I am launching the new MakeWithTech learning community for DIYers and Makers.
It has been an exciting journey over the past few years. After posting my first video about turning a pen on a lathe in November 2018, I have posted another 243 videos and attracted over 70,000 subscribers watching over 5 million videos. The journey was not without challenges. Initially branded as the DrVAX channel, a nickname I had when working with VAX/VMS computers at Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC) in the 1980s, I ran into the buzzsaw of Covid. Suddenly anything with "vaccination" or even "VAX" in the name was controversial. So rebranding as MakeWithTech, I continued the journey.
A couple of years ago, as the YouTube channel grew, I could not respond to every comment. With a goal of "learning together," I was committed to helping regular people become "DIYers," who today are called "makers." This led to the creation of forum.makewithtech.com, a place for folks to exchange ideas and help each other. With more than 3,000 registered users, our user community continues to grow.
Then a year ago, I became frustrated that the 3d model customizer on Thingiverse never seemed to work reliably. So I put on my coding hat to see how hard it would be to create an online OpenSCAD customizer. Our template-based, custom 3d model site, models.makewithtech.com, was born. This site has also grown to thousands of registered users and recently launched a premium subscription model for advanced users.
Looking over the MakeWithTech community 6 months ago, I decided it was time to "kick it up a notch." So I hired virtual staff worldwide and devised plans to relaunch an integrated learning community.
The new MakeWithTech community will be launched in the coming weeks. It includes a new MakeWithTech blog and educational site, updated forum software, and the release of Version 1.0 of models.makewithtech.com. Models.makewithtech.com is now much more than a place to select and customize a 3d template, including a complete online OpenSCAD development environment, model sharing, and a tipping system for template creators.
So head to makewithtech.com, forum.makewithtech.com, and models.makewithtech.com and join the community.