Category Archives: Maker Stories

Board Game Prototyping: Getting The Pieces To Fit

How Sayre Brothers Games Perfected The PentaHex Gaming Platform Design Prototyping isn’t a game…unless you’re talking about how Sayre Brothers Games is using it to build the PentaHex Gaming Platform. As the name suggests, the PentaHex Gaming Platform is geometry board game based upon nine pentagons forming two hexagons. Then you connect as many PentaHex […]

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Turning Inspiration Into Profits: Making & Selling Jewelry Online

A Practicing Architect Turns Into Product Designer & Jewelry Maker At GioGio Design Artists can find inspiration anywhere. For some, nature is the calling that frees the mind. For others, a stroll through a bustling city can stimulate the imagination. But can inspiration be found in something as simple as a cabinet? For Jessica Giovachino, […]

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Spirograph-Inspired Maker Blasts Kickstarter Goals By 224%, Then 544%

How To Use Crowdfunding To Get Customers & Raise Money For Your Next Laser Cutting Project Could a free toy in a package of candy change the trajectory of your life? For Aaron Bleackley, it did. It all started one day in early 2013 when one of his coworkers got a tiny geometric drawing toy […]

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Tapping Into $22 Billon Craft Brew Market With Design

Eight Seven Central Has Won Business—And Awards—With Its Innovative Custom Beer Tap Handles Craft brewing is a $22.3 billion industry, according to the Brewers Association, with more than 24 million barrels of beer produced and served annually across America in 2,397 microbreweries, 1,650 brewpubs and 178 regional craft breweries. In fact, the number of breweries increased […]

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Measuring Success: Maker Crushes Kickstarter Goal By 2,087%

The Secret Behind The Elegant Instrument That Measures The Golden Ratio Sir Edward Victor Appleton, 1947 Nobel Laureate in physics, said: “The golden ratio is the key to universal physics.” And for Scott Onstott, founder of SIPS Productions Inc., the golden ratio is the key to a Kickstarter campaign success story that had this maker […]

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Maker Changes The World One Plant At A Time

By Combining Technology & Gardening, The Plant Doctor Is Shaping The Future Of Indoor & Outdoor Horticulture Akin Yildiz has a mission: Change the world, one plant at a time. Through the Plant Doctor, a non-profit, open-source online research laboratory specializing in electronics and plants, Akin is shaping the future of indoor and outdoor horticulture. […]

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Maker Finds Success In $300 Billion Wedding Market

How THE little BLUE CHAIR Differentiates Itself By Branding Weddings Weddings are big business. BIG. In fact, the global wedding industry is topping $300 billion (and growing every day), with U.S. spending contributing $58 billion of that. So how does a budding company differentiate its offerings and really standout in this crowded market? With some […]

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TheMoonLab: Dream Jewelry Pieces Come To Life With Laser Cutting

Aeryn of TheMoonLab had a dream. She wanted to create unique jewelry pieces that she had always wanted for herself–things that don’t even exist yet on the market. She began her search online for a laser cutting company that could work with colored acrylics. When she came across Ponoko and found that we work with […]

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TheMoonLab: Dream Jewelry Pieces Come To Life With Laser Cutting

Etsy Seller Combines Science + Pop With A Side Of Quirk To Create A Fun Jewelry Line  Aeryn of TheMoonLab had a dream. She wanted to create unique jewelry pieces that she had always wanted for herself–things that don’t even exist yet on the market. She began her search online for a laser cutting company […]

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Laser Cut Success Stories: Akujin Corps Etsy Store

How to quit your day job and find success with niche laser cut products  Robert Overstreet was once a mild mannered IT consultant with a passion for cosplay on the side, but thanks to some clever design thinking and effective use of the Ponoko Personal Factory, his Akujin Corps Etsy store has turned into a […]

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