Andy Braren

Andy is a senior Human Factors student and co-founder of Tufts MAKE. As a freelance designer and web manager, Andy runs nearly a dozen WordPress-based sites with more than 1.7 million yearly page views and 95,000 visitors each month between them. Lately he's been designing app interfaces in Sketch for Mac, prototyping them with Pixate, testing out Kirby CMS, and learning the basics of iOS app development.

Although Andy's expertise is mostly in digital stuff, he also enjoys fiddling with hardware and opening things up. He wields a soldering iron with surgeon-like precision and loves fixing broken things. He can also do some basic 3D printing and laser-cutting.

Projects

Maker Tools

Maker Tools is a suite of makerspace technologies that tackle many of the common problems that makerspaces encounter within universities, libraries, and classrooms. These tools are being developed by graduate and undergraduate students at the [Center for Engineering Education and Outreach (CEEO)]…

Jun 22 2016 Read →

Baby BB-8

In late January a video of a bluetooth-controlled BB-8 droid created by Angelo Casimiro started circulating around the tech news circuit. Angelo's detailed instructions and wel…

Mar 6 2016 Read →

Maker Network status board

I'm interested in building a status board webapp that can use the Maker Network site's API to display each makerspace's upcoming events, who's in each space, and recent photos taken within that space. Each of Tufts' makerspaces would get one of these status boards. Panic Inc. makes an iOS app cal…

Jan 1 2016 Read →

Thinkboard

Whiteboards and Post-Its are great for organizing thoughts, capturing ideas, and getting everyone on the same page, but in public spaces (like makerspaces) they frequently get erased or tampered with, despite any "Don't Erase!" warnings. For project teams working week-to-week, losing the…

Aug 13 2015 Read →

Box Projector

During Tufts MAKE's first general interest meeting we had students think of project ideas they'd like to work on. One student was interested in creating an inexpensive portable projector, so we built this shoebox prototype using instructions we found online. The prototype is made…

Mar 29 2014 Read →

Tufts Dash

“All of Tufts at a glance” Year after year, Tufts students are increasingly relying on their smartphones to check their dining hall’s menu, look up the Joey’s schedule, and find Tufts-based events to attend. The problem is that doing so is a big pain using a smartphone’s web br…

Mar 29 2014 Read →

Cardboard Sleds

During Tufts MAKE's first general interest meeting we had students think of project ideas they'd like to work on. One student noticed that many Tufts students used plastic bins or lids as makeshift sleds during the winter, and that they often left behind sharp bits of plastic when those sleds inevit…

Jan 20 2014 Read →

Adaptive Cutting Board

This was a final project for ENP 105 - Assistive Technology in the Fall of 2013. The goal was to design and create an assistive technology device that could help someone either in the workplace or with everyday life. Emily and I were directed to Outside the Lines Studio in Medford, MA, where we met …

Jan 1 2014 Read →

Oreo De-creamer

When our group met with Dan Hannon to discuss the idea of starting a new product and making-oriented club, he suggested that we test out the idea with something small and fun. A [video of an Oreo cookie separator](htt…

Mar 29 2013 Read →

Articles

Boston Mini Maker Faire 2016

Last Friday the CEEO had a booth at the first-ever Boston Mini Maker Faire at the Boston Children's Museum. We showcased a few of our makerspace-related tools and technologies, including the RFID terminals,and augmented realit…

Jul 28 2016 Read →

Maker Faire 2015

Last weekend I had the opportunity to present our makerspace-related research at the inaugural National Maker Faire in Washington DC. This year the Nation of Makers, the DC gover…

Jun 14 2015 Read →

Handbooks

Laser Cutting

This handbook covers everything you need to know about laser-cutting stuff at Tufts. Laser-cutting is, for the most part, two-dimensional. You can either cut through something or etch a nice drawing on the top. You can't easily sculpt the material to your liking. For that, the CNC milling machine…

Aug 15 2015 Read →

3D Printing

3D printers are like really fancy glue guns; they extrude molten plastic filament from their nozzle into exactly the right place, and then rapidly cool it down into a hardened shape. The printer slowly adds layer upon laye…

Jul 4 2015 Read →

LEGO EV3

This video-based handbook will introduce and explore each component of the LEGO EV3 MINDSTORMS kit, and provide some strategies/techniques that should help you create EV3 robots more effectively. …

Jul 4 2015 Read →

Groups

Tufts MAKE

Tufts MAKE is a team-based design group that explores new ideas by making awesome things. Each week we learn about and practice each phase of the product design process by working on a variety of cool projects. Websites, toboggans, projectors, apps, speakers, furniture, …

Jul 4 2015 Read →

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