The astonishing result of blow forming

Making big plastic shells can be extremely expensive when using vacuum forming or other forms of manufacturing techniques. But if the shell you want is of a simple bubble type form, you may want to consider blow forming. In this video from Gary Lavarack, you can learn just how easy it can be to make your own polycarbonate shells by blow forming them. The result is a perfect finish without any defects, and an added bonus is that if you apply your paint on the inside, the transparent layer of plastics would look gorgeous, like a deep layer of professional clear-coat! Just take a look at the finished blow formed car body in the video below from MAKE.

The pros and cons of hobby 3D printing

You might have heard a lot of hype about the new 3D printing revolution, but wondered if it´s actually as perfect as everybody claims. While it is an absolutely revolutionary new way of manufacturing, it´s not perfect and some limitations do exists. In this video from Tested.com, Will and Norm gives us a truthful and objective list of pros and cons of a typical hobbyist 3D printer. Even though this video is from 2013 and only cover the MakeBot series of printers, the fundamentals are the same for all modern 3D printers that uses plastic filaments, so-called FDM (fused deposition modeling). We know a lot about these printers ourselves, and can vouch for the expert opinions in this video. So whether you are just curious about 3D printing, or already have bought your own printer, this walk-through is definitely worth a watch!

So simple yet so extraordinary beautiful

Very similar to a video we collected earlier, this also shows how beautiful art can be made by simple means. Here, Brandon McConnell from Spacepainter show us how spray paint, some paper, a sponge, a palette knife and some sandpaper can be used to create a hauntingly beautiful nature scene worth much more than the tools and resources used to create it.

The fascinating science of paper airplanes

Become the expert of paper airplanes! World record holder John Collins, ThePaperAirplaneGuy, is THE master of paper airplanes. Approaching the subject like a scientist, John has found out the deep secrets of what makes different paper airplanes work in their specific ways. Watching this video is not just an excellent way to learn how to make your own flying paper objects, but also a chance to see how such a seemingly simple thing as a paper airplane has tremendous depth, physics, and science attached to it. Whether you want to learn how to fold different paper flying objects or study scientific inquiries, this video is definitely for you!

Mistakes are valuable!

We really like this video, because it is so inspirational. In this lecture from Maker Faire 2014, Emiko Soroka walk us through her experience from knowing basically nothing about crafting, to making her own Portal turret robot and learning a lot from her mistakes. And no words we say can ever top her own youthful wisdom:

Emiko Soroka – “What i´m really trying to say is that everyone can be a maker. It´s ok if you don´t know what you are doing, because you can get help. It´s OK if you don´t have a proper workshop or fancy equipment, or a hackerspace down the street. It´s OK if you don´t have a college degree. You have the internet and somewhere out there is an expert, happy to share knowledge with you. So don´t say “I can´t”, say “I’ll try!” because chances are you´ll succeed!”