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Touring the Labs at MAKE HQ

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Touring the Labs at MAKE HQ

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Intern Dan Spangler with his Combustion Cannon

I recently met up with the inimitable Dan Spangler, an intern working at MAKE Labs. He, along with several other interns, work hard to bring you the latest projects seen both online and in the print magazine.

While I was there we took a look at all their different tools, digital fabrication machines, and projects. I was also able to get a sense of what it is like to work in such a space. Dan loves working there because he’s both a digital artist and a fabricator, so he’s able to bring his ideas to life. An average day at the labs will have them exchanging witty banter, building all kinds of cool stuff, showing visitors around, and hanging out with editorial staff who come in just to take a break.

Some of the projects showcased here are brand new, and will be featured in upcoming issues of MAKE. Grab a subscription if you want to see them again soon.


10 thoughts on “Touring the Labs at MAKE HQ

  1. J R says:

    pay your workers. this guy’s making content for you. pay him. stop exploiting your workers, stop hiring interns.

  2. Michael Colombo says:

    Hi J R. Not sure where you got the idea, but the interns are, in fact, paid. Not only that, they get access to all the amazing equipment and resources MAKE has to offer. I actually started as an intern for MAKE, and I never felt exploited in the least. It was a privilege.

  3. xian says:

    are they plans for building the maker shed available?

  4. xian says:

    are the digitally fabricated workshed plans available online?

    1. Gareth Branwyn says:

      They are, indeed:

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In addition to being an online editor for MAKE Magazine, Michael Colombo works in fabrication, electronics, sound design, music production and performance (Yes. All that.) In the past he has also been a childrens' educator and entertainer, and holds a Masters degree from NYU's Interactive Telecommunications Program.

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