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Maker movement and homemade tools

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  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Maker movement and homemade tools
Posted by Don Stauffer on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 9:23 AM

The maker movement (maker is new term for d-i-y person) is proving to be great for model builders.  What has changed is how the web has allowed a level of organization and support unheard of before.  That and the advent of GNU (basically copyright-free licenses) software, which has led to the same type of licensing for hardware designs.

The 3D printer that I am building is a modification of a maker movement printer. awhile ago I bought a book on making a 3D CNC mill.  The exact drawings in the book are for a way-too-big machine, but the drive and other details lend themselves to a much smaller modeler's version.  AND, if I build it, there is free software available on line that will work, as long as I make the electrical design the same as in the book.  There is getting to be a lot of software for computerized machining, including open source 3D CAD. 

I have always built some of my own tools, like PE bender, chopper- even a small modeler's drill press (which has since been replaced with a commercial one).  But this new computer controlled stuff is a real step up.  Designed by a committee sometimes works, when the committee's hearts are in the right place!

Don Stauffer in Minnesota


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