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Even when I got a Bachelor's Degree in Naval Sciences in Colombia, I was trapped in security management related jobs because my military career. I wanted so bad to be a maker and being involved in science, but I didn't have any opportunity! Then, in a bad moment of my life, I found Instructables. Publishing my projects in this site helped me to keep focused, to have a methodology, to challenge myself and create things beyond my skills, to create a portfolio and to practice and improve my English. After several projects and being Featured Author, I had the opportunity to travel to San Francisco and become an Artist in Residence on Instructables! I met the team (and my fellow AIR Tim Wikander) and I worked in the fantastic Pier 9! Even I had the opportunity to go to Maker Faire, meet the Mythbusters (my idols! And I met them TWICE) and visit Pixar! I learnt a lot from the Instructables and Autodesk team, specially from Randy (the best robotics expert I know) and Steve (he taught me how to use a 3D printer). Thanks to that experience, I had a new, refreshed and different view of the world!

When my residence finished, I was so sorry and sad of leaving my friends in Instructables, Pier 9 and San Francisco. But when I returned to Colombia, thanks to my experience in Pier 9 I got a job in Miguel Caballero, the best bulletproof clothes and body armors factory in the world, where they use to shoot everyone to test the products! Even I was shot:

After that, the Azerbaijan Government call me for an exhibition of my works with upcycled material. And in this country I found the real love of my life, Parvin! So we got married. And thanks to my portfolio on Instructables and my experience in Pier 9, now I'm the Technology Program Manager and Robotics teacher in Engineering for Kids Azerbaijan!

Thanks Instructables! Thanks Autodesk! Hope to meet you again

My first Instructable was part of an extended job interview process (not for Instructables), that I ended up not getting. About few weeks later I heard though a mutual friend that Timwikander was spending a few months as an artist in residence. This sounded like an absolute dream, and soon I was on the phone with NoahW for an interview. He invited me out to SF for a residency and the rest is history. My residency project got published in magazines and blogs and landed me a job on the Instructables design studio (which I somewhat foolishly gave up after a few months in heaven, er Pier 9 (please hire me back some day Randofo)). Most recently I had the opportunity to present the prosthetic arm I built at Pier 9 for an audience at the White House for the kickoff of the National Week of Making. I have long considered Instructables to be the best website on the internet for anyone who wants to make anything, including a bright future for themselves (and hopefully for others as well). Thank you for your constant support.

Well, I still have a laminated Robot taped to the rear window of my car. This site and its community left a lasting impression on me and I'll always remember it fondly. While I can't pinpoint an exact 'hook up' moment, I can say without a doubt that Instructables played a major role in making me the person I am today. You're all great people and I've had some good times here. Every day was an adventure: discovering new projects, forming new hobbies, friendly chats with creative folk of all walks of life. Yup, I'd say Instructables was pretty important to the growth of my character. That's got to be somewhat responsible for landing a job or achieving personal goals, eh? :)

instructables allowed me to find my love for... Instructables!

Being part of Instructables has really improved my life - being a Maker is a wonderful stress reliever, I have used my Instructables portfolio in several interviews with success, demonstrating my creativity and ability to communicate complex
tasks effectively.

Not just that, I got a chance to be an AiR (unfortunately, I missed out on getting to Pier 9), which gave me a much broader perspective of the Maker community, and inspired me to get my act together, buy a laser cutter, and start my own small business.

Oh man, YES. In so many friggin ways! I was working at a pharma company in sales and hated my life to no end. This was also during the downturn in the economy in 2010. I decided to find ways to monetize my creativity and break myself from the awful company I was working for. I found some of the great projects on Instructables to help me refine some of my sewing skills. I decided to pursue my handmade business full time and quit my job.

From immersing myself in the I'bles community, I ended up discovering the Maker Faire, and ended up buying a ticket and attending. While there, I stopped by the I'bles booth, and tried to steal as many free robot stickers as I could. During my loot stealing session, I noticed this sign that said "Sales Manager, Hiring" on a piece of chicken scratch paper, that looked to be torn out of a binder (no fanfare here!). And I thought "I have no idea, what they are selling, but I have to work here and I will sell it." I sent in a resume, and during the excitement of it all, I blacked out, came to, and realized I was signing an offer letter about a week later.

How has this changed my life? Well I've sadly moved on from I'bles several years back, but my 3 years there has given me the knowledge and built the foundation that has catapulted me into my current career media. There isn't a day that goes by that I don't think back to that crew, the community, and the odd turn of events that has lead me to where I am today! So thanks guys! Love you all and miss you dearly!

