Special Report: The Maker Movement

Special Report: The Maker Movement

18 September 2017

Whether you grew up tinkering with radios or cars or built gadgets from scratch, your hobbies might have inspired you to become an engineer. That same sentiment is now spreading far and wide in what’s called the maker movement.

In this special report, The Institute takes a look at IEEE’s involvement in the movement. IEEE volunteers are setting up booths at some of the world’s largest maker fairs, which attract tens of thousands of people. We also showcase several members’ projects, including an android named Ken, a robotic Rubik’s cube solver, and 3D-printed prosthetic hands.

The 3D printer helped usher in the maker movement, and its capabilities have evolved impressively. We feature a bioprinter being used in classrooms so students can print living organisms for experiments. And the Gigabot 3D printer from the startup re:3D is making it affordable to produce large objects, like airplane parts and flooring tiles.

To help turn your big idea into reality, Alon Hillel-Tuch, cofounder of RocketHub, shares his tips on how to raise money by crowdfunding. We also profile IEEE Senior Member Samir Chatterjee, a professor who is transforming classrooms at two schools with the makerspace concept: equipping students with tools to solve problems and to help them turn their ideas into prototypes and even profitable ventures.

Feature Articles


IEEE Joins the Maker Movement

DIY tech projects are turning people of all ages and backgrounds into tinkerers


SE3D Brings Bioprinters to the Classroom

The 3D-printing company lets students experiment with living organisms


Meet the Makers: These IEEE Members Show Off Their Projects

They include a conversational humanoid and a Rubik’s cube–solving robot


Six Tips for Crowdfunding Your DIY Project

Get to the core of why you’re pursuing your endeavor and offer rewards


Senior Member Brings the Maker Philosophy to Two Universities

Samir Chatterjee is helping students launch innovative products and startups


3D Printer Manufacturer Helps Customers See the Big Picture

Manufactured by re:3D, the printer is less expensive than industrial models


Timeline: Tinkerers Who Made It to the Top

People behind influential companies and technologies



LipSync Helps Paralyzed People Use Computers and Mobile Devices

The Neil Squire Society and the Google Foundation developed the mouth-controlled joystick