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tips of the week: freezer paper image transfer, drill hacks, beeswax thread lube, and using a straw to scoop glue squeeze-out
tips of the week is our weekly peek at some of the best making tips, tricks, and recommendations we’ve discovered in our travels. check in every friday to see what we’ve discovered. and we want to hear from you. please share your tips, shortcuts, best practices, and tall shop tales in the comments below and we might use your tip in a future column.***freezer paper image transferi’m anxious to try out this technique for creating image transfers by printing a mirror image of your art onto freezer paper and then burnishing it onto your work piece before the ink dries. spotted in one of the builds (the dice tower project) on the wicked makers youtube channel.beeswax, not soap, as thread lubethere is a long-standing and well-traded tip about keeping a bar of soap handy in your shop and running screw threads across it to lubricate them for easier screwing. i even included the tip in my book, tips and tales from the workshop. but a friend of mine, christos liacouras, shared with me a link to a discussion about how soap is not the best lubricant you want for this purpose. soap can attract moisture and discolor your workpieces. the superior lubricant is apparently beeswax. chris pointed me to this discussion thread.other uses for a drillthere is a ridiculous number of tips round-up videos on youtube, vimeo, facebook, and other social media and video sites. tips are a favorite subject for those casting about to try and generate videos that go viral. some of the collections are ga...
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glasgow mini maker faire embarks on maiden voyage
glasgow has always been a city of tinkerers, inventors and creators. in short, makers have always made this city – and now it’s finally here: glasgow’s very first mini maker faire. on 29th july, about 50 makers are not only going to show off their amazing creations but will spread inspiration, teach skills and provide insights into what it means to be a maker in this bustling city. here are three things that make this faire special:it’s in the riverside museum (which has a real-life ship!)this glasgow live museum of travel and transport is no ordinary museum: it has everything from skateboards to stormtroopers on display. and if that doesn’t excite you, then maybe the tall ship will, which has circumnavigated the globe four times in total and will also be hosting some of our makers! it will be an absolute privilege to explore today’s creations in this award-winning museum and this historic and proud vessel.the riverside museum and the tall ship, this year’s host of glasgow’s first mini maker fairethe projects!this faire is shaping up to be bursting with exciting makes – galactic crafts who create unique handcrafted items inspired by vintage and fantasy; laser harp performance, as the name says – a harp made of lasers; or kpcouturé, a fashion and accessories brand set up with the purpose to stimulate conversation on sustainable fashion. of course, there’ll be robots, too! for a full overview of makers and their projects, visit the exhibitor listing.peopl...
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light up leather arm braces
wearable microcontrollers have found their way into cosplay, fashion, and daily wear but are usually textile based. in this skill builder we’ll explore techniques for including leather in your wearables by examining my forearm bracer project, which uses a built-in adafruit gemma and rgb neopixels that change color patterns with a simple capacitive touch of the medallion on its side. read along and learn some key tips to working with leather and electronics, both on their own, and combined into one project.leather is a favorite material of crafters, cosplayers, and makers for good reasons. it is moldable, cuttable, colorable, and durable. it can be riveted, stitched, glued, and laced. as a substrate for a wearable project it has some very desirable qualities and a few gotchas. the particulars will vary with different efforts, but the general themes are relevant across most projects.circuit accesswith any wearables project, but especially one based in leather, how to access the electronics is a key planning decision. when it’s time to recharge the battery or reprogram the microcontroller, will you want to remove the items or deal with them in place? a design that keeps things internal typically allows for less wear and tear on the wiring because you can firmly secure and protect the components. easily accessed or removable components generally make reuse, reprogramming, and recharging a much simpler option.for me, recharging occurs much more often than reprogramming. so my ...
