ball - on - plate PID controller

Hello everyone I work on a project ball on a plate and have a problem making the ball move a circular motion Please Help Thanks 

Posted by aljaur 7 months ago

Gelli plate substitute

Hi. there is a new craze sweeping the craft and art community with a mono printing plate called a gelli plate. It's made out of some sort of mineral oil or gel of some sort. (i think). It's a flexible, clear mat with a soft feel and a give to it, a bit like jello. There are plenty of homemade versions using gelatin. which works fine for a while but it soon breaks up or bacteria sets in as gelatin is a food substance. Are there any clever boffin types out there that can make a similiar product that doesn't use gelatin and that has a good shelf life. I first thought of Oogoo but it's not pliable enough. This Gelli plate reminds me of the soft silcone gel that is used for scar healing, but is so expensive for small sheets. here is the link to see what I am after.

Posted by Lijesm 5 years ago

Small VERY Hot Plate

I am looking for someone who can design for me to make or make for me a specialized hot plate. I need it to be small like 3" by 2" and to get very hot as much as 700 degrees is desired. I want the power source to be 400watts. I know this seems hard but my reasoning is that the smaller size means higher temps with less wattage. I would use this as a hot plate that evaporates liquid from an airstream as it passes by - a dryer if you like. I would use 2 to cause the air to have to pass both in a zig-zag path. I would like to have a solid surface so eventually I see the plate encased in ceramic but for this it need only be metal. Can you help? Contact me here on the site to discuss more details Coog

Posted by coogrrr 5 years ago

Making a plate which detects contact with metal

Hello, I'm trying to make a 6" x 6" plate which can detect when a needle comes into contact with it.  The plate can be made out of whatever ( preferably an easy to obtain material like a metal sheet) and have any electrical components necessary attached to it but the needle can't have any attached wires etc.  Any thoughts?

Posted by kmforest 1 year ago

Simple CNC question... Answered

This is probably really obvious, but I wanted to know if there is a better way.  I was thinking about how I would go about making a simple "mounting plate".  Then I realized that wouldn't I first have to cut it to size and then mill out the holes.  But then the since I had to cut out the plate it kind of takes the point out of the cnc, because I wouldn't be very accurate for the outside dimensions.  So is there a way to machine the outside, even though it would be in the cnc's vice? Thanks in Advance! AI

Asked by JaredsProjects 7 years ago

Things to do with LCD backlight guide plate and polarisation films?

I received about 15 damaged laptop screens and took them apart to get the CCFLs and inverters which I'll combine into a modest spotlight for video recording. From each laptop I also gained some films and the light guide panel. I believe one of the films from each is just a simple diffuser whilst the other two appear to also be blurry polarisers. Finally, each screen has an acrylic light guide which refracts the light 90° and does so evenly by having some kind of bumps or dots spaced out according to the "diffusion equation" so there are more further away from the source of light (which comes from the side).  Any ideas for what I might use these films and plates? I do have a lamp project for which I can use the diffusion film but the polarising films would probably absorb too much of the light.

Posted by THX 1138 12 months ago

Electoplating wood. CHEMISTRY QUESTIONS!

Hello guys, Thanks alot for reading. I don't know much about chemistry outside of my one high school class. We electroplated a penny. I have a 1.5ish square-foot piece of wood, and i am wanting to CHROME IT.... chrome paint kits cost hundreds of dollars, and i've before seen chrome-plated wood.. and i want to replicate the results. [img][/img]I'm looking for a cost effective alternative to expensive chrome kits (+300 dollars for a pint)In theory.... my method would involve somehow plating the guitar with some sort of metallic based paint, then submerging it in a chrome bath. [b]IS THIS POSSIBLE??[/b]Is there a metal chemical that can somehow be applied evenly to the entire surface of the wood? (i.e. paint?)What, and how much of the specific chemicals do i need, and where can i find them?I really want this to be mirrored. Thanks so much for your responses to my problem:P

Posted by punx777 10 years ago

What is instructables page/ picture limit? Answered

I had trouble uploading a lot of photos and was wondering if there is a picture limit? Is there a page limit for instructables? Why doesn't spell check work when I hit spell check?  Thanks in advance.

