In 2020, makers responded to the crisis of Covid-19 and produced millions of units of PPE, getting them into the hands those who needed them most. This intensive and extensive effort called on preexisting networks and built new ones. The maker community centralized and distributed designs through open source repositories, prompting innovation and collaboration across […]Continue Reading
Cheaper and more powerful than Raspberry Pi B+, “Chip” by Next Thing Co. could be the next revolution in single-board computing.Continue Reading
Fab Labs are a global community of local workshops that enable invention by providing access to tools and for digital fabrication education and enrichment, which has grown to over 250 labs worldwide in ten years.Continue Reading
Makers create an open-source, low cost , digital fabrication tool that creates bespoke clothing from digital files.Continue Reading
When your shoes can tell the Internet where they are and what they’re doing, personal privacy is on strange new ground. Keeping your personal data out of the wrong hands is shaping up to be an epic struggle.
Limor Fried and Phil Torrone at Adafruit Industries say the answer is easy: we need a Bill of Rights for the Internet of Things. And you can help write it.Continue Reading
If you’re a maker ready to scale up to commercial production, soon you’ll be asking questions about how to manage the process of sourcing parts, ordering raw materials, describing the fabrication process, and scheduling access to equipment.
Software tools that help you plan and operate your manufacturing business are often called “enterprise resource planning” systems, or ERP for short. ERP systems generally include tools for managing inventory, scheduling materials and resources for production, ordering new materials when needed, and accounting systems to keep track of your expenses and revenues.Continue Reading
We hear a lot of horror stories about factories in China so how do you avoid becoming one yourself? Certainly not by dwelling on failure. Failure happens when you’re manufacturing in China or anywhere— even if you have made the best plans. Here’s what to look for.Continue Reading