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Just a guy in a place doing stuff. I have always been interested in science. I was the child my parents were worried about leaving alone with the appliances. They were afraid they would come home and find me sitting in the middle of something disassembled ;)

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  • Adjustable Equatorial Wedge (Telescope Tripod Meade ETX60/70)

    Your looks so much better than mine... Nice job!

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  • MakerIan commented on Rocket Girl In Training's instructable Jam Jar Rocket Engine2 months ago
    Jam Jar Rocket Engine

    Salting out;Take low grade alcohol add a lot of table salt. The salt will dissolve in the water, but not the isopropyl, The super saturated water will form a layer under the now much higher purity alcohol. isopropyl will purify this way to at least 91%, the remaining water in the alcohol now contains a little salt. which for this experiment is just fine. (91% is the pure water max without breaking the azeotropic bonds, I have no idea about the ternary mix of salt, water, and alcohol)*I think this is a pulse jet without its own Oxidizer. The macaroni and peroxide in a jar style is a hybrid rocket engine. solid fuel with a gas O2 generator.

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    • Adjustable Equatorial Wedge (Telescope Tripod Meade ETX60/70)
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  • MakerIan made the instructable Multiple Raspberry PI 3D Scanner5 months ago
    Multiple Raspberry PI 3D Scanner

    This unit is with 8mp cameras. if I were to do it again I would certainly use the 5mp ones the added DoF is pretty useful. 168 cameras currently, with projectors to be installed next.

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  • MakerIan's instructable Baklava's weekly stats: 7 months ago
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  • MakerIan's instructable Oven Fritata, crustless quiche, Savory egg pie's weekly stats: 7 months ago
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  • Telescope motorization (focus + orientation)

    Shields are helpful for adding motors to Arduinos.The R.A.M.P.S. 1.4 (just search ebay, you can get kits with or without motors for cheap) shield was designed for 3d printers (reprap.org), but its a super easy and cheap way to wire 1-5 motors and hobby servos. Open source design so plenty of competition to drive the price down. It has spots for stepper driver carriers usually based on a4988's or drv8825. A big community of people supporting various firmwares... a really good place to start a cnc hobby IMHO.

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  • MakerIan commented on TechShopJim's instructable How To Electro-Etch a Solid Metal Plaque11 months ago
    How To Electro-Etch a Solid Metal Plaque

    Well if the sacrifice screen is dissolving in the action its probably safest to assume the chrome is being liberated and this material should never go into the water table. When you are done with the liquid either dispose of it at a proper facility(preferred) or let it dry out to powder and store the solidus in a sealed container. This is safer than the liquid but should still make its way to a hazmat disposal facility.What I would expect is happening is the tin and copper are depositing in a "sponge" structure which is delicate and will fall off. CuO is red and deposits in soft layers. If the screen itself is actually dissolving away slowly the chrome has to go somewhere. What % is hexa chrome(VI) or is still chrome(IV) I wouldn't be able to tell you, but I treat any electroc...

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    Well if the sacrifice screen is dissolving in the action its probably safest to assume the chrome is being liberated and this material should never go into the water table. When you are done with the liquid either dispose of it at a proper facility(preferred) or let it dry out to powder and store the solidus in a sealed container. This is safer than the liquid but should still make its way to a hazmat disposal facility.What I would expect is happening is the tin and copper are depositing in a "sponge" structure which is delicate and will fall off. CuO is red and deposits in soft layers. If the screen itself is actually dissolving away slowly the chrome has to go somewhere. What % is hexa chrome(VI) or is still chrome(IV) I wouldn't be able to tell you, but I treat any electrochemical solution as hazardous just to be on the safe side (of the law).

    Some portion of it could be, but the bulk is probably mostly oxides of copper and tin. I mean lots of brass etched, vs a little bit of stainless dissolved.You could use a test (some strips are >30$) if you are just trying to find out if you are making the carcinogenic genotoxin Chrome(VI).I would just assume that all elctrochemical solutions are toxic. Actual businesses doing electroetching/milling/plating can be legally quite a bit more polluting than your home shop could achieve, so this is really an exercise in being a good citizen/neighbor. Regulations for wastewater of electro-finishing businesses in the US appear to not care about the chrome content till you are pushing more than 10k gallons of water a month or more than .58mg/l. *I am neither a lawyer nor a business consultan...