Asked by sunshiine 7 years ago

How to straighten 6"x48" - 3/8 low carbon steel plate warped?

How can I straighten a warped [in y-z axis, 48" axis o.k.] 6"x48" - 3/8" plate low carbon steel?  I've tried heat straightening and hammering but have made one section flat and another worse?

Asked by GreatCthulhu 7 years ago

I'm trying to make a Breast Plate

Hey, I'm going to build a piece of FANTASY chest armor. I'm not going for realism or authenticity. Just making "a pile of spikes" that looks cool in my opinion. I'm thinking of making something to the equivalent of a low neck line tank top out of leather / tight weave canvas, and then covering it in steel plates. I'm thinking of dividing the front suit into groups and bands of plate. So I'm going to have a set of bands from the right and left chest, then another section that joins them down the center. A section for the abdomen, a section for each side, and then similar sections for the back. I'm then going to bolt the shoulders onto their respective chest plates. So I've done a crappy sketch on GIMP, Kinda explaining what I'm going to do for the center line of the chest. I think If I do this right It'll allow a lot of flexibility, might even be able to see my chest expand and contract while breathing which I think would be a cool effect. Is there any reason why this wont work? But are there any key factors that I need to take into account when doing this? Parts that need to be more flexible than others?

Posted by Deathcapt 9 years ago

is it safe to turn a kettle into a hot plate for boiling solutions?

Hello, i recently realised that my kettle, which consists of just a a kettle shaped container with a hotplate down the bottom, quickly reaches tempuratures in excess of 100 degrees celcius, and so i have considerd getting a second hand one or a scrap one at the local dump shop, to use in my chlorate cell, to periodically boil the solution once per hour to destroy the hypochlorite and re-absorb the chlorine gas which would normally be lost. i intend to remove the little hot plate! i also want to use it, along with some kind of speed controller, or lamp ambience controller or whatever they are called (lamp dimmer), to make a variable tampurature hot plate, using a heat dependant autoresetting circuit breaker to ensure the temp doesnt go above what i want it at. what i need to know, is  it safe, not for me, but for the kettle, to operate for short periods of time without turning off? or would the resistance coil burn out? by that i mean 5 -7 minutes, considering its normal run time is at about 1-2 minutes. or can it safely run on indefinately, with the only damages occuring being melting of wires and the base?

Asked by oldmanbeefjerky 6 years ago

How would you imprint a graphic or text onto a blank aluminium or stainless steel blank switch plate cover?

I'm making a pedal board/road case with a buddy of mine. It's in its early stages, but it will consist of a pedal board and lift-away lid, covered in tolex with metal corners and such. I'd like to put some sort of small name plate or logo on the front end of it. I've found a blank switch plate cover, normally used to cover up spots where light switches or power outlets used to be, and by some means apply a logo or text to it. It's about the size that I'd like the logo/text to be anyways. I guess I could go and print a sticker and call it done, but I'm looking for a way to make this more permanent. It will be on the outside of what is essentially a small road case, so it will be up against the elements. So I guess if there was a good way to print off a design and put a layer of something over it so it will stay in place, possibly be shiny ( :D ), and be protected from the elements, I'd be all set! For the sake of aesthetics I've decided whatever plate I get, it will be some kind of metal. I've found brushed aluminium, stainless steel, and chrome.

