Invention without a patent, what happens if someone steals it??

Ok, I've got a really cool invention. My oldest boy came up with the idea like 6 years ago. I can't afford to patent it. If I used the idea in an instructable, would the date on the ible help prove that the idea was ours? (Or would it just prove how stupid I am by letting the "cat out of the bag"?) I don't mind other people making their own, that's what Ibles are about. I just don't want someone to run patent it, and then commercialize it unfairly.

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Need a 30 watt "LASER"

Looking for an inexpensive laser cutting/engraving system. I will be taking it apart and  customizing it to fit onto another machine.  Currently, we have a rotating blade to cut sheets of material, but this set-up causes many issues.  A contact free solution would be best.  So I want to mount the laser carriage above the cutting area; the rest of the laser parts will be contained in a metal cabinet under the machine.  The laser would need to be able to travel 12-16 inches in 1-2 seconds and cut through 1-5 mil paper/poly material. I have a fair amount of experience with lasers, I have know how to sight them in and understand the technology.  We currently have 45, 100 and 400 watt galvo head lasers, as well as a 90 watt XY laser set-up. So, what website would you direct me to, to purchase an inexpensive laser system?

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Laser

After reading this, and then this, I started thinking of how easy it would be to make a burning laser. I went to Radioshack, got some components, and started thinking. One thing that Stephanie's laser didn't have is a potentiometer, to control the power of the laser. Well, I ended up getting 12 assorted pots at Radioshack, but didn't know what one to use. I want decent control, too. What size (in ohms or k-ohms) do you think I need? I'm spotty in my electronics knowledge. PS- The size in ohms on the pot is the pot's range, right? If it says 100k, it means that it will resist from 0 to 100 kilo ohms, right?Also, in the shematic below, I don't know if the pot is connected correctly, post a comment if it's wrong.

Topic by John Smith   |  last reply


Davison and being an inventor

Last week a company called Davison was running targeted ads on Instructables through Google Adsense. Google Adsense typically places contextual-based ads on sites making connections between advertisers and publishers based on their search technology. However, advertisers can also work with Google to directly placed ads on specific sites. At first, we were flattered that Davison chose to target us, and further flattered that they were actually using our terminology in their ads. You may have seen "Cool Instructable?" or "Have an Instructable?" text ads running in our right sidebar.After checking out what Davison does, I decided they weren't a good fit with us and removed the ads. Normally, this would be no big deal, but because of the business Davison is in and the specifics of this case, I wanted to share my thinking.Davison solicits ideas from independent inventors, creates prototypes, markets potential products to manufacturers and distributors, and collects royalties. This is not worlds different from what we did at Squid Labs, except I would characterize Squid's activities as more technical and with the aim of creating sustainable businesses rather than exclusively creating products to be licensed.The rub comes in that Davison is not forthcoming with how they actually make money: high fees paid by the independent inventors. Here's a Forbes article that goes into greater depth, but for me, the important statistic is this: 37,000 or so people have contracted Davison Design's services in the last five years; but only eight of those who have signed up have realized royalties exceeding their fees to Davison.A 0.02% success rate is just awful, and clearly shows that they are preying upon people who don't know any better.The thing that personally put me over the edge was a section from their Questions and Myths:9. Can I tell people about my idea? We recommend that you do not publicly disclose your invention/idea to anyone (not even a friend or a family member), unless you have confidential documents in place to verify that you are the originator of the invention.Obviously, I have a conflict of interest, because I want you to share your initial ideas here in the forums and how you built your ideas into prototypes as Instructables to help me grow the site; however, the concept of absolute secrecy is anathema to me. Here at Squid Labs, we know of no one that has had their invention stolen by some big corporation (more on this at Saul's column in Makezine Vol. 9; full text available as an attached PDF, kindly permitted by Make). My experience has uniformly been that sharing yields stronger results than hiding. The person you share your ideas with might turn into a business partner and be instrumental in your shared success.Clearly there's demand for services to help inventors. Davison seems to have a nice facility at Invention Land; instead, why don't they invite the almost 8000 people per year that contact them to attend an "invention boot camp?" Attendees could learn some basic design, CAD, and machining skills, give mock presentations, and learn how to do a preliminary patent search. If Davison was doing a good job, they would start to see some success from their graduates, and companies looking for innovation would seek out the graduates or ask to attend the camp's final design reviews.Teaching people all these skills might sound impossible - like a full undergraduate and graduate series of degrees compressed into an 80-hour crash course. No course can cover everything- instead, it should give motivated people the basic skills and confidence to start doing it themselves, and teach them how to seek out the additional knowledge they need. It's surprising what motivated people can accomplish if you just get them started.In 2002 Saul and I taught a one-week class called Cyclomerisation where we taught a group of 12 people just enough bicycle design, CAD, and manufacturing to make them dangerous. Each person then designed their own custom bicycle using 8020 extruded aluminum and jet-machined connectors. We had telescoping unicycles, recumbent tricycles, and plenty of standard bikes; for example, check out Saul's 8020 Chopper. Half the participants were MIT students, half were not, and it made no difference -- everyone was motivated to learn something new and to put it into practice.If this idea isn't Davison's thing, then maybe I've found a project to work on after Instructables can run itself. In the meantime, I'm sharing the idea with all of you, because that's the best way to vet it, see if it has legs, and make it stronger.More pictures from Cyclomerisation here and here.

