Posts By: Andrea Maietta

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    The Maker’s Manual in Arabic!

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    We are proud to inform you that “The Maker’s Manual” is about to be translated into Arabic for a summer training program in Saudi Arabia. Maker Media will put it online on a website where it will be available for any Arabic speaker.

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    Lasercut sushi to the next level

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    Burn, baby, burn The word laser is an acronym for light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation: big words that basically mean “watch out, this burns!” A laser can direct a lot of power to a very small area, thereby melting, burning, or even vaporizing the material we are working on (or enemy robots). Based… Read more »

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    How Sony, Microsoft, and Other Gadget Makers Violate Federal Warranty Law | Motherboard

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    Manufacturers threaten to do things they cannot do legally but 99.9 percent of consumers have no idea of their actual rights We already discussed some of the issues related to rights of repairing our things, but the subject is vast and the economics implied are huge. This article suggests that manufacturers are pushing it beyond… Read more »

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    5 rules to tackle the Oktoberfest… of Things!

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    A new world As we said, the Internet of Things opens a new world to us. For example, not only can we record our performance while we are outside jogging and transfer the data to a server for analysis and filing, but we can also take part in virtual competitions with people jogging on the… Read more »

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    What you should know about FAB12

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    From the experience of Neil Gerhsenfeld and his popular course “How to Make (Almost) Anything“, in 2002 the first Fab Lab was born. Fab Lab is short for fabrication laboratory, a workshop where things are manufactured, but also for fabulous laboratory. Gershenfeld has taken the fab Lab culture  around the world, helping local populations solve… Read more »

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    Can you find the problem with this door?

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    In Makers: The New Industrial Revolution Chris Anderson wrote: We are all designers now. It’s time we get good at it. But what exactly is design? Design Karl Ulrich, professor at the University of Pennsylvaina and designer of extraordinary experience, defines design as conceiving and giving form to artifacts that sole problems where artifact means… Read more »

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    3 Reasons Why Prototypes Are Your Friends (plus a bonus one)

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    A prototype is an approximation of an artifact which comprises one or more dimensions of interest. For example, if we were designing a traffic light we could focus on how the lights should switch, neglecting the method that the artifact must employ to understand when they have to switch. Prototypes are very important and used… Read more »

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    The Backwards Brain Bicycle – Smarter Every Day 133 – YouTube

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    Neurophysiology for the Uninitiated Our brain is a wonderful machine, the most fascinating part of the entire human body. Sir Charles Sherrington, the “grandfather” of neurophysiology and a poet, used to say:  It is as if the Milky Way entered upon some cosmic dance. Swiftly the head mass becomes an enchanted loom where millions of… Read more »

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    Farewell, RepRapPro

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    In 2005 Adrian Bowyer, at the time an academic at the University of Bath, started working on the RepRap project, where he developed a series of prototypes of a low cost (almost) self-replicating FDM 3D printer. He retired from academic life in 2012 to be a full time director of the company RepRapPro Ltd., an… Read more »

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    “Makerspace” Trademark Application Rejected | Hackaday

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    The last 10 years have seen the growth of hackerspaces, makerspaces and Fab Labs: workshop where lovers and creators of technology, mechanics, interaction and art can meet, share their knowledge and collaborate to create diverse objects. In these places it is possibile to find – and use – equipment that is typically not available to… Read more »