The phenomenal growth of YouTube has annoyingly increased the signal-to-noise ratio between content from big creators and virtually unwatchable stuff. It still remains the best visual learning medium for budding producers eager to improve in their favorite craft.
Thankfully, we’ve comfortably consumed enough manufacturer content on the video streaming platform to give you a handy list of the best YouTube channels between 3D printing, woodworking, and general manufacturer content.
The best woodworking channels on YouTube
Woodworking is a hard-won skill and best mastered under the apprenticeship of a skilled craftsman. A visual learning medium, like YouTube, is the best option for those who can’t invest the time and dedication they deserve. These woodworking channels approach the subject from the perspective of do-it-yourselfers hoping to get into the craft with minimal investment.
If you are getting something for free, you are not the customer; you are the product that is being sold! This applies to a wide range of woodworking channels funded primarily by power tool makers to create content that drives sales for their advertisers. Rex, on the other hand, is committed to engaging viewers in the craft without spending money or relying on expensive power tools. And he does it by maintaining the purely crowdfunding channel.
This makes it the rare woodworking channel that takes you away from power tools to inexpensive hand tools that use ancient woodworking techniques that have been around for hundreds of years. How cheap, you ask? Well, how about a $ 30 DIY workbench that can be put together by a beginner with basic tools and yet make everything an expensive alternative can do. Plus, the channel even teaches you how to make your own basic tools and get yourself decent ones on the cheap.
Steve Ramsey: Woodworking for mere mortals
Are you not very interested in working with wood with traditional hand tools? Steve Ramsey’s “Woodworking for Mere Mortals” video series is designed to help complete beginners set up a woodworking shop for under a thousand dollars. Ramsey’s concise videos distill everything from tool selection to no-nonsense tips and tricks, in an easily digestible format for the inexperienced.
The YouTube channel is a treasure trove of guides ranging from how to make a simple box to complicated furniture and cabinet designs. We recommend that you go to the playlist section of the channel and move through the woodworking video trajectory from beginner to advanced level.
The best 3D printing channels on YouTube
Unlike the abundance problem associated with YouTube woodworking content, decent 3D printing channels are extremely difficult to find. The relatively fledgling maker hobby is plagued with bad advice and inexperienced YouTube channels and quality content. You’re much more likely to find better guidance through 3D printing Discord communities. This selection of 3D printing channels, therefore, links to YouTube channels run by proven industry experts, who base their content on how to nudge beginners in the right direction.
If you’ve read our beginner’s guide to Voron 3D printers, you already know how Voron’s open source approach to DIY 3D printers has disrupted the consumer 3D printing space. Having built a couple of Voron 3D printers ourselves, we can attest to the far superior engineering skills of the Voron design and engineering team. Wouldn’t it be great to learn the basics of 3D printing from these fine gentlemen? You’re in luck, because the Nero 3D channel is managed by a member of the Voron design team.
Unlike most gimmick-focused 3D printing channels, Nero 3D is a brilliant repository of video creation guides, sourcing tips, and entire live streams where 3D printers are built from scratch. Do you want to build or repair your printer? Follow the various build and maintenance live streams, where Taylor (aka Nero) intuitively guides you through the complicated process.
The channel covers reviews, building guides, tips and instructions for popular 3D printers ranging from Creality and Prusa models to advanced DIY printers like Voron and Rat Rig. The quality of the advice, however, is far superior to anything else in space due to Taylor’s Voron pedigree.
Virtually all 3D printing channels focus on consumer-grade 3D printers with common materials, such as PLA, PETG, ABS, and TPU. However, printing with advanced engineering materials, such as nylon composites, polycarbonate, PEEK, and carbon fiber / glass reinforced materials is more challenging and requires a radically different approach.
The people behind the Vision Miner channel specialize in providing the defense and aerospace industries with 3D printing solutions based on the aforementioned specialized engineering materials. Unsurprisingly, this makes her a leading authority on advanced 3D printing techniques. However, that doesn’t stop the channel from covering beginner topics with a level of practical insight that amply demonstrates the professional pedigree of its experts.
The 3D printing process is a bit like cooking, that is, purely empirical. Achieving the desired results doesn’t just mean turning knobs and punching absolute values. Calibration printouts and settings must be changed in a closed feedback optimization loop. CNC Kitchen, as the name suggests, does exactly that.
Want to know which layer height offers the strongest prints? How about finding out how cooling and extrusion width affect part strength? CNC Kitchen’s hands-on approach to testing and evaluation regularly produces not only amazing results, but also tend to change paradigms in how hobbyists approach 3D printing.
It also helps that the man behind the canal, Stefan Hermann, is a metal additive manufacturing research engineer by profession. Taking your 3D printing skills to the next level is a lot easier if you keep up with Stefan’s experiments.
The best YouTube channels for Maker content
What do you get by combining advances in embedded systems and consumer-grade manufacturing solutions (although contemporary 3D printers still have a long way to go) with the endless repository of knowledge and creativity that is the Internet? Get content for crazy creators who straddle the intersection of entertainment and engineering. This eclectic selection of YouTube channels from producers ranges from crazy projects for pure entertainment value to ones that can truly improve your life.
Stuff made here
It’s quite unlikely you’ll even consider replicating any of Stuff Made Here’s creators’ projects. But you will surely watch every second of the half hour videos documenting the crazy projects. The channel documents Shane Wighton’s elaborate DIY machines facing seemingly impossible challenges, like an automated pool cue that doesn’t miss a single hit.
Doesn’t that sound dangerous enough? Well, how about a baseball bat that uses explosive charges to hit guaranteed home runs or a robotic haircut machine? Aside from the obvious value of entertainment, gathering insights from Wighton’s ingenious approach to solving complicated engineering problems is the real draw for producers here.
The DIY Perks YouTube channel is a handy pin from projects that you can’t replicate to relatively more DIY-friendly gadgets. Named after its British creator Matthew Perks, the channel focuses on building tech gadgets with minimal outlay in the form of tools and materials. But unlike the extravagant DIY gadgets found on such channels, Perks infuses his designs with phenomenal craftsmanship and artistic value by combining modern gadgets with classy brass, aluminum, wood and leather cases.
The best part is that it achieves all of this with simple tools and standard materials, in an approach that is decidedly affordable and suitable for beginners. And aesthetics are only part of the equation, because Perks’ DIY projects often outperform their branded consumer electronics counterparts. All thanks to a careful design and selection of components. With the exception of Tech Ingredients, it’s hard to find another YouTube creator channel that comes close to mastering the DIY benefits.
Go beyond the means of visual learning
While YouTube is a great visual learning medium that lends itself exceptionally well to complicated maker projects, it shouldn’t be your only approach to mastering your favorite DIY discipline. Online books and articles tend to go deeper and are important in perfecting the craft. Engaging with other hobbyists on Discord forums and communities is another way to expand your horizons and keep up with the latest in the hobby.
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