I found Instructables right after graduating college in 2011. At the time I was working a crappy job to help pay off my student loans and craved a creative outlet where I could apply the design methodology I had learned as an undergrad. After posting my first project, I received an email saying it had been featured. The feedback I got felt really good and it motivated me to make more. About a year later I had posted around ten projects. The response amongst the Instructables community was always so positive, and I had even picked up some recognition on some well known blogs. Right around that time I got fired from my crappy job. I hated going to work. I just couldn't get myself out of bed to get there on time anymore. That's when I decided to apply to the Artist in Residence program. The very next day I was doing a video interview with NoahW, and a little less than a month later I was flying across the US to San Francisco for the first time to join fellow AiR M.C. Langer at Instructable HQ. There are so many great things that have happened in my life since then that I can attribute in some way to Instructables. In those three months as an AiR I made lasting friendships, met and became close with distant relatives, developed a love for cycling, skated the streets of SF with GorillazMiko, partied with Autodesk employees, ate all kinds of amazing foods, used a 3D printer for the first time, created a project that won a Core77 Design Award, and had something I made get published in a book for the very first time. I can honestly say that because of Instructables, I am in a better place than I was a few years ago. I look forward to visiting Pier 9 and the Instructables crew again someday. To anyone out there who is wondering whether or not to post that idea they've been dreaming up, I say Do It! Thanks Instructables!

I am retired and instructables keep me occupied. The contests also give me ideas to try different things. I came to know instructables when I was searching for information on electric vehicles, wind and solar power. Got a paid membership initially to download some ibles then started posting my own

I found Instructables years ago when I was 17 and preparing to go to Burning Man for the first time. I started posting my projects and won a few contests, then in college I started using it to document some of my engineering projects. A few years ago I got an internship here and then got hired for a full time position. Some of my projects have been featured on other blogs and stuff. Instructables really hooked me up!

Publishing Instructables has opened a lot of doors for me that I never even intended to open. I have been inspired to make things I never would have undertaken before having an audience like this to appreciate them, which has led to getting my projects featured in blogs, magazines and on tv. I never expected the attention and publicity that some of them have received. It's something I would recommend to anyone trying to make a go as a full time artist/maker just for the reach that publishing on Instructables provides. Thanks for giving me a reason to share what I make!

Instructables got me my job...by hiring me

Instructables got me published in a Black & Decker book! :) I wanted to create a train table for my son with a hole in the center for him to sit in the middle of the action. I asked my dad to help me build it and he did just that. I then decided to create my first instructable and I created it for that train table and used my Photoshop skills to create diagrams to go with it, etc. Well, it was put on the homepage, which was awesome - and then later I was contacted by someone with a publishing company. They wanted to use it in a DIY Plywood Project book called: Plydesign: 73 Distinctive DIY Projects in Plywood - it will be out for sale April 24th of this year finally. I received a little compensation for it and my name and my dad's name is in the book, with a link to my website. Pretty awesome! Thank you instructables!

Well Belsey that is awesome - we are in the same book!!! I was a bit exhausted when I wrote that - because I made a mistake in saying that - as Phil Schmidt has had a bunch of Black and Decker books published previously...so thank you for clearing that up. I am going to checkout your projects in the book tonight!!!

Well done both of you!

The book is available in the UK as well, but not until August [link].

Yes, after I posted my comment I realized it had to be the same book... How many books on Plywood design come out the same month? I haven't gotten my copy yet, but I'm looking forward to checking out your design.

Oh it's ok - and you should get your copy of it soon! I received mine early last week. I saw your projects and I LOVE the Type A Coffee Table! :) It is awesome - and if I was good at building things I would probably make one!

Instructables has provided me with a great platform to share my engineering projects for kids. This in itself has been invaluable since I intend to use my tutorials to train people to teach my program. The contests have prompted me to share my project ideas with a wider community, and winning a few prizes along the way has been quite rewarding! Instructables has also allowed me to share my projects with the parents of the kids in my program so they can see exactly what their child has been doing in my class.

I've also found a lot of fulfillment and practical use in publishing my projects since it formalizes my otherwise haphazard project plans.

A serious time sink, but worth every minute. Thanks Instructables staff!

I finally met some fellow 'iblers from NI last night...

At a party and getting up to leave, I'm wearing my new red robot shirt, thanks scoochmaroo challenge :D

A guy says is that the instructables robot? Suddenly we're talking about my projects, none of them had made things yet but it was still cool, one of them had even read the featured author interview. It was pretty cool.

