“There is a special addictive feeling to manifesting the objects of your imagination. It’s a much more powerful feeling than acquiring consumer goods. It feels really good.” – Bre Pettis.
Bre Pettis wants you to make things.
You’ve seen his DIY videoblogging for Make: Magazine and Etsy. You shouldn’t miss a chance to see his History Hacker TV show. If you know how to make an LED blink, you’ve almost certainly seen the work coming out of his hackerspace in New York City, NYCResistor. If Bre hasn’t inspired you yet, he will soon!
At the 25C3, you can find out about his latest passion for bringing rapid prototyping straight out of science fiction and turning it into a nascent movement of hackers leading a rapid prototyping lifestyle.
“We live in a time where there are no limits to creativity. If you can imagine it, you can make it. The technology of rapidly prototyping is now at a stage where any object or project is in the realm of the possible…If one person gets hooked, I will be successful,” he said.
Bre will also be participating in a panel discussion on hackerspaces, sharing his experience building NYCResistor, the impact it’s had on his work and why you should start or join one.
“Our hacker collective’s focus is to learn, share, and make things. Having a group of friends to work on projects with is the thing I’m most proud of. If you daydream of having a space to hack on projects with friends, you really should start a hackerspace.”
Since he was 7 years old, fashioning bikes with his Uncle from scrap parts, Bre has been creating and inspiring others to create.
Before becoming an video phenom, he worked as an art teacher in the Seattle Public Schools while challenging himself in drawing, painting and other artistic pursuits. He was actively involved with Seattle’s Hackerbot Labs, creating everything from drawing robots to hovercrafts and the occasional near space payload or two.
“At the beginning of the week, I would set myself a task and have a tutorial video up by the end of the week.”
What started as a way of connecting with his students through video gradually turned into a career as a professional videoblogger and mainstream media personality. Since he spoke at the 24C3, he made a TV show about electricity for the History Channel, focusing on the innovations of noted historical hacker Nikola Tesla and his War of the Currents with Thomas Edison.
In November, he and a fellow NYCR member Zach Hoeken. launched Thingiverse, a web-based community to promote creating and free sharing of rapid prototype designs.
“My anticipation for amazing and beautiful objects is growing. What will the next person to discover rapid prototyping make? It’s very exciting knowing that the possibilities are endless.”