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I am self taught in art and engineering/design. The following list are things I've successfully made since 2002. 2002-2005 Hovercraft 2005-2008 Custom Electric Boats (USCG approved) 2008-2018 Cardboard Carpentry to make concept models (boats, automobiles, gliders), office furniture, trophies, pop culture props, ventriloquist dummies, puppets, and articulated masks. 2009-2018 (off and on) Amateur Rocketry airframe design, making sugar fuel, experimental R&D for new sugars for fuel, ... Read More »
  • AeroSpaceWatercraft commented on brownewepr's instructable Cardboard Pen6 weeks ago
    Cardboard Pen

    Hi, as a cardboard carpenter, smith, or (add title here), viscosity of whatever filler you plan to sink into the corrugation has always been enemy #1. Since you're using epoxy resin, the problem is that it needs to be directly injected (via plastic syringe) into each flute (corrugation). Another issue is how much work time you have with the epoxy itself and being limited in the amount of resin you can make to fill the syringe (via, mixing it in a Dixie drinking cup, then use a HDPE funnel into the syringe, which is held steady with a bench vise. And I say HDPE, because resin will peel off clean after it cures). You could still use your vac chamber, but if you are slow and steady with the resin injection, air bubbles should be minimal. Also, since you are leaning the cardboard blan...

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    Hi, as a cardboard carpenter, smith, or (add title here), viscosity of whatever filler you plan to sink into the corrugation has always been enemy #1. Since you're using epoxy resin, the problem is that it needs to be directly injected (via plastic syringe) into each flute (corrugation). Another issue is how much work time you have with the epoxy itself and being limited in the amount of resin you can make to fill the syringe (via, mixing it in a Dixie drinking cup, then use a HDPE funnel into the syringe, which is held steady with a bench vise. And I say HDPE, because resin will peel off clean after it cures). You could still use your vac chamber, but if you are slow and steady with the resin injection, air bubbles should be minimal. Also, since you are leaning the cardboard blanks to get that spiral effect, I think you could go between 1" to 1.25" instead, which means if you followed my tip, would allow you to inject more flutes with resin. My industrial glue gun has a brass tip that came with an injector like tip, and with a slow and steady pull of the trigger, will fill a flute. I reserve this action normally for making certain parts more rigid, for heavy support. The syringes I am speaking of, can be found here: https://www.amazon.com/807-12-Epoxy-Syringes-12-Ba...The funnel can be found at Wal Mart. I hope this is helpful.

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  • Clear Enclosure for Creality CR-10 3d Printer

    Hi Robert, I enjoyed this instructable, but I have some questions.I plan on making something like this, because I want to build with ABS a lot. I'm going to build mine a little different, as I have my CR-10 already. Here are my questions as follows:1) Did you use PLA or ABS to make the knobs, hinges, and corners?2) Couldn't I just buy 1/4" clear polycarbonate sheets from Home Depot, instead of Acrylic? 3) In your opinion, should I still put the spool on top, or could I still feed the filament from the side, going through a hole (1 in. DIA?) and be ok with that?Thanks

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  • AeroSpaceWatercraft commented on JON-A-TRON's instructable Off Grid Power Supply3 months ago
    Off Grid Power Supply

    FYI: The coupon code has expired already. :'(

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  • AeroSpaceWatercraft commented on seamster's instructable Impossible Nail in Wooden Block6 months ago
    Impossible Nail in Wooden Block

    5 months later............. no result from Mr. Datawolf. Shocking. :)

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  • DIY $5.00 Sandblaster

    I've used it to prepare marine grade aluminum, 6061 and 6063 aluminum square tubing, before I had the metal powder coated. 12 years later and that PC is still on the metal nice and strong.

    Question to you, were you intent on doing any sand blasting? If so, what do you think the author was blowing to suggest? Blowing on a straw to blow out the media? What was the point of your comment other than to gripe and say you're going to Amazon instead? The author wasn't selling you anything, but sharing his idea to those of us who DO have air compressors.

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  • AeroSpaceWatercraft commented on fixthisbuildthat's instructable 5 Ways to Print on Wood6 months ago
    5 Ways to Print on Wood

    tcurdt, I am not 100% sure, but perhaps the author would know? I'm just an American armed with Google. hehe And you are most welcome. Good luck! :)

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  • AeroSpaceWatercraft commented on MikkelHMikkelsen's instructable SELF-SUFFICIENT DOME7 months ago
    SELF-SUFFICIENT DOME

    Ah ok. I asked about heating the dome, because I read that octagonal structures were more efficient to heat than rectangular or box structures. So I thought I'd ask someone who's actually built and used one, if it was even better than an octagon. Thank you.

