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Introducing Bamboo Plywood and Bamboo Projects!

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We now carry beautiful Bamboo Plywood in 4 thicknesses: 1/8", 1/4", 3/8", and 3/4" and two sizes: 8″×12″ and 12″ × 12″.
The pictures do not do this material justice! It’s the most beautiful item we have in the warehouse with its natural rich color variations. The surface finish is smooth, and the material is very hard, similar to hardwoods such as Walnut or Oak.

The Bamboo Plywood can be cut with regular tools. If you are cutting with a table saw, you can tape the edges to prevent flaking or tearing. If you are fastening the bamboo, be sure to pre-drill any holes. Because it’s a plywood, it may split easily if you don’t pre-drill. Regular wood adhesives can be used as well. For a better adhesion, sand before applying glue.

The materials, files, and instructions to make these awesome projects by Samantha Alaimo are available by clicking the links below! 


Bamboo Moduler Desk Organizer 









Porthole Mirror Trio




 Artist Palette Cutting Board


Raising a Tech Community - Spring Build 2013

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Hi. My name is Taylor Haney and I'm a guest blogger for Inventables. I'd like to invite you to join us at a Hackathon we call Spring Build 2013. It is being held at The IdeaShop - 3440 S. Dearborn, Chicago, IL 60616 on February 23rd at 2pm until Feb 24th at 5pm.

This whole Hackathon thing started almost exactly a year ago when one of our friends said “IIT students do nothing but sit in their rooms playing video games to procrastinate on doing homework. And then they do homework. They chose majors in engineering and computer science because they have some interest and they’re wasting it.” We completely agreed but had no intention of doing anything about it. He then asked, “Wanna throw a Hackathon?”.

For those of you that don’t know, a Hackathon is traditionally a 24 hour computer programming competition centered around a problem generated by the organizing group, i.e. apps created from government’s big data. While that’s a cool concept, we wanted to create something that was…

The third industrial revolution

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The third industrial revolution is in full swing.  At Inventables it is our mission to simplify the process of going from idea to finished product.  We believe this will further ignite this revolution.  We believe this movement will be the primary driver of growth in our economy in the next decade.  To understand this third industrial revolution it is important to understand the first two industrial revolutions.  

Excerpts from the Economist article indicate:
The first industrial revolution: "THE first industrial revolution began in Britain in the late 18th century, with the mechanisation of the textile industry. Tasks previously done laboriously by hand in hundreds of weavers' cottages were brought together in a single cotton mill, and the factory was born."
The second industrial revolution: "The second industrial revolution came in the early 20th century, when Henry Ford mastered the moving assembly line and ushered in the age of mass production. The first two indust…

Laser Engraving Leather and Metal for a Valentines Gift!

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Our building neighbor, Karl, approached me with a project idea for Valentine's Day. He wanted to laser engrave a drawing he made onto a flask for his girlfriend. After some trial and error we successfully engraved his drawing onto the leather flask case.  


The first bump we ran into was not being able to open the .svg file with the Retina Engrave software. The scanned in drawing was very detailed and yielded a large file size. We saved the image as a bitmap and opened it directly into Retina Engrave. This worked great, and we were able to raster engrave successfully from there.

We were able to engrave it using a test piece on anodized aluminum . But we had no idea what kind of metal the flask was made of. Our first test on the flask was unsuccessful. The metal deflected the lasers beam. 

After some creative thinking, we covered the flask in scotch tape. We figured the tape would allow the laser to burn on the surface of of the metal and hopefully leave a mark. 
We had some succes…

3D printing as a tool for space travel - making a moon base?

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The Huffington Post reported:
"As if planning tobuild a moon baseweren't enough, the European Space Agency may try to do it with 3D printing.
"Printing" a building out of layers of lunar soil could be much easier and cheaper than bringing the whole structure from earth. And there's even a printer that can do the job -- a device known as the D-Shape, produced by London-based company Monolite UK. It hasn't used real lunar soil yet, but tests with similar mixtures have been successful."
Now that is pretty interesting.  I've heard this idea before but below is a "test print" with material that simulates moon rock or moon soil.  According to the Huffington Post: "This 1.5 ton building block was produced as a demonstration of 3D printing techniques using simulated lunar soil. The design is based on a hollow closed-cell structure – reminiscent of bird bones – to give a good combination of strength and weight."
The picture below is an a…

Scientists 3D Printing Stem Cells?!

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Scientists have rigged up what looks to be a Makerbot, to be a Stem cell 3d printer. The printer, used by A team at Heriot-Watt University, uses the files of stem cells as the "ink" and can place them precisely on the printing plate. This is the beginning on what researchers in Scotland hope can turn into a process from printing human tissues and muscles. 

It is interesting to see how different field are utilizing this technology!

Gorgeous 3D Printed Jewelry by MYBF

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MYBF (my best friend) is a 3D printed line of jewelry by Orlando Fernandez Flores and his wife Lucia De Conti, owners of Italian design store, Maison 203.
 The pieces are molded after traditional cuts of diamonds, giving them a beautiful and structural form. They are available here in a variety of different filament colors. I love that we are starting to see high quality 3D Printed objects in the market place!





INTERVIEW: David Lang - Zero to Maker

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Today we interviewed David Lang author of the upcoming book Zero to Maker.

Inventables: David how did you get going in all this?

David Lang: I went to Maker Faire 3 years ago.  I was inspired because the people showcasing there were so passionate and excited about their projects.  Through some makers that I met, I was introduced through Eric Stackpole.  He told me about a story of gold in an unexplored cave in Northern California as well as an underwater robot he wanted to build to find it. I knew I wanted to help, but I realized from a skills standpoint I was completely useless.
Inventables: Were you a maker professionally at this time?
DL: I was working for a startup in LA called Profounder.  We were aiming to be the Kickstarter for business.  It really enjoyed it,  but unfortunately we ran out of money and I lost my job.  It was a shock to my system and it forced me to think about what I really wanted to do. It gave me the opportunity to make some big changes.
I decided I wanted to be…