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It Is Not A Drone.

Ok, so I love my UAV’s (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) which is the nicer name for what the media insists on labeling as “DRONES” lumping hobby grade flying things in with the flying Grimm Reapers that the developed military’s of the world like to fly around and bomb villages with. This is not fair and paints an ominous perception in the minds of the uninitiated among us.

The average hobbyist UAV out there is less than 3 pounds and about 14” square. The average payload that these UAV’s can handle is about that of a small camera or less than 2 pounds. Advanced models can be flown at distances of about a mile or so away however +80% of UAV’s can only be flown a few hundred feet away before the craft is too far away to see or the radio signal is too weak to control the craft. Military drones are satellite controlled from a base on the other side of the planet. Continue reading It Is Not A Drone.

A word on “Overkill”

How to alienate your biggest fans: What happened to MakerBot?

Ok, So first let me say that I am often a fanboy for products or companies that I believe in, or that appear to place priorities in the only possible order that will greet effort with success in todays hyper competitive world. That order with almost no exceptions being:

  1. Customers and Employees
  2. Innovation
  3. investors

If you follow any other order of importance then you are destined to fail along the way and be supplanted as the leader by someone else.

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Build a Makerspace – Part 2 – Walls going up!

So the day has come. Today is that day, and that day has arrived! Ok, enough stalling, grab a damn hammer.

After much planning and plotting and estimating and… Crap, I’m doing it again. Lets get to work.

If you have not read my first post as to why I am doing all this I recommend you do so, as this task will not be an easy one and will consume your weekends for several months (That is if you have gainful employment with requirements that force you off the job from 9-5 or so.)

We started our day with a serious trip to our local big box hardware emporium depot.

The List:

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Build a Makerspace – Part 1

Hi! if you are reading this then like me you are likely into the maker movement that is turning hobbies in to companies and merging  the silos of engineering, science, chemistry, design and art into a single phrase, making! This series of posts is going to detail the process that I am undertaking ignored to Make, my own Maker space in a part of my unfinished basement. This process started as a plan and has quickly become an obsession. So to see if this is relevant to you I will describe my plan, my skill set, and my goals with you to help you on your journey to create a space all your own just like I am.

The Plan

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