【转载】First people must learn to make things, then they can make beautiful things

原文form: [Maker Community]

作者:Dale Dougherty   (Founder and CEO, Make

Monday December 12, 2016

“First people must learn to make things, then they can make beautiful things.” –Li Juan, teacher at Southwest Jiaotong University

Maker Faire World Map Maker Faire’s Sherry Huss and Sabrina Merlo went to Maker Faire Rome and came across this wonderful laser-engraved map of Maker Faires around the world. It was created by Rad Fab in Lombardy, Italy. Sherry and Sabrina were delighted when the makers offered to send the map to us, and it’s now in the Make: office in Sebastopol.You can also get a taste of some of the “Makers of Merit” who received blue ribbons at Maker Faire Rome.

Maker Faire Chengdu I just got back from Maker Faire Chengdu. Chengdu is the 4th largest city in China, known for its Sichuan spicy food and the Panda Research Center. Maker Faire was held on the grounds of a factory that made cathode ray tubes in the 1950s and 60s. Signs, in English, called the area “Eastern Suburb Memory,” and explained that it was important to hold on to the memory of the industrial age.

Maker Faire Chengdu was organized by

Eric Pan and Monica Shen. The city of Chengdu sponsored the event, the first Maker Faire in Western China, and there were over 100 makers exhibiting with visiting makers from Taiwan and Japan. Robots were very popular, in all forms.

I also visited the makerspace at Southwest Jiaotong University. Below is a photo of the students along with their teacher, Li Juan. He told me that he hoped students “would not just learn to use tools but also to turn ideas into physical things.” He added, “First people must learn to make things, then they can make beautiful things.”

Maker Faire Lille Maker Faire Lille in northern France had 300 makers and over 10,000 attendees. This was the first Maker Faire in Lille and was supported by the city. Mayor Martine Aubry kicked off the sold-out event, which was held at a former post office building.   One of the makers was 10-year-old roboticist, Eva Corot. She said that creating robots can make the world a brighter place.   You can see some of the other projects (in French) from the faire in

Boulder Library’s BLDG 61 Makerspace Apprenticeship Program Janet Hollingsworth is a librarian who runs BLDG 61 makerspace in Boulder Colorado.“I spent the last week reading Maker City, what a fantastic resource. This book deeply recognizes the systemic relationship makerspaces have in their communities. Thank you for this!Here at BLDG 61 (the Boulder Library Makerspace) we are launching a major apprenticeship initiative in 2017. We are developing a series of 3-month intensive sessions for under-served youth as well as sessions aimed at helping the homeless re-enter the workforce by learning woodworking and transferable job skills in our makerspace. All of our apprentices are paid (grant funded) and encouraged to become mentors for subsequent sessions and co-teach public workshops towards the culmination of the apprenticeship. The resulting products crafted by our apprentices are exhibited in a local art gallery and sold to fund future sessions. We are just now completing our first session, and it has truly been life changing for some of our apprentices.A short video
here.Additionally, we serve the community as a hub of all-ages maker education, one-on-one training, and no-fee access to cutting edge equipment (woodworking, metalwork, laser cutter, fiber arts, glass fusing, screen printing, and more). I believe what we are doing as a library makerspace is quite innovative and a highly impactful use of our resources.”

Janet herself is an engineer by trade who learned fine woodworking after studying with her grandfather (a master craftsman) for over a year learning traditional American joinery and woodworking techniques. She then started a furniture design/build company and… became a librarian. She says that her current position co-managing BLDG 61 “brings all of these elements together through maker education, and I love what I do more than I ever thought possible.”

Lisa and Abe Fetterman of Nomiku Star on Shark TankWe’ve had the privilege to watch Lisa Fetterman’s develop the Nomiku sous-vide cooker, along with her husband Abe — starting first at World Maker Faire in NY, then raising funds through Kickstarter, joining Hax in Shenzhen to make a commercial product, and more recently setting up a small factory in San Francisco. I profiled Lisa in-depth in my book, “Free to Make.” I was proud that she got to share her product and her wonderful personality with a national TV audience. On Shark Tank, Chris Sacca said that Lisa was the most interesting aspect of Nomiku, calling her “an amazing entrepreneur.”Here’s an excerpt from “Free to Make” about Lisa and the development of Nomiku.Caleb Kraft’s new series, “Learn the Lingo,” introduces the words you’d use as a practitioner of a craft, trade, or skill. Lingo sounds strange to someone not in the know, odd words that might refer to a process, a tool, or a material. In the debut article on fine leatherworking, Caleb explains that you might be “skiving” edges of leather with a knife or grabbing an “awl” to make a hole in leather. The most inexpensive type of leather is called “veg tan.” Caleb’s most recently written about the lingo of metal machining, with help from Chris Fox of Tormach.Codebender Comes to an End Codebender, a free, cloud-based interactive development environment for Arduino, shut down at the end of November. Founder Vasilis Georgitzikis wrote on their site:We’re extremely proud of what we’ve built. Five guys from a hackerspace in Greece have managed to compete & surpass tools by multi-billion companies like ARM, and Arduino’s tools as well (themselves a multi-million company). We started with a vision to help the Maker movement grow, and touch people’s lives by making it easier to work on their projects and create stuff.Not only did we achieve that, but we also pushed others to see the need, as in the case of Arduino’s own Arduino Create.The Arduino Project wrote about how to move Codebender Projects to Arduino Create.Why buy ornaments for the tree when you can make them? We’re looking for the coolest, most unique digitally fabricated holiday ornament. Enter your best design at our DigiFab Holiday Ornament Contest. We’ll be awarding the first place winner with a Make: magazine subscription, a totally custom, one-of-a-kind Makey patch from editor Caleb Kraft, and the winner’s choice of ONE of the following items: Getting Started with Raspberry Pi kit, Getting Started with Arduino kit, or Getting Started with Soldering kitLearn more about how you can participate.Also, check out “10 DIY Ornament Projects” compiled by Gareth Branwyn.Our annual 3D Fabrication issue is on newsstands now and features reviews of some of the best home 3D printers and CNC machines on the market. Make:‘s Tyler Winegarner got a chance to sit down with Contributing Editor and Digital Fabrication Lead Matt Stultz and other members of the review team to talk about the testing process and the results on an episode of Meet the Makers

Dale Dougherty
Founder and CEO


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