Wired Italy vs. Wired USA on Makers

OK, so it’s not breaking news that the cover of Wired Italy dedicated its cover story in November 2012 to Massimo Banzi, but we’ve been pretty busy here at MakeTank with the final preparations for the launch of our store, and only now are we managing to write a little reflection on the matter. The article itself, we have to admit, doesn’t exactly propose anything new to those of us […]


Crowdfunding: let's help Fattelo! on Eppela

We use 547,5 milion pizza boxes per year in this world, and Fattelo! is a lamp that anyone can make by reusing a pizza box. It’s a cool Italian design object, and it needs YOU. Fattelo! (which is literal Italian for do-it-yourself) has put their lamp project on Eppela, an Italian crowdfunding platform, and MakeTank was amongst its very first supporters. Now, we want to let our readers know about […]


What to expect in your first Arduino workshop

I have a revelation to make. I’ve been passionate about Makers-related things for some time now. As the editor of this blog, I talk about Arduino quite often. I’ve touched Arduino chips, and talked to Makers who use them. But, until last week, I’d never actually tried to use it myself. Although Arduino is billed as something relatively simple to use, it still involves basic electronics and basic programming, two […]


World of Makers - September & October 2012

We at MakeTank have been keeping an eye on developments in the makers’ movement worldwide. Every two months we bring you the coolest of these. It’s all OK In September, Helsinki hosted the world’s first Open Knowledge Festival (OK Festival). Its 2012 theme was Open Knowledge in Action, looking at the value that can be generated by opening up knowledge, the ecosystems of organisations that can benefit from such sharing, […]


Berlin is in Beta

“There are no rules in Berlin,” says Pedro Pineda, co-founder of MakerLab, with Jay Cousins  and Christopher Doering of Open Design City, the fablab at Berlin’s biggest coworking, Betahaus. “Not just here at Betahaus but anywhere, people have an idea, they try it out, and if it doesn’t work they try again.” Maybe this is the key to Berlin’s current status as a hub of creativity and startups, a role that […]


Distructables presents: Three Halloween ideas for Makers

Halloween is fast approaching and, to hold up your reputation as a Maker, you don’t want to be stuck with standard, store-bought decorations and candies, nor traditional candy distribution methods! Have no fear, MakeTank has teamed up with Flod’s illustrator, Leo Cardini, to present the first edition of ‘Distructables’ – wonderfully bad ideas that could actually be good. You will need: -1 access to fablab with 3d food printer, laser […]


Arduino Due: today is the day.

Finally the time has come. After a long wait the Arduino Team has released Arduino Due (du-eh, like the number two in Italian). Starting today at the price of $49, the Due features some major improvements with respect to the Uno and the Leonardo released this summer. Two micro USB ports (one for programming and communications and one to use the Due as client or host) and for the first […]


3D printing in the museum: Kentstrapper at Palazzo Strozzi

Why is there a 3D printer within the display of this museum? Palazzo Strozzi in Florence is an innovator in museum display, and the inclusion of a 3D printer in an exhibit that is not about additive manufacturing or anything directly correlated is another example of this. The show in question is “The Thirties. The Arts in Italy Beyond Fascism” (in Italian: Anni 30) at Palazzo Strozzi from September 22, […]


MakerBot Replicator 2 and the Open Source Hardware question

MakerBot has put out a new model of 3D printer called the Replicator 2. Which ought to be good news, as it’s a sleek machine with some of the best resolution yet (100 microns per layer), and also prints bigger objects than the brand’s previous consumer model. Mainstream news outlets and the press release tout this model as “prosumer” and “the most affordable tool yet for making professional-quality models.” Why, […]