This Week in Making: Codebender Closes, Copycat Factories, and Upright CNCs

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This Week in Making: Codebender Closes, Copycat Factories, and Upright CNCs

Hey haunters! If you’ve got a cool DIY project to show off, enter it into our Halloween Contest! We’re offering prizes for creative costumes and haunted house effects and decor.

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Imagine finding the clever little device you invented for sale online (you know, the device you were planning on selling yourself, maybe one you even crowdfunded, but had only just begun mass producing…). Small factories in China have a lot to gain by copycatting products, and they work fast. There aren’t a whole lot options for getting them to stop, either. This article explains the environment that enables these factories to operate like this.


The Maslow could change how we think about CNCs. This full-sheet CNC sits upright to save space and the supplies for this open-source project are less than $500 — and that’s the price when you include the router. We like the direction this is headed!

Codebender, an open source online code editor for Arduino, announced that it would be slowly shutting down its website over the next few months. While open source is a boon to Makers the world over, free for users doesn’t mean free for organizers. Codebender successfully managed to create a nice online community and proved there was indeed a need for such services. Thank you, Codebender, for your part in growing the Maker community! And best wishes to all of you.

Check out this amazing blooming flower light that Instructables user Ossum made for his new daughter. This 3D printed night light “blooms” as it turns on. It’s totally ossum… er… awesome! :D

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