There's a huge range of computer-controlled machines used by makers - 3D printers, laser cutters, CNC mills and more - but the plotter is the easiest to make. This makes it a great build for getting started in the world of computer-controlled machines. For around £15 you can create your own drawing machine with our guide.
- Learn how hydraulics work
- All you need to know about lubrication
- Make your own Guitar-Hero style controller
- And much more
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Table of Contents
Meet the Maker: Sam Battle
Build a plotter
Interview: Jason Coon
Improviser's Toolbox: Corrugated Iron
In the workshop
SoM Corrugated Iron
Tutorial Raspberry Pi
Tutorial Light beam communication
Tutorial Laser cutter: beyond K40
Tutorial Cricut EasyPress
Best of Breed
Review Kitronik Simply Servos Board
HackSpace Magazine: Issue 55
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As children we were told not to play with our food. As adults, we can do whatever the heck we like. Join us this month to celebrate the joy of messing around with food, whether that's grilling cheese, making coffee, or automating the construction of tacos.
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- Grow food...
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From component choice, to packaging, to marketing, to the million other things that you need to do when you scale up production, we'll help you turn your project into a product - and along the way it'll help you be a better maker.
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