The Makerspace Workbench
Tools, Technologies, and Techniques for Making
Publisher: Maker Media, Inc
Released: September 2013
Pages: 304

Create a dynamic space for designing and building DIY electronic hardware, programming, and manufacturing projects. With this illustrated guide, you’ll learn the benefits of having a Makerspace—a shared space with a set of shared tools—that attracts fellow makers and gives you more resources to work with. You’ll find clear explanations of the tools, software, materials, and layout you need to get started—everything from basic electronics to rapid prototyping technology and inexpensive 3D printers.

A Makerspace is the perfect solution for many makers today. While you can get a lot done in a fully-decked out shop, you’ll always have trouble making space for the next great tool you need. And the one thing you really miss out on in a personal shop is the collaboration with other makers. A Makerspace provides you with the best of both worlds.

Perfect for any maker, educator, or community, this book shows you how to organize your environment to provide a safe and fun workflow, and demonstrates how you can use that space to educate others.

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The subtitle says it all

By teak

from Jyväskylä, Finland

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    Comments about oreilly The Makerspace Workbench:

    This book is one of those rare beasts with a title, a subtitle and a back cover matching exactly what is inside of the book. With fewer than 300 pages the book goes from hammering a nail into soldering surface mount components. The book also succeeds in it, which is a small wonder.

    I really had to think to find any weak spots in this book. The only issues for me are due to me being European and not being comfortable with inches and so on. I also suspect that not all American standards apply here in Europe. But the metric issue is a minor one, as many of the measurements were also given in metric, and it is rather easy to do the conversions by myself (I wish I had a printed book to note them in it).

    The book itself was well written and it was a joy to read. I also have to say that I learned more from this book than what I expected, even about subjects which I thought I knew well before.

    disclaimer: I received an electronic copy of this book free of charge for review purposes via the O'Reilly blogger review program.

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