Maker Faire NYC

Posted: September 18th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Blog | Tags: , | Comments Off on Maker Faire NYC

Just came home from NYC Maker Faire at the NY Hall of Science. Some highlights…


MakerBots were in full force – they were everywhere, not just at the MakerBot Industries booth  (seen here) but at the booths of many designers.


Bamboo bikes by Bamboo Bike Studio. Only metal parts are forks, rear drops, bottom bracket, seat, and head tubes. All else is bamboo, epoxy, and carbon fiber tape.

Ultimaker (web pic – mine from Faire were too blurry!)

Though Makerbot (MB) obviously had the most presence at the Faire, I was impressed by the Ultimaker, made by a Dutch team. Elegant design (no electronics hanging off the sides) and a nice large bed over 64 sq in. Unfortunately it costs more than the MB (€1200 ) and they have to ship from the Netherlands. Curious to see where this thing goes.


Smarter way to board a plane

Posted: September 10th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Blog | Tags: | Comments Off on Smarter way to board a plane

Finally, someone has determined a way to do at least one thing faster at airports. Physicist Jason Steffen developed a method for boarding passengers onto airplanes twice as fast.

(via swissmiss)

Machinist Videos

Posted: September 2nd, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Blog | Tags: , , | Comments Off on Machinist Videos

One-Stop place for machining videos

Since purchasing the Bridgeport mill this year, I’ve been trying to learn as much as possible about more refined techniques of metalworking and machining. As we all know, YouTube videos are a wonderful resource for learning anything, and metalwork is no exception (I’ve been recently been watching  videos by tubelcain (mrpete222)).  The author of  MachinistBlog has recently put together a new site called which aims to be a pool for all the best in machining videos. I’m planning to spend a good amount of time over there.