This past weekend I was invited to share stories about my city, Ithaca, NY, on a panel at World Makerfaire in Queens. The panel was moderated by Peter Hirschberg, a well known urban innovator and co-author of the new book Maker City: Urban Manufacturing and Economic Renewal in American Cities. Hirschberg co-wrote the book with founder … Continue reading Ithaca is a Maker City
Earlier this month we traveled to The White House Office of Science and Technology to take part in a special kick-off event to National Maker Faire. We were thrilled by a panel focused on connecting makers with US Manufacturers. The panel was facilitated by JJ Raynor, Special Assistant to the President for Economic Policy and … Continue reading Making Light – Made in USA is alive in The White House and in Ithaca
This summer Jenn C and I are taking a prototype that we made at Ithaca Generator makerspace and developing it for local manufacture and distribution at Rev Ithaca Startup Works in their Hardware Accelerator Program. What's a Hardware Accelerator Program you ask? It's like an arts fellowship for product developers. The program offers space, support, materials, and knowledge so that … Continue reading From Maker to Manufacture – we speak for the trees!
this post first appeared at IthacaGenerator.org It’s likely that you’ve heard of 3D Printing by now. But for some, the technology still seems mysterious. You may have questions like, “What exactly is 3D Printing” or “Why does 3D Printing matter?” Below are some answers. HOW THE TECHNOLOGY WORKS. 3D Printing is kind of like a … Continue reading 3D Printing – what’s the big deal?
Last week The White House hosted its first ever Maker Faire, a celebration of individuals and groups of people who work on DIY projects. The title of this post is a quote from the president at the event. It couldn't be more right on. from The White House web site: America has always been a … Continue reading Today’s DIY is Tomorrow’s Made in America
There will come a time when it will no longer make sense to mass manufacture and ship products all over the globe. This will happen when the convenience and low cost of tools and components for making products in small local factories wins out over the economic and environmental costs of shipping to and from … Continue reading Crafted Products
Over 300 workers die in factory collapse. This is one of those sad posts that I mention on the about page. Over 300 new reasons to make better stuff. update: Worker rescued 17 days after collapse. Over 1000 dead. here