What could be more satisfying than building a whole computer, from scratch? You might think it's impossible these days, but we've found a band of makers who are re-creating the clicky switches and flashing LEDs of a bygone age. Have a go yourself!
- Design, sustainability and ethics with Jude Pullen;
- Add much-needed safety features to a cheap off-the-internet laser cutter;
- Send communication signals through the ground;
- Get going with gears.
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Table of Contents
Meet the Maker: Ivan Kuleshov
Retro Computers Reborn
Interview: Jude Pullen
Improviser's Toolbox: Bamboo
In the workshop: Failure and success
SoM Analogue output
Tutorial Emotional LEGO
Tutorial Earth communications
Tutorial K40 laser cutter
Tutorial Laser cutter
Tutorial Slicing options
Best of Breed
Review Pimoroni Badger
Review Shaper Origin
Review Pimoroni Trilobot
HackSpace Magazine: Issue 54
Raspberry Pi Press
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- Learn how hydra...
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