Plan C Live: Developing an Open Source Ecosystem for Medical Hardware

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Innovation is often born from adversity. Despite its many horrors, the pandemic has generated some beautiful human stories from collective efforts to address the crisis. One such story recounts tens of thousands of persons self-organizing into unpaid teams to address the pandemic by successfully making and distributing personal protective equipment […]

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The Pandemic-inspired Case for an Open-Source Medical Hardware Ecosystem

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The co-authors of this article, along with Robert L. Read, are: Mark Roden, PhD, Tetra Bio Distributed Burhan Qaddoumi, Tetra Bio Distributed Angela Forgues, MS, MSPH, Open Source Medical Supplies Victoria F. Jaqua, RT(R)(CT), RCIS, Open Source Medical Supplies The Present Situation COVID-19 has created nothing, if not confusion. Confusion […]

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Open Source Hardware Certifications For August 2020

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  Hello Makers, In the month of August we had 14 newly certified open-source hardware. Today I will introduce each of them to you. I hope it may help you in the next project or product. The first piece of open source hardware is from Great Scott Gadgets: the HackRF […]

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Build an Animatronic Raven Kit

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  Animatronic Raven DIY Kit $255–$375, Mr. Chicken’s Prop Shop, chickenprops.com Pololu Mini Maestro Servo Controllers $30–$50, Pololu Robotics and Electronics, pololu.com Here’s an awesome small-batch kit that’s got all the hardware and feathers you need to assemble a well-articulated animatronic raven that would fit into any imagineer’s menagerie. Includes […]

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Join Our Webinars To Learn How To Get The Most Out Of Make: Projects

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  Learning is best done with people, not for them. It is most effective when learners are participants rather than recipients. The central element in promoting learning, therefore, is promoting relationships—teacher-pupil relationships; peer-to-peer relationships; and children’s relationships with siblings, mentors, and role models. All the traditional and high-tech resources of […]

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Building A Portable Air Quality Monitor

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Air quality is on a lot of people’s minds right now, especially if you’re on the east coast of the US. Mike Winter was putting together a system to measure and display the air quality and had an idea to make it portable and partially wrist mounted. His results were […]

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Titancraft Lets You Create Custom Creatures For 3D Printing

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I’m always looking for interesting now sources for fun 3d prints.  This fun little site called Titancraft Minis popped up and I hopped in to give it a try and was blown away! You can create and customize monsters, then download them for free (or have them printed and shipped). […]

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Quick Look: The Tormach XS Tech CNC Router

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We finally got a chance to play with Tormach’s desktop learning system.  this was a fun little piece of equipment and presented some interesting approaches to a desktop milling experience. Tormach looks to be focusing mainly on education with this unit. It ships not only with the mill but with […]

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Plan C Live: From Invention to Innovation: Maker Incubators During Covid-19

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In his book How Innovation Works, Matt Ridley defines invention and innovations as different things.  The creation or invention of a product is not the same as developing a product that meets a need and becomes useful. For makers, this often means making the transition from prototype to product, as well […]

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Maker Spotlight: Engineer Emily

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  Name  Emily Where are you located?  South Carolina What is your day job?  Senior Mechanical Engineering Student Do you attend a makerspace/fablab/hackerspace?  Most everything of what I work on is done in my college apartment. I have two 3D printers and most all of my tools are kept in […]

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Doing Experimental Science at Home

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With distance learning happening in many schools, what can you do to teach or learn about science? As you might expect, at Make: we believe that the best way to learn these subjects is through experiential, hands-on learning. In other words, “learning by doing.” If you want to learn science, […]

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Plan C Live: Economic Recovery from the Bottom Up

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Two significant economic indicators currently point in opposite directions: Unemployment is at a record high and so is the stock market. While this dichotomy reflects certain changes in traditional economic models, what does it say about the way COVID-19 has affected life in our communities? Or, what will be needed […]

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UniMaker Goes Virtual and Free, September 7-8

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The yearly conference UniMaker, hosted by the University of Sheffield is joining the online masses and going virtual this weekend. If you’re connected with making and involved in education, you’re going to find a veritable smorgasbord of interesting talks and topics to consume. Of course we’re a little biased, and […]

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Plan C Live: Building Resilient Communities

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A resilient community can use available resources to respond to, withstand, and recover from adverse situations. A fast and flexible civic response to COVID-19 has demonstrated the need for communities to self-organize and  connect people in groups to solve problems together.  In this discussion, we look back at the COVID-19 […]

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Cool Crowdfunding: Robo Dogs, Beautiful Retro Computing, and CNC Routers

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We receive so many pitches for crowdfunding projects. They pour into our inbox daily. Since crowdfunding is a bit of a gamble, it is always kind of hard to determine just how to write about these projects, considering that many of them may not ever deliver. Cool Crowdfunding is our […]

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Driving Fashion With Brain Waves: The Pangolin

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At ARS Electronica this past weekend, Anouk Wipprecht’s latest creation was announced. Project Pangolin is a creative approach to a brain computer interface or BCI. It uses this very interesting scale loooking sensor array to read 1,024 points of data -brain waves –  and convert them to lights and motion […]

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Top YouTube Makers Discuss Making Projects on Video — Join Our Zoom Session Thursday

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YouTube’s content covers a broad range of topics, including the many facets of making, and over the years we’ve seen a number of creators establish themselves and their skills on the platform. So what does it take to become a successful YouTube maker? In the new issue of Make: magazine […]

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