A Factory on Your Kitchen Counter

In his State of the Union address last week, along with the standard calls for education reform and energy independence, President Obama gave a shout-out to a growing technology. In a lab in Youngstown, Ohio, the president said, “Workers are mastering the 3-D printing that has the potential to revolutionize the way we make almost anything.”

When Brook Drumm saw clips from the speech at his home outside Sacramento, Calif., he wanted to reach through his TV and give the president a fist bump. Mr. Drumm, a bald, goateed father of three, designed the Printrbot, a desktop 3-D printer kit. Like a number of other 3-D printers, it uses heated plastic — applied layer by layer to a heated bed by a glue-gun-like extruder — to turn designs created on a computer into real objects.

As Mr. Drumm illustrated in the Kickstarter campaign he used to raise more than $830,000 to start his business in late 2011, the Printrbot is small enough to fit on a kitchen counter, next to the Mr. Coffee. “The goal for the company,” Mr. Drumm said in world-beating tones, “is a printer in every home and every school.”

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Stirling Engine" by Maker Made Tschikay on DIY.

A Stirling engine is a heat engine operating by the heating and cooling (expansion and contraction) of air. Unlike the internal combustion engine, the Stirling Engine is known as an external combustion engine because the creation of heat happens on the outside. This project solves a challenge for the Mechanical Engineer Skill.

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Challenge of the Day: Make a Hydraulic Hand

A Hydraulic Device uses fluid to do work. Fluid is pushed from one tube to another, moving a platform a certain distance. The work done by a hydraulic device is dependent on the diameter of the tubes as well as the distance the fluid is moved. Create your own hydraulic hand using some standard syringes and become a Mechanical Engineer Skill.

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DIY Brushbot

Electronic Toys combine classic themes with today’s technologies. With a basic knowledge of motors, batteries and circuits, you can create high-tech toys that do some pretty cool things. You can add electronics to an existing toy, or create one from scratch. This Brushbot solves a challenge for the Toy Maker Skill.

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Circuit Bender Workshop | Sunday, January 6, 12:00-2:00pm

Where: Children’s Creativity Museum 221 Fourth St. 
San Francisco, CA 94103 
(415) 820-3320

Interested in robotics? Join the DIY team for this Brushbots Workshop. Learn to convert old household items into your very own robot. These mini-robots are easy to build, customizable, and fun to race! All materials will be provided, and the workshop is free with paid general admission. See you there!

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 ’London Underground Circuit Maps’ by Yuri Suzuki

Responding to ‘thrift’ as a theme, Suzuki’s work explores communication systems in consumer electronics. A printed circuit board (PCB) is used as a precedent for developing a electrical circuit influenced by Harry Beck’s iconic London underground map diagrams. By strategically positioning certain speaker, resistor and battery components throughout the map, users can visually understand the complex networks associated with electricity and how power is generated within a radio. 

Map your land and become a Cartographer.

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Motherboard Earth by Alain Bousque:

Encoded in our DNA is the organic circuitry of life, programming everything from our physical structure to the hardwired commands needed to run, fight, or play. Alain’s series of interlaced circuits create a user interface for the abstract ideas we use to build our world.

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