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  • AeroSpaceWatercraft commented on MikkelHMikkelsen's instructable SELF-SUFFICIENT DOME7 months ago
    SELF-SUFFICIENT DOME

    Are these domes easier to heat up vs. a rectangular greenhouse?

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  • AeroSpaceWatercraft commented on diymontreal's instructable Concrete Jack-O'-Lanterns7 months ago
    Concrete Jack-O'-Lanterns

    A box cutter would leave a scratch where the blade came across it, if you pressed too hard, but you can use a sanding block and buff it out. 120 grit should be fine. Clean the dust off, and it should be good to go for painting.

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  • Homemade Aircraft for Under $1000 (FlugTag Style)

    Well at any rate, you had fun I hope. :) Well I never got a reply back from RB about the rules, but if you have the rulebook, that's that.. Besides, even if I was right about the rules in 2013, I guess I just didn't stop to think there may have been some changes. Never the less, my original query was meant as a "Oh did they get rid of that redonkulus rule of no testing before the flight. F ya!", and not a tone of being sassy. lol

    Well I distinctly remember the 2013 rules for Long Beach saying that you must not only film or photograph the construction of your craft, but no test flights. For me, this made no sense, I protested this, and I was taken out of consideration to participate. For some reason, Red Bull's own website doesn't even have the link to the rules, so I can only guess by your reply that the rules were changed. I wrote to my contact at RedBull to see if they can provide me with the 2017 rulebook, since my aforementioned notion of test flights has been one of the prime reasons to try again, among other things.As for the rest, you're preaching to the choir, in regards to the technical info and hang gliders, but I still appreciate what you shared nonetheless.Thank you for taking the time to explain...

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    Well I distinctly remember the 2013 rules for Long Beach saying that you must not only film or photograph the construction of your craft, but no test flights. For me, this made no sense, I protested this, and I was taken out of consideration to participate. For some reason, Red Bull's own website doesn't even have the link to the rules, so I can only guess by your reply that the rules were changed. I wrote to my contact at RedBull to see if they can provide me with the 2017 rulebook, since my aforementioned notion of test flights has been one of the prime reasons to try again, among other things.As for the rest, you're preaching to the choir, in regards to the technical info and hang gliders, but I still appreciate what you shared nonetheless.Thank you for taking the time to explain your position.

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  • Homemade Aircraft for Under $1000 (FlugTag Style)

    Since when did Red Bull allow you to do test flights? Also, when did they drop the ramp height from 30 to 25 feet? I'm also curious if you had ever considered a hang glider design, like the Chicken Whispers team's flight of 258 feet, at the Long Beach Flugtag. Thanks

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  • AeroSpaceWatercraft made the instructable 3D Printed Coin Shuffleboard8 months ago
    3D Printed Coin Shuffleboard

    Well if that's the case, kudos to you on that, for providing an exercise. Also, thank you for the compliment. As an expression of my gratitude for your tutorial, here's a sphere I made for a TIE fighter (circa 2014) I never got around to finishing. The pod is a frame made from a Little Caesar's pizza box top. The top, facing you, (and bottom) are made using a Japanese joint called the Mitsu-kude joint. It turns out, you can make a sphere from cardboard after all. You may find it as a nice challenge for 3d printing too.Cost to build: A nickel in hot glue. :)

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  • AeroSpaceWatercraft made the instructable 3D Printed Coin Shuffleboard8 months ago
    3D Printed Coin Shuffleboard

    Is this more or less just an exercise to learn how to use a 3d printer? I've made these with cardboard and wooden door skin boards. I even made Joerg Sprave's Oreo gun out of cardboard (back in 2014), shooting a 5 gram plastic disk, and it did great. I've included two pics. Pardon the poor quality, the pics were taken with a LG500 Tracfone. It was pump action, and auto-loaded from a gravity-fed magazine on top, just like Mr. Spraves Oreo gun. He said you can't make a good slingshot from cardboard, I called him out on that. It's draw was 13.7 pounds. Geek Info: The PP discs measured speed averaged out at 37 mph, but waffled almost like clockwork at 26 ft, and lost a lot of energy. Max range shot, was 85 ft. indoors. 42 ft outdoors. Magazine capacity was (5) PP Discs, weighin...

