Laser Cutter Contest Winners!
Stuart.Mcfarlan for How to Make a Three Axis CNC Machine (Cheaply and Easily)
Be sure to check out Stuart.Mcfarlan's plans for the Laser Cutter.
Congratulations to all the finalists who will receive a Laser-etched Instructables Leatherman Juice S2 and an Instructables t-shirt for their simply amazing work:
crabfu for Steam Turbine Tank
dave spencer for erupting Volcano Birthday Cake
Honus for How to make a Green Lantern ring- including a glowing version!
jabroutin for personal powerPlant
jeffkobi for Retro Hi-Fi Project
Kasey for Compubeaver --> How to case-mod a beaver - in 29 easy steps!
lkrasnow for Precision Puzzlemaking Primer -- Volume 1
mikejedw for Pringles Wind Turbine (Pleech) - Version One
mydian_nightshade forFurniture grade cocktail arcade cabinet
mzed for Low-cost Spherical Speaker Array
nemomatic for Giant Squid kinetic sculpture from found materials
orthonormal_basis_of_evil for EMP shopping cart locker
talbotron22 for DIY Kitty Crack: ultra-potent catnip extract
turkey tek for Interactive Multitouch Display
We had planned to select 20 second place winners, but just couldn't narrow the field, so we're awarding 25 second place winners, who will receive Instructables t-shirts! They are:
$30 High-Speed PCB Drill Press by lancandy
$60 Laser Engraver / Cutter by cgosh
Breath powered USB charger by jmengel
Build a Tetris DVD (or book) shelf by odecom5
Capture the Ethereal Beauty of Everyday Objects Using Polarized Light. by Tool Using Animal
CO2 laser that cuts sheet metal by owhite
Cosmic Light With LEDs Embedded in Resin by technoplastique
Duck Cam Decoy by Roadstar
Electromagnetic Floater by J_Hodgie
Fine Silver (99.9% pure) Popcorn Pendant! by roughtyper
Han Solo in carbonite chocolate bar! by FreakCitySF
Laptop Converted to 2nd Monitor by punish3r
Make a wall avoiding Robot! a collaboration led by Brandon121233
Make Conductive Glue and Glue a Circuit by mikey77
Make rope out of dead plants -- with no tools a collaboration led by phyzome
Mod a toaster and have retro art toast for breakfast by 5Volt
Motherboard PCB Bracelet by llama13
Portable Water resistant LED Picnic Blanket with hard center serving surface! by pointcloud
Start a Guerrilla Drive-in by plusbryan
The Ice Bulb by mandrake
The Intimate Video Light/ Handheld photograpy light. by curve12
The One, The Only COTTON CANDY MACHINE! by T3h_Muffinator
Theater Effects: Gunshot Wounds by TrumpetNeel
Use a Vacuum cleaner to build your own Skateboard by gregorylavoie
Wire Scorpion by OniTora
All the winners should watch for a personal message from us for prize claiming instructions.
With so many excellent entries, and with each of them being at the top of their game in some different aspect, the judging was extremely difficult. We had help juding from a large number of users including 5Volt, african_andy187, Albetcha, BobbyMike, CameronSS, canida, daenris, drinkmorecoffee, ewilhelm, fungus amungus, herrozerro, ian, imanalchemist, J_Hodgie, jamesh, jesse.hensel, jessyratfink, jmengel, Kiteman, LasVegas, lebowski, lennyb, llama13, lothotrity, momo!, nagutron, nak, noahw, olddaddycrane, pt, Randofo, Robyntheslug, royalestel, ryzellon, Sam Noyoun, saul, Sedgewick17, sheekgeek, stasterisk, steven07, T3h_Muffinator, technick29, Tetranitrate, Tool Using Animal, trebuchet03, trialex, x9a, zieak, and Zujus. For more information on how we judged, check here.
The entries submitted to this contest exceeded all of my expectations. They are totally amazing in their quality, instructional value, uniqueness, and pure brilliance. It is my hope that everyone had a blast entering the contest and learned something useful, fun, or both.
To me, the value of posting an Instructable is when someone makes a comment saying that I taught them something new, changed the way they looked at things, or inspired them to make something themselves (even if it's something totally different than my Instructable). Looking through the Instructables submitted to the contest and comments on the finalists' forum posts, it's clear that this is happening all over, and it makes me smile every time.
Congratulations to all the winners! And, thanks to everyone that entered. Even if your Instructable didn't win a prize, I'm sure it has had a positive impact on someone's life and will continue to do so.