Asked by prasanth reddy 7 years ago

cardboard 3d models

First, you'd have to be very careful not to cut yourself (a leather glove to hold the piece helps). If you print the pieces for a cardboard model, instead of cutting, it'll look better if the pieces are sliced. These are the steps that I take: 1. After printing the models, I cut the pieces leaving 1/8 to 1/4 white space along the edges. 2 I use 12/24 pack cardboard from soft drinks (the cardboard from hot pockets works also, but its harder to cut) 3. use a glue stick to transfer the pieces to your cardboard and roll any round object to remove any bubbles. 4. when dry use a pair of scissors to cut the pieces. 5. lay the template face down on your material and use a pen to trace the outline. if using cardboard, use a box cutter blade and slice the parts out, slicing to the line of adjacent pieces. For slots, cut the width thru the cardboard, and slice the required length. Use an exact-o knife to cut the ends, flip over and trim. I've built over a dozen models and my three grandchildren love them.

Posted by yauco 5 years ago

Model bridge

Hello,             What is the best way to construct a model bridge out of small wooden icecream sticks  The requirements are as follows: 1) the icecream stick dimensions are 2mm deep 10mm wide by 115mm long 2) the bridge has to be 1 metre long and about 20-30cm wide 3) the only materials are the wooden icecream sticks , wood glue and cardboard to form the deck of the bridge. The idea is to construct the bridge so as to be able to hold the most weight.The most weight achieved so far is 450 kg before breaking

Posted by jamesk891 4 years ago

Whats your favorite firearm?

Im making a model gun instructables but i need a firearm to model for u guys

Asked by OrIsIt 6 years ago

Best program for creating 3D models

Ok I want to make a 3D model for printing, what is the best program to use.  I have Maya 2013 (DEMO) , and 3DSMax 2013 (DEMO), and sculptris 6.  What program is the best to create and convert for 3D printing.  I want to enter in the new 3D Printing contest and if I make something 3D I want it to work on someones printer for them to print.  Plus if the software can make it fool proof, I don't want to make a model that won't print, and don't really know what is possible and what is not. Any help would be great.  Biggest concern it converting it over to 3D printing format, and making a model that would be able to be printed (with lets say makerbot, or the most common 3D Printer able to be printed by anyone). Thank you in advance.

Posted by spyder2021 5 years ago

Sewing machine advice?

I'm looking for a sewing machine. I'm not advanced or anything, but I'm familiar and comfortable sewing. I have a somewhat limited budget, let's say $200 max, and I don't need anything fancy. Basically, I'm looking for a basic, easy to use, relatively inexpensive sewing machine. I'm planning to make pretty basic clothes, bags, etc. It would be a great help to have some sense of what models would best meet my needs (new or used). Thanks!!

Asked by isbltchi 5 years ago

Does anyone know how to mix official military colors from the basics (red, yellow, blue?)?

I use acryllics, and I try to mix from the basics rather than buy a tube of paint for every specific color I need. I would like to paint some military miniatures, and I need mil-spec colors.  I don't want to purchase a hundren dollars woth of paint to do this.

Asked by hardlec 7 years ago

Goodbye to Instructables

Thanks for all the people that have supported me with my robots builds over the years and offered some very encouraging comments. I am always willing to help out with ideas where I can and will continue building things for many years to come. Unfortunately a few individuals have chosen to target me and my work taking my work and calling it their own. The work they are using is clearly being lifted directly from this site. This leaves me with no choice but to delete my account. For those that are interested I am sure you have already visited my website where you will be able to keep up to date with my work. Podpadstudios.co.uk

Posted by DELETED_podpadstudios 2 years ago

New software traces 3D models from video footage (yow!)

