fire starter necklace.
Moxon Vise by Warren Downes
Make a Moxon Vise on the cheap! Watch this woodworking project video to learn how to make a Moxon Vise.