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pioneering desktop 3d printer maker printrbot closes shop
one of the seminal companies in the maker community is no longer.with a brief note on their site today, digital fabrication tool makers printrbot announces their closure. led by the charismatic brook drumm, the company launched in 2011 with a hyper-successful kickstarter for an affordable 3d printer kit, raising $830,000 for a $500 machine, disrupting competitors like makerbot that were selling kits and printers in the $2000+ range.operating from his shop in lincoln, california, drumm kept a focus on affordability, open-source, and constant iteration through the years, moving from laser-cut wood to steel and aluminum as printrbot’s machines progressed. despite the price, the products produced very respectable results, placing them on the first two covers of make:’s ultimate guide to 3d printing, and awarding them regular “best in class” badges for various designations.with their 2014 simple metal and pro printers, the company moved into retail outlets like radio shack. in 2015 the company added cnc routers to the lineup, including the revolutionary crawlbot, a relatively compact machine that would strap to the material it was to cut and pull itself back and forth — offering full-sheet routing capabilities in a package roughly the size of a set of golf clubs.unfortunately, software issues kept the crawlbot from realizing its full potential, and similar woes seemed to haunt other innovative creations from the company, including the cloud-based 2016 simple pro printer ...
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how to: anodize aluminum | make:
inspired by a video on giaco whatever, ryan at shopbuilt has been experimenting with doing his own aluminum anodizing. in this video, he shares what he’s learned so far. in the video, he recommends the excellent anodizing educational resources available from electroplating suppliers, caswell. there is an electroplating rig to build and caustic chemicals to deal with, but in the end, anodizing, electroplating, and etching are easier to do in your home shop than you might think.
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solar rollers racing expands to nevada with tesla investment
good news for solar rollers, the high school racing league and stem program out of colorado that debuted at maker faire at this year’s bay area event: they’ve been selected as one of the first recipients of tesla’s $37.5 million investment in k-12 stem and sustainability education in nevada.in this first installment, solar rollers gets a $76,000 infusion to help set up high school teams in the reno-sparks area. twelve teams will design, build, and race their own solar-powered radio-controlled cars, culminating in a public trophy race in reno in may 2019. solar rollers was announced as a recipient of the tesla nevada k-12 investment fund at today’s meeting of the nevada state board of education.what’s in it for tesla? a tech-savvy local workforce for their gigafactory outside sparks — fresh graduates who’ll walk out of high school with an understanding of electronics generally, and power storage, efficiency, and solar generation specifically.“solar rollers is our way of bringing fun to the study of climate change solutions. the problem is huge and truly scary but studying these energy-related solutions in this way is a hoot!” says noah davis, founder of the solar rollers program and executive director of its parent nonprofit energetics education. “the cars are complete clean energy systems which students can connect with as a team, so they end up learning to care about energy while having a good time together.”a high school team celebrates victory in a so...
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dad's diy projects serve as perfect cerebral palsy therapy
marc gunderson wrote in to show off the projects that he has done for his son julian. julian has cerebral palsy, which mainly manifests in difficulty in moving certain muscles and typically results in the person being confined to a wheelchair. marc has turned into somewhat of a tony stark in this situation, creating impressive project after impressive project in order to help his son maintain muscle control and coordination, and in some cases, improve it.here are a few of the projects that he’s done, but you should really check out his site for more details.jshoes marc wanted a way to show julian that he needed to attempt to keep equal pressure across both of the soles of his feet. this is to counter act julian’s tendency to walk on tippy-toe. he has put multiple pressure sensors into some shoes connected via bluetooth to julian’s phone. as he walks, this will remind him if he’s keeping his heels up too much.finger trainerjulian’s desire to play piano was a bit blunted when he struggled with the fine motor control necessary. marc attacked this problem with a clever exercise device that allows julian to work on his dexterity and fine control.real resultsthere are a few other projects on marc’s site that you should check out, like a marble run that only works if julian has spread his weight and posture correctly. you might be looking at this all and wondering if all of it actually helps julian. these projects combined with julian’s perseverance in maintaining his...
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east coasters: join us sunday for make's 2018 digital fabrication shootout open house
it’s that time of year again, when make:‘s team of digital fabrication experts gathers an incredible collection of new machines of all types, and pits them against each other in a three-day-long cage match.this year’s event is led by matt stultz, one again occurring at ocean state maker mill in pawtucket, rhode island.while the testing itself is private, and the results won’t be announced until make: vol. 66 (coming out this november — subscribe now to ensure you don’t miss it), the group is hosting an open house from 4–6pm on sunday evening, july 15, and all are invited.details:make: digital fabrication shootout open house ocean state maker mill80 fountain st, pawtucket, ri 02860sunday, july 15, 4pm – 6pmparking is freesee you there!
