16 tips for organizing a hackerspace

c-baseYou are itching to open a new hackerspace but you do not have the slightest idea how to start? If that’s the case, the list How to start a hackerspace published on Adafruit is what you need (PDF format). Follow the 16 tips and do not forget to have a look at the related tutorial. And most important of all, don’t mess it up! (more…)

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Who are the 15 inventors chosen by Focus (and who you should definitely vote for)

Focus4MakersWe have already told you about the 320 projects from all over the world, now it is time to take a closer look at some of the ideas chosen. 15 inventors are presented in the preview in number 251 of Focus (on sale from 13 August): all inventions with a high creative content that will be hosted by the Maker Faire Rome from 3 to 6 October 2013. But that’s not all. (more…)

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“The Metalsmith” and the art of creating at all costs

The subject of the short documentary The Metalsmith is Andy Cooperman, a metalsmith and artist who creates amazing objects. He has been working this way for more than 30 years. It is his life and he would not know what to do without it, especially now that he risks losing his sight to retinal detachment.

“Facing blindness, metalsmith Andy Cooperman renews his commitment to making things worth seeing”. (more…)

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Filabot Wee, the machine for recycling makers’ plastic

filabot WeeIt’s called the Filabot Wee and it transforms plastic pellets into filaments for 3D printers. The kit is available on the Filabot site at $620. According to the creators of the machine, producing your own plastic filaments will cost 90% less than the price of the products on the market.

All you need do is to obtain the plastic pellets and pour them into the Filabot Wee to melt them. The site also sells Filabot raw material but with a little bit of ingenuity it will not be difficult to mince up your own waste product. In this way you can produce filaments that best suit your needs (for quantity and colour). (more…)

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“The future is here”: an entire show dedicated to makers in London

the future is hereLayer by layer, the world is changing. All thanks to 3D printing and digital manufacturing technologies that are increasingly more affordable. If you want to take a dip in the world of fabbers and makers, don’t miss the London fair The Future Is Here – A New Industrial Revolution.

The Future is here is a trip where each leg shows you every stage of digital manufacturing. You will find technologies that will change the world over the next few years: 3D printing, laser cutting, open source hardware and online communities. Visitors will also have access to a small workshop where they can put into practice the new industrial revolution. What are you waiting for? (more…)

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