Makers at Work

Folks Reinventing the World One Object or Idea at a Time

By Steven Osborn

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Makers at Work profiles 21 of the most creative, inquisitive, and influential "makers"--people creating new products, art, and methods using computer controls, recycled items, open-source code and plans, 3D printers, and anything else that can help them turn both whacky and incredibly insightful ideas into reality. Foreword by Brad Feld

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  • ISBN13: 978-1-4302-5992-3
  • 324 Pages
  • User Level: Beginner to Advanced
  • Publication Date: September 22, 2013
  • Available eBook Formats: EPUB, MOBI, PDF
  • Print Book Price: $29.99
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What do you get when you combine an electronics hobbyist, hacker, garage mechanic, kitchen table inventor, tinkerer, and entrepreneur? A “maker,” of course. Playful and creative, makers are—through expertise and experimentation—creating art, products, and processes that change the way we think and interact with the world.



As you’ll see from the 21 interviews in Makers at Work, inquisitive makers are just as apt to pick up a laser cutter or an Arduino as a wrench to fashion something new. For example, you’ll meet Jeri Ellsworth, who might provide a video lecture on magnetic logic one day and a tutorial on welding a roll bar on a stock car the next. You’ll also meet Eben Upton, who put cheap, powerful computing in the hands of everyone with the Raspberry Pi; Becky Stern, who jazzes up clothing with sensors and LEDs; and bunnie Huang, who knows the ins and outs of the Shenzhen, China, electronics parts markets as well as anyone. As all the interviews in Makers at Work show, makers have something in common: reverence for our technical past coupled with an aversion to convention. If they can’t invent new processes or products, it’s simply not worth doing.



Crazy as foxes, makers—working in the spirit of Tesla, Wozniak, Edison, Gates, Musk and many others—can bring sophisticated products to the people or to the market as fast or faster than large corporations. And they are not just enabling new technologies and devices—they are changing the way these devices are funded, manufactured, assembled, and delivered.



Makers at Work puts a spotlight on the maker mindset and motivation of those who are reinventing the world one object or idea at a time. You will:

  • Meet the individuals who define what it means to be a maker.
  • Learn about the tools and technologies driving the new industrial revolution.
  • Discover ways to scale your weekend project into a profitable business.
  • See how others have used to crowdfunding to make their visions a reality.
  • Learn how open-source hardware and software is enabling whole new categories of products by removing barriers of entry for inventors.

The new masters of the “Makerverse” ask two questions: Can it be done? Is it fun? As these interviews will show, the answer to both questions is, “Let’s find out.”

What you’ll learn

You will:

  • Learn about 3d printing and how it is changing manufacturing.
  • Discover new software tools for designing things on your own.
  • Learn how to source parts, code, or ideas for your creations.
  • Meet maker pioneers who helped open up a new world, and makers who have used crowdfunding to support their efforts.
  • Uncover recipes for success or failure when bringing physical products to market.
  • Learn ways to scale your weekend project into a profitable business from experienced entrepreneurs.
  • Learn how open-source hardware and software is enabling new classes of products by removing the barrier of entry for inventors.
  • Open your mind to new ideas, methods, things, and possibilities.

Who this book is for

This book is for anyone with an independent spirit, creative bent, or natural curiosity who believes you can create whatever your mind can conceive and wants to see how others have done just that.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

  1. Erik Kettenburg, Founder, Digistump
  2. David Merrill, Cofounder, Sifteo
  3. Nathan Seidle, CEO, SparkFun Electronics
  4. Laen, Founder, OSH Park
  5. Zach Kaplan, Founder and CEO, Inventables
  6. Emile Petrone, Founder, Tindie
  7. bunnie Huang, Founder, bunnie studios
  8. Natan Linder, Founder, FormLabs
  9. Ben Heck, Host, The Ben Heck Show
  10. Becky Stern, Director of Wearable Electronics, Adafruit Industries
  11. Eric Stackpole, Cofounder, OpenROV
  12. Eben Upton, Founder, Raspberry Pi Foundation
  13. Catarina Mota, Founder, OpenMaterials.org
  14. Ward Cunningham, Inventor, Wiki
  15. Jeri Ellsworth, Founder, Technical Illusions
  16. Sylvia Todd, Maker, Sylvia’s Super Awesome Maker Show!
  17. Dave Jones, Host, EEVBlog
  18. Bre Pettis, CEO, MakerBot
  19. Eric Migicovsky, CEO, Pebble Technology
  20. Ian Lesnet, Slashdot Troll, Dangerous Prototypes
  21. Massimo Banzi, Cofounder, Arduino
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