Instructables: exploring - - prototyping - featured http://www.instructables.com Thu, 18 Sep 2014 21:23:07 PDT BLOX v1.01 Polydexter: Arduino Robotic Translation Arm http://www.instructables.com/id/Polydexter-Arduino-Robotic-Translation-Arm/
Polydexter: Arduino Robotic Translation Arm - More DIY How To Projects]]> http://cdn.instructables.com/FVC/84ZR/HY12CFQI/FVC84ZRHY12CFQI.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FVC/84ZR/HY12CFQI/FVC84ZRHY12CFQI.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FVC/84ZR/HY12CFQI/FVC84ZRHY12CFQI.SMALL.jpg jeffmaeshiro Polydexter was the introductory project in the Creative Architecture Machines (CAM) advanced options architecture studio at the California College of the Arts (CCA), taught by Jason Kelly Johnson (co-founder of Future Cities Lab) and Michael Shiloh. Parts developed for this robot would go on to beco...
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Fri, 25 Jul 2014 11:48:36 PDT
A little breakout board for DIP ICs with output resistors http://www.instructables.com/id/A-little-breakout-board-for-DIP-ICs-with-output-re/
A little breakout board for DIP ICs with output resistors - More DIY How To Projects]]> http://cdn.instructables.com/F3O/1EAI/HV80I1N4/F3O1EAIHV80I1N4.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/F3O/1EAI/HV80I1N4/F3O1EAIHV80I1N4.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/F3O/1EAI/HV80I1N4/F3O1EAIHV80I1N4.SMALL.jpg Aars_Man_Tiny Hello all.This is my first instructable! If you have any suggestions or questions, feel free to send me a PM.After receiving my cheap (horribly packaged, that's what you get for being a cheapskate) 74HC595 shift registers from China a short while back, I decided it was time to give them a try.I made...
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Thu, 15 May 2014 07:14:22 PDT
Robotic Arm Trifecta (Science Olympiad) http://www.instructables.com/id/Robotic-Arm-Trifecta-Science-Olympiad/
Robotic Arm Trifecta (Science Olympiad) - More DIY How To Projects]]> http://cdn.instructables.com/FT0/UOXL/HUMTNJKV/FT0UOXLHUMTNJKV.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FT0/UOXL/HUMTNJKV/FT0UOXLHUMTNJKV.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FT0/UOXL/HUMTNJKV/FT0UOXLHUMTNJKV.SMALL.jpg WOSO In the fall of 2012, we set out to construct a robotic arm for the Science Olympiad competition that would be capable of performing the required set of tasks efficiently and to perfection. This instructable will attempt to guide you through the thought processes used in the design and construction...
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Wed, 30 Apr 2014 23:56:42 PDT
San Francisco Architectural Silverware http://www.instructables.com/id/San-Francisco-Architectural-Silverware/
San Francisco Architectural Silverware - More DIY How To Projects]]> http://cdn.instructables.com/FPL/WO41/HRKQZFY4/FPLWO41HRKQZFY4.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FPL/WO41/HRKQZFY4/FPLWO41HRKQZFY4.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FPL/WO41/HRKQZFY4/FPLWO41HRKQZFY4.SMALL.jpg zisiadis I live in San Francisco where Sutro Tower is an integral part of the skyline. I can't help but think that, when viewed from certain angles, it looks like a giant fork! The architectural landmarks in a city become our friends in a weird way. They're these ever-present figures that are always arou...
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Wed, 12 Feb 2014 17:27:44 PST
How to make an Ergonomic USB Mouse (Ergo Mouse) - made from Styrofoam http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-make-an-Ergonomic-USB-Mouse-Ergo-Mouse-/
How to make an Ergonomic USB Mouse (Ergo Mouse) - made from Styrofoam - More DIY How To Projects]]> http://cdn.instructables.com/FQ5/RTZR/HI3TRW13/FQ5RTZRHI3TRW13.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FQ5/RTZR/HI3TRW13/FQ5RTZRHI3TRW13.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FQ5/RTZR/HI3TRW13/FQ5RTZRHI3TRW13.SMALL.jpg Hey Jude Hello! If you have ever found yourself getting tired hands/wrists while using a computer Mouse (sometimes it even leads to RSI - Repetitive Strain Injury), or you wished you could just open up that mouse and re-arrange all the functional components just the way you wanted, so it felt great to use -...
