Makers

  • Micromanufacturing the future Crunch Network

    Micromanufacturing the future

    Micromanufacturing. As soon as I finish typing the word, my Grammarly spell checker promptly underscores it in red and suggests a replacement: “micro-manufacturing.” But this new spelling is about to go mainstream. When I say micromanufacturing, I don’t mean making tiny (micro-scale) components. There’s another definition at work here: “Micromanufacturing is… Read More

  • Cities drive the maker movement Crunch Network

    Cities drive the maker movement

    Bringing back local industry to cities helps build strong local economies and strengthens our workforce. The maker movement is encouraging entrepreneurs to share ideas, and the city is the central place where it lives, breathes, and succeeds. Read More

  • 14-Year-Old Boy Arrested For Bringing Homemade Clock To School

    14-Year-Old Boy Arrested For Bringing Homemade Clock To School

    A 14-year-old boy in Irving, Texas named Ahmed Mohamed was taken into police custody after he brought a homemade clock to school. The boy, who, according to a piece in the Dallas Morning News, “makes his own radios and repairs his own go-kart,” wanted to show his engineering teacher his handiwork. School officials originally thought his clock was a bomb and now are simply calling it… Read More

  • Enabling Makers To Create “The Next Big Thing” Crunch Network

    Enabling Makers To Create “The Next Big Thing”

    Makers have long been known as hobbyists or tinkers. However, with increased access to professional-grade tools, the maker movement is transforming business as usual. Through collaboration and connectivity, makers are inspiring innovation on a daily basis with the creation of smart gadgets, machines, robots and wearables. Read More

  • TC Makers: We Learn How MarkForged Prints Unbreakable Objects

    We first met the folks at MarkForged at CES where they showed us their printer that could create nearly unbreakable objects. By weaving carbon fiber between layers of plastic, the team made some of the coolest 3D printed objects we’ve ever seen. I went to Boston where we met MarkForged’s founder Greg Mark who walked us through his workshop from start to finish. There we saw… Read More

  • Why Don’t Makers Have Higher Social Status?

    Why Don’t Makers Have Higher Social Status?

    Matt Burns wrote about a situation at his son’s school last week that could have happened almost anywhere in the United States. The school had organized a career day, and his son, who is seven years old, told his teachers he wanted to be a video game designer one day. His teacher’s response was not to be enthusiastic, but rather to dismiss the goal, saying that his son should… Read More

  • Fly Into Space Thanks to the Hackaday Prize | TechCrunch Makers

    TC Makers: Your World-Changing Project Could Send You To Space

    Usually on TC Makers we visit a team or factory building something incredible. Now, however, we’re showcasing an incredible opportunity for you guys. The venerable Hackaday has announced what they are calling the Hackaday Prize. The goal is to get individuals or teams to work on projects that will change the world and the best one wins amazing trip: a space flight on the carrier of… Read More

  • Bonobos | TechCrunch Makers

    TechCrunch Makers: Bonobos Headquarters Ramps Up For The Holidays

    When I first approached Bonobos for an episode of TC Makers I was convinced I’d be able to visit a huge warehouse at the edge of town where a gaggle of monkeys was sewing together travel jeans and hipster flannel. Instead, I was invited into a relatively small New York office where designers, web folks, and customer service representatives were working on selling clothing on the… Read More

  • Designer Builds A 3D-Printable “Imura Revolver” In Honor Of Arrested Japanese Maker

    Designer Builds A 3D-Printable “Imura Revolver” In Honor Of Arrested Japanese Maker

    When Japanese police arrested Yoshitomo Imura for printing his own revolvers, 3D printing advocates in some circles were up in arms. The guns, which only fired blanks, were simple test models called the Zig-Zag. Now, in honor of Imura’s work in 3D printing, a CAD designer has created a newer, better gun that could be used to fire real bullets. The designer, who calls himself WarFairy… Read More

  • TechShop | TechCrunch Makers

    TC Makers: TechShop, The SF Workshop Where Hardware Is Born

    I get to meet some amazing people during our TC Makers shoots and TechShop CEO Mark Hatch is no exception. A former Green Beret, Hatch is the kind of guy who can build a PCB in the morning and run a million-dollar network of amazing technology workshops in the afternoon. TechShop, which began in Menlo Park and expanded across the country, is a membership-based workshop where anyone can learn to… Read More

  • Formlabs 3D Printing Workshop | TechCrunch Makers

    TC Makers: Making The Future With The Team At Formlabs

    A few weeks ago I visited the headquarters of Formlabs in Somerville, Mass. where I had the pleasure of meeting the entire team in their small – but growing – workshop. There I saw a repair bay, research room, and even a molecular lab where materials scientists are hard at work making new solutions for the company’s unique SLA printer. When I first met the guys from… Read More

  • Tindie, The Gadgets Marketplace For Makers, Ramps Up

    Tindie, The Gadgets Marketplace For Makers, Ramps Up

    I met Emile Petrone, the raffish owner of gadget marketplace Tindie, a few weeks ago and he told me that I would like his site. It turns out I really do. Part maker community and part amazing e-shop, Tindie is where good handcrafted gadgets go to become businesses. It’s basically a cool place to find electronics projects for you and yours including sections for kids, musicians, and even… Read More

  • American Giant | TechCrunch Makers

    TC Makers: Inside The American Giant Factory Where They Make The Greatest Hoodie Ever

    When someone tells you they make the greatest hoodie ever, what do you do? You visit their factory outside of San Francisco and see just what all the fuss is about. Welcome to another edition of TechCrunch Makers where we meet Bayard Winthrop founder of American Giant, an SF-based clothing brand that manufacturers all of its clothing in the US. Read More

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