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Drill Torque Loss

Hi, I am having some trouble with torque loss from a drill motor and gearbox I harvested for a project. I followed the steps in this instructable (https://www.instructables.com/id/Hacking-Drills-CheapPowerful-GearboxMotors-for-/) to get the motor and gearbox. I then hooked it up to a motorshield and an arduino. Originally the drill (Rigid 18v Cordless) States that it can deliver close to 500 lb-in of torque. However when I hook it up to my apparatus I am able to stop the spinning with my hand. I use PWM to control the speed but upping the speed still does not produce the required torque. If anyone has any ideas as to why it dropped in torque I would be very appreciative. Thank you in advanced.

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Extrusion plate in CAD

I have an idea that requires either machining abilities/tool access or CAD experience. A while ago, I found out something that was apparently common knowledge. Meat grinders with their blades removed can be used to extrude spaghetti. So I decided to look for additional pasta extruder plates for different noodles. There are no pasta extruder plates for standard meat grinders. You can, however, buy a glorified grinder and accessory plates or a dedicated pasta machine for top dollar. The marketted pasta makers at their very cores are the same as the meat grinders with the right plates installed. Obviously pasta dies/plates for meat grinders are intentionally not produced. The closest I could come was a garage sale extruder that looks like a plastic grinder with three dies. Big surprise, it doesnt work. But I modified a plate so it sort of works for a grinder. This worked as proof of concept. Would anyone be interested in helping to design CAD files to print pasta dies on Shapeways based on proper pasta dies? I don't know much about CAD, but it looks easier than the designs created by some folks on here. Basically disks with a dimple for alignment and specially shaped holes. admittedly, the hole depths would be the complicated part. Let me know what you think.

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Printer disconnecting or USB port disappearing in Windows