VideoTrace is a pretty sick new bit of software in the prototype phase that's being developed by folks in Australia. By placing and fine-tuning points on video footage, the software can create a 3D model with textures. Now that I know about it I wish they would hurry up and release it.In their words:VideoTrace is a system for interactively generating realistic 3D models of objects from video models that might be inserted into a video game, a simulation environment, or another video sequence. The user interacts with VideoTrace by tracing the shape of the object to be modelled over one or more frames of the video. By interpreting the sketch drawn by the user in light of 3D information obtained from computer vision techniques, a small number of simple 2D interactions can be used to generate a realistic 3D model. Each of the sketching operations in VideoTrace provides an intuitive and powerful means of modelling shape from video, and executes quickly enough to be used interactively. Immediate feedback allows the user to model rapidly those parts of the scene which are of interest and to the level of detail required. The combination of automated and manual reconstruction allows VideoTrace to model parts of the scene not visible, and to succeed in cases where purely automated approaches would fail.Check out the video at VideoTrace's site. It has one of the coolest uses of copy-and-paste ever.via boingboing

Posted by fungus amungus 10 years ago

I really want to make scale prefably Working models of the USS Enterpise Command Bridges &the TARDIS Console Rooms help?

Any help will be appreciated never done it before, hope I can do it, I want it action figure size, but realistic and acricate

Asked by Wildish 7 years ago

Prototype for Business Sake!

I'm super excited to give a talk at Maker Faire this year! I hope you're able to make it! Talk Scope: Go from maker to entrepreneur by using prototyping tools to validate and build robust business models. Whether you have a dream of turning your hobby into a business or you’re interested in testing your innovative technology for commercial viability this talk is for you! VISIT HERE Background: As a Strategy Designer I work with clients to design relevant strategies and future business model options. I do this by providing teams with new tools, skills and mindset to stay competitive in today’s market. My company, Business Models Inc, is an international design and innovation strategy firm. We work across industries with large corporates, startups, and early stage entrepreneurs to help them develop innovative business models using our user-centered lean approach.

Posted by Carleyy 1 year ago

models on harnessing energy?


Asked by 8 years ago

How to make a bomb detector?

I have a science project to make. I need a working model... HELP!!!! :( Thanks!!

Asked by 97shreyag 5 years ago

Quadcopter build help? multiwii is causing motors to twitch when throttle is applied

I have been working on a large X525 quadcopter kit/ w/ multiwii SE v2.5 from amazon, and have had success with configuring the multiwii for the quadX configuration, however, when I arm it and try to take off, all 4 motors ramp up to speed but then cut out and continue ramping up, particularly one motor, whichever is the lowest. Balancing the quad on 2 legs, the quad seems to want to stabilize, but keeps tetering violently since the motors keep randomly cutting out. I have tried to calibrate the ESCs by connecting them individually directly to the CH3 (throttle) receiver, powering up the Tx with the throttle high,plugging in the LiPo battery, and after hearing the jingle, lowering the throttle back down to the lowest position and waiting for the first few beeps before I unplug the LiPo battery and moving on the the next ESC. I was looking at the multiwii outputs through the software and they were in fact jumping around like crazy but after taking the props off the amount of twitching did go down a little, but still about 10-20% deviation in the bars of the software readouts. I've also tried dismounting the multiwii from the quad to eliminate the possibility of vibration from the motors from causing the multiwii to attempt corrections to the motor. though it seems to have the same for as long as I could tell because by the time I tested this, the multiwii board touched the power distribution board causing magical smoke to be released. Oops! Now the multiwii is completely dead all but the green power light which is directly connected to power Vin. The board and all the chips appear completely fine with no damage, and there is voltage to the main ATmega328, I don't know if I should try desoldering the ATmega and buying a replacement, or suck it up and buy a new $30 board. For all I can tell, I do not see how other sensors could have failed since the the exposed through-hole headers that likely touched the distribution board are directly connected to the multiwii's analog/digital input/output pins, I suspect that is all that went bad is the ATmega chip, even though if shows no sign of burning and does not overheat with power applied. Anyway while I wait, I thought I will ask about this problem to see if it is something simple like sensors calibration. (w/o motors operating, the output appears as it should!!!)

