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Zero to Maker

Book Description

Are you possessed by the urge to invent, design, and make something that others enjoy, but don’t know how to plug into the Maker movement? In this book, you’ll follow author David Lang’s headfirst dive into the maker world and how he grew to be a successful entrepreneur.

Table of Contents

  1. Dedication
  2. Preface
    1. Safari® Books Online
    2. How to Contact Us
    3. Acknowledgments
  3. 1. Down the Rabbit Hole
  4. 2. DIT (Do-It-Together)
    1. Speaking a New Language
    2. How to Speak Maker
      1. Lesson 1: Get Familiar
      2. Lesson 2: Ask Questions!
      3. Lesson 3: Repeat Lesson 2
    3. Surrounding Yourself with the Right People
    4. Joining a Local Group
    5. Meeting More Makers
      1. 1. Go to a Maker Faire
      2. 2. Explore Meetup
      3. 3. Visit a Makerspace or Hackerspace
      4. 4. Explore Instructables.com
      5. 5. Volunteer!
    6. Starting Your Own Group
    7. Starting Your Own Online Group
      1. Protei—Open-Source Sailing Drone
      2. DIY Book Scanner
      3. DIY Drones
      4. Windowfarms
    8. Getting Expert Advice
    9. HOW TO: Email an Expert
      1. Who
      2. What
      3. Halfway There…
  5. 3. The Maker Mentality
    1. Enough to be Dangerous
    2. Make (and Safety) First, Ask Questions Later
    3. Teach ‘em If You Know ‘em
    4. Where (and How) to Share
    5. The Persistent-Tinkering Mentality
    6. Cultivating a PTM: Write!
    7. Project-Based Learning
      1. Kits—Not just for Kids
      2. Finding the Right Kit
    8. Embracing Constraints
    9. Valuing the Process
    10. Thinking Visually
    11. Be a Fixer
    12. Fix It First
      1. Enough Talk, Time to Make Something
  6. 4. Access to Tools
    1. “I Think I’m Going to Need a Bigger Boat!”
    2. The Ultimate Maker Tool
    3. Hackerspaces, Makerspaces, Fab Labs: What’s the Difference?
    4. Here a Space, There a Space, Everywhere a Makerspace
      1. Creating a Makerspace
    5. Tool Lending Libraries
      1. Start Your Own Tool Lending Library
    6. Sharing as a Resource vs. Sharing as a Strategy
    7. But What Tools? Finding a Maker Personal Trainer
    8. Let Your Workshop Build Itself
      1. Different Tools for Different Types of Makers
  7. 5. Craftsmanship
    1. The Process of Becoming
    2. A Maker Sampling Quest
    3. Sometimes It’s Simple: Make What You Know
    4. Down the Rabbit Hole: Welding
      1. MIG Welding
      2. TIG Welding
      3. Gas Welding
    5. Twenty-First Century Apprenticeship
    6. The Future Is Hidden in the Past
    7. Craftsmanship Re-Imagined
  8. 6. Digital Fabrication
    1. It Starts with Digital Design
    2. 3D Scanning
    3. 3D Printing
    4. Laser Cutter
    5. Getting Creative with 2D Design
    6. Digital Fabrication Is Not Just 3D Printing
    7. Desktop CNC Mill
    8. CAM (CNC Software)
    9. Electronics 101
    10. Arduino and Beyond
  9. 7. One to One Thousand
    1. Sous Vide Dreams
    2. Define Your Own Success
    3. The Right Way to Use Kickstarter
      1. It Always Starts With One
      2. To the Prototypers Go the Spoils
      3. 1,000 True Fans and 100 True Believers
      4. Developing your True Believers
      5. Catalyzing your True Believers
      6. Prototypes as Products
  10. 8. Makers Going Pro
    1. Allowing for a Shared Vision
    2. First Who, Then What
    3. Paying the Bills with Side Jobs
    4. Maker Business School
      1. Applying to a Hardware Accelerator
    5. Resume Builder
    6. No Experience, No Problem
    7. Maker Businesses Need More Than Just Maker Skills
    8. Licensing
    9. Protecting Your Idea
  11. 9. Making More Makers
    1. Setting a Good Example
    2. It Takes a Village (Making a Kid-Friendly Makerspace)
    3. Digital Natives
    4. CAD for Kids
    5. Design Education
    6. The Makerspace Playbook
  12. 10. Epilogue
    1. Accessible and Modular Technology
    2. The Power of DIT
    3. Dreaming Big
  13. Index
  14. About the Author
  15. Colophon
  16. Copyright