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Make Fun!

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You don't need to own a factory to make toys. Author and toymaker Bob Knetzger has been making fun stuff all his life with simple technology like vacuum forming and mold-making. In an age where makers are tantalized by the capabilities of 3d printers and other digital fab technology, this book takes you back to old-school hand tools, simple electronics, and working with metal and plastic to make toys every bit as good as those you can find in a big-box store.

This book has something for everyone, from a marble maze to a talking booby trap; from custom cookie cutters to an "EZ Make" oven. Discover the basic principles of science, electronics, and engineering through hands-on projects that range from easy to more challenging... and are always fun!

Table of Contents

  1. Foreword
  2. Introduction
  3. <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" xmlns:epub="http://www.idpf.org/2007/ops" xmlns:m="http://www.w3.org/1998/Math/MathML" xmlns:svg="http://www.w3.org/2000/svg" xmlns:ibooks="http://vocabulary.itunes.apple.com/rdf/ibooks/vocabulary-extensions-1.0" class="tocScript">Chapter 1</span> Toy Inventing and Kit Bashing Toy Inventing and Kit Bashing
    1. Marvin Glass, Titan of Toy Invention
    2. Steampunk Safety Goggles
    3. Footstep Sand Stampers
    4. Hummingbird Feeder Hack
  4. <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" xmlns:epub="http://www.idpf.org/2007/ops" xmlns:m="http://www.w3.org/1998/Math/MathML" xmlns:svg="http://www.w3.org/2000/svg" xmlns:ibooks="http://vocabulary.itunes.apple.com/rdf/ibooks/vocabulary-extensions-1.0" class="tocScript">Chapter 2</span> Easy Electronics Easy Electronics
    1. Noninvasive Hacked ’Bot
    2. Super-Cheap Electronic Die Challenge
    3. Talking Booby Trap
    4. Personalized Talking Doll
    5. Breadboard ’Bots
    6. 1980s Musical Toys
    7. Musical Thing
    8. The Electronic Connection
  5. <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" xmlns:epub="http://www.idpf.org/2007/ops" xmlns:m="http://www.w3.org/1998/Math/MathML" xmlns:svg="http://www.w3.org/2000/svg" xmlns:ibooks="http://vocabulary.itunes.apple.com/rdf/ibooks/vocabulary-extensions-1.0" class="tocScript">Chapter 3</span> Exploring Science with Toys Exploring Science with Toys
    1. Cartesian Diver
    2. Diving Spudmarine
    3. Victorian Toy and Flatland Rockets
    4. Voice-Powered Pigs
    5. Cereal Box Sound Racers
    6. Mastering 3D Views!
    7. Level Best 3D Camera Slide Bar Hack
    8. Colorful Comic Kaleidoscope
  6. <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" xmlns:epub="http://www.idpf.org/2007/ops" xmlns:m="http://www.w3.org/1998/Math/MathML" xmlns:svg="http://www.w3.org/2000/svg" xmlns:ibooks="http://vocabulary.itunes.apple.com/rdf/ibooks/vocabulary-extensions-1.0" class="tocScript">Chapter 4</span> Thermoforming Plastics Thermoforming Plastics
    1. Kitchen Floor Vacuum Former
    2. Tiki Mask
    3. Glowing Tiki Lamps
    4. Tiki Jell-O Mold
    5. Marble Maze Games
    6. Strip Heater
    7. Easy Easel
    8. Display Stands
    9. Five-Minute Foam Factory
    10. Cutting Techniques
    11. Photo Stand-ups
    12. Foam Plate Flier
    13. Identical Snowflakes
    14. Halloween Skull Slices
    15. Double- and Triple-Cut 3D Shapes
  7. <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" xmlns:epub="http://www.idpf.org/2007/ops" xmlns:m="http://www.w3.org/1998/Math/MathML" xmlns:svg="http://www.w3.org/2000/svg" xmlns:ibooks="http://vocabulary.itunes.apple.com/rdf/ibooks/vocabulary-extensions-1.0" class="tocScript">Chapter 5</span> Casting and Molding Casting and Molding
    1. E-Z-Make Oven
    2. Custom-shaped Metal Casting Mold
    3. Cast Plastisol Parts
    4. Faux Enamel Trinkets
    5. Custom TiddlyShrinks
    6. Guitar Amp Bulletin Board
    7. Edible Optics
  8. <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" xmlns:epub="http://www.idpf.org/2007/ops" xmlns:m="http://www.w3.org/1998/Math/MathML" xmlns:svg="http://www.w3.org/2000/svg" xmlns:ibooks="http://vocabulary.itunes.apple.com/rdf/ibooks/vocabulary-extensions-1.0" class="tocScript">Chapter 6</span> Holiday Projects Holiday Projects
    1. Mad Monster Candy Snatch Game
    2. Magic Moving “Ouija Be Mine” Card
    3. Custom Cookie Cutters
    4. Magic Cat Projector
    5. “Gnome Math Required” Holiday Hats
  9. <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" xmlns:epub="http://www.idpf.org/2007/ops" xmlns:m="http://www.w3.org/1998/Math/MathML" xmlns:svg="http://www.w3.org/2000/svg" xmlns:ibooks="http://vocabulary.itunes.apple.com/rdf/ibooks/vocabulary-extensions-1.0" class="tocScript">Chapter 7</span> Working with Metal Working with Metal
    1. Desktop Foundry
    2. Cast a Trinket
    3. Photo-Etched Metal Parts
    4. Hack a Yakitori Grill
    5. Recipe for Ninja Chicken Sticks
  10. <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" xmlns:epub="http://www.idpf.org/2007/ops" xmlns:m="http://www.w3.org/1998/Math/MathML" xmlns:svg="http://www.w3.org/2000/svg" xmlns:ibooks="http://vocabulary.itunes.apple.com/rdf/ibooks/vocabulary-extensions-1.0" class="tocScript">Apendix</span> Bonus Material Bonus Material
  11. Index