ZBrush Prop creation: bladed weapons

Do you need to a digital prop for a videogame? Are you trying to 3D print your favourite DnD character? Do you want to learn from the pro and improve your ZBrush skills? This free tutorial will cover the creation of bladed weapons like the knives pictured here, using various ZBrush features that make these… Read more »

The Maker’s Manual in Arabic!

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.

Lasercut sushi to the next level

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 »

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

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 »

5 rules to tackle the Oktoberfest… of Things!

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 »

What you should know about FAB12

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 »

Can you find the problem with this door?

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 »

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

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 »

The Backwards Brain Bicycle – Smarter Every Day 133 – YouTube

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 »

Farewell, RepRapPro

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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    2015 ZBrush Summit

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    Unlinke many modeling software used to produce a 3D model for 3D printing, Sculptris allows us to create digital sculptures, just like as if we were handling clay or plasticine. Only we’re handling bits, and we operate with a mouse (or other special hardware). The software comes for free, but before you can use it… Read more »

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    Chinese Unveil Mysterious 3D Printed Houses – Built Out of Unique Material, Able to Withstand Devastating Earthquakes – 3DPrint.com

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    The realm of 3D printing applications is getting bigger and bigger (pun intended). After some timid experiments, it seems someone is going for the big target of building houses: look at how this villa was built, with secret materials, in only 15 days. The buildings that they are fabricating are strong enough to withstand 9.0… Read more »

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    You’ve never seen balloon animals like this | MNN – Mother Nature Network

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    When it comes to balloon animals, almost anyone is able to come up with a dog, or at least something which vaguely resembles one. Masayoshi Matsumoto takes the whole thing to a completely different level. We are completely in the blind about his making process, but we surely can define his works as art. Check… Read more »

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    10 Everyday 3D Printer Tools

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    3D printers can be simple to operate. Most recent printers require nothing more than spooling up the source material (usually some form of thermoplastic), inserting an SD card that contains the design file, and pushing a button. The printer reads the design file, melts the source material, and layers it until the desired object is… Read more »

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    Maker’s Dashboard

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    Some months ago some $long_list_of_insults stole our family car, a.k.a. our only car. That’s a shame, because I live in a very small hamlet where “public transports” means “just the schoolbus”. As I have four children, that means a greater hindrance in everyday activities. That’s a shame also because they stole it before I could hack… Read more »

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    Uses of Different Soldering Iron Tips

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    When we connect different electrical components in a closed path in which the current can continuously flow, we create a circuit. Circuits Although the underlying physics is somewhat complex and quite interesting, the flow of electricity in a circuit has enough in common with a hydraulyc circuit that we can model its behavior more simply…. Read more »

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    Biking to 10 Fab Labs in the Netherlands

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    We are all designers As children, many, if not all of us, dismantled some toys to understand how they worked. Some of us even managed to assemble them back. Each toy we dismantled taught us something, allowing us to modify it according to our tastes or to create a new one. In the past, this kind… Read more »

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    Original Prusa i3 kit with LCD

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    3D Printers In the industrial world, 3D printing technology goes back to the 1980s. How did it make it to the desktops of the 2010s? An early pioneer of desktop 3D printing was Dr. Adrian Bowyer, a mechanical engineering professor at the University of Bath in England. In 2005, Bowyer started prototyping a low-cost, open… Read more »

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    #1 New Release!

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    Thanks to everyone who is trusting us and buying our book! Today we’re featured as #1 New Release on amazon.com in the Industrial Product & Design section. Quite a satisfaction! To add the icing on the cake, also the first review, with a full five stars, came along: “Fast delivery and I am delighted with… Read more »

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    Arduino Announces New Brand, Genuino, Manufacturing Partnership with Adafruit | Make:

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    In responste to the awkward (to say the least) situation, Massimo Banzi declares his Independence Day: Arduino, with the new brand of Genuino, will be manufactured in Manhattan, NY. This will greatly facilitate the U.S. market, starting from July – at least with the core products, to begin with. Now if you want to support the… Read more »