On a recent visit to Manchester to attend the Future Everything summit, I couldn’t pass up the chance to visit the UK’s first fab lab, housed in a striking, slab-like building in the waterside district of one of Britain’s great industrial cities. I spoke to Eddie Kirkby (of the Manufacturing Institute) and Haydn Insley (fab lab manager) to find out how the fab lab movement is spreading into the UK.Continue Reading
Charles Guan is an MIT alumnus, and has been making projects that have been festive and amazing over the past few years. Charles has been influential in the MIT Makerspace/club MITERS, where students create all manner of great projects. He and MITERS members have been frequent fliers at various Maker Faires, so you may already be familiar with his work.
Charles has served as a Teaching Assistant at MIT in Mechanical Engineering, helping his fellow students to fabricate the contraptions of their dreams. As a TA, he’s heard the same questions over and over, so he created some instructional documentation to make his and his fellow students’ lives easier. This was a set of lectures and handouts he called How to Build Your Robot Really Really Fast (HTBYRRRF). In more recent times, he set out to update this as a more inclusive set of building guides. Drawing from his own online documentation, he was able to codify his ideas into a thorough Instructable: How to Build Your Everything Really Really Fast, or HTBYERRF.Continue Reading
The Fab Academy Providence is accepting applications for their 2013 program. This is a six-month long digital fabrication program that’s directed by Neil Gershenfeld and is based on his MIT rapid prototyping course, How to Make (Almost) Anything. Deadline for applications is November 30, 2012.Continue Reading
What happens when we bring a 3D printer to San Francisco’s financial district?Continue Reading
Zach “Hoeken” Smith is a co-founder of MakerBot, but he left the company 18 months ago and now calls Shenzhen, China home. In addition to pursuing his own projects he’s the program director for Haxlr8r , San Francisco-based hardware start-up incubator. As part of MAKE’s coverage of the “maker pro” space, I recently interviewed Zach about his work in China.Continue Reading
Foreign Affairs magazine just published a long piece by Neil Gershenfeld, How To Make Almost Anything. The title comes from Gershenfeld’s famous class at MIT; if you look through the rosters of past classes you’ll find a lot of familiar names, including David Cranor and Maxim Lobovsky of Formlabs (who premiered their Form 1 printer […]Continue Reading
The Treadmill Bike by Bicycle Forrest is cracking me up. Yes, it’s a viral video to ever so subtly introduce you to their Bicycle CAD software, but that’s not going to stop me from writing about it. Besides the fact that there’s CAD software geared towards building bikes, which is cool by itself, I think it’s great that they had an itch and decided to build a treadmill/bike mashup to scratch it.Continue Reading