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Sewing and the Future of American Economics

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Maker-Mom touts the importantce of being a maker in America

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It’s Show and Tell Time Again, Folks!!

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Join us this Wednesday to hear Cory Huesby talk about his current projects. Everyone is welcome to come in, get a tour, have a beer (byob, meet the makers and find out what all this "Maker" hub-bub is all about! 

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Exciting changes in 2013

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Thanks for a great 2012, now for 2013!

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DIY Wooden Toys

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The Holidays are approaching and handmade wooden toys make for amazing gifts. This guide outlines excellent instructables on how to make children's toys and some toys that kids can make themselves!

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Arctic Flight Success!

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A big congrats to our very own Anton Jachim who achieved kickstarter success for his project Arctic Flight! 

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The Un-Knitting Machine

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Recycling at its finest! Created by Kingston University’s Imogen Hedges, the un-knitting machine uses an old bicycle frame and the steam from a kettle to unravel old clothing. The yarn is neatly collected on a spindle, ready for a new knitting project. Watch the video of the un-knitting machine in action. 

 

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Cutting Boards and Knife Blocks

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Here's another nifty instructable for all skill levels. 

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Log and Live Edge Wood Projects

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Check out some of these great Instructables for more woodworking inspiration. 

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Custom Artisans, Meet Consumers

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Custom craftspeople have an ever growing set of tools to help them reach customers.

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The Quarterdeck Striker

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John Hilgenberg took a wooden nut-cracker gift from his granddaughter and created an electromechanical wooden clock. Watch the video of his interesting design go to work.  

 

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Make Your Own Toy Xylophone

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Check out another great handmade Christmas gift idea! This simple project is great for all skill levels to take on.  

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‘Swing’

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'Swing' is the playful creation that uses the motion of swings to produce electricity. The swing set is built on top of wooden pallets that hide the electrical system underneath. Watch the video of this innovative structure at work.   

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We All Live in a Red Bull Submarine

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Nathan Knutson and his 1.21 Jigawatts team created this extraordinary game of games right here at the mill in July. They're interactive submarine simulates various threats and with any hesitation the alarms sound, the sub shakes, and the players are soaked with sprinklers. Read more about the Red Bull sponsored 72-hour build compition and watch the game in action. 

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Rocking Knit

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Students of University of Art and Design Lausanne (ECAL) showcased their 'rocking knit' design on Saturday at ECAL's low-tech factory expostion. Damien Ludi and Colin Peillex created this beanie knitting chair to run off of no more than the relaxed motion of a rocking chair. Watch the impressive chair get to work in the video. 

 

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CAD files for custom Jeep parts!

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Continuing the trend of catering to folks with access to makerspaces and manufacturing equipment, Flatland 4x4 sells plans for custom Jeep bumpers and skid plates.

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rocking-2-gether chair 2.1

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Paul Kweton's rocking-2-gether chair is a combination of a rocking chair and dog/cat house. The chair is made out of CNC milled birch plywood. The design process and final full scale prototype of the rocking-2-gether chair showcases the successful combination of digital modeling and digital fabrication.

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Holiday Classes

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Get ready for the holiday season with one of our new Holiday Classes. Mill-made gifts make the best gifts!

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Design a mini-golf hole for the Walker

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Art and architecture merge with miniature golf in this open call for designers to create holes for the Walker Art Center’s third installment of Artist-Designed Mini Golf.

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Meet Mr. Kickstarter

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Meet Yancey Strickler, founder of Kickstarter, Thursday October 25th for a talk at the Walker Art Center.

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ZipShape

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Digital fabrication is allowing us to use materials in brand new ways. ZipShape forming is just one of them.

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WikiHouse

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Check out these open source designs for CNC machined structures.

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MacGuyver Robot!?!

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MacGuyver Robot would improvise with what it finds lying around.

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Wooden Light Bulb That Really Glows

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This wooden light bulb by Ryosuke Fukusada merges traditional craftsmanship with a modern LED device to create what appears to be a solid piece of wood shaped like a light bulb but which actually radiates light. The inside of the wood is chipped out until light can shine through. Check it out

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Hennepin County Fix-It Clinics

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Hennepin County is now holding Fix-It Clinics throughout the community. Get your stuff fixed or be a volunteer.

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MakerBot Meetup

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We print stuff here.

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Member Project on Kickstarter - Arctic Flight

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Check out this innovative iPad stand/case created by a member of The Mill. Check out his project on Kickstarter.

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Why 3D printing is a game changer

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3D printing, now more accessable to the public, could change the way you think about 'things'.

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Build a house with a Shopbot

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A MoMA exhibit shows off the possibilities of pre-fab design executed on a Shopbot CNC. via Make.

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What Drives Makers to Make?

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The Finite, Irreplaceable Hours of Your Life, the title of a great post by Steve Swink, explores what drives Makers and Doers.

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Laser tip - Moist paper towel on acrylic

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When cutting or etching acrylic, try this trick to cut more precise cuts and engravings.

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Stoked about Sewing!

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The Mill is excited to welcome sewing and textiles to our class and equipment offerings. Join us for our Sewing 101- Tote Bag class.

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Shapeways Meetup - March 29th

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The first ever Minneapolis Shapeways Meetup will be at The Mill on March 29th. Come to learn more about 3D printing and the Shapeways service.

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Google Sketchup meetup - April 5th

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Join us at The Mill on April 5th for a meetup of Twin Cities Google Sketchup users and curious onlookers. This meeting is for anyone with any level of interest in 3D design.

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Photos!

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Follow our progress on flickr.

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