Asked by 8 years ago

Sciences PI Plate

Hi every ones, I'm a young engenner in plant biotechnology. On my free time i try to create an open source plate for the Raspberry pi which has lots of functionality very usefull for science project (Plant growing, Invitro cell, hydroponic control, compotemental study...) I'm really a beginer in electronics, but i read a lot electronic book, looking schematic and see video. This plate have : -8x relay 220V 5A control by a Darlington Array -8x Analog input -4x BNC connector connect to 4 Atlas Scientific Stamp (Ph, EC, DO...) -RTC clock (to be sure of time when data are store on database) -LCD screen 16x2 to facilite the reading without computer -This project will come with backend/frontend distribution Before i order all parts and PCB, i wondering if you be able to check my schematic to validate it and maybe improve it  :P Schematic Image files (2Mo) Fritzing file FZZ I have few question too  : 1/ Can i connect all my ICs and LCD to my external power supply, i read on internet this is better than connect on the 5V from the Raspberry PI? 2/ If i connect all 5V on my external supply how many amps i have to provide (the sum of all amps require by parts)? 3/ Do you know an I2C IC can replace the 74HC4052 to make all the plate in I2C and made it usable by more than a Raspberry PI ? (if it interesting) 4/ Which width is recommand for the wire on my pcb 24 mil (or smaller), and for the 220V Relay the biggest ?? Thanks you for your help, and your website ! Regards Erwan

Posted by wanoo 4 years ago

Automated License Plate Recognition - Good ? Bad ? Indifferent?

Is this a good thing? Does anyone see any possible bad in it (drawbacks, ways to abuse the system)? One place the videos can be found

Posted by Goodhart 9 years ago

How to make a cam plate for a mechanical iris? Answered

Hi there. I'm making a steampunk watch with a mechanical iris as the cover, inspired by gogglerman's "timeye". I was wondering how you would make a cam plate for the iris, I have spoken to him and he has said that it is made of a brass sheet 6mm thick and he used an angle grinder. I was wondering if it is even possible to make one using handheld tools? I live on a small island where there ar'nt many hardware stores, let alone with the right tools, and i'm probably not even going to buy them anyway. So any ideas on how to make a cam plate?

Asked by Hoggster 6 years ago

I have a scrolling led license plate frame. What do i need to do in order to be able to hook it up to my pc via usb?

 I'd like to be able to mod the sign so that i can hook it up to my pc and program messages into rather than using the painstakingly slow remote it came with. Thanks.

Asked by spacegravity4me 8 years ago

SSR and a hotplate

Dumb question. Have a heating plate that uses 1100 watts and runs on 120 volts ac. if 1100 watss / 120 volts = more or less 10amps, Could I safely use a 10 amp rated ssr aka solid state relay or use something higher.

Posted by Computothought 3 years ago

I am wanting to build a small valve foot pedal for guitar. Would it be possible to run the plate off mains 240vac 50hz? Answered

The tube is maxed at 300v but can run as low as 100v.

Asked by 22bsti 8 years ago

Does PC cooler's(FAN's) heatsink conducts electricity and heat?


Posted by h0meIandsecurity 7 years ago

How would you make metal breast cups?

Hi folks, I am looking to make some metal breast cups to sew onto a velvet bra. I would want them to conform to my own body's shape, ideally.   I haven't a clue as to how to start.  Any help out there?

Asked by napabelly 8 years ago

Desktop Plating Machine

For a Desktop plating machine, what type of container would you use, how would you pin it out and how much voltage would you need? thanks in advance, also, i know that there was another instructable written by my former self , but I know that I did not build it right.

Posted by Steamdnt 9 years ago

Simple revolving floor plate for a human to stand on and... rotate like a microwave plate? Answered

I'm making a short film where I will be wearing some machines I have designed and I really wanted to get a shot of myself rotating 360 degrees whilst the camera is static on a tripod. I'm trying to think of something that would be, I hope effortlessly simple to bash together, can be turned either by hand (out of shot) or on a piece of string? I've worked at auto shows in the past and seen just how complex they can be when done rite... I was thinking a bicycle crank and chain setup but even that is too complex for such a small shot? Ideas appreciated... James :-)

