DiResta Gives a Tour of His Type-Making Machines and Printing Presses


I am obsessed with antique printing technology. I am a printer. Or, I used to be. I co-ran an offset print shop for years. Printing is actually the only thing in which I have any formal education (I have a vocational training certificate in offset lithography). So, given my letterpress fetish, I have been watching, with great envy and excitement, ...

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Program a Light-Up Felt Menorah


Everyone has their own holiday traditions. Mine is trying to make an LED menorah for Hanukkah, the Jewish Festival of Lights. This year, Hanukkah starts on the night of Tuesday, December 12, and, as always, I didn’t leave myself a lot of time to play around. But I wanted to update a prototype I made a few years ago, so ...

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This “Bee-Dimensional” Printer Creates Some Sweet Looking Prints


As light passes through the illuminated beeswax sculptures of artist and biologist Jennifer Berry, it highlights the honeycomb structure. Layers of the delicate material create geometric forms and the natural pattern of the comb is revealed in the shadows. These sculptures are the result of a particularly ingenious 3D printer Berry has developed, the B-Code biological 3D printer, which allows ...

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Add Patterned Skins to 3D Prints with Hydro Dipping


Photos by Hep Svadja Read articles from the magazine right here on Make:. Don’t have a subscription yet? Get one today. Hydro dipping is a simple way to apply graphics and “skins” to your 3D prints. The process transfers images from a thin hydrographic film onto nearly any three-dimensional object by floating the image in a tub of water. Professionals ...

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Maker Faire Shenzhen’s Focus on Maker Pro, Education, and Large Scale Art


This year’s Maker Faire Shenzhen took place on November 11-13 at Shenzhen Polytechnic, and, just like in previous years, featured a variety of content that included exhibits, workshops, talks, and performances. At the same time, Maker Faire Shenzhen managed to add something new this year. Although some of those changes might have been baby steps, each one is worth celebrating and ...

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This Week in Making: AI Drone Pilot, Reimagined Frankenstein’s Monster, and More


AI Races Human Pilot For the past two years, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab has been developing the algorithms needed for a high-performance UAV to fly through the obstacles that are a part of drone races. To test whether or not they’ve succeeded at creating an AI that can fly as fast as a human pilot, they challenged Ken Loo, a ...

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This Lego R/C Creation Is Just Plane Cool


Most people are fascinated by flight. Some bring that fascination into their workshop to build their own flying machines. For Adam “ajw61185” Woodworth, that’s not enough — his R/C creations take whimsical aircraft and spacecraft and bring them to life as actual flying toys. His latest creation is the classic Lego airplane, scaled up 10x from the original’s wingspan of ...

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This Cross Stitch Is the Ultimate Ultima Homage


While, scrolling through Twitter recently, I glimpsed the image you see below. At first glance, I thought it was a screenshot from the game Ultima on the Apple II. However, as my eyes moved on, I noticed the word “stitch” in the tweet! Finished my epic #Apple2 cross-stitch project of #Ultima1. That was a lot of pixels to stitch! #nerdstitch ...

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Maker Spotlight: Celeste Flores


Name: Celeste Flores Home town: Moreno Valley, CA Makerspace: The Crucible, Oakland CA Day job: Blacksmith How did you get started making? I went to a school for Fine Art where I was introduced to an anvil and a hammer. My teacher encouraged me, but reminded me that I was at an art school, so if I wanted to learn blacksmithing, I should go ...

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Mad Science and Sterling Engines at the DTLA Mini Maker Faire


Looking for a different way to kick off the holiday season? Check out 2017’s DTLA Mini Maker Faire. Hosted by the Los Angeles Public Library, the DTLA Mini Maker Faire will take place at the historic Central Library in downtown Los Angeles on Saturday, December 2, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. With 46 Makers and Maker groups on board, ...

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