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pioneering desktop 3d printer maker printrbot closes shop
one of the seminal companies in the maker community is no longer.with a brief note on their site today, digital fabrication tool makers printrbot announces their closure. led by the charismatic brook drumm, the company launched in 2011 with a hyper-successful kickstarter for an affordable 3d printer kit, raising $830,000 for a $500 machine, disrupting competitors like makerbot that were selling kits and printers in the $2000+ range.operating from his shop in lincoln, california, drumm kept a focus on affordability, open-source, and constant iteration through the years, moving from laser-cut wood to steel and aluminum as printrbot’s machines progressed. despite the price, the products produced very respectable results, placing them on the first two covers of make:’s ultimate guide to 3d printing, and awarding them regular “best in class” badges for various designations.with their 2014 simple metal and pro printers, the company moved into retail outlets like radio shack. in 2015 the company added cnc routers to the lineup, including the revolutionary crawlbot, a relatively compact machine that would strap to the material it was to cut and pull itself back and forth — offering full-sheet routing capabilities in a package roughly the size of a set of golf clubs.unfortunately, software issues kept the crawlbot from realizing its full potential, and similar woes seemed to haunt other innovative creations from the company, including the cloud-based 2016 simple pro printer ...
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take vr into your own hands with these diy builds
virtual and augmented reality may feel like the domain of big companies and gaming giants, but it should come as no surprise that they are also playgrounds for all sorts of diy endeavors. whatever kind of reality you like, here are some interesting projects to play around with.getting nowhere fastremember when virtual reality involved some sort of weird structure that confined a player inside a little frame on a moving platform? well, that’s still a thing — and you can build that omnidirectional “treadmill” yourself, to make gaming super-immersive. it’s definitely a big build, but easier than a lot of other vr diy. basically, it’s a concave octagon clad with carpet, a support frame that can include bungee cords crisscrossed to keep you centered, and shoes with furniture carpet sliders to let you glide-run in place in your little bowl while you chase bad guys or gold coins or whatever it is you’re after. plus some kind of sensor to keep track of where you’re going. just imagine the feeling of running around in your own living room! details: but what about other immersive experiences? sword fighting in vr may look real, but unless you take things into your own hands, so to speak, your vive controller will break you out of even the most realistic epic battle. for that, fredmf designed an ingenious 3d printed sword prop controller — it even has threaded rod inside to give the right heft.one of the harder parts of vr marksmanship games is keeping your hands st...
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a clever, collaborative maker series inspired by firefly
anyone who spends any amount of time watching project videos on youtube is aware of how makers have been pushing the envelope, playing with formats and production values, trying to create project videos that are fun, entertaining, and clever (as well as educational). viewers are likely also aware of the many collaborative projects and challenges that get traded among the youtube maker community. these two things come together impressively on foolfly, a series of project videos now being produced by seven talented youtubers. the videos take place in a world, foolfly, that is a spoof of firefly, the short-lived sci-fi/western series that retains a rabid online fandom. in the youtube series, brett mcafee, al from al’s hack shack, ellen from crafts with ellen, jessie uyeda, the redsmith, steve of moonshine metalworks, and jasmin devonshire of bear and antler make projects (so far, a knit hat, a battle axe, a blade, and a holster for a laser blaster) while roleplaying the main characters from firefly. i’m not sure, if you aren’t a fan of the firefly series, whether the fanfiction wrappers they’ve created for these episodes will make much sense. but it doesn’t really matter. it’s still good, goofy fun, and the minimal plot line and roleplaying don’t really get in the way of the projects themselves, which is the real reason you’re likely watching these.here are the first four episodes. i am looking forward to see where they take this. and how other video producers mi...