Asked by le_bricoleur 6 years ago

Beginner Jewellery maker. Question about gold/silver plating

Hi there, I'm starting jewellery making as a complete beginner and want to use Metal Clays to do this as it seems one of the easier and cheaper ways to make jewellery at home. I looked into lost wax casting, but there are no studios or workshops near where I live to do this. I really love gold jewellery, and was wondering that if I used bronze, copper, or silver clay, am I able to plate it too? I've seen those electroplating kits online, but I was wondering if it would work after I've finished making my jewellery piece with the clay.  I've also seen videos about 'silver accenting' copper clay... Is this just basically like coloured base metal (costume jewellery), or is it real sterling silver (i.e high end costume jewellery). Any insight anyone can provide is very much appreciated! :) Erika

Posted by cindyycindz 1 year ago

Awful back-of-the-magazine tat

Somehow, I stumbled across this bloody-terrible piece of cack on the internet: Flying Scotsman-Memories of Steam Cuckoo Clock And remembering the: Elvis Presley Dambusters Clock Plate of Tutankhamun I could not honestly tell which was real, and which was a "piss-take". There are more... what did you see in the back of that thing you looked at printed on cheap-paper?

Posted by lemonie 7 years ago

electro plating pewter - brass

Hi, can any please tell me a simple way of plating pewter - brass   thankyou

Posted by BLOCKER999 5 years ago

face plate

I would like some sinmatics of a steam punk face plate , u know for your face, kinda like a monicle

Posted by knuckel 8 years ago

How can I chrome plate on plastic at home?

I want to do chrome plating at home but generally on plastic

Asked by pietervas 8 years ago

Can anyone teach me how to make a remote control plate flipper for my license/vehicle registration plate for a car show?

I have a car contest coming up in Indonesia and we have a choice to remove our plates to protect our identities on the streets from show visitors. It usually takes a small amount of effort to remove the plate screws and fix on the contest user name but I thought it would be nice to have it automatically change when I enter the show (might help me gain more points :D) I have tried to search for this item online but some only supply the item to Russia and the rest of the sellers are in China. They cost around 290 dollars for a set, which I thought was quite pricy. To be quite honest in that 290 dollars I was going to spend, I doubted that the China factory would use the best quality materials considering the price. So I was wondering if anyone could help me make one of these automatic revolving plate frames with remote control operation for the auto show? It would be really great as it would help me gain more points! These are the links of the Russian company and Chinese company that produces it: 1.       They have videos (Russia) 2.               They don't have videos (China) Thank you all for you help!!!

Asked by 1N5TRUCT4BL3S 5 years ago

How do you electroplate, or plate, small jewelry pieces of copper or brass with sterling silver?

I make jewelry and would like to cover some small jewelry parts/ findings/ charms with sterling silver. The parts are made of copper and some of brass. I would need to do this in my home. If this is possible, how do I go about it? What supplies and equipment do I need? Thank you, Laurel Martin

Asked by laurel1 8 years ago

Where can you find denim or canvas?

Did the world run out of canvas and denim to the public that is NOT over 200 or more dollars for 3 yards of the stuff? I mean really, can somone give me a link?

Posted by PKTraceur 9 years ago

i have tons of old licsene plates ? i have a hard time blending them ?

I was looking for more ideas on crafts and reuseof the plates

Asked by 9 years ago

how to make an engrave plate out of copper?

How to  make an engrave plate out of copper?

Asked by smoke_d8 8 years ago

How to weld license plates together without burning the piant off front?

Im trying to learn how to weld license plates together to build a state map out of license plates. I need to know if welding is the best option or if  I an apoxy will work better. I have been screwing the license plates to wood but this is a little heavy. Any help would be great.

Asked by steven1714 7 years ago

Where can I get half inch thick steel plate? Answered

I'm making something where I need it to be half an inch thick. Don't ask me why but it's defiantly not tank tracks for my 120 horsepower electric tank that I'm designing.

Asked by bowmaster 8 years ago

Would a t-shirt "ironing" machine work?

I already have a cardboard t-shirt folding machine, but i was wondering if it were made out of solid plastic or something, and included a metal plate on the parts which touch the clothing. Could the plate be heated and be used to not only fold the shirt but also iron it?

