Core Skill: DIY

Whether it's for assembling a kit, hacking an enclosure, or creating your own parts; the DIY skill is all about knowing how to use tools and the techniques associated with them.

1 Noob

Noob - Basic assembly is required. You may need to provide your own basic tools like a screwdriver, hammer or scissors. Power tools or custom parts are not required. Instructions will be included and easy to follow. Sewing may be required, but only with included patterns.

2 Rookie

Rookie - Basic hand tools are required and instructions will allow more freedom. You may need to make your own decisions on design. If sewing is required, it will be free-form.

3 Competent

Competent - You might need to break out the power tools. Nothing beyond a power drill or rotary tool should be required, but you might have a hard time with just a screwdriver and hammer. Cutting holes into plastic or metal might be required.

4 Experienced

Experienced - Advanced tools may be needed. You may need access to a laser cutter, 3D printer or hackerspace.

5 Expert

Expert - At this point, you should have a solid understanding of power tools and have access to a shop full of equipment. You might need to make a custom mold, have access to a CNC machine, or design custom parts.

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