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turtle stitch goes from code to embroidery
ever since i stumbled into the world of digital embroidery, i’ve been fascinated by the results that people have been getting. there are traditional feats of skill, modern takes on old methods, neat tricks to be done with fancy computer programs. however, all of the stuff that i personally have been exposed to up to this point has been under the process of manually embroidering by moving the material around and using the thread like an artists paint brush, or by digitizing art and letting the little cnc attachment do the moving of material.turtlestitch goes further up-stream from the needle and allows you to design patterns and artwork using the familiar block based system that many of us have already toyed with. you give basic commands to the turtle, such as move “10 steps forward”, “turn 90 degrees right”, etc and it leaves a trail on the “canvas” to draw a picture. by building up more complex command sets with the blocks, you can achieve some pretty cool generative art.  the tools are simple, and there is a growing collection of examples that you can open up and explore and learn from.the interesting thing about this tool to me is that it seems just as practical from very different angles! do you have someone who is already interested in embroidery that you’d like to introduce to code? turtlestitch is perfect for that! do you have someone who is familiar with code but might also be interested in embroidery? again, perfect! or, if you’re like me, this may...
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tips of the week: glue tip tip, clamps and cardboard 101, wire splicing, and knowing where your tool is headed
tips of the week is our weekly peek at some of the best making tips, tricks, and recommendations we’ve discovered in our travels. check in every friday to see what we’ve discovered. and we want to hear from you. please share your tips, shortcuts, best practices, and tall shop tales in the comments below and we might use your tip in a future column.***glue tip flow tiphave you ever noticed that many glue bottles have stepped tips to their applicators? it may be obvious, but still worth pointing out that these are there to allow you to cut the tip so as to control the amount of adhesive you wish to apply.john park’s guide to cardboardover on the adafruit learning system, john park has posted an excellent introduction to the fundamentals of using cardboard. john runs through types of card material, tools, cutting, gluing, joining, and applications of the material.know where your tool (and your material) will gowe have talked before about thinking through work procedures involving motorized tools (or any tool that is in motion). you want to think through all of the steps you are about to undertake and to anticipate any safety issues and problems that could occur (e.g. while cutting, drilling, sanding, planing, 3d printing, whatever). related to this is acquiring some appreciation for the physical dynamics of the tool and what might happen if the tool or the material misbehave. i have long believed that a huge part of save work practices in a workshop is gained by having an ...
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carving a 5-minute wood wizard
wood carving is a wonderfully meditative hobby. i have recently taken up miniature painting again in a serious way and i cannot get over how relaxing and rewarding it can be. you can really fall into a near altered state as you work away on a little world you are holding in your hands. i haven’t done any whittling in years, but i remember it as having similar effects. in this day and age, we can probably use all of the relaxation and mental resets we can get. so, grab yourself a chunk of wood, a well-honed pocket knife, find a place in the shade, and get to carvin’.in this video, woodcarver and bushcrafter, doug outside, shows you how to carve a pretty impressive wizard head in around 5 minutes. and once you confidently learn these cuts, you can apply them to other wood media and carve other shapes and characters. in the video, doug shows how he turned the basic design into a wizard, santa claus, a hillbilly, a wood spirit, and several other characters. he also carves these into wood of various varieties and shapes, including carving into a stick and a pencil.
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light up leather arm braces
wearable microcontrollers have found their way into cosplay, fashion, and daily wear but are usually textile based. in this skill builder we’ll explore techniques for including leather in your wearables by examining my forearm bracer project, which uses a built-in adafruit gemma and rgb neopixels that change color patterns with a simple capacitive touch of the medallion on its side. read along and learn some key tips to working with leather and electronics, both on their own, and combined into one project.leather is a favorite material of crafters, cosplayers, and makers for good reasons. it is moldable, cuttable, colorable, and durable. it can be riveted, stitched, glued, and laced. as a substrate for a wearable project it has some very desirable qualities and a few gotchas. the particulars will vary with different efforts, but the general themes are relevant across most projects.circuit accesswith any wearables project, but especially one based in leather, how to access the electronics is a key planning decision. when it’s time to recharge the battery or reprogram the microcontroller, will you want to remove the items or deal with them in place? a design that keeps things internal typically allows for less wear and tear on the wiring because you can firmly secure and protect the components. easily accessed or removable components generally make reuse, reprogramming, and recharging a much simpler option.for me, recharging occurs much more often than reprogramming. so my ...