Asked by homedogalex 8 years ago

Geology in action: A mid-ocean ridge you can visit on vacation!

UPDATE Jun 2011:  ScienceNews has a very nice feature about Afar, with an excellent narrative summary of items since the current spreading event began in 2005. UPDATE Nov 2009:  Science magazine only keeps their news articles free for a short time.  The link below requires paid access to read.  Wikipedia has an article on the volcano. A news article in this week's (May 2009) Science magazine online reports on a very unusual volcano. Located directly in the center of east Africa's Great Rift Valley, it is spewing a unique kind of lava. The Great Rift Valley is a place where one of Earth's tectonic plates is actively dividing in two -- the eastern tip of Africa and the Arabian peninsula is separating from the rest of Africa. In several million years there will be a brand new ocean (not a "sea") like the Atlantic, and the Great Rift Valley will become its mid-ocean ridge. This African volcano is essentially an example of the undersea volcanoes that run down the spreading center along the middle of the Atlantic (Iceland is a set of them that are above the ocean surface). If you want to see what was happening when the Atlantic Ocean was forming, and Brazil was being broken away from West Africa, go visit Ol Doinyo Lengai in Tanzania. ADDED:  Besides the world's only active (on land!) natrocarbonatite volcano, the Great Rift Valley also has examples of sheeted dikes forming and breaking through to the surface.

Posted by kelseymh 9 years ago

A question of quick-release plates? Answered

Do they make quick release plates for tripods that do not have them? such as a screw-on plate that goes on a 1/4in tripod mount and has a quick release section on top of that with another 1/4 in mount? Thx

Asked by astroboy907 7 years ago

Plated Thru Holes? Answered

My understanding from the lesson is, substrate(base) is fibergalss with copper clad on 1 side and blank on other side. How do plated thru holes come into being?

Asked by jaack65 11 months ago

how do you make a paper plate float over a fan?

I've been trying to make my Legos float on a plate!

Asked by mjcoolkid1998 8 years ago

Why have neutral plates in an hydroxy generator? Answered

Hi all, I've been wanting to build a simple hydroxy generator for using it as a torch.  I've seen about 500 gazillion tutorials and alot of them talk abour having 3-5 neutral plates between each positive and negative plate. What is the point of this?  Isn't it better to have all plates connected as electrodes? Also, what's the difference between having 5 neutral plates between positive and negative plate, and just having the positive and negative plates installed farther apart (same distance as if you had the neutrals between them)? Thanks!

Asked by Morgantao 4 years ago

how to make a metal shot plate for decorative shot for jewelry making ?

Want to know how to make a decorative shot plate for decorative shot for use in jewelry making. Just the general knowledge of how to make one ..

Asked by Offtofindalife 2 years ago

Lifting form?

Garage plates water damage; need refresher course on plate raising with threaded rod & concrete.

Asked by WendellB8 1 year ago

How can i safely clean my dog tag? Answered

I recently bought a nickle plated dog tag that has a picture engraved onto it. I want to know how to clean it without the risk of messing up the picture. What kind of cleaner/cloth should i use? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

Asked by tictaclad 6 years ago

What to do with old license plate

Hey guys I ~~ripped a license plate off some dude's car~~ got a new pair of license plates for my car. As such, I have a surplus pair of plates. I'll most likely keep one of them unaltered for sentimental reasons, but was thinking it could be cool to do something with the other one. Anybody got any good ideas? --Purduecer

Posted by purduecer 9 years ago

motorized flip up license plate

    I have started to try and create a motorized flip up license plate. It's mainly for my motorcycle.  In the "off" position the license plate is down and readable. Turn the switch to "on" and it flips up, making the plate unreadable. I thought about using a servo or a motor with limit switches. I do not really know how to wire something up to control the servo or motor.  Any help would be great. I know they sell these as kits, but they start off at teh $150 dollar range. Thanks in advance!

Posted by thirdGEARchirp 6 years ago