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    Some portion of it could be, but the bulk is probably mostly oxides of copper and tin. I mean lots of brass etched, vs a little bit of stainless dissolved.You could use a test (some strips are >30$) if you are just trying to find out if you are making the carcinogenic genotoxin Chrome(VI).I would just assume that all elctrochemical solutions are toxic. Actual businesses doing electroetching/milling/plating can be legally quite a bit more polluting than your home shop could achieve, so this is really an exercise in being a good citizen/neighbor. Regulations for wastewater of electro-finishing businesses in the US appear to not care about the chrome content till you are pushing more than 10k gallons of water a month or more than .58mg/l. *I am neither a lawyer nor a business consultant so your experiences with the law may vary.

    The chrome in question is only a product of electrically dissolving Stainless steels. Stainless is a combination of steel (iron and carbon) and chrome. So when etching away stainless the chrome dissolves into solution making it soluble and toxic. So not a gas, some in solution and some as sludge once the solution is saturated. And only if etching stainless is it going to liberate chrome. The sacrifice piece gains metal from the etching piece so you would be plating the stainless which is fine.

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  • MakerIan commented on Ninzerbean's instructable Mushroom Spore Prints11 months ago
    Mushroom Spore Prints

    To that point the largest living organism on earth is the honey mushroom in Blue Mountains of Oregon, a single organism that spans 2200 acres+https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/strange...Mushrooms are just fascinating all the way round, the 4 sexes of many spores, the takeover of DNA for small colonies, the ability for the single cellular organisms to cooperate and form complex structures like the fruiting body.... I am sure I left a lot out

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  • MATILDA - Missing And Trapped Individuals Location Delivery Attachment

    PLA is a great material with the caveat that you never leave it in a car where the temp might get above 60c

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  • MakerIan commented on garnishrecipes's instructable Ginger Cookies12 months ago
    Ginger Cookies

    This is the recipe I use as well, for sure a favorite of everyone who has tried them.

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  • MakerIan entered Meatloaf in the Meat Contest 2016 contest 1 year ago
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  • MakerIan commented on c3r3al's instructable Wood Lichtenberg Figures1 year ago
    Wood Lichtenberg Figures

    He was using a much more dangerous microwave oven transformer, which can put out more than .5 amps, and will not trip a safety circuit when they short. While high voltage electricity is still dangerous, neon sign transformers are a bit safer as they tend to limit current to < 80ma.

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  • MakerIan commented on austiwawa's instructable Making Lichtenberg Figures in Wood1 year ago
    Making Lichtenberg Figures in Wood

    Sodium carbonate vs sodium bicarb.... the material disassociates into an anion and cation. These transport the electrons reducing resistance.The following pdf chart here shows Carbonate is more conductive per molar mass, as well as much more soluble, than bicarb (aka sodium hydrogen carbonate)

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  • MakerIan commented on Anja Ulfeldt's instructable Static Electricity Sculpture1 year ago
    Static Electricity Sculpture

    This is a great, and inspirational instructable. If I had to guess why this one isn't as popular/viewed as it should be, I would guess advertising. Switch the front picture for either the machine itself, or since the title is art related, "The Unseen" installation photo, and add a bunch of keywords.

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  • Large Expanding Foam Prop - Monster Hunter Greatsword

    Great stuff is a polyurethane foam (ya all prolly know this), but you can buy the unmixed components to mix and pour for large castings. This might be more uniform than the spray can, as well as having the ability to choose foam density specifically for your application.

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  • MakerIan commented on MakerIan's instructable Falafel 1 year ago
    Falafel

    Garbanzo flour should work fine, you can also just blend a small amount garbanzo down to paste for binder, this doesn't always work. Flax seed flour would probably work as well, or egg if that's acceptable.I did not have great success with a skillet and little oil, they ended up far oilier than just frying, to get them fully cooked.If your not interested in frying, baking might be the way to go. Baking also shouldn't need as much binder. I have not tried this, but I would start experimenting with brushing oil on patties and baking at a high(ish) heat like 375f (190c) for 10-15min

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  • MakerIan commented on OGoi's instructable Discover and Build an Inkle Loom!1 year ago
    Discover and Build an Inkle Loom!

    nice instructable I Guess I wont have to write this up ;)I used one of these back in the day to weave trim for various costuming bits. I used silk embroidery floss for my threads.iirc Inkle meant scrap, and this is where we get the now uncommon word usage of "I have an inkling" ie I have a scrap of the idea you mean. Although I read this from an actual book 30 years ago, the internet seems to have lost this... or I am making it up in my older age.

