Makerspaces, which have grown wildly popular in public libraries and now are appearing in academic spaces, give students affordable access to expensive tools such as laser cutters, sewing machines, and virtual reality technologies.
The authors discuss Radford University's multiyear plan to establish, develop, and expand a Making and Innovation culture on campus, including experiences to date, future plans, and ways that a campus Maker movement can bolster undergraduate research, scholarship, and creative activities (URSCA).
America was built by makers—curious, enthusiastic amateur inventors whose tinkering habit sparked whole new industries. At TED@MotorCity, MAKE magazine publisher Dale Dougherty says we’re all makers at heart, and shows cool new tools to tinker with, like Arduinos, affordable 3-D printers, even DIY satellites.
Lisa Harouni, the cofounder of Digital Forming, works on "additive manufacturing"—otherwise known as 3-D printing. In this TEDTalk, Harouni gives a useful introduction to this fascinating way of making things, which includes intricate objects once impossible to create.
As technology progresses, printed circuit boards, or PCBs, are becoming ever more central to daily life. As such, an understanding of basic circuitry and how to apply it to PCB assembly is vital to almost any engineer or technical designer.