Bug bots

Sat 19 July 2014 by Dr. Dirk Colbry


I like the simple fun of brushbots; little robots, typically made with toothbrush heads, that use a cell phone vibrating motor to scoot around a table (you can buy kits here: http://www.makershed.com/products/brushbots). I decided that this would be a great project for me to do …

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Coffee table drawer

Sat 19 July 2014 by Dr. Dirk Colbry



The kids have really done a number on our living room coffee table. The top has been "distressed" by biting, thrown toys and lots of drumming.


The drawers have also been used as steps to get up on top of the table. Most of the hardware components have broken under …

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Gears with logos

Sun 22 June 2014 by Dr. Dirk Colbry


The theme for the kids VBS (Vacation Bible School) this year is "Workshop of Wonders" by Cokesbury. I participate every year with my kids but was extremely enthusiastic that the theme this year was for makers so my goal is to show off the 3D printer and make some things …

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Milk Jug Bird Feeder

Sun 22 June 2014 by Dr. Dirk Colbry


My eldest daughter wanted to make a birdhouse/feeder. It was the middle of winter and I think she was thinking of building it out of wood. However, I realized what she really wanted to do was decorate it using some extra stickers she had. So, we compromised and I …

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Diet Coke and Mentos

Mon 16 June 2014 by Dr. Dirk Colbry


As any true geek dad, I have always wanted to do the Diet Coke and mentos experiment. However it is messy and the logistics of getting the mentos in the coke without getting crazy sticky is challenging. I did a quick search of thingiverse and found a couple of wonderful …

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Tripod Quick release mount

Fri 13 June 2014 by Dr. Dirk Colbry

I got a tripod for my birthday this year. It is a really nice one, but I lost the quick release mount. Here is a picture with a quick release mount from another tripod. Obviously, it doesn't fit:


After some shopping online this one looks fairly good, but possibly not …

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Party Piñata

Thu 12 June 2014 by Dr. Dirk Colbry


I like to watch Curious George with my Kids. That little monkey is a bit of a maker. I really like the episodes where he tries to build things. In most cases he doesn't get his design right and has to debug and iterate on the design until he has …

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Ann Arbor Mini Maker Faire

Sat 24 May 2014 by Dr. Dirk Colbry

A few weeks ago we caravanned a group of family and friends down to the Ann Arbor Mini Maker Faire.


It was everything I had hoped: there were plenty of robots, 3d manufacturing devices and other things to touch and play with. My oldest daughter (with help from her papa …

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Garden Fortress

Sat 24 May 2014 by Dr. Dirk Colbry


I love the idea of gardening. Specifically vegetable gardens where we can grow, harvest and eat some of our food. I've had a few gardens before, but in our current house it is difficult to have one because our beautiful four legged neighbors (deer) like to snack in our yard …

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Scavenging Parts

Sat 24 May 2014 by Dr. Dirk Colbry

I found this printer at a garage sale for $2.


I like to find old mechanical/electrical devices and take them apart with my kids.


In addition to just having fun and learning how things work, we were able to salvage the stepper motors. I want to try hooking them …

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