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Sun, 23 Jun 2013 08:37:08 PDT
Arduino-plex 2.0: Modular Plexiglas Arduino Work Surface http://www.instructables.com/id/Arduino-plex-20-Modular-Plexiglas-Arduino-Work-S/
Arduino-plex 2.0: Modular Plexiglas Arduino Work Surface - More DIY How To Projects]]> http://cdn.instructables.com/F8Q/JNWS/HFD197AP/F8QJNWSHFD197AP.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/F8Q/JNWS/HFD197AP/F8QJNWSHFD197AP.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/F8Q/JNWS/HFD197AP/F8QJNWSHFD197AP.SMALL.jpg ProfMuggs Last year I needed a board that I could stick my breadboards to, that would also securely hold my Arduino. I used some Plexiglas I picked up at Skycraft in Orlando and I glued everything together with Crazy Glue. This worked well, but it didn't give me the freedom to reconfigure or put something on ...
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Wed, 17 Apr 2013 09:10:39 PDT
How to Make a Solder Buddy (from sheet plastic) http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Make-a-Solder-Buddy-from-sheet-plastic/
How to Make a Solder Buddy (from sheet plastic) - More DIY How To Projects]]> http://cdn.instructables.com/FEM/YMVK/HDRS63NA/FEMYMVKHDRS63NA.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FEM/YMVK/HDRS63NA/FEMYMVKHDRS63NA.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FEM/YMVK/HDRS63NA/FEMYMVKHDRS63NA.SMALL.jpg Hey Jude [UPDATE - Thank you to everyone who voted in the UP! 3D Printer Contest - I was lucky to win an UP! Plus, so now I can proceed with Solder Buddy Mark III (Mark II is improving Mark I with you suggestions below) and then release the CAD files*. *I am also looking for CAD software to do this in [spons...
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Sun, 3 Mar 2013 14:40:59 PST
Make a Variable Resistor with 1 Million Settings http://www.instructables.com/id/Make-a-Variable-Resister-with-1-Million-Settings/
Make a Variable Resistor with 1 Million Settings - More DIY How To Projects]]> http://cdn.instructables.com/FWU/5WPT/HB58N7M2/FWU5WPTHB58N7M2.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FWU/5WPT/HB58N7M2/FWU5WPTHB58N7M2.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FWU/5WPT/HB58N7M2/FWU5WPTHB58N7M2.SMALL.jpg Sam DeRose Last week in my college physics lab we got to use these variable resistance 'boxes'. They had two inputs and six dials, and could generate one million different resistances across the two inputs. I knew I had to have one, and why not make it myself? This tutorial demonstrates how to build one for yo...
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Thu, 3 Jan 2013 08:05:53 PST
How to Build your Everything Really Really Fast http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Build-your-Everything-Really-Really-Fast/
How to Build your Everything Really Really Fast - More DIY How To Projects]]> http://cdn.instructables.com/F2W/ADS2/HAQ383IC/F2WADS2HAQ383IC.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/F2W/ADS2/HAQ383IC/F2WADS2HAQ383IC.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/F2W/ADS2/HAQ383IC/F2WADS2HAQ383IC.SMALL.jpg teamtestbot A few years ago, I wrote a short document on methods for rapidly fabricating elements of mechanical systems entitled How to Build Your Robot Really Really Fast. It was catered towards students in MIT's 2.007 introductory design and manufacturing class for which I was a lab assistant at the time. The...
