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3D Printers in Space: How the Maker Movement Made It to the Final Frontier

Conner Forrest | Tech Republic | July 22, 2016

Crew members aboard the International Space Station (ISS) recently put a very interesting thing into orbit—a 3D printer. The printer, created in tandem by Lowe's and a company called Made in Space, could be used to produce tools and items needed in case of an emergency, or just for everyday use. The printer was installed during the week of June 27, 2016 by NASA astronaut Jeff Williams. While there are multiple types of 3D printers, the model in question prints models using plastic filament in a process called fused deposition modeling (FDM). So far, it has produced a Kobalt-branded wrench to be used for projects on the ISS...

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5 Things I Learned at TEDGlobal

Kirsten Cluthe | PCMag.com | July 5, 2012

The theme at TEDGlobal this year was "Radical Openness," indicating the effects of open-source technology, collaboration, social media, and DIY invention on our world. Read More »

A Hardware Renaissance In Silicon Valley

Nick Bilton and John Markoff | New York Times | August 25, 2012

In recent years, Silicon Valley seems to have forgotten about silicon. It’s been about dot-coms, Web advertising, social networking and apps for smartphones. But there are signs here that hardware is becoming the new software. 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 »

CoderDojo merges with the Raspberry Pi Foundation

In late May, CoderDojo Foundation, which runs a volunteer-led network of coding clubs for children around the world, announced that it was merging with the Raspberry Pi Foundation. This is a significant development that has tremendous potential to impact education, the maker movement, and the growth of coding around the world. By working together, Raspberry Pi and CoderDojo will create the world's largest effort to involve young people in computing. "This merger presents a huge amount of opportunity to learn from one another, share opportunities, and became a more robust and sustainable movement that is supporting safe spaces for children of all ages to get creative with technology," says CoderDojo executive director Giustina Mizzoni...

How 3D Printing Will Rebuild Reality

Steven Ashley | Boing Boing | June 10, 2013

When Star Trek debuted in the mid-60s, everybody geeked out about the food synthesizers. [...] Years later, I wasn’t the only one craving the replicators of Star Trek:The Next Generation for my home workshop... Read More »

How Maker Communities Align with Open Source

The maker movement intersects deeply with open source. When I think of open source I normally think of the most hardcore bleeding-edge software or hardware development. But the maker movement has a long-established sharing culture, which really is nothing less than pure open source. The source code is a little different, however. For example, consider Nicole Curtis, the maker celebrity and TV star of Rehab Addict...

Industrial Revolution Unravels, Collaborative Economy Rises Says Jeremiah Owyang

Pam Baker | FierceBigData | February 5, 2014

Just about anyone who works at analyzing social media knows the name Jeremiah Owyang. He was, after all, one of the first to accurately predict social media would take the world by storm--a contrarian view back in the day when nearly everyone was convinced social media was only a fad. Now he's predicting that the industrial revolution is about to completely unravel and be replaced by a new collaborative economy... Read More »

Made In China: Eric Pan And Open Source Hardware

Lyn Jeffery | Boing Boing | June 11, 2013

Maker culture is being remade in China. Along with pioneers like Bunnie Huang and David Li, of Shanghai hackerspace Xinchejian, Eric Pan and his open hardware facilitator, Seeed Studio are accelerating the global maker movement by helping people source, design, produce, and commercialize their maker projects. Read More »

My Year Of Living Open Source

Sam Muirhead | CNN | June 5, 2013

Sam Muirhead is a videographer who for one year is abandoning proprietary products and instead using and producing open source materials. Read More »

New Open Source Program Director Supports Students' Passions at the Rochester Institute of Technology

The Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) is well-known for its work in open source software through FOSS@MAGIC. In April 2014, RIT started to offer a minor in free and open source software. Students work on several different open source projects in their GitHub organization. One of the courses in the minor, Humanitarian Free and Open Source Software Development, has students work with the One Laptop per Child XO laptops. Students create games that help teach New York and Massachusetts fourth grade math curriculum. Dan Schneiderman is the new head of the FOSS@MAGIC program at RIT...

Open Is the Solution to Improving 21st Century Education

Much of the Internet runs Linux and open source software, yet in most of our schools—whether PK-12 or higher education—Linux and open source software are given short shrift. Linux has made serious inroads on hand-held devices, the desktop, and the Internet of things (IoT) that use platforms such as Raspberry Pi, Galileo, and Arduino. Despite this astounding growth, a relatively small number of secondary and post-secondary schools offer technology training that prepares students for increasingly in-demand technical skills. The growth of the maker movement and the concurrent interest in STEM skills, which include coding and ethical hacking, may provide a much-needed impetus to change this trend. The problem for most schools is finding the mentors and exemplars of this paradigm...

Open-Source Could Be A New Avenue For Manufacturers

Chris Fox | Manufacturing.Net | July 23, 2014

Have you heard about the open-source revolution? Like 3D printing, it only recently made its way into the mainstream, but like the additive manufacturing machines, it has been around for a while...

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Portland Ripe To Be A 3-D Printing Leader?

Peter Korn | KOIN.com | July 3, 2014

...President Barack Obama, in his State of the Union address last year, hailed as “the next revolution in manufacturing.”  Its proponents say 3-D printing holds the promise for corporations and individuals to print out their own three-dimensional objects as easily as we now print paper documents on inkjet printers...

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The Biohackers Will See You Now

David Lang | BackChannel | November 7, 2014

The next generation of DIYBio tools are coming, and this time they mean business...

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