Month: June 2015

Building the Bricasso Lego Mosaic Printer

Building the Bricasso Lego Mosaic Printer

Jason Alleman, aka JK Brickworks, has done some very impressive Lego projects over the years, but this might be his coolest yet. Introducing the “Bricasso,” an all-Lego mosaic printer which can scan a piece of art and then re-create it using 1 x 1 multicolored Lego plates. In this 4-part video series, Alleman shows you […]

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Arduino-Controlled Butterfly Wings and More at Kansas City Maker Faire 2015

Arduino-Controlled Butterfly Wings and More at Kansas City Maker Faire 2015

The handsome and stately Union Station yet again provided a fantastic venue for Kansas City’s Maker Faire this past weekend for its fifth annual event. Continuing its growth year after year, the 2015 Faire brought together an incredible number of Makers and attendees for a really fantastic and interactive two days of fun. As with all […]

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Falcon 9 Failure Is Second Setback for Unlucky Student Space Scientists

Falcon 9 Failure Is Second Setback for Unlucky Student Space Scientists

While the loss of yesterday’s SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket may cause major headaches for NASA, the Dragon also carried other payloads built by numerous high school and middle school students.

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A Maker’s Introduction to Ham Radio

A Maker’s Introduction to Ham Radio

You may have heard about amateur or “ham” radio from a friend or maybe one of the members in your Makerspace is a ham. What is ham radio and what does it offer you? First, you’re a Maker, so you already have a lot in common with the ham radio community. Hams are tinkerers, builders, […]

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Skill Builder: Using an Awl to Sew Leather and Heavy Fabrics

Skill Builder: Using an Awl to Sew Leather and Heavy Fabrics

Introduction If you think about tools that we use today that are passed down from ancient people, the knife, or possibly a modern version of the spear might come to mind. Lying somewhere between those two implements in the modern-day usefulness is the awl. Made out of bone in ancient times, the basic purpose of […]

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Over the Top: A Brief History of 21st Century BattleMechs

Over the Top: A Brief History of 21st Century BattleMechs

When historians of the future look back on the history of giant mechanized robot warriors, they’ll say it all started with BattleBots.

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