Maker Spotlight: Blake Hodgson

Name: Blake Hodgson


House: Objective, KS


Day Job: Job supervisor by day, prototype developer by night


Makerspace: Hammerspace Workshop in Kansas City, MO.

How did you get going in making:

I have actually always delighted in make things, but the catalyst to me making bigger and cooler things started when I joined my regional makerspace, Hammerspace Workshop. I lastly had access to the tools I required, and met a great deal of people who assisted me and taught me everything about 3D printing, laser cutting, and how to utilize different tools to make all kinds of things.

What kind of maker would you classify yourself as:

Among the fortunate couple of who can generate income from making. I had actually been making things and discovering for a couple of years when a person in a hotel bar I was remaining at on a company trip launched a discussion about an item concept he had after watching me 3D modeling a replacement arm for my boy’s transformer toy. That was the minute I realized almost everybody has an idea for a creation, however not everyone has the abilities to make it on their own. After that I began going to regional start-up and inventing groups, and have actually been making pretty good money for over 3 years.

What’s your preferred thing you have actually made:

The most beneficial job and the one I’m most proud of is my remote controlled mower. I have actually been using it to mow my lawn for the previous 4 years now, and it gets a lot of attention from people driving by who stop to view me listening to my earphones and doing my little white boy vibrate as I trim around my residential or commercial property.

The construct itself took a lot of time and research. I spent a lot of time taking a look at other comparable tasks and chose using a typical push lawn mower pushed by motors from a mobility scooter and held together by a welded steel frame. The motors are managed by a drone receiver and remote controller. I had a concept on how I desired it to work, however had actually not bonded anything besides a basic coat rack in my intermediate school metal shop. I designed the entire thing using a 3D CAD program to figure out how whatever would mesh and to offer me the exact measurements of the metal. When all the products were acquired, I began cutting and welding with aid and assistance from the owner at the local makerspace.

Doing this without assistance would have been a lot harder, and I most likely would have made some pricey mistakes. After the frame was welded together, I painted it and assembled everything together. Due to the fact that of all of the cautious preparation, whatever fit perfectly. More information on the build process can be found here

Any guidance for people reading this:

The most crucial thing you can do to improve your making ability is to find a regional makerspace and surround yourself with like-minded people. No one is born a maker, but the more individuals you can gain from and the more you can study, the stronger your abilities will become. We reside in a time where absolutely nothing can stop you from learning. Everything you could ever wish to find out is on the Web, and if you are relentless, you can make anything your heart desires. If you are making your first project, start with something basic that really interests you. This keeps you inspired and makes you appreciate the work you have actually done when you figure it out.

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