Making BIG Things In SMART Ways

If you are interested developing a lightweight project management ethos, may I recommend these four books: Creativity, Inc. : Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration by Ed Catmull Scrum: The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time by Jeff Sutherland The Project Manager’s Guide to Mastering Agile…

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Passion. It Makes All The Difference.

I was recently asked to help mentor some upcoming graduates with their interviewing skills. Aside from the perfunctory suggestions of showing up on time and bringing extra copies of your resume, the most important thing I stressed was you must, above all else, exude passion. Here’s the reality.  Universities are cranking out degree holders at…

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SPP 78: Gravity in Meatspace

S.T.E.A.M. Power Podcast #78 for March 6, 2016 http://greenshoegarage.com/podcast/SPP/2016/STEAM_0078_6MAR16.mp3 This week we cover: Gravitational Waves Discovered Ex-NSA Chief Agrees with Apple Teaching Math Using Dance and Theater Google Invents Needless-Needle MIT Brings IFTTT to Meatspace Mattel’s $300 Toy 3D Printer [Download] For more tech news and how-to’s visit the blog, follow along on Google+, and check out our YouTube Channel. Or listen…

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GOR 20: Bus Pirate Says ‘01010010’

Gears of Resistance Episode #20 14 February 2016 http://greenshoegarage.com/podcast/GOR/2016/GOR_0020_14FEB16.mp3   This week we cover: Occipital Structure 3D Scanner | Meshmixer | Meshlab | Netfabb Glowforge Inventables Carvey Desktop CNC Router Bus Pirate Saleae Logic Analyzer Don’t forget this is a great time of year to go through your lab or workshop and tidy up.  Get rid of…

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Building a Workshop on a Budget

With the holidays now behind us and with a few gifts cards in hand, the question before many is what to buy?  When starting out in any hobby, electronics tinkering especially, there is just way too much useful stuff to acquire at once. This “stuff” breaks down into two categories:  Tools and Parts (aka consumables).  The advice…

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PCB Milling Workflow

After months of trial and error, I am finally getting decent single-sided PCBs milled with X-Carve.  I am currently using 5 apps: EagleCAD, Pixelmator, SuperVectorizer, AutoDesk Graphic and Inventables’ Easel.  Here is the workflow I am using from my MacBook: EagleCAD to draw up the circuit Edit > Net Classes Width to 0.04 inches or…

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SPP 77: Weirder Science 2016

S.T.E.A.M. Power Podcast #77 for January 16, 2016 http://greenshoegarage.com/podcast/SPP/2016/STEAM_0077_16JAN16.mp3 This week we cover: Painless Tooth Remineralization Mariachi Music and Math Standing Student Study Better 3D Printing Saves Kids Life Metallic Glue to Replace Soldering and Welding Weird Star Gets Weirder US Law Protects Asteroid Miners Rights [Download] For more tech news and how-to’s visit the blog, follow along…

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GOR 19: Maker Skills To Learn in 2016

  Gears of Resistance Episode #19 22 December 2015 http://greenshoegarage.com/podcast/GOR/2015/GOR_0019_22DEC15.mp3   The maker skills we want to learn in 2016: CNC Milling  |  Inventables Carvey Metalworking and Welding   |  Harbor Freight 3D Printing  |  123D Design 3D Scanning  | Skanect  |  123D Catch Airbrushing  |  Master  |   Air Compressor and Tank Laser Cutting  |…

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Don’t Reinvent the 3D Printed Wheel

  3D printing has unleashed the product designer bug in many of us. Now more than ever, a mere few mouse clicks let’s one go from idea to tangible item in no time. Whether your 3D modeling skills are still under development or you just need a quick prototype, sometimes we don’t have the time…

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GOR 18: PCB Design Resources

  Gears of Resistance Episode #18 8 November 2015 http://greenshoegarage.com/podcast/GOR/2015/GOR_0018_8NOV15.mp3   This week the stories are: Extra Life Fundraiser for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals KiCAD EagleCAD Simon Monk EagleCAD Book Fritzing Simon Monk Fritzing Book Mouser MultiSIM Blue SparkFun According to Pete PCB YouTube Videos SparkFun DRC Rules How to Create Arduino PCB Shield CircuitCalculator.com SMD…

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