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Fixing Broken Machines from the Amazon Return Bin

Fixing Broken Machines from the Amazon Return Bin

Debra Daun’s superpower is fixing broken machines, such as 3D printers. She runs the MakerLab at Joliet Junior College in Joliet, Illinois. She has figured out that she can get used and abused machines that have been returned to Amazon. She bids for them at auction and then repairs them or adds the odd parts to her boneyard. She’s been able to add more machines that she uses to teach students 3D printing in the makerspace. The more broken the machine, she says, the happier she is.

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SparkFun Pro Micro RP2040

SparkFun Pro Micro RP2040

The SparkFun Pro Micro RP2040 takes the new RP2040 microcontroller chip from the Raspberry Pi Foundation and puts it in a minimal form factor. Previously, SparkFun used the Pro Micro form factor with an ATmega32u4 to provide the functionality of an Arduino Leonardo: the usual GPIO, analog inputs and PWM outputs plus native USB support. […]

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3D Modeling for Makers

Lydia Sloan Cline is the author of Fusion 360 for Makers, which is out in a new second edition. She teaches 3D design and fabrication at Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, Kansas, where she began as a drafting professor with a degree in Architecture. In this episode of Make:cast, Patrick DiJusto, Make: Books […]

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