Maker’s Note Subplot- Maker’s Talk

by Yun-Han Lin

Preface

Long audio-visual content has become more prevalent over the past two years, including live videos or Podcast (online broadcast). There have also been foreign programs regarding Makers (more information in the previous article- [Maker’s Note- Subplot] Learning Materials). In comparison, there are few in Taiwan. Therefore, I recently produced a new series of programs called Maker’s Talk, where I invited David Huang as speakers.

The following are a few videos we currently have for Maker’s Talk.

EP1: How We Started Our Youtube Channel

The first episode of the show began with how we met each other and the process of starting our own channel.

During the startup stage, although the license of the channel can be handed over to news stations or other platforms for remaking, do not get your hope up too much, which is a lesson that David learned the hard way. I started Casual at Work in 2017 as a means to keep track of everything I have built, while David started Arduino Maker Project when he started online programs with YOTTA during 2017 and 2018. Although uploading videos every week could push Makers to brainstorm for new ideas, which is also a good practice, it, in turn, will also lower the complexity of the work and Maker’s willingness to dare to dream.

EP2: 3D-printing

In the second episode, we talked about two of Make’s favorite technologies- 3D-printing and laser-cutting. We talked about their history, usage, and application in teaching.

  • 3D-printing actually dates back a long time ago, and even before PLA and ABS was invented. There are actually some 3D-printers for special purposes that are plaster-based or paper-based.
  • One way to tell the feasibility of technology is to see whether it is integrated into merchandise.
  • Current challenges in using 3D-printing regarding its quality and efficiency.
  • Why is it a problem when students propose to learn 3D-printing?
  • Is it acceptable to download things from the Internet for 3D-printing?

EP3: Laser-cutter

  • I think laser-cutter is suitable for 2.5D and 3D material processing; otherwise, people might as well make the work with regular printing.
  • Acrylic is really a pretty material.
  • Laser-cutters are the most user-friendly tool among others, yet they can also be very dangerous.
  • If laser-cutters were to become more prevalent, we need to deal with ventilation, which is currently hard to solve.
  • Whether it be laser-cutters or 3D-printers, it feels like Makers have seen their full potential and there is nothing more to be discovered.
  • A new slogan for our studio- “We’ve got everything you need, but it takes some time to find them in the studio.”

Conclusion

The next few episodes may have been completed by the time this article is done. Although we are just starting and there is still room for improvement in our project pace or details, it is hoped that the episodes so far could invite different ideas and serve as food for thought for our audience. We will continue to cover different topics, which, we hope, could blow people’s minds and resonate with them.

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