Thursday, December 31, 2015

Online 3D printing and maker tech classes start in February

Want to learn 3D printing or maker tech in 2016? We are teaching one-month online classes through LERN Network starting in February.

The one-month-long 3D printing class (offered in February, April, June and September) is aimed at beginners and is focused on consumer printers generally, with a particular focus on open-source printers.

The Maker Tech class, also a month long(March, May, July and October),  is meant to be a broad introduction to all things maker for teachers, parents, administrators, and even scientists looking to take advantage of cheaper electronics.

Registration now available at these links:
3D printing class
Maker tech  

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

So Cal MakerCon Nov 7, and Barnes and Noble Maker event Nov 8

The weekend of Nov 7-8 will be pretty busy for us. Saturday Nov. 7 we will be at Socal Makercon  and then Nov. 8 we will be at the Montclair Barnes and Noble from about 1 to 5 PM. Hope to see some of you! 

Here's an Apress press release about the goings-on.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

November 4th webinar on 3D printing

We are teaching a one-hour intensive online introduction to 3D printing. If you don't have time for our one month long class in 2016 (or you can't wait that long!) it will be Nov. 4 at 11 AM Pacific.  

Register at this link

Registration for the one-month-long 3D printing class  is here

Monday, October 12, 2015

Pasadena Connect Week Oct. 24 talk on Citizen Science and Making

Connect week logo
 What does the emergence of “maker” technologies like 3D printing, Arduino, and wearable tech mean for people in Pasadena and beyond?  

Joan Horvath and Rich Cameron will give a quick overview of these technologies and how they enable just about anyone to make projects that can contribute to real science projects, address social needs, or allow artistic expression. They have been early adopters themselves and have interviewed many more for their books and will give a view from the front line.

Saturday, October 24, 12-2 PM at Cross Campus Pasadena, 87 N. Raymond.
  • 12-12:30 Meet & Greet
  • 12:30 -1:00 Presentation
  • 1:00-2:00  Open dialogue and discussion
Event is free but pre-registration is required: Click here to register

Thursday, September 24, 2015

We are teaching online classes - registration is open

3D printed spiral art pieceWe are excited that we will be teaching two online classes for LERN Network in 2016. Each class is a month long, completely online. Registration is open now!

Introduction to 3D Printing
(First offered in February 2016)
Introduction to Maker Tech
(First offered in March 2016). 

Monday, September 21, 2015

New Book - 3D Printing With MatterControl - expected out this week

Cover of 3D Printing With MatterControl book
Our new book, "3D Printing with MatterControl" is expected out this week, just in time for New York Makerfaire. It will be available shortly after that in the MatterHackers store, on Apress' site and on the usual major online booksellers.

When Rich Cameron and I teamed up on the earlier book  Mastering 3D Printing a year ago there were very few screen shots and a lot of general direction on how to think about 3D printing and where to get the latest info. Now that MatterControl has emerged as an open source standard, it was cool to write the first book focused on it. We can now provide detailed instruction for both beginner and advanced features. We appreciate all our friends at MatterHackers who provided great advice and support (not to mention the software.) It is amazing to see how much 3D printing has evolved in one short year.

We are tentatively scheduled to be at the MatterHackers booth at Makerfaire New York Saturday/Sunday the 26/27 at 1 PM each day, and at the Apress both at 2 PM both days. We will post updates if that changes.

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Fun piece of press from 3D Printshow

Joan and Rich picture
Entertaining interview, by the folks who are putting on 3D Printshow in Pasadena next week.

(By the way, thanks to Ethan Etnyre for taking this great picture of the two of us!)

Sunday, August 23, 2015

3D Print Show Sept. 12 at Pasadena Convention Center

Joan and Rich will be speaking at 3D Print Show at the Pasadena Convention Center. The overall show is split up into smaller conferences, and we will be at the Newcomer one on Saturday Sept. 12 from 2-5 in the afternoon.  More info here:

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Moderating panel at "Making@SIGGRAPH" on Monday 8/10

Anyone at SIGGRAPH, at the LA Convention Center this year? We will be part of the new "Making@SIGGRAPH."  I'm moderating this panel (accessible with Exhibits+ and above badges).
Rich will be on the panel as will Lyn Hoge from Windward School.
"Integrating Disruption: How Schools Are Using Making to Accelerate Innovation," Monday, 10 August, 3 - 4 pm, Los Angeles Convention Center, Room 506

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Hands-on 3D printing and other maker technology workshops coming up Aug 14-15 in West LA

Picture of toy ferris wheel and gear, both 3D printed
We are speaking at and otherwise helping out with the Design and Maker Class Colloquium at The Windward School, West LA, on August 14-15 (Fri/Sat).  The first day is aimed primarily at educators wanting to learn how to use making in their classrooms; second day is hands-on. Details and registration: 

Thursday, July 16, 2015

MIT alum event Aug 4: Shop Class 2.0 in Orange County

For MIT alumni friends in Southern California: come and talk about how to reinvent shop class and think about how to get kids making things again. Starts 6:30 August 4, 7-9 at Urban Workshop in Costa Mesa. More info here

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

New book available for alpha or pre-order - "3D Printing With MatterControl"

Our new book from Apress, "3D Printing With MatterControl" is now available at  either as an "alpha book" now (partial ebook download with rest of book available later) or preorder of the print book. Amazon has it up for preorder, too.

