Go check it out!
TinkerCad is a really fun, simple, and free web-based tool for 3D design. It exports in .STL which goes directly into MakerBot 3D printers.
TinkerCad is very shape based and easy to work with. There are some really useful simple lessons to learn the basic controls. There is also a Thingiverse-like place to explore designs other people have made.
Note: Currently you need Chrome or Firefox to run TinkerCad.
You can also export designs into Minecraft!
It is probably time to get some new things for the MakerSpace!
The AeroVelo Atlas team was awarded $250,000 today for completing the challenges set in the Sigorsky Human Powered Helicopter Competition. The competition started 33 years ago and had never been successfully accomplished. AeroVelo is a Canadian team and they built their helicopter after raising $34,000 on Kickstarter last spring. They completed the build in August of 2012.
Imagine if you were a backer and you got a reward from this historical record breaker!
Learn more about human powered helicopter here.
This is obviously an advertisement for dog food, but it is so cute and clever!
Steve Jobs, founder of Apple, provides some advice about how to look at the world:
Life can be much broader once you discover one simple fact: Everything around you that you call life was made up by people that were no smarter than you and you can change it, you can influence it, you can build your own things that other people can use.
Once you learn that, you’ll never be the same again.
Here is a great post on how to determine if the “shark in flooded city streets after a storm” and other such photos that get passed around is a fake. Follow these simple five steps to avoid looking the n00b.
Last month Seattle Public Library broke the record for longest book domino chain. It was to help raise awareness for summer reading. This video is pretty cool!
BTW, how is your summer reading going?