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weekend watch: a couple of wicked makers
there are so many great sub-genres of youtube maker channels, from those exploring a specific shopcraft or tool type to kid makers and general home projects, maintenance, and repair channels. one of these genres that probably doesn’t get as much attention as it deserves is the husband and wife collaborative channel. a fine example of this is wicked makers. jay and jaimie are a creatively active maker couple from austin, tx. jay has worked in the video gaming and animation industries while jaimie specializes in special effects fabrication. she worked at dreamworks animation for eight years.on their new youtube channel, wicked makers (less than a year old), they explore their various interests and hobbies, from skateboarding and dungeons & dragons terrain crafting to electronics and programming arduino. in each well-edited video, they take us along for the ride. so far, they only have 5 videos in the can and under 700 subscribers, but given the quality of what they have produced so far, we look forward to seeing where they will take the channel.here are three of their videos to date:
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east coasters: join us sunday for make's 2018 digital fabrication shootout open house
it’s that time of year again, when make:’s team of digital fabrication experts gathers an incredible collection of new machines of all types, and pits them against each other in a three-day-long cage match.this year’s event is led by matt stutlz, one again occurring at ocean state maker mill in pawtucket, rhode island.while the testing itself is private, and the results won’t be announced until make: vol. 66 (coming out this november — subscribe now to ensure you don’t miss it), the group is hosting an open house from 4-6pm on sunday evening, july 15, and all are invited.details:make: digital fabrication shootout open house ocean state maker mill80 fountain st, pawtucket, ri 02860sunday, july 15, 4pm – 6pmparking is freesee you there!
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tips of the week: glue tip tip, clamps and cardboard 101, wire splicing, and knowing where your tool is headed
tips of the week is our weekly peek at some of the best making tips, tricks, and recommendations we’ve discovered in our travels. check in every friday to see what we’ve discovered. and we want to hear from you. please share your tips, shortcuts, best practices, and tall shop tales in the comments below and we might use your tip in a future column.***glue tip flow tiphave you ever noticed that many glue bottles have stepped tips to their applicators? it may be obvious, but still worth pointing out that these are there to allow you to cut the tip so as to control the amount of adhesive you wish to apply. john park’s guide to cardboardover on the adafruit learning system, john park has posted an excellent introduction to the fundamentals of using cardboard. john runs through types of card material, tools, cutting, gluing, joining, and applications of the material. know where your tool (and your material) will gowe have talked before about thinking through work procedures involving motorized tools (or any tool that is in motion). you want to think through all of the steps you are about to undertake and to anticipate any safety issues and problems that could occur (e.g. while cutting, drilling, sanding, planing, 3d printing, whatever). related to this is acquiring some appreciation for the physical dynamics of the tool and what might happen if the tool or the material misbehave. i have long believed that a huge part of save work practices in a workshop is gained by having a...
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a makerspace in a shopping mall makes all the sense in the world
step inside the olympian city shopping mall in hong kong and you’ll see a glossy, modern commercial center, with the same stores and outlets found in just about every mall around the globe.as you reach the top of the escalator on the third floor, however, one element stands out — a standalone workshop/makerspace, containing 3d printers, electronics and soldering supplies, and even a well-filtered laser cutter.the space is called oc stem lab, and its purpose is to utilize the location — situated directly below soaring residential towers and alongside a popular subway stop — to offer hands-on learning to a community that is hyper-focused on increasing technology-based opportunities to its younger generation.the team showed me some of the projects its student volunteers have designed and built, including an arduino-powered foosball-style soccer game and a laser-cut gumball machine. (they also showed these at maker faire hong kong, which they were a sponsor of.)it’s not the first makerspace in a mall — makers in thailand and malaysia have both leveraged these popular destinations for ones of their own, as did the dc techshop. but its integration into the mall infrastructure makes it feel like an integral part of the experience, and makes it feel… just right.this is a trend i’d love to see continue. activity spaces offering technology tools, right where the people are. this one comes with the support of sponsors, and is run by the marketing team of olympian city. t...