First I thought to make an Instructable out of it but realised there are too many different printer models out there, so this time no images. What is this about you might wonder? Well, let me tell you my story first and you might see similarities to your problem. It all started with me getting a new PC as the old one got memory problems (RAM modules failed). After a few successful prints I noticed errors coming up in the log window. Mainly things like communication problems and that some data is sent again. Realised that on my new PC I did not check the speed settings for the COM ports, so I adjusted them to match the printer board and moved on without even bothering to check the logs. Then, half way through a bigger print, it all stopped and I could not even connect to the printer anymore. After a power cycle on the printer all was fine again but the error kept coming back every now and then. At this point I started to read up on the problem and the most common recommendation is to print over SD - too bad if your printer does not support it and too bad it does not address the issue at all! A few more technical answers pointed to the Logitech drivers, especially mouse, keyboard and 3D vision. As I was using the same outer hardware as before and also the same drivers (and same version numbers) I simply ruled this one out too, although it might be a vital clue for others. When starting to get frustrated and after opening a cold blonde I remembered that I had a similar issue a long time ago and that it was related to loose wires on the screw terminals for the power connection. Measured it all but according to my trusty multimeter all was fine. Now comes the fun part: I friend of mine with a HiFi fetisch was here when I testing the connection and he started laughing at my attempts. He explained that ALL his connections, no matter if power or audio signal are oversized! Here I started to wonder if he is up to something and looked up similar circuit board mounted power plugs. To my surprise they are all rated for anything between 1 and 5Amps. Even without a heated bed powered by the printer board I think everyone will agree that a max 5A connections is not enough. My frined then offered to check the plug and connector at his place - what a great thing to have friends :) He used a signal generator and small speaker with the plug as a connector between them. With an oscilloscope connected to both input and speaker you could see, while moving the plug, that the audio signal become somehow unclean - there where spikes and missing bits everywhere depending which way you wobble the plug. After taking the whole thing apart the destructive way we saw the cause: overheated contact areas with discolored surfaces. I replaced the plug now with a 250V/20A one from an old laser printer and had no USB or connection issues ever since. Ok, what's the thing with power and USB problems on a 3D printer? Almost all printer boards have the ground connections bridged to avoid interference on the USB signals. This mean, in case of a faulty power connection or one that is "dirty", the USB port on the computer can receive back EMF signal or even a voltage spike. In return a smart bios either disconnects the port or disables it until the problem is solved, in our case by restarting / reconnecting the printer. But even with no obvious signs of power problems you can get  a so called "dirty" connection. Dirty covers all from corrosion, worn springs for battery compartments, overheating or in the old days burnt relay contacts. For our printer it usually means that either the soldering connection on the board or a screw came loose, in rare cases like mine an undersized connector can burn out due to being unable to handle the currents. The bad thing is that you can not always spot these problems the easy way... Is there an easy way to tell that my USB problem is caused by a faulty power connection? Yes and no. Some boards offer indicating LED's, you connect power and the LED stays on even if the printer is disconnected from the PC. If it is more than just a Power on" indicator" this LED will be off after the printer stops working and in the device manager your serial port for the printer is gone. You might also hear the warning sound from Windows in regards to a device being disconnected. If all the above is true than most likely your power connection has a problem somewhere - if in doubt replace all screw and plug connectors for the power. Sometimes the problem is less obvious. Your print software might show communication problems in the log window or re-send a lot of commands. If the speed selection for the com port is the same as for the firmware of the printer board and as set in the printer software, it could also be a power connection problem. But to be on the save side try a shielded cable with ferrite cores on both ends first for the connection between computer and printer. Can I take any measures to prevent the problem? Sure, you could solder everything and make sure the wires are fixed in place so they won't move. But a simple indicator might be enough: Solder a piece of LED strip to the power connection on the circuit board - if the connection has trouble the LED's will show it in most cases by changing light levels or flickering. On top they act as a nice light to see what's happening during a print.

Topic by Downunder35m 


Where can I buy corrugated platic sheets (Coroplast?)

Hi. I recently was working on an art project and realized the material I desperately needed (after many others failed) was clear corrugated plastic sheeting. Apparently the main manufacturer is Coroplast. I looked around and only could find places selling large quantities. And I mean LARGE, more for structural projects than craft ones. I'm just trying to find a place where I could get a few sheet of clear 24" x 24" sheets. Does anyone out there have any suggestions?

Topic by scsherman   |  last reply


microcontroller using Nuvoton and lm35

Hello, anyone here know how to use Nuvoton NUC 140 VE3CN? I get some trouble on connecting the pin and using what kind of library to activate the pin. We already success in compose the main.c but the data can not show in the LCD. I got text like this: warning: unknown conversion type character 0x20 in format [-Wformat=] Thank you in advance

Topic by diah ajengS1 


Positions available at Instructables (October 19, 2018)

Working at InstructablesIf you don't see an open position that fits you, please don't hesitate to drop us a line and say hi. We are always actively building our network of curious, creative talent with a passion for making. To introduce yourself, please send your cover letter and resume to auctoramentum at instructables dot com with a fun, robot-related subject line

Topic by ewilhelm 


Bending 3/4" plywood into right angles with a 4" bend radius

I have an idea for a stylized plywood coffee table that is all made from a single board of 3/4" Baltic Birch plywood. I've attached a .jpg of a coffee table base-design to this email.  The bends on either side are 4 inch radius bends. Although I have basically no experience bending plywood, I sincerely doubt 3/4 inch plywood is going to bend into right angles at a 4 inch radius. I may be wrong, but if it is possible, I do not know how to do it, and certainly do not have the equipment. I've seen on the internet very flexible sheets of plywood, but wouldn't that just get glued into position and then just collapse once un-molded? I can't believe that I am the only person who wants to do something like this. Any input?

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how to make ood mask

I was wondering if anybody had any ideas on how to easily and cheaply make an ood mask, ive already got the translator ball worked out, i just need a way to make the face, thanks in advance.

Topic by zaronas   |  last reply


Affirmation without Featured Status

You work hard on a good, clear Instructable with really good photos. The Instructable shows how to do something most thought could not be done at home, but you found a simple way to do the job. Any who follow your Instructable will benefit from it and will save money. It is a better Instructable than others you have done that were featured by the editors. But, this one gets no notice from the editors and is not featured.  It is always nice when an Instructable of yours is featured, but it does not always happen. So, what really counts? I have noticed there is some intangible factor of cool in the minds of editors that may attract viewers to the site and gets an Instructable featured, but has little connection to any real practical value of an Instructable. Ultimately, the site is about drawing viewers and keeping advertising dollars flowing. It means a lot to me when people refer my Instructable to others. It is meaningful when people who can make use of the Instructable view it. When someone marks my Instructable as a favorite that is even better. I really like it when someone makes what I made based on my Instructable. I do not care if that person modified what I did. We do not have the same tools, nor do we have the same skills or needs or materials. What really makes my day is when someone comments or sends a private message to say my Instructable solved a problem. Also very good is when someone searches the Internet for a solution to a problem, and joins Instructables because he or she found my Instructable and it helped with what was needed.  Recently, Instructables published a printed collection of Instructables. Several of mine were chosen to appear in that book. Guess what! Most of those chosen were not featured, yet they were included in the book! That is a very positive affirmation about the real value of those Instructables. I have also had the experience that my Instructable was not featured initially, but months, even years, later an editor took a second look and featured it. In summary, getting featured is nice, but there are other metrics that really are much more meaningful.  

Topic by Phil B   |  last reply


delete draft collection

I hate it to start a new forumtopic when there is already one open with this topic, but that one wasn't helpful so i accidentally made a draft collection twice and have no idea how to delete this. https://www.instructables.com/id/OO77N4II67S9MSV/ ps: sorry for my bad english it is not my native language

Topic by andr3wtx   |  last reply


Hacking a SNES & NES controller with a USB Keyboard Chip

I been wanting to buy Retrolink's SNES & NES controller but I would love the vintage feel of the REAL SNES Controller and my crazy idea was to hack up a USB Keyboard and mod the SNES & NES controller to be played on my Macbook using nestopia emulator, and my question is this (look at the next line for my question) Is it possible to hack up a USB Keyboard's chip and then Solder the wire to the contact points of the controller without modding it in any way or just nab a converter that does the job? I wanna bring new life to a scrapped USB Keyboard's chip instead of getting Retrolink's SNES Controller to plug and play. So how I can mod the controller without destorying the old chip inside?

Topic by SuperScourge   |  last reply


eletronic stimulation device

Hello fellow builders, I am having some trouble, for a rather important school project i need to perform some test and for one of the set of tests i need a device to deliver electric impulses on a person on regular basis. so i immediatly thought of medical devices like a TENS or EMS (if i remember correctly) unit. no the big problem is they are almost unobtainable in working conditions or they cost a fortune in shipping and stuff. is it possible to make a unit like this on my own ? 

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Microwave Transformer

I have salvaged a old microwave transformer that i am going to use for a SLA battery charger i am building. I have rewound the secondary with 50amp wire and i get an AC output of 12v what is what i want but im confused with working out how many amps it puts out. I have run it through a bridge rectifier and a capacitor and i get about 18V DC. I was testing the amps by adding 12v 50watt light bulbs to it 1 at a time and when i get to 200watts the voltage starts to drop to about 10v DC. My question is does that mean the transformer is being overloaded? and if so is there a way to increase the amp output by winding secondary with different wire? I have seen online videos of Microwave transformers being rewound and they give out 50amps at 12v.

Topic by JamieG14   |  last reply


emergency lighting system

We're planning to do an emergency lighting system and we want to add some twist on it. What do you think should we add? (it's like making it also charger or such) Plsss, help us. :)

Topic by imatrianidar   |  last reply


From ipod dock to normal speaker, Please help me.

Hello there, i have a old ipod dock an i want to make a normal speaker of it. Can someone please send me a instructable link or tell me how to do it. it will be appreciated. Thx allready. Greetings from the netherlands.

Topic by Coolek   |  last reply


iMac G5 external monitor

Hi there! I'm currently working on a project, and I really need some help from you guys. What I'm basically trying to do is putting a Raspberry Pi with Retropie installed into a iMac G5 case (24'') and use it as a Retro-Gaming-Machine. Things I already have: - iMac G5 24inch - Raspberry Pi Model B+ with RetroPie installed - 2 SNES Controller with an Adapter to USB - Cables and stuff And now to my problem: I want to use the iMac's LCD panel (Product number: LM240WU2), which of course requires an inverter as well as a controller board. The inverter is stuck to the panel, and can be used I think. But the controller board seems to be integrated into the Logic Board, so I can't use it. I already found a suiting controller on AliExpress, but unfortunately it's not available. So I'm kind of running out of options where to get one. Does anybody know where to get a working controller? It shouldn't be too expensive, because otherwise I could just buy a 17'' or 20'' iMac G5 and use it, because these are built a bit differently and work just over DVI. I would love to make a Instructable out of the project, in case I'm able to solve that Problem! Thanks, Nick

Topic by SaiyajinNick   |  last reply


How to make a program like Disqus but decentralized?

I have had this idea floating around in my head for some time and I was wondering how someone would program a new decentralized overlay comment system that would use an add block like program to block out the comments on a webpage and display a decentralized alternative to the website controlled comments. I was thinking that it would be a web browser add on that would add the functionality. and all of the comments would be decentralized and stored on the users of the comment program computers. What programming languages would be needed to complete this task? How long do you think something like this would take to code? Please tell me you thoughts in the comments! I know this would not be super easy but i can't keep it off my mind.

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Constant Logging Out - Can't Do Anything with the Site

I can't utilize the site properly at all.  Every time I click on a link to a project, it logs me out completely. I can't add to a collection, or favorite things, or anything. I'm working strictly from a desktop computer, and am a new user (just set up today). ETA:  I was trying to use the site with Google Chrome and it wasn't working.   I've now switched to Mozilla Firefox and am able to use the site.

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High Speed Wireless for Fencing Strip

I've had the idea of trying to create a wireless fencing system (like what they use in the olympics) for my club, and was wondering if this is possible using AVR's and available (and fairly cheap) wireless tech. For those of you who don't know what this would entail because you do not know fencing, I would have to have two transmitters acting simultaneously that could send out signals checking for touches on a blade that would be received well within 40ms of eachother (the double touch time for epee). I would also need them to be able to send out two different types of signals (for on and off target for foil and sabre). I found online a project based off of rfid tech that claims to accomplish this and was wondering how effective this route might be? http://www.worldacademicunion.com/journal/SSCI/SSCIvol02no02paper03.pdf

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Why I Can't participate or win

Why if Im from Chile I can't be part of the contest and things like that. Only because I'm not from the USA? just for that? I really wanted to participate and start writing instructables of everything I'm learning, but I also wanna enter the contest that are in instructable, so please, give me an answer :( why I can't participate? I mean, yes I can participate... but if I win, I will automatically loose, because on the contest rules said that if you're not from one or another country, you're not legible to win or things like that... BUT WHY?!!!??!

Topic by soyellalo   |  last reply


rfid and arduin for barrier gate

I want to create a project using arduino barrier gate and RFID , as well as make use of the dc motor for driving the gate . please help me to complete this project , I have not been able to create a code arduino with RFID Thank you

Topic by AhmadA43   |  last reply


Replacing switch and extending them.

I have this extension cord from panther, http://www.panther.ph/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/PSP-0211.jpg. Now, I am planning to replace its rocker switches to toggle switches and extend it because of a wooden table project. This wooden table will have its power control panel mounted on its front and the power outlet will be hidden inside the table. My idea is just to copy its wiring for the new switches once I acquire the materials needed . Here is its inside btw. http://imgur.com/xOHhg5i.  My problems are I don't know if this idea of mine will work or if it will, what kinds or specifications of toggle switches and wires I'm gonna need. Once I thought that I could just make an ordinary multiple outlet/extension cord with individual switches but I need the panther's features. So that I wouldn't have problems in breaking the appliances connected to it due to some electrical problems. I have almost 0 knowledge when it comes to electronics.

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N55 space frame vehicle made from lashed/epoxed bamboo?

What do you think of building one of the N55 recumbent trikes or other space frame projects with bamboo lashed together similar to the way bamboo scaffolds are built but using epoxy to make it permanent?

