Maker of the Day – Max Gunawan (Day 26)



Max Gunawan

Why I make

Inspired by the idea of an illuminated book, it is designed to have intuitive functionality. Simply open the cover to turn it on, the further you open the cover the brighter it gets. It packs eight hours of rechargeable battery life and can be easily recharged through a micro USB port. 

Lumio is the first product from a studio dedicated to helping people live large with less. The studio is focused on simple, multi-functional, everyday objects that are simple, intuitive and beautiful.
The Lumio brand creates modern lighting systems with the simple goal of giving people the freedom to experience beautiful lighting wherever they are.

What I make

Lumio is a modern portable lamp that unfolds from a book and can be transformed into multiple forms and functions. It has a minimalist design that combines laser-cut wood cover with durable water resistant Tyvek pages containing high performing LED. With a unique combination of transformable shape and concealed Neodymium magnets, you can personalize Lumio into endless configurations and mount it on almost any surface. Lumio provides you with an elegant lighting solution whether you're throwing an impromptu backyard party or reading a bedtime story to your kids. 


 Max is a TechShop user! Find out more about Lumio here.


Maker of the Day – Laura Bruland (Day 11)

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Laura Bruland

Why I make

I make because it's fun, challenging, and a path to independence. I love the transformation of a material that everyone is familiar with, into something fresh and totally unrecognizable. It's also so important to rethink the way things are made, and aim for a product AND a process we can be proud of. Thousands of books are thrown away each year in the Bay Area alone. With Yes & Yes Designs, we find unwanted, falling apart, or outdated books and give them a new life. Since only the pages in books (not the covers) are recyclable, we end up with a vast amount of books in landfills- and I'd like to help, in my own small way. 

What I make

I make one-of-a-kind jewelry from old books. My jewelry business, Yes & Yes Designs, uses unwanted, falling apart, or outdated hardcover books to create each piece. Delicate embossing, fabric weaves and fragments of colorful patterns make each piece unique. Old textbooks, falling apart children’s books, and Reader’s Digest Condensed Books are my favorites, though any hardcover book with interesting colors or patterns will do. Yes, I judge a book by its cover. The process ends up feeling like a collaboration: we provide the shapes and designs, but each book provides the color, personality, and story, so to speak.


Happy Mother's Day! Enjoy the work of TechShop user, Laura Bruland, and her beautiful approach to the way books are used.

Maker of the Day – David Lang (Day 10)

David Lang

Why I make

Well, it all started with Eric Stackpole and his wild imagination. He has a passion for telerobotics, and had wanted to explore an underwater cave in the Sierra Nevadas. It was that story that started the whole project. 

What I make

Our group, OpenROV, makes low-cost, open-source underwater robots. I also wrote a book called Zero to Maker.

You can buy David's book on Amazon - it's a great resource for anyone who doesn't think they have what it takes to be a maker. Whether you have some projects in mind or you just know that you want to make things, you will be inspired by David's book. You can also check out TechShop, where David is a member, and work on your projects there.

You can also learn more about the OpenROV project here, as well. 

Maker of the Day – John Lawton (Day 7)

Meet John Lawton: Military pilot by day, maker by night. This man proves there are no excuses when it comes to finding time for creative self-expression.

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John Lawton

Why I make

Both my parents are artists so I grew up in a very creative household. I've always loved to sketch and make things in my dad's metal shop since I was young and woodworking I've picked up over the last 10 years. So much of my life as a military pilot has been manuals and checklists; wood and metalworking is a great way to express my creativity and let my mind be free to invent. Seeing my design sketch sitting on top of the finished product is very satisfying! 

What I make

Custom wood and metal furniture with an industrial and modern theme. I love to incorporate the beauty of hardwoods such as walnut and maple with the strength and boldness of metals like mild steel, stainless and aluminum. Old school wood and metal working techniques are joined with cutting edge technologies like waterjetting, CNC milling and laser cutting to make completely unique works of art designed to last generations. 

John uses TechShop as a resource for both tools and community, while Autodesk Inventor serves as his design platform.


Maker of the Day – Jane Chen (Day 6)

Jane Chen

Why I make

To make social impact by providing healthcare to places in need.

What I make

Low cost baby warmers to help babies in developing countries.

Here is a great example of purposeful design, or using design as a means to catalyze change. Jane has a rich history with nonprofit organizations on healthcare issues in developing countries, and now with Embrace she is able to do that in an extremely tangible way.

The Embrace Warmer started as a class project at Stanford University when a group of graduate students, including Jen, were challenged to design an intervention for neonatal hypothermia that cost less than 1% of the price of a state-of-the-art incubator.

Jane's work goes to show how the spirit of making can lead to life-changing inventions. Using resources like Techshop, you too can make things that change the world. Get making, everyone!

Maker of the Day – Niti Parikh (Day 3)

For our third Maker of the Day, meet Niti Parikh. Niti is a Bay Area TechShop user and super-maker, making the world happier one unique piece of wall art at a time.

Niti Parikh

Why I make

I have been making things using my hands and fulfilling my inner urge to create constantly since I was a kid. It was a natural choice for me to then pursue design as a career. 

When I am making a good meal, a product pieces together at the shop or making a drawing for an Interior Space I am designing for, it makes me HAPPY . I count making things as my super power, which I want to share as much as I can in this lifetime. Making is my way of giving back!

What I make

When I founded NPStudio, I wanted to make things, which is going to combine my experience from the field of Architecture and keep my love of crafts alive. Today through product line of HAPPYcardboards I make unique wall art for all ages and interiors. Each piece is hand assembled from recycled cardboard and a variety of reclaimed materials. We have also had a chance to take our methods of making with reclaimed cardboard to mainstream events and replace everyday pipe and drape stage backdrop with a backdrop made solely with recycled cardboard. We are now involved as a consultant for sustainable décor/fabrication for events and spaces.

To see more of Niti's work, check out

Carbon Fiber guitar. Go Make one this weekend with 123D.

Last month in San Francisco, TechShop members had a little party over the weekend to make their own custom guitars. That's rad enough, but the workshop aimed one step further and taught them how to do it in Carbon Fiber.

The process is simpler than you'd think.  With a basic guitar body design, you can build a model in 3D software (123D Design is free), then take that file via an .stl model into 123D Make, which slices the model into cross sections that you can laser cut (or go analog and grab an Exacto blade).  Once those are stacked and glued together, you have a mold!!  Read this Instructable on how to do to do it, you'll get no spoilers here.

OR, you can listen to the Safety Third Show - in Episode 1, they go through the experience of the workshop and Blaine sings a little song.

Here's the coverage on Wired Design: