MAKE Volume 21: Snow Science and Snow Making

MAKE Volume 21: Snow Science and Snow Making

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As one of the biggest storms of the winter is hitting Lake Tahoe, MAKE Volume 21 is about to hit newsstands. What do these two phenomena have in common? Snow! In the DIY Outdoors section, we’re featuring a Combo Snow Gun project written by one of our own former MAKE engineering interns, Steven Lemos. As a matter of fact, I distinctly remember when we were interviewing Steven, asking him what types of projects he had made. When he said he made his own snow gun, I was sold, and we knew we had to have him write it up for the magazine. Steven teaches you how to make your own for about $90.


Then, in Forrest M. Mims’ Country Scientist column, he teaches you how to evaluate snow on the ground as a heat island indicator as well as a particle collector. Mims takes it further and shows you how to use ImageJ image analysis software to study your snow pictures.

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MAKE Volume 21 is the Desktop Manufacturing issue, with how-to articles on making three-dimensional parts using inexpensive computer-controlled manufacturing equipment. Both additive (RepRap, CandyFab) and subtractive (Lumenlab Micro CNC) systems are covered. Also in this issue: instructions for making a cigar box guitar, building your own CNC for under $800, running a mini electric bike with a cordless drill, making a magic photo cube, and tons more. If you’re a subscriber, you may have your issue in hand already, and can access the Digital Edition. Otherwise, you can pick up MAKE 21 in the Maker Shed or look for it on newsstands near you!

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I'm a word nerd who loves to geek out on how emerging technology affects the lexicon. I was an editor on the first 40 volumes of MAKE, and I love shining light on the incredible makers in our community. In particular, covering art is my passion — after all, art is the first thing most of us ever made. When not fawning over perfect word choices, I can be found on the nearest mountain, looking for untouched powder fields and ideal alpine lakes.

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