"Mastering 3D Printing" was written about a year ago when there were few standards, so it's more of a "why" book to help you think about how to use a printer and where to find more. Since MatterControl, from our friends at MatterHackers  has emerged since as a widely-used host program, we wrote the new book to be more of an explicit detailed guide to using host software, with some of the broader material too but more of a focus on just exactly how to get a print. We are excited!

Thursday, July 2, 2015

At the Discovery Cube in Orange County July 12

We'll be at the Discovery Cube of Orange County in Santa Ana (that big black cube visible from the 5 freeway) from 11 AM to 4 PM on Sunday, July 12.

Come on down and see our demonstrations of 3D printing and using wearable circuits.  Our friends from Windward School will be along too with some of the 3D models developed by their physics students. More info/directions:

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Joan and Rich at Nerd Nite Comic-Con San Diego!

Joan and Rich  will be talking about "Shop Class 2.0" at Nerd Nite Comic-Con San Diego!  Evening of July 10, at Silo at Maker's Corner, 753 15th St, San Diego, with National Geographic Channel sponsoring and providing all kinds of cool stuff...

More info/sign up here...

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Joan and Rich signing books at Deezmaker in Pasadena Sunday July 5

Rich (aka Whosawhatsis) and I are looking forward to signing our new book, "The New Shop Class: Getting Started with 3D Printing, Arduino, and Wearable Tech"  at Deezmaker's 3D printer shop and hackerspace. Deezmaker will have the book available.

They have an open house Sunday, July 5, from noon-5, and we will be there at least the first two hours.

Deezmaker is located at  290 N. Hill Ave, Pasadena 91106. 

Friday, June 19, 2015

Joan and Rich at the LA (Sylmar area) Discovery Cube Saturday June 27th

We are going to be at the LA  Discovery Cube up near Sylmar next Saturday (the 27th) from 11-4 doing demos, with a talk at 1:00 - come by and see what we've been up to! We will have some projects on display from our friends at Windward School, too.

The LA Cube is located at 11800 Foothill Blvd. Los Angeles CA 91342. More details:

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Lots of upcoming summer events!

We have a lot of events coming this summer - check them on our   Events Page.

Hope to see you at one of our talks or book signings.

Contact us through our Nonscriptum site  if you want to schedule us to come out and talk to your group.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Joan and Rich on The Space Show, Monday June 8

We will be on David Livingston's "The Space Show" internet radio show talking about our new book, "The New Shop Class: Getting Started with 3D Printing, Arduino and Wearable Tech," on June 8, 2-3:30 Pacific time.  To listen, go to and click on the "Listen Live" button. If you miss it, it will be available as a podcast, linked at the bottom of the page.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Maker Tech Hands On Learning for Educators, August 14-15 in West LA

We are helping the Windward School put together a two day conference in West Los Angeles (near the 10/405 intersection)  for educators on Friday, August 14 and Saturday, August 15, 2015.

The first day will be a lot of overview lectures, panels and exhibits. The second day will be hands-on demonstrations and training in 3D printing, Arduino, wearable tech, MaKey Makey, squishy circuits and more. Many of the topics will be presented at a couple of levels so that you can learn at the level that is right for you.

To register and more info:

New book - The New Shop Class

Our new book publishes this week from Apress, and will be available as a paperback and ebook. You will be able to get one at Apress, Amazon and many other online stores.

Who else will be at San Mateo Makerfaire next weekend?  We will be at some of our friends' booths to talk about the book and show off a copy!

UPDATED 5/14 afternoon: 

11:00 Sat and Sunday, May 16-17: CRASH Space booth
In the Expo tent

3:00 Sat and Sunday, May 16-17: Booth #1144
IdeaPrinter booth in Make:Labs 

Monday, March 23, 2015

Our New Blog: Making At Windward

Rich and I have a new blog on the Windward School site. Check it out at

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Nice piece in PCC magazine today

The Pasadena City College magazine had a nice piece about the students who created a map for the blind over the summer:

New book coming soon

Cover of "The New Shop Class"
 Our new book is out in "alpha" form now - that means people can buy it and they get periodic ebook updates as new sections are uploaded. Or you can wait till May and get the hardcopy paper book! We are enjoying writing it- description at the link: