Miniature arduino controlled smoke generator

I'm looking to build a Miniature arduino controlled smoke generator for a static model of a B-17 Flying Fortress (so it has to be quite small).  I'm going to add stepper motors for the engines and start them in sequence, have Wav files for the start up and running, lights etc but I'm also looking to create the gout of smoke that is generated at start up. Any pointers in the right direction would be appreciated, it has to be controllable so that it can be timed for each of the engines. I was looking at the something like the smoke generators on the model railroads but wasn't sure how they work. Thanks in advance.

Topic by RAFB24. 2 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


Missing instructables

Seven of my instructables are mysteriously missing. e.g. https://www.instructables.com/id/Home-made-cannoli-forms/ https://www.instructables.com/id/Computerized-video-security-setup/ https://www.instructables.com/id/Linux-screen-play/ https://www.instructables.com/id/Statusnet-the-Twitter-clone-setup/ https://www.instructables.com/id/Hp-Jetdirect-home-automation-device/ Why????

Topic by Computothought 2 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


Seeking feedback on a unique vacuum accessory that can hold a mini flashlight!

Hi there! I believe this is the best place for me to ask this question. I just wanted to get your feedback or opinion on this cleaning accessory we are currently developing, the “Flashlight-Holder Vacuum Cleaner Attachment”. This product is a first-of-its-kind vacuum cleaner accessory that holds a flashlight, to provide light directly at the point of use. Please see this 4 minute video to see what this accessory is all about: https://d2pq0u4uni88oo.cloudfront.ne...-h264_base.mp4 The accessory holds a flashlight, to provide a hands-free beam of light exactly where it is needed. As someone who is engaged with cleaning services/ housekeeping or homemaking, would you consider using this kind of accessory? Or would you stick to what you are using right now? Your feedback will be very much appreciated. If you want to know more about the product, just visit http://dupreehouse.com/ Thanks

Topic by AllanDonato 5 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


Help: Opening/Cleaning a portable air conditioner

I don't think this is the right place for it but I'm desperate. I have a portable air conditioner (Whynter Arc-14s) and need to vacuum and remove mildew from the inside, especially the fan blades. Now, I did contact Whynter support (e-mail) and they were able to help me remove the screws with a PDF guide. This allowed me to remove the front. Unfortunately, the back case won't come off, even though I took out all screws I was directed to. They couldn't assist me anymore after that. Now I'm stuck, summer is ending and I never got to use it this year. So has anyone opened up a Whynter Arc-14s portable a/c?

Topic by CuriousRiz 2 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


Digital photo frame

I want to make a digital photo frame with the ability to dictate the length of time each photo is shown and the ability to type words describing the photo that can be triggered by use of a touchscreen.  Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.

Topic by lacuerda1 2 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


CCTV power help (confused?)

HelloIm a newbie to this forum and electronics. I have a question for you clever guys.I have a mini cctv similar to this:http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/screw-WIRED-mini-COLOR-CCTV-SECURITY-SURVEILLANCE-CAMER_W0QQitemZ160098476341QQcategoryZ48632QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItemNow my problem is, the wire coming out of the camera has been cut and there is no adapter of any sort at the other end.How can i power it up with the mains (i have a suitable mains adapter)? I mean can i simply join the ends of the wires and plug it in to the mains?THANK YOU!! ***********EDIT***************I hooked this up to a 9V power supply and tested it but didnt get a picture. I know why, the cam is 1.2GHz and the receiver is 2.4GHZ!! AAAGH!How can I go about getting this fixed?? I don't mind if it is a wired or wireless solution

Topic by uuili 12 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


Licensing

Any thoughts about the licensing? I think I chose the wrong one for the rubber band gun I posted. I just noticed that the license I picked says that you can't use this Instructable commercially. I would prefer that people be able to make and sell the rubber band gun if they wish. Also, I am not concerned if someone does not attribute the design to me. It would be nice but not necessary. I did not make the design to receive accolades.

Topic by HTMF Metal Pizza 2 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


Stepper Motor as a 'normal' motor

Hi, I recntly took apart a hard drive and there is a 7200 rpm motor inside. Only problem is that it is a stepper motor and I don't have any equipment to drive stepper motors and buying stuff to do is err... cost prohobititve.  Would connecting a negitive wire to 2 of the terminals and positive(in sort of a crisscross pattern e.g. -+-+) to the other make it run like a regular motor? I just don't want to invest time  to solder it only to have it not work.

Topic by ChickBang 2 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


Combo- Locktight / Lube/ Corrosion protection

Stuff like lugnuts... sometimes exposed to damp for years. then, the one time in yrs u havta loosen it, maybe it's rusted.  AND youre in the middle of nowhere without many tools. So. Is it bad to put oil on those spots? Dont want em vibrating loose. But that would protect against corrosion and permanent seizing. Best practice?

Topic by Toga_Dan 2 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


My random bullpup model

So Dr. Richy posted his CAR which drew a little inspiration from this weapon that I posted on Red's wall in hopes he just might be able to turn it into a firing weapon. However, as I suspected, that's just not an easy task and I didn't expect it to happen. So I'm gonna just throw this out there and show anyone that didn't see it. It's made to be convincing, it could probably be turned into a real firearm. It's a bullpup designed to take 5.56 NATO rounds. I designed it to be somewhat ergonomic and compact. It has the front grip from...I don't even know how long that I used on my UMP. It's pretty simple, reasonably comfortable, and lets you quickly attach any front grip or bipod you can come up with. The muzzle was made from a new concept for a rounded barrel that could be used as a real K'nex barrel. This can also take a very cruddy and simple silencer attachment (which is actually just my Master Sword handle that I never wanted to disassemble). Then I added a basic rail on top that allows it to take airsoft or real rail accessories. It's not perfect, but you can get the accessories to grip into the grooves. I added a fake charging handle that is located in a decent, but not optimal position. This flows into a cheek rest of sorts that's rather close to the back of the gun so it can accommodate the charging handle pin. Your head is kinda cramped against your shoulder, but your face itself is comfortable aiming. And the front sight is detachable if you were to add a rail sight. I'm thinking I'll probably make a new one tonight for fun. It'll be shorter to be similar in size to a PDR. However, I might (not a definite) give it exchangeable fake barrels based on this one that allows it to lock in with a single pin. Secondly, I'm going to change the front to include an integrated folding forehandle that will also be comfortable to hold folded. Or so I hope. I'm also going to move the charging handle forward and make the roof one and the same with the rail to slim it down ever so slightly. This will also move the cheek rest forward to a more accurate position like on Dr. Richy's. Finally, I hope to add some nifty features but I'm not sure at all on these. One would be a bolt lock which probably wouldn't be too hard. It'd basically be like the charging handle is a firing pin and the bolt release would be a trigger, just mounted differently on the gun. And then the harder one would be to make a magazine release near the handle like on a PDR instead of the current one I use that makes you have to "strip" the magazine. On a real gun, this would be a great feature for making reloads a lot faster.

Topic by TheDunkis 5 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


Audio - headphones

My daughter runs a Pre-school and uses a small cd stereo setup. The output is a pair of mono jacks (R/L) for speakers. I am looking to build a distribution box for up to 6 headphones. Thinking of one input (from the speaker jacks using a 2 to 1 plug) The headphones are mono 1/4 so those jacks are readily available. I do not know what the output is of the stereo system is but I doubt it is much over 5 watts (if that). Will I need some sort of amplifier? any thoughts on switches/switching jacks if not all are being used. Thanks for listening. guitar 52

Topic by guitar 52 2 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


Arduino Coder Needed - Will Pay

Hello,      I am in serious need of some help with code for a Arduino Uno project! This would not be for free of course. Just let me know what would be fair. So if your in the mood to help a dummy out, drop me a line! Here's some background on the project The project is a prop for a Halloween haunted house/escape room. The idea is for 4 RFID readers to detect 4 objects (Maybe optical sensors are better here for triggering the audio?not sure). Once all 4 objects are placed on top of each reader, the adafruit Wave Shield produces a telephone ring sound effect (I will be providing the sound .wav files to the adafruit SD card). I would also need to have a the ability to push a button to stop the ringing and skip to the next audio file on the SD card of the Adafruit wave shield. Hope that all made sense :). Below are links to all the pieces of hardware I am using: 1. Arduino Uno - I think you know what this is 2. 4 x RC522 RFID Readers  - http://www.robotshop.com/en/mifare-rc522-module-rfid-reader.html?gclid=CK7tv9qO384CFYGEaQodg8sGkA 3. Adafruit Wave Shield - https://www.adafruit.com/product/94 4. Maybe Photoresistors for triggering instead - https://www.adafruit.com/product/161

Topic by horizonfall 2 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


I published my Instructible too early. Can I still enter a new contest?

I published an Instructible and then two days later a new contest was posted that fits my project very well. Is it still possible to enter this new contest? It doesn't show up on my eligibility list.

Topic by DIYJRAY 2 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


Paracord braided horse halter

Hi, I have challenged myself to make a braided paracord halter and I need LOTS of help.  I found one online that I really like and would like to duplicate.  I purchased a book "How to Braid Quality Custom Tack", however the halters in this book are not quite what I want.  Hoping someone will be able to give me some pointers or tell me where to find the directions I need. The picture of the halter I have attached is what I want to make.  It appears to me that you would need to start with the nose band to make this work but none of the patterns I have found start that way. Help!!

Topic by Annie7753 3 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


old instructables website

Anyone want to see what instructables was like 10 years ago? https://web.archive.org/web/20051013063329/https://www.instructables.com/

Topic by bravoechonovember1 2 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


How do i stop emails from getting to my email from instructables?

I unsuscribed everything from the Email alert settings but i still get emails from instructables

Topic by GrandmasterFred 2 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


Tennis Project Collaboration

I roughed out a design (reversed engineered from various pictures) a tennis ball rebounder for a co-worker but it doesn’t look like he has the interest to build it anymore.  It’s a nice piece of equipment for anyone that likes to play tennis since you can set it up in driveway or basement.  Here are a couple of examples: Video 1 Video 2 I would like to do an instructables collaboration on the project with someone that would find this useful.  I would tweak the design (overall size, hardware, etc.) with your inputs.  Your responsibilities: Buy the materials which I’m estimating at less than $100.  Note that purchased versions cost up to $500. Build it - requires only a saw and drill Take a few pictures of the build and final product. Help with the documentation if needed  In the end, it is your rebounder to enjoy.  See my past instrucables for examples of my work/documentation. 

Topic by mtairymd 2 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


Instructable Editor repositions

I was editing an Instructable and accidentally hit a key near the home key on my keyboard. I had selected text, I think my shift key was still down and this happened to the editor: I had to save the Instructable, close the editor, and re-open the draft of the Instructable to fix the problem.

Topic by CommunityWorkshops 2 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


Vises, The Instructables' Newsletter, & Top 5's

This is a forum topic that I've been wanting to publish for the past week, but I wasn't able to because of a bug. 18 emails to service later, here I am: I recently published two Instructables: How to Make a Wooden 6" Bench-Vise, and Top 10 Vise Hacks!. After being featured in the newsletter, How to Make a Wooden 6" Bench-Vise got ~20K views, and Top 10 Vise Hacks. got ~50K views. Now that makes no sense (to me. Wouldn't someone that was interested in an Instructable about tips, tricks, and hacks for your vise wouldn't be interested in how to make a vise? 1.5X more? That makes no sense... (I would think that there would be a difference of 10-20%, but 200%?) Also, speaking of the newsletter, it would be awesome to receive an email at the end of the year, that shows the most viewed Instructables that were posted this year. This could be a nice feature... In my opinion, the thumbnail for How to Make a Wooden 6" Bench-Vise was taken on a white background and is really good, and the thumbnail for Top 10 Vise Hacks doesn't have text, and isn't very good. I think you'll agree with me on this... After the views from the newsletter had started to slow down to about 1000 every day, Top 10 Vise Hacks was featured again, in the "top 5 most viewed Instructables of the week" which has brought it to 98K views already. Does that mean that SO MANY people have missed it from the newsletter? That's also weird... Another thing is that my Instructable on How to Build a Wooden Drill-Press Vise has a fairly good thumbnail, and was put on the Homepage. However, my Instructable on How to Make a Wooden 6" Bench-Vise wasn't, while I think the thumbnail is WAAAY better.  What do you think? :)

Topic by Yonatan24 2 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


Problem with camera module

Hey guys, recently i brought a brushed motor quadcopter which came with a mini recording camera, i would like to connect it to my TS5823 32CH 200mW Video transmitter, but the camera don't have any wire that i can directly connect to my VTX, do anyone have any idea / schematic on how to connect the camera to my VTX ? Thanks a lot.

Topic by Sooncheng 2 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


Copy/Paste to Editor no longer works

I last published an Instructable the end of January.  That was my 28th.  I now want to publish another one but the capability to paste text copied from a document on my computer no longer works.  It flashes the text on the screen in the editor window but then disappears.  I write my Instructables using Microsoft Word 2007 with no fancy formatting.  I even tried copying and pasting plain text with the same results.  I am running Windows 10 and Internet Explorer 11.  The only difference in my setup and technique from January is an upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 10.  I am not using the Edge browser. Oh, and just discovered that I have three drafts that I can't delete.  No amount of Google searching has provided an answer to that question either.  I guess I'll just have to quit sharing my expertise.

Topic by DELETED_boomer48 2 years ago


what do you what me to do next ?

Do you want me to do craft , cooking and pets craft - rainbow loom -making stuff for dolls and things cooking -cakes , cupcakes ,biscuit or anything else sweet -pizza , pasta , or anything else savory pets -treats -toys

Topic by Mixey 101 5 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


Duct Tape Messenger Bag

Just in time for school ;)Duct Tape Nation

Topic by Mace42 11 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


Duct Tape Wallets

Talk about different methods of making them.

Topic by laxrulz16 11 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


Missing links in profiles

Hello everyone When I open any profiles, I only get the overview link at the left side, there used to be other links like followers etc. Is there a reason that they are gone? Or is it a bug? Kind regards Laurens

Topic by Laurens-Wuyts 2 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


Clay Contest Criteria

I have a question about the Clay contest criteria....debating whether to do an instructable for a DIY downdraft kiln vent for under $50 (cf $450-600 to buy) that I built. I've actually been waiting for the clay contest before publishing, however the contest criteria says:  "For the purpose of this contest, any project that uses a moldable, malleable, clay-like product will be eligible." So question is, would a kiln vent be eligible? Previous contest criteria has been "all things" related to said topic, but this seems more narrow in scope. Obviously a kiln vent is not made with clay, but it certainly fits the pottery topic. What to the contest gurus say?

Topic by craftycounterpart 2 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


I just got a comment on my instructable I posted not an hour ago that is apparently from 2 hours ago.

Here's a screenshot: http://image.prntscr.com/image/93b16b0471064f6691c839cba7d9a5e4.png This is the instructable: https://www.instructables.com/id/Cardboard-Book-Page-Holder/

Topic by nancyjohns 2 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


Which glue to create massage roller? How to do the seam?

In order to create a firm massage roller, I'd like to glue a piece of (foam) yoga mat around a short pvc drainage pipe. Would love advice on - 1. Which glue to use between mat and pipe? and between the mat ends? 2. How to not have a bump where the mat ends meet? Thanks!

Topic by mirileh 2 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


is it possible to boost my wimax speed with a bi-quad antenna

Is it possible to "hack" my wimax modem so I can boost the speed with a bi-quad antenna or through some other means? Here's the wimax modem type http://imgur.com/vrsoHqW and here's the modem opened. [img]http://i.imgur.com/JlDAezf.jpg[/img]

Topic by dmanstan 2 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


Converting G clamps or similar to a bench vice?

Looking to make some stuff but don't really have access to a workshop. Not so much of a problem tool wise, all I really need as a drill and a hacksaw, but will definitely be needing a medium size bench vice. Don't have one, can't afford one. So was thinking to somehow convert one or two G clamps or something similar. Was wondering if there's any existing resources or tutorials on how to do this, just so I don't unnecessarily reinvent any wheels. ta.

Topic by SolarFlower_org 6 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


Rotating Backdrop for Video

Hi All: I'm looking for ideas on creating my own rotating backdrop for a video that I'll be creating for my book. I will be drawing/painting a city skyline onto some type of paper or another and then want to be able to have it on a continuous 'scroll'. (Think a reel-to-reel player type of setup except using manual power.) Any thoughts? 

Topic by katlinbr 2 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


Scrolling Backdrop for Video

Hi All: I'm looking for ideas on creating my own rotating backdrop for a video that I'll be creating for my book. I will be drawing/painting a city skyline onto some type of paper or another and then want to be able to have it on a continuous 'scroll'. (Think a reel-to-reel player type of setup except using manual power.) I've considered paper towel holders on a Lazy Susan project....Any thoughts? Many thanks!

Topic by katlinbr 2 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


12v Portable Led lighting Help

I really need some help trying to power these led lights onto a portable table Im building.I need the power supply to be as small as possible. I honestly have no idea what Im doing except that i need a 12v power supply.I work on cars and custom put in leds all the time but the power supply always comes from main car battery.I have never tried to power them before from a small battery like AAs before for example. If anyone has any ideas please respond because I can not finish this project until I get the lights to work and I don't want to go wasting money buying stuff in the wrong places. I will also include a link to the ebay page where I bought the lights. Another thing is I have done research and cant find what the amps they draw are.  

Topic by godfather29 2 years ago


What is the tolerance in resistors?

Topic name is pretty much self explanatory. What is tolerance in resistors?

Topic by Dantex 11 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


LEDs - Under-volt, over-amped?

My issue: Have multiple LED drivers, (high power LED instructable) and connected the wrong one. The LEDs are not dead. My LEDs are rated at 9-12v, 950mA and I have sets of 4 in series hooked up to a 36v power supply. The driver I used has a .3ohm resistor on it. so it's putting out ~1.3A The LEDs should have burned up. Since the driver eats up a little of the voltage, each LED is getting ~8.75v. Is this why they haven't burned up? Thanks!!

Topic by thestip 2 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


Compact bubble gun mechanism?

My 7yo was begging for a bubble gun, and I promised I'd 3d print him one.  To my surprise, there are very few 3d printable bubble machine designs around, and none that match what he wants.  (He wants it to have a handle and trigger like a handgun.)  So, I suppose I'll be designing one. . . (FYI - My parts bin has plenty of fans and motors and even small liquid pumps and I am competent at 3d design. ) My challenge is that the basic rotating disk method of wetting the bubble hoops is both too bulky for a handgun-style bubble shooter, and is highly spill-able. I see online there are numerous toy bubble guns that look like what I want and appear to be much less spill-able.  However, I can't figure out from the pictures how they work, beyond that there is a pump that sends bubble solution to above the hoop and a funnel to route the excess back into the container.  How does the bubble solution get swiped across the hoop reliably? (And, yes, I know it would be easier and cheaper to just buy one.  That's not the point.)

Topic by SvdSinner 2 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


Arduino | Run 2 Function at the same time.