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    Is this more or less just an exercise to learn how to use a 3d printer? I've made these with cardboard and wooden door skin boards. I even made Joerg Sprave's Oreo gun out of cardboard (back in 2014), shooting a 5 gram plastic disk, and it did great. I've included two pics. Pardon the poor quality, the pics were taken with a LG500 Tracfone. It was pump action, and auto-loaded from a gravity-fed magazine on top, just like Mr. Spraves Oreo gun. He said you can't make a good slingshot from cardboard, I called him out on that. It's draw was 13.7 pounds. Geek Info: The PP discs measured speed averaged out at 37 mph, but waffled almost like clockwork at 26 ft, and lost a lot of energy. Max range shot, was 85 ft. indoors. 42 ft outdoors. Magazine capacity was (5) PP Discs, weighing in at 5 grams.FYI: The cardboard channel eventually was eroded out to the point, that the discs no longer spun upon launch. Common causes of waffling was from a lack of adequate rpms or breezes. It was fired approximately over 200 times, by me, everyone in the office, and several warehouse workers at my old job. Total price to build: 5 bucks.

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  • AeroSpaceWatercraft commented on bennelson's instructable Build Your Own Electric Car!10 months ago
    Build Your Own Electric Car!

    Sounds like a lovely weekend project. :)

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  • How to Make Homemade Kinetic Sand

    If I understand you correctly, you are asking the total cost to make this green sand correct? If not, the sand is green due to the food coloring the poster used in their mixture. If you wish to purchase this from Amazon for example, it's 12 bucks. This article presumes you may have the dish soap, food coloring, and corn starch around the house, since they are fairly common items found in one's kitchen. The sand can literally be free from a nearby beach, sand from your kid's sandbox, or wherever else you can find sand. Even if you bought the soap, food coloring, and corn starch, you're only looking at 3 bucks and change at Wal Mart. As for using it as casting sand, my guess is that the water and soap in the sand mix may come to a boil/steam and cause the soap to suds up. Which cou...

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    If I understand you correctly, you are asking the total cost to make this green sand correct? If not, the sand is green due to the food coloring the poster used in their mixture. If you wish to purchase this from Amazon for example, it's 12 bucks. This article presumes you may have the dish soap, food coloring, and corn starch around the house, since they are fairly common items found in one's kitchen. The sand can literally be free from a nearby beach, sand from your kid's sandbox, or wherever else you can find sand. Even if you bought the soap, food coloring, and corn starch, you're only looking at 3 bucks and change at Wal Mart. As for using it as casting sand, my guess is that the water and soap in the sand mix may come to a boil/steam and cause the soap to suds up. Which could in turn, produce a hydraulic effect that would push your molten aluminum out, or leave huge air bubbles when the metal cools down. Usually with aluminum, you can find out pretty fast. If I am wrong, and you tell me it worked just fine, then hey I learned something vicariously through you, :) Either way, I wish you the best of luck!

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  • How to Make Homemade Kinetic Sand

    You could always make the sand, then melt some aluminum cans down (provided your have the means to do so) and test it out. Sometimes the best method of learning is by doing. :)

    MSDS for Dimethicone in case you were wondering. http://riocareindia.com/pdf/MSDS%20-%20Dimethicone%20-2009.pdf

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  • Making Dimensional Recycled HDPE Stock for Projects

    Well isn't the whole premise of this website, is to share DIY ideas, and show how you did it? Don't you think that baker already knew of the recyclers you mentioned, but wanted a challenge? IMO, You have missed the point of this website completely.

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  • Coffee Table Made Form a Single 2x4

    Well Stephan, you definitely did a great job using your skills, mill, and shop to make this. I'm not really sure how this was an instruction for a guy to follow, who lives in an apartment (flat as the euros call it). There are plenty of those who still make stuff from old pallets in their apartment I guess. Back on point, finding a mill in the US, to cut an actual 2x4 will be hard to find or expensive to purchase. Some cities have wood specialty stores, but again, they are expensive. Here in the US, the average 2x4 in my area, is 1 5/8th inches (41.2mm?) thick by 3.5 inches wide, by 8 foot long. So you'd have to seek out a mill, as I mentioned before, in order to begin to follow your instructable here. I think that's where a lot of the static from US commenters is coming from. A...

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    Well Stephan, you definitely did a great job using your skills, mill, and shop to make this. I'm not really sure how this was an instruction for a guy to follow, who lives in an apartment (flat as the euros call it). There are plenty of those who still make stuff from old pallets in their apartment I guess. Back on point, finding a mill in the US, to cut an actual 2x4 will be hard to find or expensive to purchase. Some cities have wood specialty stores, but again, they are expensive. Here in the US, the average 2x4 in my area, is 1 5/8th inches (41.2mm?) thick by 3.5 inches wide, by 8 foot long. So you'd have to seek out a mill, as I mentioned before, in order to begin to follow your instructable here. I think that's where a lot of the static from US commenters is coming from. Again, I thought your video was great and easy to follow. I look forward to see other posts.