Asked by -max- 3 years ago

Canada Amateur Model Rocketry?

I've recently been looking into model rocketry, and was excited at the prospect of making and testing my own small sugar rocket motors. I've done quite a bit of research, and have discovered that many of the oxidizers i would need to use are not available in Canada (ex. KNO3, ammonium nitrate etc...). The only option I discovered was to synthesize KClO3, which I'm not interested in considering how dangerous and unstable it seems to be. I was wondering if any fellow Canadians have found anything that can be used as a substitute/any way for me to pursue this as a hobby without buying motors pre-made, which I'm not interested in. Any help is appreciated.

Asked by haywyre 4 years ago

Prop building using Pink Foam sheets?

Found out that Pink Foam is used in building signs,grave stones "beloved tombstone" and other props. they showed examples but lacked the how to's need to know more besides a dremel tool what else can you use with this foam. can you treat it like wood carve patterns in to the foam?

Asked by Eyewondery 8 years ago

Knexing for The Community!

Hey, so one of the things which annoys me, and likely annoys you guys as well, is people posting the most epic creations you have ever seen in picture form, with the sentence "Should i post???", and then when you ask them to post instructions, they say that they've broke it up, and you can never get to build that gun, even though your eyes are drooling and your mouth is crying tears of cabbage... WELL LOOK NO FURTHER! From now on (actually whenever i feel like it), if there is i gun with no instructions, and a reasonable piece count, send me the link, and i will attempt to build it, and then post instructions. OR if you are so amazingly good at instructables and knex and stuff, but don't have the time to make one, again, I WILL DO IT FOR YOU, and i will actually give you guys, the creators, all the credit! All i require is enough pics from different angles! So what are you waiting for? LET'S MAKE A BETTER INSTRUCTABLES COMMUNITY! (ps. this shouldn't be against the code of conduct if you ask the creator first if you can get me to build it, otherwise it is stealing of content)

Posted by Zappa021 5 years ago

is there any way to harden floral foam? Answered

I am making some molds and stuff from floral foam, and I wan't to know if there is a way to harden it and make it heavy.  Some of the things I'm making will have to take handling and painting without chipping, breaking, or crushing.  I use floral foam because it's easy to use, so I can make models in the first place.  I'm not looking for another medium, but how to change it once the model is made.  Also, I cannot use anything expensive or that must be bought online.  Preferrably something like paper-mache, but that will not stick out from small crevices in the model. 

Asked by jduffy54 5 years ago


Does anyone even care about mini model? I've barley seen any in the entire website! (excluding www.instructables.com/id/Mini-Island-Gaming-Terrain/ ) Any way... I need to see more of this kind of stuff!

Posted by elkalpin 8 years ago

Top Secret Behind-the-Scenes Photos from Big Name Fashion Shoot

Last week I was away from Instructables HQ to work on a catalog shoot for a Major Fashion Line. I work periodically as their tailor, altering the clothes to perfectly fit the models.(That's why they never look the same when you wear them!)I'm not really authorized to go into detail about the company or the shoot (since it's for their upcoming Fall Catalog), but I thought it would be interesting to share a few quirky details, and some photos I surreptitiously shot with my phone.As previously stated, all of the clothes are altered to fit the models. Sometimes this means taking things almost entirely apart and putting them back together in a smaller (or bigger!) size.Also we do things like sew pockets shut so they won't disrupt the line of the garment. Did I mention we do all of this work out of a motor home?If the clothes still look weird when the model's in a certain position, they'll use big binder clips to secretly adjust the clothes to look right.And all of the clothes have big slashes in the them or are stamped with the word SAMPLE so no one will want to try and steal them. All of this stuff is corrected on computers before the pictures go out.We call it "fixing in post." I'm a big fan of "fixing in post."Here's something I definitely shouldn't tell you.On the first two days of shooting, it was raining like all get out. We waited and waited for it to let up to get our outside shots, but it just didn't!So everyone braved up and we assembled the whole crew under tents and umbrellas and shot in the rain. The pictures looked gorgeous!But as a result of this, the rest of the week had to be shot as "rain shots." Of course, for the next week it was sunny and warm. So they hired someone to come and make it look like it was raining!Doing these shoots is a lot of fun. I love going on location and having to deal with whatever elements arise. (There are usually a lot of police involved for various reasons too. . . )Hope you've enjoyed this top secret behind-the-scenes look!