Topic by MeanUncleBob   |  last reply


Profile Glitch

Good Afternoon, I have a few issues atm. First of all if i click on the profile tab on my account all i get is a page saying ERROR 400: no member The other issue is I Published my 10th Instructable and i normally get at least 10 views in a day but ive only had 6 since publishing it but if i go to my profile it says only 9 Instructables ?? so is it published or not ??? HELP please

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Growing roses from seeds

I have a pair of nice, perfumed roses that are getting quite old now. This season one of them produced a nice fruit containing 8 seeds. It is a light pink variety and I also obtained some seeds from a white perfumed rose. Last time I did this was with my grandfather and I was still a little kid LOL The common way of multiplying your roses is by grafting them onto a fresh stem of some wild or low quality roses. The reason for this is quite simple: A "manufacturered rose" is usually designed to look pretty and show certain other features, but not be a strong plant. When using seeds it all comes down to how strong the original mother rose was, not the stock it was crafted on. In some cases you end up with a little bush rose in other cases with something that grows so high that the stem will break in strong winds. But for the lucky few cases that do work good you are paid off with a beautiful new rose. For next couple of weeks the seeds will stay in the fridge to aid germination but if it works out I will take pics of the progress and document it all in an Instructable - but it will be about a year to finnish as roses grow slow from seeds. If I don't forget it again I will also show how to graft one rose onto another to get a bush with different varieties in one.

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August Build Night with Cheng Concrete

Since the moment that truck pulled up with the pallet of Cheng Concrete on it, we've been having a ball with our Shapecrete! We know the August Build session has ended, and Eureka Factory members managed some fun build projects before the month was over, but we've still got Shapecrete and we're still creating with it!  It's really interesting stuff, obviously a natural for Halloween decos (saw someone else had made some cool headstones!) and yard art.  Love how adaptable it is and the ability to easily create small concrete objects with it.  We've got a few more projects underway and will continue adding them to our Shapecrete Collection as long as there's Shapecrete in our buckets!  Thanks, Instructables, for a really awesome build opportunity, and thanks Cheng Concrete, for a truly wonderful medium!  If anyone is in Orlando September 12 & 13, be sure to stop by the Eureka Factory  booth at Maker Faire Orlando, on the 2nd floor lobby of the Orlando Science Center, where the event is held,  to see Gnombie and some  of our Instructables projects!

Topic by EurekaFactory 


Instructables editor

Maybe there is already an instructable for creating instructables, but so far I have not found it, and I'm having trouble putting an instructable together. I find the editor "clunky" to say the least. Can't find any way to place photos where they belong in relation to the text, and can't separate multiple photos in the same "step". Can anybody point me in the right direction?

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Trying to upload images in Chrome ends up doing nothing

1) Using latest stable Chrome for Windows 8.1 2) Viewing image library 3) Clicking "Upload Images" 4) Drag-dropping an image into the target area 5) Press the orange "Upload" button. The button disables. 6) wait ... wait ... wait ... nothing ever happens Chrome Version 45.0.2454.85 Curiously, the new uploader dialog for this bug report form doesn't allow me to even browse to an image, but the old uploader seems to work, but after uploading, the screen shot of the bug doesn't show up below, either.

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Automatic light switch with timer and Arduino

Greetings! I need to set up a test environment with End of Day lighting (EOD). I am a rose breeder and I read some interesting articles on the use of far-red light (740nm) followed by red light (660nm)  for a short while at EOD. The goal is to lengthen the stems of the roses by giving them EOD light in a sequence. What I need to achieve is that by dusk (EOD) the far-red goes on for 10 minutes and then off, followed by the red light for 10 minutes and then off as well utill the next evening.  I have the following hardware: Arduino's (Uno and Mega) LED's (red and far-red) Lightsensor two relays to power the LED's transformer(s) resistors etc. However: I am not a programmer. Can somebody help me with the code needed for this trial? As far as I can see it should be reasonably straightforward. Many thanks, Peter

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Ways of making Megaman's Armor

What are some ways I could build a cool Megaman helmet and armor? I had this idea of converting a chinless motorsycle helmet into one without the visor as well, I could do a megman helmet out of papier-mache and get it just right to be my Megaman Helmet, plus could a nice light blue morphsuit (if it exsits) be get as the base of my armor and finally the boots and how I can have it over my my shoes without painting them or ruining them? Oh I'm gonna nab Think Geek's replica of the blaster since it's the perfect thing to my Megaman Cosplay!