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  • MakerIan commented on MakerIan's instructable Falafel 1 year ago
    Falafel

    My serving suggestion?Well gyros are but one way to serve falafel, Some people eat them on salads or with a plate of dips. That said I will add my accouterments to this 'ible.

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  • MakerIan posted an instructable Falafel 1 year ago
  • MakerIan commented on balsuryana's instructable DIY Cardboard Backpack1 year ago
    DIY Cardboard Backpack

    Produce boxes tend to come pre waxed, the thing we ship lettuce in.

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  • How to make a CNC Router from a Radial Arm Saw

    I should have finished the video ofc you went cnc linux. Different toolchain, your way will scale up while the arduino and ramps hit their limit on the size of driver they can power right about the size of motor your at.

    Very Very nice. I am having tool jealousy...I've built a 3d printer or 3 and you could have saved some wiring using a ramps 1.4 shield, and can do some fancy stuff with an arduino. But thats always a money over time question I know. The common firmware for 3d printers doesn't take much mod to run a cnc mill. bonus they are RTOS

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  • MakerIan commented on MakerIan's instructable African peanut soup (slow cooker)1 year ago
    African peanut soup (slow cooker)

    Thanks, glad I am finally learning how to 'ible better. ;) Hope you enjoy it when you try it.

    It is a great dish that's on my permanent rotation. I try to keep at least 1 container of frozen soup in stock.The potato (5mp camera phone) I used for photos makes everything blue/grey. Which is not an appetizing look, nor true to the color of the dish. I did a minor color correction to most images.

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  • MakerIan commented on ThaneM's instructable Making Soap with Chemistry!!1 year ago
    Making Soap with Chemistry!!

    You can drastically shorten this time by cooking the soap at 80-90c for 1-2+ hours. When I make soap I use a crock pot or similar to finish the soap, then pour from there into a form. The soap is ready to use within 24 hours, and will have dried out and hardened properly in under a week (typically). My recipe looks a little like dirty petroleum jelly when its done cooking and still hot, but normal soap once fully cooled.In soaper terms its called the oven process. The downside being it tends to damage/boil off the highly volatile oils that are used in scent.

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  • MakerIan commented on aenewcomb's instructable European Chainmail 4-in-11 year ago
    European Chainmail 4-in-1

    I forgot to add the parts with, Nice work and its good to see people still interested in crafts like this. I have seen some amazing jewelry using mail techniques with different wire, like titanium which you can oxidize to beautiful rainbows.

    I've made chain before and I am not sure the links you show are strong enough at shirt size to not pull themselves open when walking around. The actual armor was riveted. This type of cut on the links >< can allow them to slip past each other as well. when I made my links I used a dremel cut off wheel. When I bought links I went with Stainless steel jump rings with a flat butting cut. I havent bought anything from these guys in 15 years so I don't know if the pricing is competitive but I bought from these guys.http://www.roscoinc.com/fishing-tackle/product-det...

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  • MakerIan commented on ThomasJ1's instructable Planets Photography Guide1 year ago
    Planets Photography Guide

    Excellent... now I just need to get around to building that telescope....

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  • How to Get Rid of Ants (or) How to Kill an Ant Invasion

    I was looking if this ible was done already you have done a pretty thorough job. A few additions, not all ants are sugar ants and sometimes you need to mix this poison with something like dry cat food. My cats have never bothered the cat food sugar syrup mix, and if they did the worst it will do is give them a little diarrhea.I make 1 cup (225ml) simple syrup and 1 tablespoon borax (14ml)The mix will dry and harden pretty easily, mixing it with a little glycerin will keep it liquid enough for the intended targets to still eat.The best place to place bait is as close to the source of the ants as possible, they use chemtrails to indicate where food is so they travel in lines. 1 side of a line of ants tends to be fat with liquid or carrying bits of food, follow that to the wall or where ev...

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    I was looking if this ible was done already you have done a pretty thorough job. A few additions, not all ants are sugar ants and sometimes you need to mix this poison with something like dry cat food. My cats have never bothered the cat food sugar syrup mix, and if they did the worst it will do is give them a little diarrhea.I make 1 cup (225ml) simple syrup and 1 tablespoon borax (14ml)The mix will dry and harden pretty easily, mixing it with a little glycerin will keep it liquid enough for the intended targets to still eat.The best place to place bait is as close to the source of the ants as possible, they use chemtrails to indicate where food is so they travel in lines. 1 side of a line of ants tends to be fat with liquid or carrying bits of food, follow that to the wall or where ever it goes, place the bait there for best effect.