    Aussie, I think the point the "knockers", is that the average guy isn't going to have a wood shop, mill, and hand tools to make something like this. Sure it's an obvious point to bring up, sure Stephan did a great job, but I think some people were maybe hoping for an easy alternative way of making the table vs. the whole shop thing. At least that's how I see it from a positive point of view.

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  • AeroSpaceWatercraft commented on utatuka's instructable PlasTurko PET bottle boat1 year ago
    PlasTurko PET bottle boat

    Actually, I've made armor for Live Action Role Playing groups, from HDPE, culled from discarded sheets and blue barrels used for detergents for cleaning apples. This was done between 1989 to 1992. So could large amounts be melted down and made structurally sound? Absolutely. The only time I experienced structural failures was when I used rivets rather than welding the plastic, when piecemealing it together. You could throw a bunch of milk jugs into a net or tie them together, to make a raft. Sure! Refugees do it all the time. That isn't even close to what the author did either. I thought he was quite clever for using the materials at hand, but still able to make something that resembled a boat. It's like an art piece you can use.In regards to your remark about why bother...

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    Actually, I've made armor for Live Action Role Playing groups, from HDPE, culled from discarded sheets and blue barrels used for detergents for cleaning apples. This was done between 1989 to 1992. So could large amounts be melted down and made structurally sound? Absolutely. The only time I experienced structural failures was when I used rivets rather than welding the plastic, when piecemealing it together. You could throw a bunch of milk jugs into a net or tie them together, to make a raft. Sure! Refugees do it all the time. That isn't even close to what the author did either. I thought he was quite clever for using the materials at hand, but still able to make something that resembled a boat. It's like an art piece you can use.In regards to your remark about why bother to recycle it down, and make a boat from recycled materials, when you can just buy one. Ok, first off, you are speaking out of ignorance. I have yet to see any companies in the US, and a tiny thimble's amount worldwide, that make boats solely from recycled HDPE materials. Also, on an industrial scale, it'd be expensive to produce one this way, to say the least. So that is the only point you get in your favor. For a clever guy at home, to make one for himself, it's not really as expensive as you seem to think.A cheap blender bought at a second hand store, an old cookie sheet, his oven, and C clamps are the only hardware you need. If you're already a craftsman, you don't need to spend a dime on C clamps. A second hand blender is 5 to 8 bucks tops at a thrift store. Cookie sheets are like a buck to 3 bucks tops, if you have that. The molds can be made from recovered sheets of plywood, and if you don't have baking parchment or aluminum foil in your cupboard, you made need to buy those. Not really expensive, not even for someone living on minimum wage.You can even make your own welding sticks with the plastic. And to weld it, if you have a heat gun, you can train your eye and hand coordination to weld the sheets together, or weld the HDPE formed ribs to the sheeting. So a 9mm thick sheet, measuring 30cm x 30cm is around 20 to 24 cups of ground up HDPE milk jugs (depending on how fine you ground them in the blender). Then all it takes is a good design, and some experience in fabrication to piece it all together, into an amazing watercraft. If you so choose to build one.Milk jugs can be fairly easy to find. One example, go to apartment complexes and post a sign, saying you want to them for the purpose of your project. You'd be surprised how many people will happily give away their empties to you, if it means they can see their trash turned into a real world item, and defy belief it's real. But it is.I should also add, that you should heat the plastic in a ventilated area, due to HDPE being an irritant. Of course if it's on fire, it's dangerous. From the oven, well unless you're standing right over it and decide to inhale, sure that'll cause you grief. According the OSHA MSDS, HDPE is also a safe plastic for storage and contact with food and water.So I'm going to agree to disagree with your sentiments towards my terse suggestion, Dream. All the best to your endeavors. :)

    I like coming here, to find inspiration for things that I am researching and/or working on. I just didn't feel like a single sentence, nor a paragraph would suffice in supporting my position. My apologies if you felt like I was giving you a stern disquisition. I realize I seem like an anonymous face here, but I really do have a rich background in regards to research and development in such designs.

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  • AeroSpaceWatercraft commented on utatuka's instructable PlasTurko PET bottle boat1 year ago
    PlasTurko PET bottle boat

    Dream, have you considered recycling those milk jugs, by melting them down, then making sheets, and weld them together into a hull of your own design?

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  • Build a Toaster Oven Mini-Vacuum Former

    I thought you had come up with an all in 1 idea, rather than a smaller DIY version that uses a toaster oven rather than an oven. The title is a bit misleading.

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