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Sat, 29 Dec 2012 23:04:20 PST
Prototyping on the cheap http://www.instructables.com/id/Prototyping-on-the-cheap/
Prototyping on the cheap - More DIY How To Projects]]> http://cdn.instructables.com/F7W/186I/H82UHJIO/F7W186IH82UHJIO.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/F7W/186I/H82UHJIO/F7W186IH82UHJIO.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/F7W/186I/H82UHJIO/F7W186IH82UHJIO.SMALL.jpg youknowwho4eva In reality this started several years ago, with an idea I had with no way to implement. I've been using 3D printing for a while now, but even the most inexpensive material can be costly. I wanted to be able to print cut outs on paper to build a model using paper. But paper isn't cheap either. And ho...
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Wed, 10 Oct 2012 11:58:02 PDT
Gummy Water Elemental: Video Game Gummies on the Cheap Remix http://www.instructables.com/id/Gummy-Water-Elemental-Video-Game-Gummies-on-the-C/
Gummy Water Elemental: Video Game Gummies on the Cheap Remix - More DIY How To Projects]]> http://cdn.instructables.com/F71/VXSU/H21CGO00/F71VXSUH21CGO00.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/F71/VXSU/H21CGO00/F71VXSUH21CGO00.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/F71/VXSU/H21CGO00/F71VXSUH21CGO00.SMALL.jpg Jetpack5 So, you just finished designing a sweet Water Elemental for World of Warcraft, Goblin from Skyrim, Zombie Mook for Half-Life 2, Mutant Bunny for Fallout 3, or whatever other game will give this Instructable a lot of Google hits. What better way to celebrate than with some tasty, tasty gummies? And...
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Fri, 25 May 2012 18:20:00 PDT
How to CNC a skull http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-CNC-a-skull/
How to CNC a skull - More DIY How To Projects]]> http://cdn.instructables.com/FTJ/W20D/H1YOBBFR/FTJW20DH1YOBBFR.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FTJ/W20D/H1YOBBFR/FTJW20DH1YOBBFR.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FTJ/W20D/H1YOBBFR/FTJW20DH1YOBBFR.SMALL.jpg surfwizz Really, everyone should have a skull on their desk.  It's an age-old symbol, a memento mori that reminds us that we are not long for this world.  So I set out to make one out of aluminum.  This was my process.   CAD/CAM I designed the skull in Solidworks.  I don't have a ton of images from this p...
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Sun, 13 May 2012 11:13:22 PDT
How to make your own Arduino board http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-make-your-own-Arduino-board/
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Tue, 8 May 2012 19:33:20 PDT
Poseable doll/Designer toy in Blender http://www.instructables.com/id/Posable-dollDesigner-toy-in-Blender/
Poseable doll/Designer toy in Blender - More DIY How To Projects]]> http://cdn.instructables.com/FQY/9QIT/H1JUJMAX/FQY9QITH1JUJMAX.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FQY/9QIT/H1JUJMAX/FQY9QITH1JUJMAX.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FQY/9QIT/H1JUJMAX/FQY9QITH1JUJMAX.SMALL.jpg thekendall You've all probably heard about Munny dolls and Dunnys. Designer toys are becoming extremely popular. During this Instructables. I will show you my process of creating my own DIY Doll similar to a Munny. I will be using Blender to box model the various parts of the character and Experiment with Bool...
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Sat, 5 May 2012 23:29:16 PDT
Heated Build Chamber for Rapman 3D Printer http://www.instructables.com/id/Heated-Build-Chamber-for-Rapman-3D-Printer/
Heated Build Chamber for Rapman 3D Printer - More DIY How To Projects]]> http://cdn.instructables.com/FKS/II5M/H006CDUA/FKSII5MH006CDUA.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FKS/II5M/H006CDUA/FKSII5MH006CDUA.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FKS/II5M/H006CDUA/FKSII5MH006CDUA.SMALL.jpg TimPayne This is an Instructable for a heated build chamber to house a Rapman 3.2 3D Printer. I chose the Rapman 3.2 because of it's relatively large print area, user friendly interface and the available dual extrusion upgrade. Assembly of the kit was simple and I found myself printing in no time; however, I...
