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Chess By Mail of the 21st Century

Posted by admin

Sep 19, 2010 10:21:36 AM

Chess by mail was so last century. When we have USTREAM and Arduino robots, who needs paper? Partick McCabe is the man responsible for the first USTREAM controlled Arduino chess robot, and its great. Check out the stream and lay down some game!

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Jump Robot! Jump!

Posted by admin

Sep 17, 2010 1:41:27 PM

As Maker Faire approaches, a few fun display projects are coming together. I’ve been happy to be able to spend time building a novelty little jumping robot. After far to much engineering on a jumping mechanism, the time crunch forced me to settle on a cheap car locking actuator. For $5 bucks, the little guy packs a punch.

Enjoy a short little sped up video (thanks YouTube) of our energetic jumping friend in the works.

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Open Hardware Summit

Posted by admin

Sep 16, 2010 8:05:45 PM

It’s short notice, but definitely worth checking out.  The Open Hardware Summit is aiming to come up with something kind of like Creative Commons for engineers and tinkerers.  They’re looking to standardize a license and a clearer definition of what open source hardware is.  This involves Arduino and other good stuff.  Sounds solid to me.

It’s at the New York Hall of Science on September 23.

Open Hardware Summit.

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NYT Article on 3D Printing

Posted by admin

Sep 14, 2010 10:29:57 AM

I’m just going to share the link and a teaser quote, thoughtful response pending.

"A 3-D printer, which has nothing to do with paper printers, creates an object by stacking one layer of material — typically plastic or metal — on top of another, much the same way a pastry chef makes baklava with sheets of phyllo dough."

That analogy will find its way into the official NextFab tour script.

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Laser Cut Miniature Wood Pallets

Posted by admin

Sep 12, 2010 4:50:09 PM

Happy Sunday.  These come from Zscale Monster Kits, but you can see that from the water mark.   They have a bunch of great laser cut model train products, go check it out.

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Laser Cut Scarves

Posted by admin

Sep 11, 2010 2:12:57 PM

Here’s a cool laser cutting idea.  Typographic scarves. (fyi- wool felt smells bad for a while after lasering but then the smell goes away).

From Little Factory.  They do cool stuff, some of it is in jokes for designers, but hey.

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Great Member Blog

Posted by admin

Sep 9, 2010 8:39:56 PM

We’ve told you about Robert Baruch, one of our members before. I finally had a chance to check out his blog, Half-Baked Maker. It’s great documentation of what members do here. He talks about coercing the robots in cooperation being properly trained and certified to operate our CNC equipment.  There’s even some info about his project for the Maker Faire in NYC.

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Falkirk Wheel

Posted by admin

Sep 9, 2010 3:26:55 PM

Well, it’s been busy around here.  I wish I could share all of the cool projects we’re working on!  I promise updates soon.  Until then- The Falkirk Wheel. A beautiful piece of civic engineering, it connects two canals that are at different heights- they’re roughly 8 stories apart.

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Member Spotlight: David Holly

Posted by admin

Aug 28, 2010 2:08:21 PM

One of our members, David Holly, is working on making looms more affordable and accessible.  I think this is a great project.  Find out more at his website,

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Laser Cut Business Card Class

Posted by admin

Aug 26, 2010 8:56:21 PM

This has been in the works for a while.  I am very pleased to invite members and non-members to attend the Laser Cut Business Card Class.  Those are a few staff laser cut business cards (my website is down, just wait a week or so).  Did you know that people impress their friends and enemies with laser etched beef jerky business cards, or even an etched leafSign up here (good ole classes page on the website).  Specifics below.


  • 5 person limit.  First come first served.

  • Saturday, Sept. 25 from 2-4 p.m., and Wednesday, Sept. 29 from 6-8 p.m.

  • $50.00 members/$75.00 non members.

  • Class fees include an hour of machine time.   This is enough time to cut about 30 cards, however machine time varies widely with media.

  • This is a 2 part class.  We will meet as a group and learn about laser cut business cards.  Then we will individually schedule a later time on the laser cutter to cut the cards.

  • Class will go more smoothly if you’re proficient in some kind of CAD program.  NextFab Studio supports both Mac and PC platforms, the Adobe Creative Suite, Rhino, Solidworks, Corel Draw and many other programs.  If you have a specific software need let us know before class.

  • Bring a sketch and media.  Paper and pencil sketches are great, but a digital file is best.  We can etch and cut just about anything in the laser.  Beef jerky, leaves, acrylic, poster board, but nothing with chlorine in it.  No pvc films or moleskine notebooks.  Let us know ahead of time what media you plan to use so we can research it.

  • We will show examples of laser cut business cards then go over file setup and materials testing.  After the initial class meeting we will individually schedule an hour of supervised machine use, and you can come back and laser cut more cards.  This machine hour is included in the course fee.

  • This course is not a substitute for Trotec I and II and does not include formal training on the laser.

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