If you have ever soldered together a bit of electronic whatsits that you purchased in kit form, and if you have an appreciation for making and/or repairing your own electronic stuff, then this news should grab your attention.

A quick lesson: Heathkit was a line of electronics kits sold by the Heath Company starting after World War 2. The kits ranged from the name-making oscilloscope kit to amateur radio kits to famous Heathkit H8 digital computer. Talk to anyone that was (or whose parents were) interested in electronics kits “back in the day” and Heathkit will almost certainly come up.

I admit that Heathkit was a bit before my time, but when you hear people talk about it, there is a air of reverence and respect. I have a great appreciation for these early Makers, and for the history (that¬†they lived through) that has led me to my chosen profession. For me personally, being able to build a Heathkit would be, to use a technical term, friggin’ awesome.

The three of us, with our ridiculous concoctions, pay tribute to the ideals that Heathkit instilled in generations past, and (hopefully) will do once again for this and future generations.


Quick Tip: Is your MakerBot (Replicator 2 in our case) starting to make stringy prints, missing parts of layers, or failing to extrude all together? It could be a lot of things, but it might be that the extruder nozzle is clogged. There are a lot of varying suggestions on how to get it unclogged ranging from easy to scary but almost always you need to at least get something into the nozzle to push out the block. Problem is that it’s 0.4mm and I had a crazy time finding something small enough to fit in there to clear it out. So I broke out my trusty digital calipers and started measuring wire, pins, and whatever else I could find around the shop. Everything¬†was too big until I grabbed a 1/4W resistor… 0.35mm! Sure, not everyone with a MakerBot is an electronics geek as well but I bet a lot are. So next time you need to clean out the extruder, just find the nearest resistor.