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Sat, 31 Mar 2012 19:53:01 PDT
Two Part Raspberry Pi Case http://www.instructables.com/id/Two-Part-Raspberry-Pi-Case/
Two Part Raspberry Pi Case - More DIY How To Projects]]> http://cdn.instructables.com/FKS/7NZZ/H0AR6KIJ/FKS7NZZH0AR6KIJ.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FKS/7NZZ/H0AR6KIJ/FKS7NZZH0AR6KIJ.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FKS/7NZZ/H0AR6KIJ/FKS7NZZH0AR6KIJ.SMALL.jpg Major Peel As I'm sure many of you know the Raspberry Pi launched a few weeks ago (www.raspberrypi.org). As the initial units will ship without a case I decided to make one.  The case was modelled using Pro Engineer CAD software and then rapid prototyped by a company in the UK (more about that later). One di...
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Tue, 27 Mar 2012 06:15:36 PDT
Acrylic Arduino Prototyping Stand http://www.instructables.com/id/Acrylic-Arduino-Prototyping-Stand/
Acrylic Arduino Prototyping Stand - More DIY How To Projects]]> http://cdn.instructables.com/F51/LJ6I/GXL5ORG6/F51LJ6IGXL5ORG6.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/F51/LJ6I/GXL5ORG6/F51LJ6IGXL5ORG6.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/F51/LJ6I/GXL5ORG6/F51LJ6IGXL5ORG6.SMALL.jpg talk2bruce I do a lot of projects with Arduino's and breadboards.  Often as I work on a messy workbench, the Arduino or breadboard get jostled and the wires pop out of the headers or the breadboard. To solve this problem, I decided to make a simple acrylic stand for mounting an Arduino and a breadboard that wo...
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Sun, 22 Jan 2012 13:51:26 PST
Radio Redux http://www.instructables.com/id/Radio-Redux/ http://cdn.instructables.com/FW9/CY7P/GV0KL0M3/FW9CY7PGV0KL0M3.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FW9/CY7P/GV0KL0M3/FW9CY7PGV0KL0M3.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FW9/CY7P/GV0KL0M3/FW9CY7PGV0KL0M3.SMALL.jpg royshearer A collection of radio hacks by Level 2 students of Product Design at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design (DJCAD). All students were given a Sony portable radio and asked to add value by redesigning it for a new application. Here you will find out how to replicate the prototypes they made...
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Fri, 16 Dec 2011 17:52:04 PST
Breadbaord Pincushion http://www.instructables.com/id/Breadbaord-Pincushion/
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Thu, 25 Aug 2011 13:06:47 PDT
Wearable Breadboard for Electronics - ProtoHoodie http://www.instructables.com/id/Wearable-Breadboard-for-Electronics-ProtoHoodie/
Wearable Breadboard for Electronics - ProtoHoodie - More DIY How To Projects]]> http://cdn.instructables.com/FRZ/PPY0/GF06SXHB/FRZPPY0GF06SXHB.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FRZ/PPY0/GF06SXHB/FRZPPY0GF06SXHB.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FRZ/PPY0/GF06SXHB/FRZPPY0GF06SXHB.SMALL.jpg caitlinsdad When you prototype, what else do you do but use a prototype?  From circuit designer to fashion designer, this wearable breadboard does it all. Components optional. Breadboards for electronics (no, I never asked why they are named that), are useful platforms to physically experiment with electronic ...
