Zero to Maker (originally published in 2013) chronicles David Lang’s journey into the Maker movement and documents the learnings and many of the experiences he had along his journey.
David Lang is one of the founders of OpenROV, a low-cost remote-controlled underwater robot, and his journey of becoming a maker is tightly intertwined with this project.
As part of his journey, he visits numerous maker spaces such as Haxlr8r, Maker Faire, Noisebridge, TechSoup, and FabLabs, and explores the topic of gaining access to tools and skills through these spaces.
The book also covers a wide variety of other topics, from the new world of collaborative making and Do-It-Together to Digital Fabrication Techniques such as CAD, 3D Printing, and Laser Cutting. Another interesting subject covered is turning maker projects into businesses and the numerous challenges faced during that process. Possible ways of overcoming these challenges, such as funding your undertaking using a crowdfunding platform such as Kickstarter to how to handle larger batch manufacturing by leveraging maker spaces and their community of makers, are also examined.
The last chapter focuses on educating future generations on the skills and mindset involved in making as well as the numerous benefits associated therewith. Many great initiatives currently underway at numerous schools and other institutions teaching children how to make is covered, and it is a very inspiring read.
The book is a fascinating read that gives some good insight into the maker movement at a high level. However, It does not provide detailed instructions on any of the skills explored, and if that is your expectation coming in, you will leave disappointed. I recommend Zero to Maker as a light, informative read and found it a pleasant way of spending a few afternoons.