Shop Bots…the tougher the better.

Well, the Shop Bots have proven to be quite the challenge.  They are a great lesson in modification.  They’re giving me a “Coyote” complex; the Bots are my Road Runner.  Always returning to the drawing board. The Bots suffer a lot of abuse at the hands of our visitors.  But that’s OK, we take it in stride.  Its fun to see to see what broke or didn’t work with each specific Bot.  The real
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A Bicycle Powered Sewing Machine…It Exists…

Visiting Artist, Paul Nosa, came to the Shop last Friday and brought along his Solar Powered Sewing Machine.  He was going to use this contraption in the MakeShop, which is of course inside…So, instead of Sun Power he utilized Pedal Power.  His sewing machine was able to be hooked up to a bike powered generator.  People had to pedal a stationary bike to generate power for his sewing machine.  Brilliant….I
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Announcing: The Pittsburgh Mini Maker Faire Call for Makers

Spread the Word! And remember, we’re looking for young makers, too!
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Make Your Own Motor or: coping with variables

We tried something today, something that was a pure experiment… Felix came in today and immediately told me that he wanted to try out some “Do It Yourself” motors.  He wanted to see if we could find a design that we could teach visitors to make.  He showed me some ideas he had and some “how to” videos created by fellow Makers.  We decided to make three different designs and then figure o
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FRIDAY! The Solar Sewing Rover and Artist P.Nosa

August 12 from 1:00-4:30 The Solar Sewing Rover is a portable sewing machine table powered by a solar panel or a bicycle electric generator, built and operated by artist Paul Nosa, of Tucson, AZ. With the ability to sew designs at any time and any location, he began traveling around, asking people to give him scenarios, using five-words-or-less. It has become his mission to help people use their creativity, provide a
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Let the Materials do the Talking…Let the Kids Teach.

I have to first give credit to Mandy, Laura and Finn for inpsiring this post.  Thanks guys… First things first, taking things apart is a lot of fun.  I’ve discussed this idea in previous posts.  To take something apart is to learn how something works; plain and simple.  Using working components from a broken object and repurposing them is such a fun activity.  Those two ideas, taking something apart and r
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