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7 Free Apps for 3D Design and Building Cool Stuff

AutoDesk TinkerCAD – This web-based application has become my favorite way to introduce 3D design to makers of all ages.  It comes with accessible tutorials to help you understand the software quickly.  I have used TinkerCAD.com to engage students as early as 3rd grade due to the high usability of this product.   You can quickly

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Import 3D Scenes Into Minecraft using MCEdit2 #makered #minecraft #minecraftedu

In our classes for young makers, we discuss how digital fabrication technology will be a game-changer.   In future work, more jobs will involve converting digital content into physical things through technologies like 3D printing, CNC, and other similar technologies.   Students love playing video games and enjoy the opportunity to learn how to make

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5 Powerful JavaScript Frameworks for 2D and 3D Graphics #javascript

https://threejs.org/ – A 3D graphics library for HTML and JavaScript. Make sure to check out sample code here and at https://stemkoski.github.io/Three.js/.   Writing Google Cardboard apps?  Check out https://vr.chromeexperiments.com/.  This link has template code for building a Google Cardboard app using JavaScript. http://p5js.org/ – “…a JavaScript library that starts with the original goal of Processing, to make coding

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MakerFaire Projects To Inspire You

SparkMacon Makerspace invited local makers for an amazing road trip to Atlanta Maker Faire in Decatur, GA on Oct 1st! Maker Faire is a gathering of fascinating, curious people who enjoy learning and who love sharing what they can do. From engineers to artists to scientists to crafters, Maker Faire is a venue to for these

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Cool Projects and Makerspaces to visit at Atlanta Maker Faire 2016

OpenMV – “The OpenMV project is about creating low-cost, extensible, Python powered, machine vision modules” Exploring 3D Printing through Assistive Technologies – “From eNable arms, customized and personalized tools, interfaces, adaptations and functional prototypes – explore how 3D printing can democratize access to and the making of assistive technologies.” Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Team – “We are the Autonomous

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Atlanta Maker Faire Road Trip!

  Hey Macon Makers! SparkMacon Makerspace wants to invite you for an amazing road trip to Atlanta Maker Faire in Decatur, GA on Oct 1st! Maker Faire is a gathering of fascinating, curious people who enjoy learning and who love sharing what they can do. From engineers to artists to scientists to crafters, Maker Faire

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Taking Time Lapse Photos with Your Raspberry Pi

One of my friends from SparkMacon makerspace had a question about taking time lapse photos using a Raspberry Pi.  Since this feels like a fun starter project for many makers, I wanted to share an approach using an easy computer vision library, SimpleCV.   SimpleCV by http://www.sightmachine.com/  enables novice programmers to build computer vision experiences using

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Drive Your Raspberry Pi Robot using Python Web API

I’ve enjoyed building my own DIY Raspberry Pi robot and wanted to share the ideas behind building a remote control interface using the Flask python web framework.  This small HTTP based programming interface enabled me to build multiple apps to drive my robot.  You might enjoy using these ideas in your hobby robot design. Here’s

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MakerFaire Projects You Don’t Want to Miss

My last #EditorsChoice award of this year's #MakerFaire to the giant squid #Mechateuthis. #MFBA16 pic.twitter.com/hrwmn8gdIz — Alasdair Allan (@aallan) May 23, 2016 New book for #Maker educators! "Meaningful Making" – now in print AND free download https://t.co/RcNzqPl1Ss #makerfaire — Sylvia LibowMartinez (@smartinez) May 22, 2016 Laser cutting with Glowforge #MFBA16 #makerfaire #DIY https://t.co/ZBFjBfQG37 — Maker

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Minetest: a free and open source alternative to #Minecraft

Clever teachers around the world have found ways to adapt the popular open world block-building game Minecraft to teach lessons ranging from computer programming, math, history, and more.   Minecraft is like having an infinite bag of Legos.    Minecraft has empowered players young and old to build amazing environments and inspires a special kind of creativity

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