Great session with David Lang discussing his new book "Zero to Maker: Learn (Just Enough) to Make (Just About) Anything", and the passion for exploring that inspired him to make projects like OpenROV a reality. He has a great story to tell, and wants you to join him in the quest.
I'll be posting the details of our conversation soon, probably right after Maker Faire wraps up on Sunday evening.
Just discovered that there's a regular Makerbot User Group meeting in New York City and the meetings are shared live via Ustream.
Archived videos of meetings are available online, though it looks like they just started adding content. Could be a treasure trove of information and inspiration as more meetings are added in the future.
I won't embed the stream here because it tends to auto play in some browsers, but you can access it via the via link below.
There's a significant debate going on in the hackerspace/maker community over acceptance of funding from DARPA, the research organization of the US Department of Defense to underwrite the creation of high school makerspaces.
The 'Yes' side of the argument is personified by Dale Dougherty, the founder of MAKE Magazine and Maker Faire, while Mitch Altman, a pioneer in the hacker/maker movement, is vehemently opposed to the point that he is actively boycotting Maker Faires and related activities.
Both sides of the debate are presented in detail by both Dougherty and Altman in the "Makerspaces & the Military" segment on this week's episode of Spark.
For those not already familiar with the excellent programming by Spark, it's a regular 'radio' broadcast (also available via podcast) produced by the CBC. Spark's charter is to create "An ongoing conversation about technology and culture."
There's an old saying that "Politics makes strange bedfellows." Apparently that's true for 3D printer startups as well. According to an article in the online edition of Monday's Wall Street Journal, Makerbot Industries will soon be sharing building space and rubbing elbows with the likes of Morgan Stanley and the Goldman Sachs Group.
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Rich Brown at CNET provides a good overview, including covering some of the tradeoffs and purchase/implementation considerations, of the MakerBot Replicator 3D printer.
Brown's overview doesn't contain anything surprising or new for people already involved in the 3D printing movement, it will be quite useful for those looking to purchase or build their first printer.
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Last week I visited the iheartengineering headquarters in Brooklyn and was surprised to find that they have managed to build a rapidly expanding business around the print-on-demand model and unique product designs. Besides their abundant creativity, the heart of their business is a first generation MakerBot 3D printer that manufactures parts as orders come in the door (or over the internet).
It's not unusual for them to keep the printer running for hours, and sometimes days, at a time when orders peak. They've developed some special techniques for producing large parts with some unique fill patterns that I will post more about later.
Most important, the work, and the business model, that iheartengineering is pioneering convinced me that all the buzz about 3D printing generating a rebirth of manufacturing and creativity in the U.S. is much more than just hype. It is a practical and achievable goal, one that may soon be a reality for a growing number of start-ups.
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