Teaching Classes in New York

If anyone is in New York or the surrounding areas, I’m teaching some classes at NYC Resistor over the next month, hooray! ┬áLearn To Use the Knitting Machine Sunday, March 8, 1pm-3pm Learn to knit on our super awesome knitting machines. The class will cover all the basic, troubleshooting, machine care, and how to shop […]

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Fun with Cardboard

I’ve been playing around with making boxes out of old boxes. I plan on using them to protect Tinysaurs during shipping. The design was done in QCAD, and inexpensive CAD program. I started using QCAD after I got frustrated with Corel Draw. QCAD has a steep-ish learning curve. Here’s what I did to get the […]

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Laser Sponge

A friend of mine asked me to test out laser cutting on some compressed sponges, which she wants to use for a business card. It came out really well! Both the raster and vector cutting was done at 100% power and 100% speed. Cellulose is surprisingly resiliant stuff. The serif font looked OK down to […]

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Rapid Prototyping a Jacquard Loom

Inspired by the loom at the Berlin Technical Museum, Adam and I have started building our own loom. From scratch. We’re going off of the photos/video of what we saw at the museum, and my dim memory of the looms I used when I was in college. So far we have the frame mostly built, […]

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Mechanical Embroidery Machine

Also at the Berlin Tech Museum was a punch tape driven embroidery machine. The Tech Museum has a ton of industrial textile equipment as part of their permanent collection. The machines are completely mechincal, as far as I can tell no electricity is required. Sadly I couln’t read the German placquard explaining more about it, […]

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Jacquard Mechanism Simplified

Spent the better part of the day at the Stiftung Deutsches Technikmuseum in Berlin. They have an awesome Jacquard loom for ribbon weaving, and a great model which shows very clearly how the Jacquard head works. Next week, Adam and I plan on building one. I shot a few seconds of the actual loom, and […]

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Tinysaur Display

I’m helping my friend Sara at the Squidfire Holiday Market in Baltimore, Maryland on Sunday. She suggested I bring some Tinysaurs, and so I made a display to neatly hold the Tinysaur kits. I generated the pattern with a python script I wrote, using the sdxf library. If you’d like to make your own, the […]

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Adam Mayer explains pointers to art students

I don’t have a background in CS. In fact I got my degree in Crafts. Yes, you can get a degree in Crafts. And I have one. Most of my programming skills are self-taught, which is fine most of the time but occasionally gets me into trouble. Recently I learned about pointers the hard way, […]

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Made the CCC blog!

Woo, Nick did a lovely write up for my Chaos Communicatin Congress talk over on the CCC blog. Now I just have to finish getting my talk ready…

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Python library for generating DXF files

I’ve gotten a little frustrated with the limitations of using Processing to generate PDFs for laser cutting. Primarily, there’s no support for “hairline” thickness lines, which add an extra step to getting things ready to lase, and there’s no way to separate lines into different layers so it can be hard to work with the […]

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