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  • MakerIan commented on jessyratfink's forum topic Call for contest judges1 year ago

    Ty for the judging invite. I am comfortable/interested in judging Food, Workshop, Outdoor and Tech

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  • MakerIan commented on Labot2001's instructable How to Get "Featured"1 year ago
    How to Get "Featured"

    Fear no more link for formattin in step 2 is a bad link

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  • MakerIan commented on tyler2479's instructable Cardboard Bow Target1 year ago
    Cardboard Bow Target

    I suggest redrawing the target face with either a printer or a compass. Views and likes do seem partially driven by that first picture.

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  • MakerIan entered Leaf Electroscope in the Maker Olympics Contest 2016 contest 1 year ago
  • MakerIan commented on MakerIan's instructable Make Rochelle salt1 year ago
    Make Rochelle salt

    Thank you for the kind words. That is a great idea. organize the project before I start typing :)

    I am in fact exploring this currently, both an internal and external heat source have been considered I am starting with an internal for my own reasons. I was quite inspired by these 700 pound crystals

    I grew up on Carl Sagan, Nova specials, and 3-2-1 contact. I see Bill Nye and Neil deGrasse Tyson as the replacements for this generation, but even with their efforts it seems S.T.E.M. is less popular than it needs to be. There is also an apparent lack of critical thinking being taught. The fact that people can go on the internet and argue for a flat earth is purely astounding. Poe's law may be at play

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  • MakerIan commented on MakerIan's instructable Make Rochelle Salt1 year ago
    Make Rochelle Salt

    No worries, I didn't read it as insulting, I agree about it tending towards tedium and being overly wordy.I also agree about digestible sections. Something I have trouble managing. I have so much information I want to share like the sourcing and history of any given fact. Or why I concluded X etc... I probably spent longer editing than I did writing and even then I agree, what I have presented is a bit messy. Maybe if I had separate 'ibles one on growing crystals and one on the specifics of Rochelle salts for example, would make this more concise.

    Thank you for the kind words.

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  • How To Electro-Etch a Solid Metal Plaque

    Rapid bubbling means you are disassociating water. I use 5v from a pc power supply for my etching. I like to use an electrode that is as large or larger than my etch target. Things like proximity, solution concentration, total amperage all make a difference on etch speed. My setup is basically a copper grid electrode that sits 2 inches(5 cm) from the target face. I also use copper sulfate as my electrolyte, but I only process copper materials.Also, for those in the US anytime you do electrochemical etching or plating your waste water is epa regulated. Stainless steel is particularly bad as the electro-etching converts the chome to hexavalent chromium which is nasty nasty stuff and should never be put down a drain.

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  • MakerIan commented on MakerIan's instructable Make Rochelle Salt1 year ago
    Make Rochelle Salt

    I apologize for the tedium, I do tend to go on and on :)Well they are peizo elements we use them everyday in all kinds of things. although usually a quartz, or barium titanite ceramic. My plan is to build a crystallizer and grow a crystal large enough to cut properly to make my own speaker/earpiece for a crystal radio set. There is a youtube video from another gentleman (rimstar.org) where he uses an uncut crystal for a speaker you can see here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R7zjfaPKMSEAn uncut crystal has a terrible performance by comparison.

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  • Star Track - Arduino Powered Star Pointer and Tracker

    Looks good.I saw the laser and was hoping for a guide star and active mirror, but I suppose that is still a few years off for the home astronomer. I might suggest herringbone gearing just cause I like the lack of backlash. open Scad does herringbone gears pretty easily.

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  • MakerIan commented on MakerIan's instructable Make Rochelle Salt1 year ago
    Make Rochelle Salt

    No bitterness is intended, I am simply not the greatest author/communicator. I see how my last paragraphs for example could be read that way.

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  • MakerIan entered Make Rochelle Salt in the Maker Olympics Contest 2016 contest 1 year ago
  • Casting Iron Using Aluminothermic Reaction

    Codyslab on youtube did a silver refining using a similar reaction, and he wanted to slow the reaction down for a better product. Slowing the reaction down with adulterants like borax may yield a more usable less violent product.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jv4VKpJ1Bbc

    Codyslab on youtube did a silver refining using a similar reaction, and he wanted to slow the reaction down for a better product. Slowing the reaction down with adulterants like borax may yield a more usable less violent product.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U6Mk7w_c3tI

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