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Mitch Altman on Manufacturing Your Design

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Mitch Altman on Manufacturing Your Design

Mitch Altman MAKE Volume 26 Manufacturing Your Design
Mitch Altman is one of those blessed human beings who is always smiling, and the most beautiful thing about his smile is that it’s completely genuine. The man lives what he believes and loves what he does. The inventor of the TV-B-Gone, Mitch has valuable life experience to share with makers who want to manufacture their designs, and he shares it with us on the pages of the current issue, MAKE Volume 26. From building a working prototype of the product and package to marketing and selling your product to “Mitch’s One Rule of Doing Business,” he walks us through the process, offering perspective that only someone who’s gone through it can have. Mitch is certainly tapped into the zen of making, and I’ll take his advice any day.

This quote from the piece is as powerful as Mitch’s positive outlook:
“There’s no guarantee that if you do what you love, you will make a lot, or even earn a living from it. But if you don’t, what is guaranteed is that your ideas will remain only dreams, and those dreams may fade.”

Check out Mitch’s sage advice in the full-length article, shared here from our digital edition.


From the Pages of MAKE:
MAKE Volume 26: Karts & Wheels
Garage go-kart building is a time-honored tradition for DIYers, In this issue of MAKE, we’ll show you how to build wheeled wonders that’ll have you and the kids racing around the neighborhood in epic DIY style. Build a longboard skateboard by bending plywood and build a crazy go-kart driven by a pair of battery-powered drills. Put a mini gasoline engine on a bicycle. And construct an amazing wind-powered cart that can outrun a tailwind. Plus you’ll learn how to build the winning vehicle from our online Karts and Wheels contest! In addition to karts, you’ll find plenty of other projects that only MAKE can offer!


2 thoughts on “Mitch Altman on Manufacturing Your Design

  1. James F. Kelly says:

    I got to visit with Mitch at Maker Faire – our booth was just inside the door of the MakerShed building so I could watch Mitch throughout the day interacting with the Learn to Solder crowd.  He definitely has that smile on his face at all times.  I enjoyed talking with him and loved his article – I only wish I’d taken my copy of the magazine and got him to sign it – next year!

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