As 3D printers have gotten more affordable, an entirely new community has sprung up around the idea of designing, sharing and printing physical objects. Jarkko Moilanen of the Statistical Studies of Peer Production has completed the first EVER survey on the growing 3D printer community. Correction – the Journal of Peer Production is a separate group and not part of the Statistical Studies of Peer Production as stated in the video.
I create the above video to share some of the interesting facts revealed in the survey. The survey data itself is freely available on their website.
If you consider yourself part of the 3D printer community or are curious to learn more, check out the short video.
What do Ninja’s and desks have in common? If you’re Dan McDonley…it’s the inspiration for an easy way to work and stay in shape.
You see, when he was younger he got into Martial Arts. Really into Martial Arts and this left him with a few injuries and a bad back. He found that sitting down made his pain worse and decided to give “standing desks” a try.
Wouldn’t you know…his pain went away and the inspiration for Ninja Standing Desk was born! Unlike traditional standing desks, his invention is both affordable and portable.
Find out how Dan took what others might consider a weakness and turn it into a really cool new business.
Are you creating an emotional experience for your customer? You should be. Customer experience is becoming crucial to building a successful business. Here’s the thing, complex ideas that are hard to describe NEVER create emotional experiences for your customer. EVER. Can you describe your idea in 30 seconds? How about in 2 words? Gabe Smedresman [...]
Have you ever wanted to build your own battle robot or electronics but don’t have the tools? If so, you want to check out this interview with Rick Anderson one of the founders of FUBAR labs in New Jersey. New Jersey’s FIRST hackerspace. Rick’s main project right now is Fubarino…a ChipKit compatible pic32 board he’s going [...]
Is your business serving the right customer? Ever wondered what you can do with a laser cutter? I interview Jason Cross of FabLabATX and The Peculiar Form about how he built a laser cutting service out of his garage. A few of things we discuss: Why focusing on the right customer is crucial to building [...]
There is no way to perfect your idea without actually launching it. Laura Bruland of Yes & Yes Designs learned this lesson when she started making laser cut jewelry at her local TechShop in San Francisco. She had seen laser cut jewelry before and wanted to create her own when she found out about TechShop. [...]
Following your passion can be a great way to build a sustainable business. But how do you get started? I interview Brian Burling of eMotimo about how he used an engineering degree and a passion for photography into a unique product loved by professionals and consumers alike. What does eMotimo build? Motion control devices for [...]
Prototyping your product used to take months (or years) and cost tens of thousands of dollars. Not anymore. Colour Cartel is perfecting a LED light panel for electric guitars which is loved by musicians (and pretty much anyone who sees it in action). Find out how they’ve rapidly built dozens of prototypes in a fraction [...]
Would you tell people about your idea before you even had a working prototype? John Van Den Nieuwenhuizen (founder of Hidden Radio) did and received great PR because of it. While most entrepreneurs hide their ideas away where no one can see them, John took a different approach. Sharing his innovative idea for a mobile [...]
If you’ve ever wanted to build your own product, but didn’t know where to start then you need to check out TechShop. I interviewed Michael Madsen who designed and built his own 4 bay iPad charger thanks in part to the tools and skills available through TechShop. His product also doubles as a synching device, [...]
Learn how makers and hobbyists are innovating the space industry
I'm a geek who loves to build stuff. Spent a few years building space stuff, a few more helping entrepreneurs build businesses. Today, we have access to tools and resources unheard of 10 years ago...and we can use it for DIY space exploration. I think that's pretty cool...