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MAKE Newsletter

June 15, 2012

With the release of our School's Out special edition of MAKE, we kicked off our "Summer of Making" programming. Look for activities and projects over the coming months, including our upcoming Maker Camp for teens that we're launching, in partnership with Google, on G+ next month. Dad gets a little special summer making attention too, with our Father's Day series and a downloadable gift (see below). We're also having fun sharing crazy maker tales about our dads. Share yours here.

- Gareth Branwyn

Tennis Ball Helper Holds Your Sundries

Choosing Fasteners for 3D Printed Parts

Spherical Sound From Dodecahedron Speaker

Robot Fish Scan For Pollution

Intern's Corner: Paul's First Faire

One of the many great opportunities the engineering interns at MAKE Labs get is the chance to help organize and participate in our Maker Faire events. In the most recent installment of our Intern's Corner column, Paul Mundell describes his first Faire experience.

A Gift from MAKE for Father's Day

This year, we have a special little downloadable gift [PDF] for you to give to your dad or another maker in your life (or to keep for yourself). It's a series of printable cards that can be pinned up in the workshop (or slotted into the pocket of the Maker's Notebook). We have a Maker Skills for Kids card, a Maker's Checklist, and our extremely popular Tips My Dad Says card. And there's a Father's Day card in the set, too!

Meet the Maker: Craig Smith

Craig Smith, of South Milwaukee, Wis., is one of our most prolific contribitutors. From shop tips to homemade radios to an X-Wing mailbox (above), Craig is always delighting us with his creations. You can see all of his contributions here.

Interviews on MAKE

Did you know we have an Interviews category on MAKE? It's great way to read discussions with an extremely diverse group of makers and others who inspire us. Interviewees include Mike Nelson, of MST3K/RiffTrax fame, Jack Hitt, author of Bunch of Amateurs, uber hacker Bunnie Huang, Open Source Hardware Assoc. President Alicia Gibb, and many more.

3D Printer Trading Cards

MAKE author Shawn Wallace created this awesome series of "trading cards" to illustrate the 3D printer makers that were at Maker Faire Bay Area. Printing these on cardstock would also make a fun gift for any dad interested in 3D printing technology.

Check Out MAKE Volume 30!

If you haven't seen Volume 30, our Smarter Homes issue, check out this preview video and order your copy. Or better yet, subscribe (and get the School's Out special issue free!).