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Laser Cut Sole Stamps!

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Kellen G. is making shoe sole stamps for Greenwich Vintage Co. on the laser cutter. 

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Learning to Weld

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When Rachel found the perfect table, the price tag was the only problem. She decided she could build it with some help from The Mill.

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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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Kits are fun!

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Hardware and electronics kits can be big (or small) fun. Check out this fun little rolling-ball sculpture.

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Bringing bicycle building to the masses!

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Every cyclist agrees at some level there is nothing on this earth more beautiful than a handbuilt masterpiece.  But the word of bike building has remained outside the realm of the DIY audience of tinkerers, craftspeople etc. The nomenclature and complexity of the craft can be a real barrier to entry.  Desirable parts and materials are available if you know where to look but assembling the right components at a good price is a momentous task for the newbie.  Enter the Jiggernaut.  Mixed Media Engineering has taken the guesswork and a number of sizable hurtles out of the way so anyone with a little knowhow can get started in the craft of bicycle frame building.  By offering complete frame and fork kits,  blue prints, as well as flat pack jigs to hold everything in place they have the hobbyist bike builder on their way to the first success for under $400!

This Minneapolis company launched their first successful Kickstarter in February 2012 and are back to kickstarter with more product kits. Check out and support the project HERE!

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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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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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Spark Kickstarter Launches!

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A steady stream of Kickstarters are getting help from the community and equipment at The Mill.

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Quadcopter Build

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Micah, member of The Mill, took his latest project out for a test spin today. Watch the quadcopter take flight. 

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Arctic Flight on Kickstarter

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Innovation happening at The Mill! Check out this member project on Kickstarter.

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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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Member Profile: David Heisserer

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David is a professional contractor, designer, inventor, member 1.21 Jigawatts, and a prolific maker.

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Build a kite!

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Keep it simple. Build yourself a kite!

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Carving large 3D models

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Our ShopBot CNC router is an amazingly versatile machine. We recently fabricated a globe as a test of these capabilities. What will you create?

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Etch your iPhone 5 on our laser!

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The iPhone 5 has a new annodized aluminum case which means it's prime real estate for some custom laser etching. Bring it in to The Mill with some custom art and we'll help you personalize it.

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How does Minnesota creative and technical talent stack up to the nation?

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Minneapolis team shows off their skill and defends their 2011 title in the Red Bull Creation competition. The team will be working at The Mill for this 72 hour competition starting July 19th.

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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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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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Photos!

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Follow our progress on flickr.

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