Posted by scoochmaroo 9 years ago

model b+? Answered

Will I be crippled using a model B+?

Asked by DavidC990 1 year ago

Finding the model's volume for larger models? Answered

In your example the model could fit into a measuring jug to easily determine the volume. What could be used for larger models that are unable to fit in a measuring jug? For example, a model of about 200mm (+- 8")

Asked by Cancore3D 1 year ago

what model kit instructables are there?

I cant find any model or model kit instructables, can anyone tell me a few?

Asked by the poodleo 7 years ago

Upload model? Answered

I don't find the link for upload the modelEric

Asked by ericetmarine 11 months ago

fan model? Answered

What is the fan model with charcoal filter you recommend?

Asked by pschmitt52 1 year ago

how do i make a model heart?

Asked by 9 years ago

The model for me looks to small. Answered

When I imported the model into Cura, the model is way too small. what should I do?

Asked by ExHippoMan 1 year ago

pics of models

Show off your origami here!

Posted by BuffaloNickel 10 years ago

where is the scale model forum?

Ive heard of a scale modeling forum, but i cant find it. can anyone help me? 

Asked by the poodleo 6 years ago

Plasticine model? Answered

Hello! can i sculpt a model out of plasticine and make a silicone mold from it?

Asked by MelissaM327 10 months ago

Model railroading

Anyone interested?

Posted by GaryS25 2 years ago

what model leatherman is the prize?

Just wondering, what model is it, because it is not specified.

Posted by Spectrace 10 years ago

Paper Models

This is a forum for paper model enthusiasts. Post you paper crafts pics, ideas, and what your working on here.

Posted by aj01-01 8 years ago

Steam engine model made entirely with glass!

Here is a beautiful model of a steam engine made with glass.

Posted by blkhawk 4 years ago

signals for Model railways

I made the signal. I will show it soon.

Posted by paul Fast post 2 years ago

does anyone have ideas on how to model a oil derrick?

An oil derrick from the 1900s. thanks

Asked by Bostonians 7 years ago

is there any website that sells scale models really cheap?

Me and my friend do a lot of scale modeling, and we were wondering if there was anywhere we can get models that ship to canada free for like 5 bucks

Asked by the poodleo 7 years ago

Rpi model 2? Answered

Hi can I use my older Pi model 2 for the course or will it present problems?

Asked by kepstein1 1 year ago

Modeling assistance required? Answered

Does anybody have any suggestions on either making or, as a last resort, buying a scale model of this? http://users.powernet.co.uk/hamilton/bgpix/G42belgrave.jpg

Asked by memyselfand1 8 years ago

scale modeling

This is a simple forum for all of the website users that do scale modeling. I know that not that many website users do, but at least there's somewhere now that the few people can use to talk about painting, techniques, or anything to do with models.

Posted by the poodleo 7 years ago

scale modeling papercraft?

I do scale models, and I was wondering; are there any places where you can download free papercraft things like buildings, army vehicles, ships, etc. for free that are in the equivelant scale of most models, suck as 1/48, 1/72, 1/35?

Asked by the poodleo 7 years ago

Plastics modeling techniques?

Hey im and architecture student and im wanting to experient with a moldable plastic (in model building) to design a sculptural screen wall. To replicate a "nurbs" surface that is digitally modeled, so its all wavey and stuff. If anyone has any suggestions on material or modeling techniques let me know! thanks

Posted by sbolli 10 years ago