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How to Document What You Make or Discover

By Forrest M. Mims III

Every issue of MAKE provides more proof that today’s generation of makers is creating an amazing array of inventions, gadgets, circuits, and projects. Some of these creations even appear sufficiently novel to qualify for patent protection.

No matter what you plan to make, invent, or discover, one of the best steps you can take is to keep a detailed record of your progress. The traditional mechanism for documenting inventions and projects is a paper notebook, preferably one that is bound to assure that pages have not been added or removed. ...

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