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Inspiring and informative, a great read. Arrived on time, in mint condition & well packaged.
I wanted to take this direction before reading, now I'm sure! This book not only makes good sense, as it is written in an easy to comprehend language or style but is also a brilliant source of further learning via giving (hyper)links and resource locations without expecting further payment. Got to love collaboration for the greater good right? :)
4.0 out of 5 starsShallow depth, significant breadth
Reviewed in the United States on 22 December 2017
"Zero to Maker" is a true beginner's guide to the topic of the Maker Movement. It is less that 250 pages, and you can read the book cover-to-cover in only a few hours, so that should give you an idea of it's depth - it's shallow to say the least. Those interested in continuing down the path to Maker will need siginificantly more resources than what this guide can offer, but it does give you a little something to go on if you think you might be interested, and want to learn more.
There is zero in terms of step-by-step or tutorial pieces in this book. Instead, it is a broad level overview of what it takes to become a maker. It covers extreme basics - what is CAD? Why do I need a 3D printer? Many will find this too basic, but for those who are buying the book for it's intended purpose, it is likely a necessary thing. The topic selection, while shallow in depth, is fairly broad, covering how to digitize and fabricate your products, but also how to bring younger makers into the hobby, and how to take your new devices and start a small business with them.
Illustrations are few and far between, but the text is well-written and engaging, and broken up into chapters and very short subchapters so that it's easy to skip around if you are only interested in particular elements. Not a bad choice, but not something you'll want to check out if you have any qualms about the limitations of what it offers.
5.0 out of 5 starsGreat reference and many interesting places to start
Reviewed in the United States on 26 June 2018
Having a son into making things (he owns 2-3D printers) and not being a maker myself, I’m at least on the periphery of this movement. Having worked in manufacturing most of my adult life, this new twist of entrepreneurship has been in my scope for some time. This book promised to give me a more thorough view of what is going on and I have to say, this book does a passable job introducing you into the movement. I have a lot of post-it-note tabs in it for further reference.
Makers, are not a new idea. If you are baby boomer we all knew people who were into woodworking or old cars. In many ways this really is that same creature, a person that was passionate about doing something that was other than their primary job. But this generations makers, are taking it up a notch with the new technology. They are not limited by hand tools, machine or wood tools. Instead they have a more fully featured set of tools at their behest, laser cutters, 3d printers, etc. These new tools need not just hands to operate but digital files. So there are two steps to learn. From the sounds of it, much of the software is free and easy to learn. Also many of the pattern files to make things have been made open source as well.
The impetus for this book originated when the author lost his job due to common downsizing and contemplated what his skill set allowed him to move on to. He felt he came up short and started pondering what other skills would benefit him. This lead him to investigate the maker scene.
The book chapters are: ***** Down the Rabbit Hole ***** DIT (Do it Together) ***** The Maker Mentality ***** Access to Tools ***** Craftsmanship ***** Digital Fabrication ***** One to One Thousand ***** Makers Going Pro ***** Making More Makers ***** Making Something that Matters ***** Epilogue
Rather than going chapter by chapter in a nutshell the book chronicles the author’s research into the Maker movement. Down the Rabbit hole talks of this and a project he worked on. He found that rather than being shamed by not having the experience, ignorance is something you need to admit to. Then move on and join a team or find your tribe to educate you. If you join into a project to help, you will walk out with skills to help you on your next project. It is a spirit of cooperation unseen from inventors in the past. Later he talks of patenting and the implications of open source and legalities. But first you must dabble.
Key here is buying kits and learning what you want to learn and making what you are passionate about. If you don’t know look what’s out there. Lots of references in this book. I have 9 post it note tabs: ***** Magazines and Maker Faires ***** Terminology ***** Quotes, some real gems here ***** NPR features ***** Step by step instructions to approach becoming a maker ***** Techniques ***** TED talks: Three great ones ***** CAD software references and a bit on each ***** Book references ***** Many technology references
But, a caveat, I do have a background in engineering, so this sort of stuff really interests me. Thoroughly geeking out here. However, if you are at all interested in starting, this is the book to do it with. Easy to read. Likely the software is easy to learn as the author is not an engineer, so it’s really accessible. You’ve got to start somewhere. I bet you have a project in mind.
4.0 out of 5 starsBeautiful Book and Excellent Introduction to the World of Makers
Reviewed in the United States on 7 January 2018
It starts with the author’s story of looking for buried treasure in a cave filled with water using a remote operated vehicle ROV, a mini sub of submarine.
I’ve never heard of Makers till this book. It’s a great introduction. Wow, I’m impressed and immediately looked for the closest events. It’s much more than just making things, DIY. It’s more of community, or a DIT, Do it Together. Learning self sufficiency is the drive for some that are attracted to becoming a Maker. At one point he describes a Maker lab as a gigantic adult playpen.
Being a Maker is a mindset the author learned, and he describes his process in this book. He also shares tons of interesting stories and resources. Fixing a blender, building a toaster, to deep fried egg yoks. It is an introduction to the varied world of Makers, the events, the tools, and making it as a Maker.
Physically this is a beautiful book. It’s in color, has color pictures inside, has a high gloss cover, and beautifully designed pages and layout. However, a few of photos are not high enough resolution to look good. In particular, there is an Amazon review of a Vitamix, that I can barely read, it looks like a screen shot.
This is less a guide and more a broad overview of the make's movement.It does a more than adequate job touching on most of the topics. but by necessity the discussion is somewhat superficial. It will give the reader some perspective about what its all about but that is about as far as it goes. You will not be able to start much less complete a project with this alone. .I personally didn't care for the style. It is not complicated but I found it a slow read.
I am a maker myself, so I love to hear the journey of other people to this point, but I just couldn't get into this book. After losing a bit of interest, I tried to skim through the rest of the book, but nothing really grabbed my interest enough to pull me back in.