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A Review Of The Printrbot 3D Printer

If you're looking around for 3D printers that are both inexpensive and open source friendly, the Printrbot Simple Kit will probably catch your attention. Read More »

12-Year-Old Creates $350 Braille Printer With Lego And Open Source Software

Lee Matthews | Geek | February 18, 2014

For those of you who thought baking soda volcanoes made for a pretty sweet science fair project, 12-year-old Shubham Bannerjee’s entry will absolutely blow you away. It’s an actual working braille printer that was built with about $350 worth of Lego that runs on open source software. Read More »

3D Printing Prosthetic Limbs: How 'Project Daniel' Is Revolutionizing Healthcare In South Sudan

Melanie Ehrenkranz | International Digital Times | January 14, 2014

Daniel Omar was 14-years-old when he lost both of his arms in a bomb attack in the Nuba Mountains of South Sudan. Fast forward two years. Thanks to the innovations of California-based research firm Not Impossible Labs as well as the advancements in 3D printing, Daniel now has his left-arm prosthetic and is currently helping to print prostheses for others. [...] Read More »

Arduino Workshop—New From No Starch Press

Press Release | No Starch Press | May 7, 2013

It may be small in size, but the Arduino is having a huge impact on the maker movement. This powerful, easy-to-use microcontroller makes it possible for creative people everywhere to turn their ideas for interactive projects into reality—from simple LED displays to responsive robots and Twitter-enabled appliances. All that's needed is a computer, a DIY imagination, and—for the uninitiated—a guide on how to get started. Read More »

Are New Ultra-Cheap 3D Printers Revolutionary Or Just Toys?

Christopher Mims | Nextgov | May 30, 2013

[The] parallels between the personal computing revolution and the one in 3D printing are irresistible [...]. Ok, so these things don’t do much more than print out easily-breakable, rough-hewn plastic tchotchkes, but watch out! Some day we’ll use them to solve the really big problems. Read More »

Assembling Living Tissue With 3D Maglev Tech: A Biohacker’s Dream Come True

John Hewitt | ExtremeTech | January 30, 2013

The handmaiden of scientific discovery is a new tool. Good researchers build their own instruments and nowadays the best among them often seek to commercialize their successes for others to expand upon. Nothing says look at what my instrument can do better in the the age of commercial science than a new discovery... Read More »

Build Your Own Supercomputer Out Of Raspberry Pi Boards

Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols | ZDNet | May 23, 2013

Who says you need a few million bucks to build a supercomputer? Joshua Kiepert put together a Linux-powered Beowulf cluster with Raspberry Pi computers for less than $2,000. Read More »

DIY Internet Of Things: The Ultimate Maker Project

Serdar Yegulalp | InfoWorld | January 21, 2014

Last week, word dropped of how the folks at Spark, creators of an Arduino-compatible board for creating homebrew Internet-connected hardware (the Spark Core), had hacked together an open source digital thermostat. Read More »

Do It Yourself And Save: Open-Source Revolution Is Driving Down The Cost Of Doing Science

Marcia Goodrich | Michigan Tech | September 14, 2012

The DIY movement has vaulted from the home to the research lab, and it’s driven by the same motives: saving tons of money and getting precisely what you want. It’s spawning a revolution, says Joshua Pearce. Read More »

Entrepreneur Of 2012: Limor Fried

Jennifer Wang | Entrepreneur | December 18, 2012

Limor Fried notes that once upon a time, it might have seemed strange for a person to spend an afternoon building something like the MintyBoost, a portable USB mobile-device charger assembled from an Altoids tin and bits of electronic hardware. But if the 50,000 MintyBoost kits sold so far by Fried's company, Adafruit Industries, are any indication, the world is now a different sort of place. Read More »

Hacking On Health: Open Source For The Rare Disease Community

Luis Ibáñez | | October 10, 2013

[...] At first glance, rare diseases seem to only affect a small number of people, but in reality their aggregate impacts close to 30 million patients in the US, and about 25 million in the EU alone. This impact also extends to the millions of caregivers and families, who also feel and live with the disease, just in a different way. Read More »

Joeffice, An Open Source Office Suite One Developer Built In 30 Days

Jon Brodkin | Ars Technica | June 16, 2013

Software developer Anthony Goubard may be one of the most ambitious DIYers on the planet. How else can you explain it? One man looks across the landscape of productivity suites—from Microsoft Office to LibreOffice to Google Docs—and says: "I'll just make my own." Read More »

Join EFF’s Efforts To Keep 3D Printing Open

Julie Samuels | Electronic Frontier Foundation | October 24, 2012

Thanks to the open hardware community, you can now have a 3D printer in your home for just a few hundred dollars [...]. This incredible innovation is possible because the core patents covering 3D printing technologies started expiring several years ago, allowing projects such as RepRap to prove what we already knew—that openness often outperforms the patent system at spurring innovation. Read More »

Knitic Project, Or How To Give A New Brain To Knitting Machines

Zoe Romano | Arduino Blog | June 4, 2013

Knitic is an open source project which controls electronic knitting machines via Arduino. To be more precise, Knitic is like a new ‘brain’ for the Brother knitting machines allowing people to create any pattern and modify them on the fly. Read More »

Maker Machine Sends Open Source Robots To School

Jethro Pugh | | June 27, 2013

Maker Machine is a mobile makerspace that brings 3D printers, DIY robotics, and interactive art to primary schools, libraries, museums and youth clubs. The project is currently fundraising for a tour of Australia to bring our workshop to schools around the country. Read More »