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rising from the ashes of a makerspace fire
foothills community workshop is a small makerspace in the old manufacturing community of granite falls, north carolina, about an hour drive north of charlotte. things were going well for the first six years. membership was steady, the workshop space had grown from its initial 2000 square feet to 5000 square feet, with an active woodworking shop, machine shop, science lab, model train layout, and the usual amenities of a community work space. the shop was in a small part of a textile mill with over 180,000 square feet of floor space.on the afternoon of friday, july 21st 2017, a fire started somewhere in another part of the mill, and the rest of the building was quickly consumed. there were no injuries, but the space was completely destroyed, leaving behind only one of the ham radio antennas originally attached to the porch. upon knowing that everyone was safe, the scope of the tangible damage began to sink in. gene’s model railroad project of 40 years was gone. the expensive tools like the laser cutter and machine shop were gone. some members also had belongings in the storage units on the other side of the mill that were also lost. the collection of antique computers, as well as the classroom full of modern computers were all gone.the board met right after the fire and decided that the organization would carry on, rising from the ashes to create a bigger and better space.in the months that followed, things began to fall into place. lots of other things were pushed into plac...
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a makerspace in a shopping mall makes all the sense in the world
step inside the olympian city shopping mall in hong kong and you’ll see a glossy, modern commercial center, with the same stores and outlets found in just about every mall around the globe.as you reach the top of the escalator on the third floor, however, one element stands out — a standalone workshop/makerspace, containing 3d printers, electronics and soldering supplies, and even a well-filtered laser cutter.the space is called oc stem lab, and it’s purpose is to utilize the location — situated directly below soaring residential towers and alongside a popular subway stop — to offer hands-on learning opportunities to a community that is hyper-focused on increasing technology-based opportunities to its younger generation.the team showed me some of the projects its student volunteers have designed and built, including an arduino-powered foosball-style soccer game, and a laser-cut gumball machine. (they also showed these at maker faire hong kong, which they were a sponsor of.)it’s not the first makerspace in a mall — thailand and malaysia have both leveraged these popular destinations for ones of their own, and the dc techshop used a similar location. but its integration into the mall infrastructure makes it feel like an integral part of the experience, and makes it feel… just right.this is a trend i’d love to see continue. activity spaces leveraging technology tools, right where the people are. this one comes with the support of sponsors, and is run by the mar...
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3d printing a millennium falcon gaming prop
as i’ve written about here before, make: contributor james floyd kelly has a game terrain modeling channel on youtube called game terrain engineering. every week he releases new videos on the terrain and game component modeling projects that he’s been working on. so far, the builds have covered everything from fantasy rpg and skirmish games like dungeons & dragons and frostgrave to the currently crazy-popular mad max-like car combat game, gaslands and the new star wars: legion miniatures game.jim has been very taken with star wars: legion and has done a number of excellent videos on creating various terrain pieces to augment a legion gaming table. like many star wars fans, jim is most taken with the spaceships of that sci-fi universe. there aren’t any to-scale spaceships in star wars: legion (yet), but that’s not stopping makers from building their own. as jim points out in the video, spaceships make awesome centerpieces to a gaming table, worthy objectives for game scenarios, convenient cover in a firefight, and they just look dang cool.already jim has 3d printed and built a legion-scaled a-wing, y-wing, and u-wing. but he wanted to try his hand at printing out perhaps the most iconic of all star wars spaceships, the millennium falcon. he found a falcon model on thingiverse, sliced it up into 14 pieces so that it would fit on his prusa i3 mk2 printer, and set it to print. over 100 painstaking hours later, he had his parts. the result is a 5 pound, 32mm-scaled millenn...
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robot bartenders compete in mixology and microcontrollers
the fifth annual dna lounge cocktail robotics grand challenge is this sunday, bringing out the best competitors in the art of robotics and bartending.each year the contestants are full of innovation and creativity. past entrants who are returning include tikitron by dr. bombay, which mixes eight cocktails from 12 ingredients and delivers them via glasses hidden deep in an active model volcano.another elegant robotic creation is the tea engine by catherine, which serves tea from an antique 1920s coffee percolator that is ordered via rotary dial and served in fine china. there is an arduino uno in the rotary that reads the pulse dial for one of four options: plain tea, tea with peach schnapps, tea with ginger liquor, and tea with peach and ginger.photo by john adams.judging criteria is rigid and scientific:• style and grace: how clever, how dapper is that robot of yours?• efficiency of intoxication: are the drinks it makes good?• full-assery: the opposite of halfassery. does the infernal device actually work, or do you have to stand there tweaking it constantly?• this will end badly: extra consideration will be given for terrible ideas and mad science.check out the show from 2016get your tickets early to save $5. for those who just happen to have a drink mixing machine lying around, or are crazy enough to attempt a two-day build, registration is still open!
