Saturday, October 29, 2016

Busy weekend Nov 5-6

Next weekend I'll be at So Cal Makercon and at the Hackaday Superconference. Lots of excitement- looking forward to meeting some old and new friends.

At So Cal Makercon I'll be at the Apress booth in the morning of Saturday Nov. 5 to hang out with our friends and Practical Fashion Tech coauthor Lyn Hoge to talk about our books.

Then it will be off to the Hackaday Superconference in Pasadena, which runs Saturday and Sunday, Nov 5/6, in Pasadena. Rich and I will both be there to see how things turn out for the Hackaday Prize and see others' awesome builds!  (I gather that the Hackaday event is sold out now.)

Friday, October 7, 2016

2017 3D printing and maker tech classes

Joan and Rich at Apress boothWe now have our schedule for 2017 classes set. The classes are all online, 4 weeks long.

They are offered through LERN Network, which provides outsourced classes to many community colleges and other organizations (through their "UGotClass" portal.)

In 2017 we are scheduled to teach three classes, each offered four times during the year.


The classes: 

Intro to 3D Printing- Feb, Apr, Jun, Sept

NEW! 3D Printed Science and Math: Visualizations and Experiments (about how to create good 3D printable science and math models to help visualize or to use to do experiments) - Mar, May, July, Oct

UPDATED class- tentative title - signups available mid-November: Prototyping with Maker Electronics (In 2016 was Intro to Maker Tech: The New Shop Class) - April, June, Aug, Nov

If your local college doesn't have our classes in their portal, we have them linked here and on our site at

Or if online isn't your thing and you are nearby, we are always happy to arrange custom training in Southern California locations!

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Practical Fashion Tech (new book) now broadly available

Animation of the Mod 60s dress from Practical Fashion Tech
Our new book, Practical Fashion Tech, is now broadly available. It's intended to let you learn how to use sewable circuits to make interactive garments for fun, theater, or cosplay.  It covers basics of sewing, costuming and pattern-making, and then moves on from there to show how to add sewable microprocessors, sensors, and light-up effects.

The GIF is the 60s homage mod dress, with electroluminescent (EL) ribbon. We had this setup in the Apress booth at New York Makerfaire Oct 1-2.