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Thu, 7 Oct 2010 21:33:31 PDT
How to Make a Three Axis CNC Machine (Cheaply and Easily) http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Make-a-Three-Axis-CNC-Machine-Cheaply-and-/
How to Make a Three Axis CNC Machine (Cheaply and Easily) - More DIY How To Projects]]> http://cdn.instructables.com/FCK/BMSH/F3HY3SK9/FCKBMSHF3HY3SK9.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FCK/BMSH/F3HY3SK9/FCKBMSHF3HY3SK9.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FCK/BMSH/F3HY3SK9/FCKBMSHF3HY3SK9.SMALL.jpg oomlout The idea behind this Instructable was to fulfill my desire for a desktop sized CNC machine. While it would have been nice to purchase an off the shelf unit the issue of price as well as size proved prohibitive. With this in mind I endeavored to design and build a three axis CNC machine with the foll...
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Fri, 29 Jun 2007 03:31:49 PDT
3 Axis CNC Router - 60"x60"x5" - JunkBot http://www.instructables.com/id/3-Axis-CNC-Router---60x60x5---JunkBot/
3 Axis CNC Router - 60"x60"x5" - JunkBot - More DIY How To Projects]]> http://cdn.instructables.com/F72/85IS/FAQEDKD8/F7285ISFAQEDKD8.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/F72/85IS/FAQEDKD8/F7285ISFAQEDKD8.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/F72/85IS/FAQEDKD8/F7285ISFAQEDKD8.SMALL.jpg russaanderson This Instructable is the first in a series documenting the construction of a DIY 3 axis CNC router. This is also my entry for the Universal Laser Cutter Contest.The goal of this Instructable is not to show a full step by step progression but rather to pass along my experiences with making my own CNC...
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Tue, 1 Jan 2008 23:56:07 PST
Wiring Pen http://www.instructables.com/id/Wiring-Pen/
Wiring Pen - More DIY How To Projects]]> http://cdn.instructables.com/FNI/SXFR/FA0CV7I6/FNISXFRFA0CV7I6.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FNI/SXFR/FA0CV7I6/FNISXFRFA0CV7I6.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FNI/SXFR/FA0CV7I6/FNISXFRFA0CV7I6.SMALL.jpg neelandan Attach a spool of wire and a hypodermic needle to a ball point pen barrel to make an aid to make point-to-point wiring easier to do. The board shown is a microprocessor system board with a 8085, 2764 and 6464 - that is, the CPU, EPROM and RAM - and some additional glue circuitry. The parts A hypo...
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Wed, 12 Dec 2007 09:55:35 PST
Mold Making: Two Part Silicone Mold http://www.instructables.com/id/Two-Part-Silicone-Casting/
Mold Making: Two Part Silicone Mold - More DIY How To Projects]]> http://cdn.instructables.com/FK5/HO9H/F90541E8/FK5HO9HF90541E8.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FK5/HO9H/F90541E8/FK5HO9HF90541E8.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FK5/HO9H/F90541E8/FK5HO9HF90541E8.SMALL.jpg bofthem *UPDATE* I'm going to include some FAQ's to answer some of the questions I've received. { FAQ }This tutorial will demonstrate how to reliably reproduce cast objects using a two part silicone mold. This technique, when skillfully applied, can have incredible resolution, effectively cast very complex...
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Mon, 19 Nov 2007 16:07:30 PST
Make a good, cheap, upgradeable sheet plastic vacuum former http://www.instructables.com/id/Make-a-good%2c-cheap%2c-upgradeable-sheet-plastic-vacu/
Make a good, cheap, upgradeable sheet plastic vacuum former - More DIY How To Projects]]> http://cdn.instructables.com/FYA/5MUI/F3ETRVC8/FYA5MUIF3ETRVC8.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FYA/5MUI/F3ETRVC8/FYA5MUIF3ETRVC8.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FYA/5MUI/F3ETRVC8/FYA5MUIF3ETRVC8.SMALL.jpg drcrash Tired of buying cheap plastic crap? Now you can make your own!Or you can make nice and surprisingly sturdy plastic stuff in amazing shapes, amaze your friends with your technical prowess, and be the life of the party.Vacuum forming is a technique for shaping sheet plastics into 3D shapes, which you...
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Thu, 28 Jun 2007 14:20:05 PDT