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Maker Faire Rejuvenates

ENTRY 3San Mateo, CAThursday, May 22, 2014

Nothing quite restores your soul like seeing kids in all their glory, running around full of wonder and excitement. Maker Faire brings that out in force -- filling people to the brim with laughter and joy. More practically, it opens up one’s …

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Lessons From The Roadtrip: Update One

ENTRY 16Chicago, ILThursday, July 3, 2014

We’ve been on the road for about six weeks. We set out to get a pulse on all things 3D. A lofty goal, to be sure, and we are learning a lot. In a nutshell, we are getting a solid heartbeat.From consumers to business owners, people find 3D (sc…

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Making On The Fourth Of July In Chicago

ENTRY 17Chicago, ILFriday, July 4, 2014

Spent some time at the famous Pumping Station: One last night (July 3rd) in Chicago. Thanks to Bart Dring for inviting me. Pretty cool spot for one of the biggest, if not the biggest, makerspace in the USA. They have a lot…

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Free Apps Drive Chicago Artists To Create And Print In 3D

ENTRY 27Chicago, ILSunday, July 13, 2014

Chicago Artist, Adrian Stein, has this quote, author unknown, on his website and I found it provocative and representative of the passion and enthusiasm I’m finding across the USA.“Hearts are wild creatures; that’s why our ribs are cages.”Chi…

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Full Of Awesome - Detroit Public Library HYPE Makerspace

ENTRY 31Troy, MIFriday, July 18, 2014

During our week in Detroit, we paid a visit to the Detroit Public Library which is home to a teen/young adult focused makerspace. Steve Teeri, the library’s technology specialist, used the phrase that they try only to create courses…

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Artisans Asylum Bigger And Better Than Costco

ENTRY 45Somerville, MATuesday, August 12, 2014

If you will forget (and perhaps forgive) the bulk purchase, big consumer mindset of this comparison and just focus on the size of Costco, you will get my point. Makerspaces tend to be small. They tend to be concentrated, dense work areas. Art…

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Stern Design Works Grows With 123D Creature

ENTRY 48New York, NYMonday, August 25, 2014

One of the things I’m finding as I wander the nation is that entrepreneurial ventures are almost always a mix of the old with the new. While some might argue that their new “gadget” or “creation” is brand new, disruptive, democratizing (meani…

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Founding Father: Thomas Jefferson – Photo Scanned

ENTRY 51Washington, DCSunday, August 31, 2014

Wandering around Washington, DC late one night, we found ourselves close to the Thomas Jefferson Memorial. Like the other monuments within the city, Jefferson sits within a hallowed hall. It is a very large hallowed hall. As the author of the…

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Capturing Kid's Hearts At Atlanta Mini Maker Faire

ENTRY 62Atlanta, GASunday, October 5, 2014

Many people have heard of Maker Faire – there is the original one in the San Francisco Bay area and the one in New York City, World Maker Faire, but people do not always hear about the mini Maker Faires that happen in smaller cities all acros…

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Reinventing Edison – Build Your Own Lightbulb

ENTRY 63Atlanta, GASunday, October 5, 2014

After visiting GE earlier in the 3DRV roadtrip, we have spent some time pondering Thomas Edison’s legacy. His boundless energy and enthusiasm for creating, inventing, and making are legendary and many children read about him and are inspired.…

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3D Printed Earbuds From Normal

ENTRY 65New York, NYFriday, October 10, 2014

Normal, a startup, and the brainchild of Nikki Kaufman (a founding member of the crowd sourced product firm Quirky), is currently producing custom earphones. Normal is using the Stratasys Fortus 250mc printers and its own smartphone app to ma…

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Electa Lee Middle School with Bay News 9 Interview of #3DRV

ENTRY 108Bradenton, FLFriday, October 17, 2014

This is a great new blog post by TJ McCue.

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James Alday: Fusion 360 Modeler

ENTRY 77Lake Mary, FLFriday, October 24, 2014

Orlando is loaded with creative people. Maybe we can thank Walt Disney for putting creativity in the Orlando air. Nearly everywhere we visited in Florida, we came in contact with people for whom 3D is comfortable, familiar, not the future but…

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S-Scale Model Railroad Creations In 3D With CatzPaw Innovations

ENTRY 81Atlanta, GAWednesday, November 5, 2014

If you want to see a serious 3D printing expert in action, you have to study what Sherri Johnson is doing with CatzPaw Innovations. She and her partner, Yolanda Hayes, are making tiny, miniscule creations for an oft-forgotten part of the mode…

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How To Use Sketchbook Pro With Super-User Kevin Mellon

ENTRY 84Atlanta, GAWednesday, November 19, 2014

While in Atlanta, I had the cool opportunity to meet with SketchBook Pro artist, Kevin Mellon, comic book artist, and storyboarder for the hit animated TV show Archer on FX Networks.Since I visited Kevin at the Floyd County Productions office…

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Sparking A Passion For Electronics And Open Source

ENTRY 90Niwot, COThursday, November 20, 2014

One of the perks of traveling around the USA is the chance to meet people in person that you have only known by email, phone, or social media. As a researcher and journalist, I talk to a lot of companies. That’s part of how the 3DRV roadtrip …

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Joe Evans Techno-Archaelogist

ENTRY 104Tampa, FLFriday, November 21, 2014

Great job title. Indiana Jones would be quite happy with it, I think.Joe Evans and I follow each other on Twitter. I didn’t realize he was a University of South Florida research associate, working with Lori Collins, when we first connected. I…

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