I know, not the stuff we're talking about really but this seemed a good topic for it.

As far as helping, instructables has been great as a supplement to a CV, mainly because it's so distracting, I swear, once they're interested in reading the projects you could sit there talking rubbish all day and still come off well.

I'll have to collect the stories for instructables life effects, there are so many little things that have happened thanks to this place :)

I keep waiting for the day when someone recognizes the isntructables robot on my shirt!

I've had it a few times from tourists, but it was cool knowing people here were on the site. Remember some american guy who'd asked if he could take pictures of me on the mono bike (At the time I was riding a sign bike about in a top hat, tails and holding a bullwhip) Saw me later after worked and asked "why do you have a website on your shirt man?"

I've had my heart doctor ask me about it, but no one has ever "recognized" the shirt when I am wearing it.

The red one I got seems to draw much more attention... Weirdly when I share my posts people tend to talk in person about them, instead of commenting at the time...

Not sure I want the heart doctor asking about it. Unless he's making some awesome projects...

Well, I think he was interested because of his son.... and I had him write down the URL :-)

First of all Instructables is a fantastic source of inspiration. It is also a great platform to share your projects with other makers. It is great to see other people do have similar interests.
What I like in particular is the very positive atmosphere on Instructables.
Very important is the very dedicated and at the same time very human team behind Instructables.
And Instructables keeps finding challenges and contest themes that incite me into to making Instructables on my projects.

What a Latin cyborg lover !!! Intimidation is key.
Y por lo que se ve , se quieren muchismo.
Buen viento y buen amar en esa nueva aventura, si se atreven.

Instructables helped me out in an interview (although I chose not to go for the job). The interviewer sounded very surprised when I told him one of my hobbies was woodworking, and I just won a contest for a lamp I designed... It is especially helpful for me, a girl in engineering, to be able to show that I can design and build stuff. And if Instructables is good at anything, it is good at helping people design and build stuff.

Also, my number of weird hobbies has grown exponentially since I discovered this site (the latest being reproducing 18th century orrery designs, coming soon to an instructable near you!). And weird hobbies are endlessly useful.

I have to say that thanks to my latest prize some ladies heads has turned on my self.TSome start laughing but some likes it.Just until my wife smash them with her blasting sight !!!!

Is this the first romantic instructables hook-up?

Instructables просто прелесть, он дал мне много идей для самореализации!!!

Phil B

6 years ago

A couple of times I looked on Instructables for solutions to a problem I had, but there were none. So, I had to develop my own solution. Then I was able to share it with others who may be able to use it one day.

One of the best things has been when someone joined Instructables because they needed a solution I developed for a problem they also had. That has happened several times.

It has been good to be able to document things I have done and to share them with others. I now have a couple of friends from across the world because of Instructables, even if I never meet them in person.

So, last winter, I saw an instructable on how to make Mexican Drinking Chocolate (think: thick, spicy hot cocoa) in the Newsletter. (https://www.instructables.com/id/Mexican-Drinking-Chocolate/, in the Nov. 17th Newsletter) I tried making it (with the 'able on my phone next to the stove as I worked), and failed miserably. I think I burned the chocolate or over-boiled the milk or something, because it ended up being way too thick, too spicy, and not very tasty. However, it did teach me the way to make hot chocolate and drinking chocolate the good ol' fashioned way! A few batches later, I had the recipe down, and I made many a pot of fine hot cocoa and drinking chocolate for me and the family to share.

Now, when my friends ask me how to do or make something, Instructables is one of the first locations I search for an answer. (provided it falls under the category of something one could make an Instructable about, of course)

Yah know, I can't put my finger on one project out of the hundreds that I've learned from. But I guess that's the case, when I first found instructables and began to see what other people had done, it inspired me to be more adventurous myself. When I am stuck at how to do something or fix something, instructables is always the first place that I look! Thanks guys (and girls!)


6 years ago, I was bored at work and hanging around the interwebs, and I came across an instuctable about how to brew beer. Been making it ever since, and was just offered a job as brewmaster at a local pizzaria/brewpub! I'll train on the big equipment for a few months and then start this fall!

Plus all the super helpful ideas and answers i've gotten, all of it has been super0 awesome! Thanks Instructables!

Instructables introduced us to matt venn through his virtual graffiti project - now we are collaborating on merging our virtual graffiti projects, and working on other projects together. We have run 'residencies' / work exchanges at each other's workshops, introduced each other to new friends and helped each other to get paid work.

Without instructables this may not have happened, you helped us build a really cool friendship. Thanks!