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3d printing a millennium falcon gaming prop
as i’ve written about here before, make: contributor james floyd kelly has a game terrain modeling channel on youtube called game terrain engineering. every week he releases new videos on the terrain and game component modeling projects that he’s been working on. so far, the builds have covered everything from fantasy rpg and skirmish games like dungeons & dragons and frostgrave to the currently crazy-popular mad max-like car combat game, gaslands, and the new star wars: legion miniatures game.jim has been very taken with star wars: legion and has done a number of excellent videos on creating various terrain pieces to augment a legion gaming table. like many star wars fans, jim is most taken with the spaceships of that sci-fi universe. there aren’t any to-scale spaceships in star wars: legion (yet), but that’s not stopping makers from building their own. as jim points out in the video, spaceships make awesome centerpieces to a gaming table, worthy objectives for game scenarios, convenient cover in a firefight, and they just look dang cool.already jim has 3d printed and built a legion-scaled a-wing, y-wing, and u-wing. but he wanted to try his hand at printing out perhaps the most iconic of all star wars spaceships, the millennium falcon. he found a falcon model on thingiverse, sliced it up into 14 pieces so that it would fit on his prusa i3 mk2 printer, and set to print. over 100 painstaking hours later, he had his parts. the result is an impressive 5 pound, 32mm-scal...
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robot bartenders compete in mixology and microcontrollers
the fifth annual dna lounge cocktail robotics grand challenge is this sunday, bringing out the best competitors in the art of robotics and bartending.each year the contestants are full of innovation and creativity. past entrants who are returning include tikitron by dr. bombay, which mixes eight cocktails from 12 ingredients and delivers them via glasses hidden deep in an active model volcano.another elegant robotic creation is the tea engine by catherine, which serves tea from an antique 1920s coffee percolator that is ordered via rotary dial and served in fine china. there is an arduino uno in the rotary that reads the pulse dial for one of four options: plain tea, tea with peach schnapps, tea with ginger liquor, and tea with peach and ginger.photo by john adams.judging criteria is rigid and scientific:• style and grace: how clever, how dapper is that robot of yours?• efficiency of intoxication: are the drinks it makes good?• full-assery: the opposite of halfassery. does the infernal device actually work, or do you have to stand there tweaking it constantly?• this will end badly: extra consideration will be given for terrible ideas and mad science.check out the show from 2016get your tickets early to save $5. for those who just happen to have a drink mixing machine lying around, or are crazy enough to attempt a two-day build, registration is still open!
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toy inventor's notebook: ballpoint penball!
they’re ubiquitous: those clicking ballpoint pens. find them at the bank, the doctor’s office, or almost any place where forms and signatures are needed. go grab a freebie pen and make this fun bagatelle: the ballpoint penball game!make itillustrated by bob knetzgerfor the ball launcher, use the ink cartridge as the plunger, the button as the tip, and the compression spring for the launching force. reassemble the parts as shown, and discard the little cam and the barrel (above and below). the cap holds things together, and you’ll use the clip to help mount it to the game.photo by bob knetzgermake the game parts from styrene sheet following the downloadable template. to cut the pieces, score the plastic along a straightedge with the knife, then bend it backward. it will snap cleanly along the scored line. cut out the playfield and plenty of rail strips.photo by bob knetzgerphoto by bob knetzgerlay out the rail pattern onto the playfield with light pencil lines. hold a rail piece in position, mark the length needed, then score and snap.photo by bob knetzgerhold the trimmed rail piece back in place and, using the solvent bottle, apply a drop of mek directly to the joint. the mek will flow along the seam. carefully continue to hold the rail in position while the solvent bond hardens in just a few seconds.photo by bob knetzgerkeep adding rails as you go. the corner joints will provide strength. check the spacing between the rails to ensure your marble rolls through freely.ph...