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Trash movies

Did anyone else notice the flood of extremely bad movies this year? Zombies, Nazi-Zombies, deadly virus that turns people into zombies... And then there are these "creature films".... Sharknado (1 to3 !!!), Three headed shark attack, Sharktopus VS Whalewolf, Lavalantula, Megashark VS Kolossus .... Of course we also have a lot of adventure films in the lord of the ring style... What is it that all these movies have in common? They all take at least 90 minutes from your life LOL Not sure where to start, the bad acting, the boring dialogs, the special effects - some are below high school level. So what is it that makes companies produce such crap? I admit I can quite enjoy a trash movie every now and then, but the level of trash is now higher than anything. Do you think it is the fun of making it that drives the people, desperation to at least make a movie once or what it is? Can't be to satisfiy the people buying those movies ROFL

Topic by Downunder35m   |  last reply


Seeking help on Instructables to finnish projects elsewhere !?

You might have noticed lately that the amount of new users seeking help in the forum sections is going up quite good. I might be wrong, but I thought these sections are to help members - members being defined as people being active here with more than asking questions. For some of the more detailed ones I did a few searches on the web and noticed projects very closely related to questions here, both in the terms as posting dates. On some days I already think Google was closed down and this site does it now LOL For some reason I fail to see the benefit (other than for the thread starter) of solving these newbie problems. We never see an Instructable coming out of it, never see the user back to post something useful for others.... My personal favourites are kids seeking advise on their love life or those asking for urgent help without providing any details at all. However, the worst are those that won't even come back to say thanks or mark the question as answered. And did I mention those creating multiple accounts and still asking asking the same questions they irgnored until then? LOL Sometimes I refer to a Google search, sometimes I just ignore the topic.... Would be nice to see some membership numbers, like Users with 10 or more Instructables Users with 1 or more Instructables Users active in terms of posting something Users that have been not active for more than a year

Topic by Downunder35m   |  last reply


I need a 18 Ohm resistor

Does any one have a 18 Ohm resistor that they could stick in an envelope and send to me because eighteen bucks is a little steep for A resistor. oh ,and radioshack doesn't carry them either :( ~Matt

Topic by iman   |  last reply


Cannot publish collection - "Ooops! Something went wrong"

When I try to publish a collection, I get the following error message. "Oops!  Something went wrong." Is there a known solution to this problem?

Topic by gregorylouie   |  last reply


Can't publish a collection.

Hi, I am having a problem trying to publish a collection. When I hit publish, I get an error message that says "Opps, something went wrong!". If I click the x on the message the message goes a way but the Publish Your Collection pop up stays with a cursor that spins forever. Please look at the screenshot for reference. Here is as much information as I can provide. Collection id is OYNUVW5IAWDJBHYU, currently listed as a draft collection. Slackware Linux 14.1 Firefox 31.7.0 Chromium 43.0.2357.130 (64 bit) https://www.instructables.com/editCollection/OYNUVW5IAWDJBHY The steps to reproduce this is: Select You -> Drafts Find my Collection and press draft (url above). Press Publish Press Publish on Choose Cover Image pop up. I get the error message.

Topic by galen   |  last reply


Cannot install files over 100~ MB???

So a couple of months ago i downloaded saints row 3 *crack* from blackbox, i install but at 25% of installation it says "Decompression failed. Error -7". I thought is was a problem with the installer. Then i downloaded Grand Theft Auto IV (wonderful game i mite say), and it comes up with non stop "CRC Error. Needs orijinal CD" or something.  ---this is where i got suspicious. Then Battlefield 3. That is the moment i started to hate computers. Dying light, that was my limit. İ am dying to play a game with good graphics. Help me please!!! Comp. specs: Processor Information:     Vendor:  GenuineIntel     CPU Family:  0xf     CPU Model:  0x6     CPU Stepping:  0x2     CPU Type:  0x0     Speed:  3024 Mhz     2 logical processors     2 physical processors     HyperThreading:  Unsupported     FCMOV:  Supported     SSE2:  Supported     SSE3:  Supported     SSSE3:  Unsupported     SSE4a:  Unsupported     SSE41:  Unsupported     SSE42:  Unsupported     Network Information:     Network Speed:      Operating System Version:     Windows 7 (32 bit)     NTFS:  Supported     Crypto Provider Codes:  Supported 311 0x0 0x0 0x0     Video Card:     Driver:  ATI Radeon HD 4600 Series      DirectX Driver Name:  aticfx32.dll     Driver Version:  8.771.0.0     DirectX Driver Version:  8.17.10.1043     Driver Date: 25 Aug 2010     OpenGL Version: 3.3     Desktop Color Depth: 32 bits per pixel     Monitor Refresh Rate: 60 Hz     DirectX Card: ATI Radeon HD 4600 Series      VendorID:  0x1002     DeviceID:  0x9498     Number of Monitors:  1     Number of Logical Video Cards:  1     No SLI or Crossfire Detected     Primary Display Resolution:  1600 x 900     Desktop Resolution: 1600 x 900     Primary Display Size: 22.20" x 12.52"  (25.47" diag)                                             56.4cm x 31.8cm  (64.7cm diag)     Primary Bus Type Not Detected     Primary VRAM: 1024 MB     Supported MSAA Modes:  2x 4x 8x     Sound card:     Audio device: Hoparl?r (High Definition Audio     Memory:     RAM:  2047 Mb     Miscellaneous:     UI Language:  English     Microphone:  Not set     Media Type:  DVD     Total Hard Disk Space Available:  476929 Mb     Largest Free Hard Disk Block:  81429 Mb     OS Install Date: Tem 21 2014     Game Controller: None detected    İnstalled software:  Non'ya Damn Buisness

