Makers by Chris Anderson is one of my favorite books of 2012.
This is the final bit from it, I would recommend you buy a copy and get started creating a business.
So in this appendix, I’ll (Chris Anderson) give a guide to starting with that, using the best recommended tools as of this writing.
Getting started with CAD Why?
All digital design revolves around software. Whether you’re downloading designs or creating them from scratch, you’ll typically need to use some sort of desktop authoring program to work with the design onscreen. CAD programs range from the free and relatively easy Google SketchUp to complex multithousand-dollar packages such as Solidworks and AutoCAD used by engineers and architects.
Recommended 2-D drawing programs
• Free option: Inkscape (Windows and Mac)
• Paid option: Adobe Illustrator (Windows and Mac)
Recommended 3-D drawing programs
• Free options: Google SketchUp (Windows and Mac), Autodesk 123D (Windows), TinkerCAD (Web)
• Paid option: Solidworks (Windows
Recommended 3-D printing solutions
• Printers: MakerBot Replicator (best community), Ultimaker (bigger, faster, more expensive)
• Services: Shapeways, Ponoko
Recommended 3-D scanning solutions
• Software: Free Autodesk 123D Catch (iPad; Windows)
• Hardware: MakerBot 3-D scanner (requires a webcam and pico projector). Use the free Meshlab software to clean up the image
All in all, I recommend that you either do your laser cutting at a local makerspace such as TechShop, or send it to a service bureau that can also source the raw material for you cheaply.
Recommended CNC Solutions
• Hobby-sized (Dremel tool): MyDIYCNC
• Semi-pro: ShopBot Desktop
How to start being a Maker in electronics
This is the emerging “Internet of Things,” and it starts with simple electronics such as the Arduino physical computing board. All you really need to get started with digital electronics is an Arduino starter kit, a multimeter, and a decent soldering iron.
There has never been a better time to find what you need, and companies such as Sparkfun and Adafruit offer not only all the parts you’ll need, but also tutorials,
If you want to take it further, you can get a digital logic analyzer, a USB oscilloscope, and a fancy solder rework station. But for starting, the items listed below will take you further than you may have thought possible.
Recommended electronics gear
• Starter kit: Adafruit budget Arduino kit
• Soldering iron: Weller WES51 soldering station
• Multimeter: Sparkfun digital multimeter
Makers: The New Industrial Revolution by Chris Anderson