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constructing a building-sized draw bot
if you are looking for a quick way to paint your house or a make a retina-resolution-reprint of your favourite artwork, you probably have to skip this post. the machine we built is large, low-res and veeerrrrryyyy slow. it is also big, bad-ass, cheap and out of control, something that can be built in a couple of afternoons, has an almost mesmerising and meditative tranquility while seen in action – and (re)produces great (ok, read: “makes unique”) works of art.figure 1: drawbot and its makersabout a year ago the organisers of a local maker festival issued a call-for-artists to do something interesting and appealing with a 18ft high tower. as part of the outdoor bit at the festival the host organisation had three towers as ‘canvas’ for maker-artists willing to make a contribution – with a small material budget.i teamed up with one of my students (janwillem te voortwis, as bsc project for his study creative technology) to seize this opportunity to propose (and try and build) one of those long-time lingering desires: a huge v-plotter in style of the kritzler (or the recent scribit on kickstarter – or any other fantastic arduino controlled v-plotter out there) but with a twist (literally). instead of pencils or felt markers we used spray-paint, and not just one can, but a daisy wheel style multi-colour print-head, a bit robot-rainbow style.since the local festival adopted leonardo da vinci as main theme and inspiration, we felt compelled to build the machine ...
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making your own foam cutting table
one of the youtube modeling channels i’ve been watching a lot recently is boulder creek railroad, an extremely well-done series where an aussie model-maker and model train enthusiast, named luke towan, creates terrain, buildings, vehicles, and other components for his impressive train layout. luke’s videos are well put-together and he is extremely precise and methodical in documenting his builds.in this video, luke shows you how to build a professional-quality foam cutting table (think: band saw for styrofoam) using little more than commonly-available hardware/home store lumber and hardware and a pwm dimming controller you can get online for under $10. in the video description, he includes a complete bill of materials for putting one together yourself.anyone who does a lot of foam cutting wants a device like this. while pro-level units cost over us$100, you can get cheap ones online for around $40. you’re not likely to save money by making your own, but it will allow you to create the size table you want and add any other custom features you might desire (e.g. an angle-adjustable fence). and… you will have made it yourself!
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making your own foam cutting table
one of the youtube modeling channels i’ve been watching a lot recently is boulder creek railroad, an extremely well-done series where an aussie model-maker and model train enthusiast, named luke towan, creates terrain, buildings, vehicles, and other components for his impressive train layout. luke’s videos are well put-together and he is extremely precise and methodical in documenting his builds.in this video, luke shows you how to build a professional-quality foam cutting table (think: band saw for styrofoam) using little more than commonly-available hardware/home store lumber and hardware and a pwm dimming controller you can get online for under $10. in the video description, he includes a complete bill of materials for putting one together yourself. anyone who does a lot of foam cutting wants a device like this. while pro-level units cost over us$100, you can get cheap ones online for around $40. you’re not likely to save money by making your own, but it will allow you to create the size table you want and add any other custom features you might desire (e.g. an angle-adjustable fence). and… you will have made it yourself!
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making your own foam cutting table
one of the youtube modeling channels i’ve been watching a lot recently is boulder creek railroad, an extremely well-done series where an aussie model-maker and model train enthusiast, named luke towan, creates terrain, buildings, vehicles, and other components for his impressive train layout. luke’s videos are very well put-together and he is extremely precise and methodical in his builds.in this video, luke shows you how to build a professional-quality foam cutting table (think: band saw for styrofoam) using little more than commonly-available hardware/home store parts and a pwm dimming controller you can get online for under $10. in the video description, he includes a complete bill of materials for building one yourself. anyone who does a lot of foam cutting wants a device like this. while pro-level units cost over us$100, you can get cheap ones online for around $40. you’re not likely to save money by making your own, but it will allow you to create the size table you want and add any other custom features you might desire (e.g. an angle-adjustable fence). and… you will have made it yourself!
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