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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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

For Fun and Profit

CNC Routers like the ShopBot are extremely capable tools. They can make amazingly precise cuts. They can repeat parts flawlessly and they help fabricate shapes that would be nearly impossible to cut by hand. One of the most exciting things about CNC routers is the opportunities they can offer to folks who have the knack, [...]

People, Not Pixels: Thoughts on start-up success from the Standing Desk Ninja

The Ninja Standing Desk is just like it sounds — and it may well be the world’s first portable and affordable version of the permanently installed workstations you see around office and home businesses around the country. The “Ninja” behind the Ninja Standing Desk (www.NinjaStandingDesk.com) is San Franciscan Dan McDonley, and his product has become [...]

MAKEzine reviews 2013′s major developments for Making Professionals

Maker Pro Newsletter’s DC Denison pulls together a round-up of 2013′s developments on the Maker Pro frontier — where making meets business.  Turns out it was a very busy, productive year indeed. Put it on your to-do list to learn more about these start-ups and initiatives — read the round-up here. One that stands out [...]

NPR reports on Manufacturing 2.0…. at least some of it!

Interesting article on Dec. 26, 2013 by NPR’s Chris Arnold on the growth in higher-tech manufacturing processes in the U.S. It sheds light on what a lot of us know, that the new jobs in manufacturing will be there for those with the new skills needed to operate digital fabrication equipment… The article features Machine, [...]

If you build it, they will come…and be amazed: The 2-day Wikihouse build at World Maker Faire NYC

This Fall 2013, a team comprised of software engineers and designers from Colorado and Massachusetts, architects from the UK, and some ShopBotting digital fabbers from Virginia got together and built a house.  In two days. Thousands of Maker Faire-ians walked around inside it and checked it out, and learned about the easy-to-use software employed to [...]