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Interview

What do people use to get the job done?

Naomi Wu

Naomi Wu

Maker, hardware hacker

Who are you, and what do you do?

My name is Naomi Wu. I'm a maker, DIY and hardware enthusiast vlogging from Shenzhen, China.

What hardware do you use?

3D Printer: Flashforge Creator Pro upgraded with a Flexion extruder and PEI build surface.

Tools: Small drill press, circular miter saw, standard assortment of bench electronic and hand tools.

Computers: Whatever I can get second hand - right now a MacBook Pro, an ASUS netbook, an NEC ShieldPro and assorted random SBCs around the house for streaming audio, etc.

I actually use the little ASUS the most - it's old and cheap but fine for coding with a Cloud IDE, and I don't have to worry if I'm out working at a cafe and it gets stolen.

Cameras: Long-term loans or, like my computers, whatever's available used and in decent condition - Panasonic GF1, Nikon D5100, DJI Osmo Mobile, Hawkeye Firefly 8S, LG 360, Zoom H1 microphone.

My living room is my office and workshop, so I have a rolling workstation I can move out of the way to make more room.

And what software?

GIMP, Inkscape, LibreOffice, Tinkercad, OpenSCAD, Fusion 360, Simplify3D. I go back and forth between OS X, Windows and Linux Mint, with my preference being Mint.

The Grammarly plug-in has been an amazing help with all my online communication - English is my second language and I've never lived in an English speaking country, so it's challenging.

What would be your dream setup?

Something like a loft space? A laser cutter, small CNC machine, 3D printers, sewing machine. I'll sleep on a cot, I don't care! I'd love to have an Airbnb for makers and hardware developers coming to visit Shenzhen, a place with all the tools and equipment they need, on-site translation and ordering assistance to help them get anything they came here for. I'd use this to support classes teaching local women coding and fabrication skills.