Makers keep making, August edition

I feel like I have not been giving good attention to this blog because I have not been making a lot of things, but it turns out that I have.

UAV business

With the FAA announcing new rules for commercial drone activities, I decided it was finally time to get a drone and dive into that market. We have a site up and running at, but I am still working on some portfolio videos. We are going into aerial photography and video, agricultural mapping, and construction imaging.

Star Wars Armada accessories

I really like Shapeways for print-on-demand 3D print sales. Several months ago, I created some accessories to use with Star Wars Armada. Every once in a while, I get notification that some of them have sold. When the 3D printer that I bought via Kickstarter arrives in the coming weeks, I plan to catalog building it and getting it going here. Besides Shapeways as a sales outlet, I might see about building an assembly line automation that would push prints off of the print bed so that another print could begin. Shapeways models are really nice, but you definitely pay a premium for them right now.

Teaching Arduino at Makerspace Urbana (photo by Jeff Putney)

Teaching Arduino at Makerspace Urbana (photo by Jeff Putney)

Makerspace Urbana

Earlier in August, I delivered my first workshop at Makerspace Urbana. I taught a handful of people the basics of getting started with Arduino, and it was so much fun watching them get excited to do some basics electronics. We started out with some basic LED blinking and worked our way up to creating a randomized LED to simulate a die. We are also working on the planning for the Heartland Maker Fest which will happen October 1st at Lincoln Square Mall in Urbana. If you're a maker, be sure to check out the site and submit a request to get your own table for just $15 if you've never been a maker at the Fest.