One thing is that you don’t need fancy tools like 3D printers for prototyping. You can go a long way with just simple tools and materials. Yes, a 3D printer makes wonderful shapes and stuff, but you can do the same thing with knives, balsa wood and clay.
Last year I posted a video of a man making Japanese Kokeshi dolls. Here’s another one. I’ve wanted to do a longer post about these wonderful wooden dolls. When I was doing Ebay years ago, I encountered these wonderful wooden dolls in tag sales and sold a couple of them. So I had done some research on before and I wanted to share the fruits of that research.
I don’t watch TV. If somebody were to ask me what the favorite shows were and what was on them, I couldn’t tell you. Somehow I got out of the habit. Maybe that’s because I don’t have access to a TV right now, but by and large I don’t miss it very much. Frankly most of the shows on just didn’t appeal to me very much.
When I was a kid, Scientific American always had a science project that people could do in their home shops, usually with normal tools and some scrounging. The quality of these projects was always extremely high. Scientific American stopped putting those articles out sometime in the 1990’s, here they all are. There are thousands of pages of useful stuff and projects to fabricate. This is especially useful for getting info on obsolete projects and dangerous stuff.
BB8, the new Astromech Droid from Star Wars, The Force Awakens was a popular character from the second the droid appeared in a teaser trailer. That popularity has only grown since and it’s inevitable that clever people would want to make their own. Here’s a bunch of stuff on people making BB8.