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Passing Time: A Clock Made from Beer Bottles

Passing Time: A Clock Made from Beer Bottles

Rick Stanley makes very special clocks. He makes clocks out of beer bottles (over 300 Yuengling beer bottles to be exact), clocks with bicycle bells, clocks featuring coins, dominoes, and fluids. He makes novelty clocks of great complexity alongside his son Vince Stanley in Millville, PA at Stanley Clockworks which they founded in 2006. Rick […]

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To the Stars: Making A Stained Glass Space Shuttle

To the Stars: Making A Stained Glass Space Shuttle

Space. For most, it is the final frontier. For others, it remains a distant galaxy far, far away. But for some, like the creative team of Nicole and Thure of When Geeks Craft, it is a destination already reached. Their stained-glass, fully-lit replica of the space shuttle Discovery demonstrates a passion for making that’s truly otherworldly. The two […]

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Surreal Sculptures Branching Through The Natural and Modern World

Surreal Sculptures Branching Through The Natural and Modern World

Henrique Oliveira never knows exactly how his sprawling sculptures will take shape, which is, perhaps, a contributing factor to their organic look and feel, bridging the natural world with the modern, resulting in the surreal exhibitions and installations he’s been creating around the world for over a decade. “It was not something planned, like had an […]

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A Maker Family in Lockdown Helps to Engineer a Memorial Covid Artwork

A Maker Family in Lockdown Helps to Engineer a Memorial Covid Artwork

In A Crack in the Hourglass, a media artwork by Mexican-Canadian artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, people are invited to submit a photograph and story of a loved one lost during Covid. Over a period of about 40 minutes a modified robotic plotter draws the image of the loved one using hourglass sand. Once the drawing is complete […]

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Homage to a Handmade Chip: The World’s Most Popular Integrated Circuit Turns 50

Homage to a Handmade Chip: The World’s Most Popular Integrated Circuit Turns 50

The most enduringly successful chip in electronics history was created by one man working in a back-alley storefront. His name was Hans Camenzind, the chip was the 555 timer, and this year marks its 50th anniversary. It has outlasted all competitors, is still being manufactured in basically the same design, and has sold billions worldwide. […]

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Scaling an Internet of Production That’s Ready For Disaster Relief

Scaling an Internet of Production That’s Ready For Disaster Relief

WAU, SOUTH SUDAN: In 2017, Field Ready supported Water for South Sudan by 3D printing spare parts for their equipment. Wau State in South Sudan is a very remote location with huge supply challenges. Engineer Dr. Ben Savonen later co-founded Kijenzi, a U.S.-Kenyan commercial manufacturing network that had its first 3D printing hub in Kisumu, Kenya. […]

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Emergency Prep! How Makers Can Prepare For Disruptions and Disasters of All Kinds

Emergency Prep! How Makers Can Prepare For Disruptions and Disasters of All Kinds

Responding effectively to emergencies and disasters is almost always a result of preparation. With a little forethought, know-how, and advance planning, makers with a DIY and community mindset are fantastically positioned to help themselves and others in extreme situations. But which threats should we invest in preparing for? Risk is calculated by multiplying likelihood times […]

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