Topic by Doc Penguin   |  last reply


Instructable not showing up

I finnished an Instructable several hours ago and it said it is published. However it does not show up in the 3D Printing section at all. There was another user with similar problems not long ago, he too was unable to find his Ibles in the Technology section. How can I get my Ible to show up so people can actually find it? The Instructable in question

Topic by Downunder35m   |  last reply


building an antiquated house ?Cost?

New bldg materials outgas.  Old bldgs may have mold, outdated wiring, etc. What would it cost to build old school, but with some of the newer tech?  Get the best of both worlds. Perhaps build smaller than the McMansions typical of todays builders.

Topic by Toga_Dan   |  last reply


photocell unit getting hot

I installed a small photocell on my porch light. I went to check on it this morning and found that the housing unit of the photocell was hot. The wiring is spot on. Any idea why it would get so hot?

Topic by pnlhiland   |  last reply


esp8266 WiFi module - stand alone?

So I've been looking at this esp8266 wifi module, which seems to be a popular toy for Arduino users.  I myself am one of those Arduino users and so I bought a couple of these to play around with.  So far they work great with the Arduino, but I read somewhere, I think it was make.com, that these modules can actually be programmed to be used without the Arduino or other external microcontrollers.  I simply wondered if this was in fact true, since I can't seem to find any evidence of it being done.  If it is true, does anyone know of any good tutorials or instructions on how to do it?  I just want to be able to turn on and off a single LED via wifi without using an Arduino or other external microcontroller.  Any tips, links, suggestions would be very welcome.   Thanks ~Dudes

Topic by dudes   |  last reply


What to do with a PSP's LCD screen?

Hey there! First time poster, occasional lurker here. I've recent took apart my old dead PSP 2000 for spare parts, and while I have use for the memory slot and the audio jack, I have none for the LCD screen itself. It's in good condition, and I wonder if there's any use for it. Got any suggestions?

Topic by Yoshiii343   |  last reply


Bluetooth Speakers

Hello everyone... rookie here.  I have been looking at the Bluetooth speakers instructables, but I was looking to take it another step.  I need to be able to also transmit to another speaker 30-40 feet away from the "master".  What would be the best way to approach this? Thanks, Tony

Topic by TonyH14   |  last reply


what dc character prop should i make?

I need help with inspiration for my next DC character prop.  I have already made baterangs, wing dings, and nightwing's escrima sticks (still working on the ibles).  Im looking for maybe a prop from a villain.  i need some help with inspiration... please help.

Topic by anoos5   |  last reply


How do I edit the tags of my published Instructable?

How do I edit the tags of my published Instructable?  I misspelled one of the tags and would like to correct it.

Topic by dmjlambert   |  last reply


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Topic by Christopher Bray 


Why don't AC adapters fry?

I tore open an AC adapter to find out what I was doing wrong in my own power supply attempts. Before any other components, and connected directly to the outlet prongs, was a transformer. I know that it drops voltage and (by ohm's law) the amperage as well. But how does its survive the process? Why doesn't it have huge amounts of waste heat the way a current limiting resistor does? Why doesn't the primary coil of the transformer--effectively a tiny wire short circuiting an AC outlet--burn up? I'm certain this has something to do with the impedance of an inductor, but I just can't figure out what!

Topic by TheCorsairMalack   |  last reply