#208 – An Interview With Nadya Peek – Gallant Gcode Gerontology


Nadya Peek Orders PCBs On The Beach

Welcome, Nadya Peek! (the picture above is her ordering PCBs while on a beach)

  • This was made much quicker using a Flexicam CNC machine
  • Tool making moves outside of just electronics though; Nadya wants to help people automate any task, like in synthetic biology or a lab.
  • Nadya’s cohort Ilan was doing a project for a friendship bracelet loom…and ended up making a machine to wind the coils for the loom!
  • Nadya told us about a 3d printing documentary called “Print the legend“. 
  • Ilan was also behind the vision based CNC handheld router by Taktia. They needed to make a machine to make the custom tape for vision tracking as well.
  • There are lots of Kickstarter projects that come out of MIT
  • Nadya also likes that Bunnie and Xobs’ Novena project will not only be an awesome open source project, but also will a commentary on getting things made outside of the usual mass produced pathways. This is in contrast to Bolt, which works with Dragon Innovation helping out (or Highway1 which has PCH Int’l helping out).
  • Another CBA project, Google’s Project Ara also has modularity at heart. 
  • Nadya won’t be making Chris a chip printer, but offered to possibly make a potato chip printer.
  • ‘Dave tells Nadya and Chris about Potato Semiconductor, which makes high speed digital logic (and has a ludicrous website).

You can find Nadya’s work on her website, Infosyncratic.


  1. says

    Hey, great show. I am from Estonia and about Estonian .ee domains, they changed it in 2010. Now foreigners can register them too.

  2. says

    This episode is made of Awesome- yes I’m using Awesome as if it existed as an element. :)

    The learning curve for computer controlled machines is just too steep for a lot of people who want to make things. By the time you learn how to use the software/machine effectively you often lose momentum on your project or your window of opportunity has passed. I had a long chat with an acquaintance from a large CAD software company at the Conference on World Affairs a couple of years ago in Boulder and we were talking about CAD/CAM and rapid prototyping and my point to him was that in order for you to reach a larger percentage of the population of people who want to make things you need to lower the barrier regarding the complexities of software and machine control.