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Can’t get a mortgage? Get a kit and build your own code-compliant home.

Not since the 1950′s has there been a readily available, sturdy, home building kit for use by any novice. With Homebuilt, architect Dennis Michaud is writing a new chapter in American home building. He recently contributed a post to ShopBot Tool’s blog entitled, “Homebuilt is Re-Inventing Homebuilding with Distributed Manufacturing (and ShopBots).”  In the post, [...]

100kGaragers featured in the AtFAB Open Source Living Room

Designers and architects Anne Filson and Gary Rohrbacher of AtFAB created an innovative and fun destination at this year’s “flagship” Maker Faire in San Mateo. As Anne explained, “We designed the AtFAB Open Source Living Room to offer Maker Faire visitors a place to take a break, and to learn about CNC fabrication, distributed manufacturing, [...]

Can Your Shopbot Replace Your Planer?

When we think of CNC routers and their capabilities we often go right to the feats of complexity and precision. Impossible inlays, hundreds of exact copies of parts, complex shaping and carving, and perfect joints but not everything you use your bot for needs to be so complicated. Flattening table tops is by far my favorite [...]

Carving a Four Foot Tall Tiki Skulpture

I was recently asked to build a tiki head statue for a local restaurant. The lure of rum-soaked drinks made the job hard to turn down. I figured my recently acquired CNC router made the task possible for me since I have no formal sculpture training. It seemed simple—before I realized what I was getting into. The [...]

A Maker’s Journey to Maker PRO: The Timbrr Stylus story

The first thing that strikes you when you step inside Dom Peralta’s garage/maker space in San Mateo isn’t necessarily the high-pitched drilling of his ShopBot Desktop’s spindle. Rather it’s the very pleasant and heady aroma of natural California cedar. That’s because the ShopBot is hard at work precision-cutting wooden dowels of cedar for the Timbrr [...]

Where to sell your work

So I’ve spent some time learning my way around my shop and have created items I think will sell. What’s next? Somehow, I need to find an audience for my work. There are a million ways to sell. I’m going to focus on a just few to start. Here I’ve listed the channels I plan [...]

Fabbers needed NOW, great opportunity @ Maker Faire San Mateo 2014

AtFAB is seeking four digital fabricators to produce a custom version of the AtFAB 5-30 Minute Chair to exhibit in the Open Source Living Room at the Maker Faire on May 17-18 in San Mateo, CA. If you’re not familiar with it, this Maker Faire is HUGE. Thousands of people will be streaming through the [...]

World’s first “origami” kayak sets sail out of TechShop SF

Designer and Oru Kayak founder Anton Willis grew up in rural Mendocino County, with easy access to rivers, lakes, and the ocean. In 2008, a move into a small San Francisco apartment forced his fiberglass kayak into storage. Inspired by an article on new advances in the art and science of origami, Willis sketched a [...]

Inventables CEO Zach Kaplan on the New Industrial Revolution

Lots of people have been writing about it. We thought that Zach Kaplan’s little video does a really nice job of summing up what a big change this represents for designing, manufacturing, and making a living…   What do you think? What are the challenges and opportunities you are seeing in your digital fabrication business? [...]

What are you going to make?

Starting a business based on the capabilities of a piece of equipment is exactly the same as starting a business doing almost anything else. There is no piece of equipment that guarantees riches to its owner.  The goal for any business is the same. You need to find customers and offer them something that they [...]