Hi , i wanna ask about 2 function which is Ultrasonic and Heat that run at the same time  , For me , i just got Heat running as i want but the Ultrasonic doesn't trigger the buzzer if object (Laptop) 30cm away from the ultrasonic. I've been trying since last week but the result is still the same ;'( Btw here is the code , i've seperate it to 2 function which is Ultrasonic and Heat.  i hope u guys can guide me which part should i change or Add. Thanks in advance ;) //*********************************** #include #define trigPin 6    //trigPin #define echoPin 7    //echoPin LiquidCrystal lcd(12,11,5,4,3,2); int tempPin = A1;   // the output pin of LM35 int fan = 10;       // the pin where fan is int led = 9;        // led pin int temp; int tempMin = 35;   // the temperature to start the fan int tempMax = 70;   // the maximum temperature when fan is at 100% int fanSpeed; int fanLCD; int duration, distance; int buzzer = LOW; void setup() {   Serial.begin (9600);        //Baud rate   pinMode (trigPin, OUTPUT);  //trig pin as output   pinMode (echoPin, INPUT);   //echo pin as input   pinMode (13, OUTPUT);       //Buzzer pin as output   pinMode(fan, OUTPUT);   pinMode(led, OUTPUT);   pinMode(tempPin, INPUT);   lcd.begin(16,2);   } void ultrasonic() {   digitalWrite (trigPin, HIGH);   delayMicroseconds (1000);   digitalWrite (trigPin, LOW);   duration = pulseIn (echoPin, HIGH);   distance = (duration/2) / 29.1;   if (distance > 30)   {     Serial.print(distance);     Serial.println(" cm");     digitalWrite (13, HIGH);   }   else   {     Serial.println (distance);     Serial.println ( "cm");     digitalWrite (13, LOW);   } } void heat() {   temp = readTemp();     // get the temperature   if(temp < tempMin) {   // if temp is lower than minimum temp     fanSpeed = 0;      // fan is not spinning     digitalWrite(fan, LOW);         }   if((temp >= tempMin) && (temp <= tempMax)) {  // if temperature is higher than minimum temp     fanSpeed = map(temp, tempMin, tempMax, 32, 255); // the actual speed of fan     fanLCD = map(temp, tempMin, tempMax, 0, 100);  // speed of fan to display on LCD     analogWrite(fan, fanSpeed);  // spin the fan at the fanSpeed speed   }   if(temp > tempMax) {        // if temp is higher than tempMax     digitalWrite(led, HIGH);  // turn on led   }   else {                    // else turn of led     digitalWrite(led, LOW);   }   lcd.print("TEMP: ");   lcd.print(temp);      // display the temperature   lcd.print("C ");   lcd.setCursor(0,1);   // move cursor to next line   lcd.print("FANS: ");   lcd.print(fanLCD);    // display the fan speed   lcd.print("%");   delay(200);   lcd.clear();   } float readTemp() {  // get the temperature and convert it to celsius   temp = analogRead(tempPin);   return temp * 0.48828125; } void loop() {    ultrasonic();   heat(); } //***********************************

Topic by Melromeo 5 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


Not receiving notifications when comments are made

Today I noticed that there were a few comments to my instructables that were made some time ago and I never knew existed.  In my settings I had made the choice to send me an email when comments are made so that I can respond in a timely manner. Looks like it is not happening.....can you help?  Thanks in advance.   V/R ElmarM

Topic by ElmarM 2 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


How fast can you spin your Golf Ball?

I played around with some balls placed into the airstream of a little blower. Everything light enough just "danced" in the air like being hold on invisible strings. But not so much the golf ball! You would expect those dimples are good for reducing air friction but do they also offer stability in some cases by making the ball spin? Check this video I recorded while playing - to me it looks like with a proper nozzle there is even more speed possible. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=014QkXuTL0o How fast can you make it spin?

Topic by Downunder35m 2 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


(Wire Headpiece) Does anyone know how get the silk rose on like this?

No intentions to rip off anyone's work! I am new to this and really want to play around with the style. I just don't get how the silk flowers are attached, though! Thanks in advance. Kindly, Danielle *Photo is from BeSomethingNew on Etsy

Topic by brattattak 2 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


Removing duct tape residue

Does anybody know of an effective way to remove the residue left from gaffa tape that wont melt plastics or harm electrics? I recently got an old keyboard that covered with it. (there is a lot of the stuff)

Topic by Tomkatt 11 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


garden hose spigot: fixing/replacing

I have a spigot like the one pictured. The bottom connection is a male 5/8 inch garden hose connection. It is leaking pretty badly around the handle/pretty much through it when opened. Any ideas on how to best fix it, or perhaps what to replace it with if replacement is a better idea, would be more than welcome. Thanks. Boris.

Topic by BorisE5 2 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


Laser Cutting Help!

Hello, just wondering if anyone knows how you can laser cut an engraved image (bitmap) which you have taken off the internet? I am using Coreldraw, Corellaser and Laserdrw and don't have much experience at all with it. Thank you.:)

Topic by JadeyP 2 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


Does Electrical Tape Have A Use?

Hello, I was wondering if black electrical tape actually had a use? I ask because it doesn't seem to really stick to anything for very long. It eventually becomes un-done from what it was wrapped around and then leaves a sticky residue behind. Am I not using it properly or not using it the way it was intended? Does anybody else have this problem? (I have the same problem with that Saran clear plastic wrap stuff, it doesn't stick to anything but itself. So, it could be user error.) Thanks J

Topic by sdtacoma 10 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


See Who Favorited Your Instructable

We should be able to see who has favorited an instructable. Just an idea.

