By repairing old bikes to donate them to the needy, creating a local tool library, turning abandoned land into a skate park and other creative projects, these do-it-yourselfers are building the change they want to see in the world.
Umbra Fisk offers advice to a city-dweller who's eager to plant a garden, but worried about the toxic effects of nearby traffic.
We are being told to eat local and seasonal food, either because other crops have been tranported over long distances, or because they are grown in energy-intensive greenhouses. But it wasn't always like that. From the sixteenth to the twentieth century, urban farmers grew Mediterranean fruits and vegetables as far north as England and the Netherlands, using only renewable energy. These crops were grown surrounded by massive "fruit walls", which stored the heat from the sun and released it at night, creating a microclimate that could increase the temperature by more than 10194176C (18194176F). Later, greenhouses built against the fruit walls further improved yields from solar energy alone. It was only at the very end of the nineteenth century that...
Five years ago, everybody was excited about the idea of using tech to borrow things like power drills. In practice, though, not so much.
The idea arose after dealing with the difficulties and loss of time in preparing for certain CNC jobs. Sometimes I spent more time preparing for the CNC than the...
A media for DiYers, full on info on labs, those of open tinkering as well as those of university fablabs. A brand new website based on experimentation.
Printrbot's Crawlbot revolutionizes CNC by making your material the table-a small machine with huge capabilities at a fraction of the cost.
Blacksmithery on the barbecue? - yes, this really works!Here's how you can make the quality steel that is found in bicycle parts live on, by forging it into blades...
An extremely useful catalog of dozens of ways of slotting together flat stock using CNC panel joinery.
Maker culture has gained a lot of ground in the last few years. Maybe too much, in fact. We can of course ignore those people who are only, as always, surfing the current wave of hype. They seldom have any clue of the ideas they are selling themselves with anyway. But it also feels as though everybody else is talking about maker culture. Those words are even being uttered by people who have always been opposed to what they should mean. Or is it me? Did I get it wrong all the way?
I spent last weekend elbow-deep in engine grease, hands tangled in the steel guts of my wife's Mazda 3. It's a good little car, but lately its bellyachings have sent me out to the driveway to tinker under the hood. I regularly hurl invectives at the internal combustion engine-but the truth is, I live for...
500 Startups-backed AstroPrint has made a combination of cloud platform, local software and hardware to enable the management of 3D printing from any device that can connect to the web with a modern browser.
On the coattails of the rise of intellectual property and economic monopolies, the Open Source movement is thriving, expanding public access to knowledge, culture and tools.
Mr X Stitch will change the way you think about embroidery and needlecraft, from cross stitch to quilts, machine embroidery to millinery, needle felting, lace, plush toys and more! Welcome to the modern world of stitch!
When Gene Homicki co-founded the West Seattle Tool Library there were less than 20 tool libraries in existence. Running one was a low-tech affair with either "old, clunky software" or pen and paper to keep track of inventory and loans. There are now nearly 60 tool libraries around the world with an estimated 20 more in the works.
Check Engine Soon"-that little orange light on your car's instrument panel is possibly one of the more annoying things about modern automobiles. Ever had it pop on during a trip and wonder whether it was just something mundane, like your gas cap being loose, or whether it's something deathly serious and a piston could come shooting out the side of your engine block at any time? Well, thanks to an inexpensive little piece of hardware and an Android tablet, I'll help you decode that little orange light in your car.
The key patents covering a 3D printing technique called "laser sintering" are set to expire in the next year or two -- there are a bunch of them, so they'll trickle out -- and this will radically reduce the price of printing and printers. Laser sintering involves melting a fine powder (usually plastic) in order
The parabola has the well-known property of reflecting axis-parallel rays to a point, as can be seen in this video clip. If we rotate the parabola around its axis, we create a parabolic disc. It has the well-known property of reflecting parallel rays (= planar wave fronts) to a point - if they are incident along the axis direction of the disc - which can be seen in this video clip.
A family of tiny wireless sensors for smartphones and tablets - Check out 'Wimotos - Tiny Wireless Helpers For Your Life' on Indiegogo.