Topic by BenjiDaa 5 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


installing attic access ladder

Hello there, I have an access hatch already cut into my ceiling. I am now wondering whether to get a ladder and install it myself or to hire somebody. The access panel is over the steps to the basement. Here are the parameters involved: hatch: 28in x 30 in height to 1 st stair down: 8ft2in Yes, the hatch is small but there are ladders that fit it. Here's one, for example: http://www.homedepot.com/p/Werner-7-ft-9-ft-18-in-x-24-in-Compact-Aluminum-Attic-Ladder-with-250-lb-Maximum-Load-Capacity-AA1510B/203009104 So my question is, should I install it myself or is this not the sort of project one person can do comfortably, and it is best to just hire a couple carpenters to do that? Thanks. Boris.

Topic by BorisE5 2 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


I should be able to access my own Instructable PDFs

How can I check that my Instructable looks correct in the PDF if I can not access it? I only need access to my own - so this should be fixed.

Topic by CommunityWorkshops 2 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


Arduino Strobe Controller for bike lights

Hey guys, this is where I am selling kits to build my ultimate Arduino strobe controller system. Read about the whole project here! Bare PCB alone (comes with a BOM for population): $8 Complete Kit with everything but the light modules and battery charger: $50 These prices include shipping within the continental USA. If you're in the US, I will include two 18650 Li-ion cells with the kit. If you are outside the USA, shipping will cost more but I can't ship the batteries, which works out so the price will be the same! You will still need to acquire a charger and supplies for building your light modules, no matter where you live. PM me if you are interested in buying a kit!

Topic by thecheese429 2 years ago


How glue can be used ?

Need Glue for my next project, please suggest glue solution. Thanks!

Topic by RajenderK4 2 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


Arduino 12V Car-alarm with PIR sensor and remote control - expertise needed. :-)

Hi all, This is my first "big" Arduino project and my first fritzing, so please bear with me. :-) Goal: - Build the cheapest possible car alarm system with a loud siren - It should be possible to activate/deactivate the alarm with a remote control. - The alarm will once activated, sense any motion in the car (if someone breaks a window and tries to steal anything) and set of the alarm. - The system should not drain the car battery so it should draw a minimum of power. I've managed to build the first few things, but some vital steps are still needed and I hope you can help me sort these out. Components used so far: Arduino Pro Mini - TIP122 transistor - 2.2KOhm resistor - 1N4002 diode - Mini piezo siren (I used a 107dB siren with an operating voltage of 6-15Vdc and current consumption of 140mA) - Breadboard - Lots of wires I'm currently waiting for my PIR sensor to arrive together with the RF receiver/transmitter module, so for now I've added a basic switch to act as the PIR sensor and another for the RF module (activate/deactivate). The components I'm waiting for are: - An RF module that I need to order once i find the right one. - http://www.ebay.com/itm/261041100836?_trksid=p2060... Questions that still remain and that I hope you can help me with: 1. The arduino should be powered by the cars 12V battery, however I've read that the car battery must be regulated as it delivers anywhere from 12 - 16V. I could connect it directly to RAW but in case the battery peaks above 16V i risk damaging the Arduino. I'm very unsure as to how I do this regulating best? One option could be to buy a "DC-DC step down converter - 4-35Vdc > 1,23-30Vdc" and set it to 5V, but maybe a more simple and/or cheaper solution exists? 2. Since the power consumption should be kept to a minimum, I plan to add the RF before the step down converter so the powering of the regulator (step down converter?) only happens if the alarm is activated from the remote. First question is: can I use a TIP120 for this and simply connect the RF to base, and the regulator to the collector? Second: In this case, the Arduino will be powered off the hard way by cutting power when deactivating the alarm from the remote - can the arduino take that in the long run? and finally, the RF receiver needs to get its power from somewhere, so what can I do here - is the best thing to use a 12V RF module instead of the Arduino 5V RF module or can this be solved some other way? 3. Any good ideas for minimizing power consumption? 4. Anything I can do to further improve the design? :-) I'll update this post as I progress with the project including a more detailed step guide to how to implement this and the source code I'm using. Instructables arduino posts and commets have helped me a lot during over the past few weeks working with Arduino so I hope you can help me reach the finish line with this project. Br. Jakob

Topic by Zyb3r 2 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago