Expos and Conventions !!

So do you , people of instructables, attend any Expos or media conventions. I've never been at one but i'm considering going this year to the London MCM Expo in May (24-25). It's basically a media convention with preveiws of upcoming hyped films and unknown Blockbusters. Also it has a huge section for comics where you can buy manga and animies for a quite cheap price. Last but not least, it has sections covering video game releases and what not. So I might go since it only happens every 2 years. Does anything like this Expo happen where you live? And have you ever been?

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2013 fischertechnik Convention!

ft Convention 2013: Erbes-Budeshei Germany WHAT: fischertechnik Fan Convention! The fischertechnik fan convention will be in Erbes-Budeshei Germany. This convention (formally held in Moershausen) is the largest convention of ft fans and models in the world! WHEN: Saturday, Sept 28, from 10:00 - 4:00 WHERE: The fischertechnik fan convention will be at Erbes-Budeshei , a small village near Alzey near (about 75 k) Frankfurt am Maim in Germany. Knobloch GmbH is hosting this year's convention, and moved it from Moershausen to Erbes-Budeshei. WHO: All fischertechnik fans! WHY: If you are interested in what people are developing with fischertechnik, this is the event to attend. German companies Knobloch, LPE, and fischertechnik will have a presence.  VIDEO: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v;=31HZjjG3r_g WEBSITE: http://www.ftconvention.de/

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2009 fischertechnik convention

Ft Convention 2009: Erbes-Budeshei GermanyWHAT: fischertechnik Fan Convention!The fischertechnik fan convention will be in Erbes-Budeshei Germany. This convention (formally held in Moershausen) is the largest convention of ft fans and models in the world! WHEN: Saturday, 9/19/2009- Sunday 9/20/2009 WHERE: The fischertechnik fan convention will be at Erbes-Budeshei , a small village near Alzey near (about 75 k) Frankfurt am Maim in Germany. Knobloch GmbH is hosting this year's convention, and moved it from Moershausen to Erbes-Budeshei. WHO: All fischertechnik fans!WHY:If you are interested in what people are developing with fischertechnik, this is the event to attend. German companies Knobloch, LPE, and fischertechnik will have a presence. There will be a presentation on the new awesome TX ROBO controller!WEBSITE: http://www.ftcommunity.de/ftconv.php?file=indexFORUM: http://www.fischertechnik.de/de/fanclub/forum/default.aspx?g=posts&t;=2074

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Bricks by the Bay 2011

BRICKS BY THE BAY 2011 WHAT: BRICKS BY THE BAY The second-ever LEGO convention for northern California will be held on March 25-27 2011, at the Hyatt Regency in Santa Clara CA. Bricks by the Bay is a 3-day convention including a 1-day public expo where Adult Fans of LEGO (AFoLs) can congregate and display their creations. WHERE: Hyatt Regency Santa Clara 5101 Great America Parkway Santa Clara, CA 95054 USA WHEN: Convention: Friday-Sunday, March 25-27 2011 Public exhibition: Sunday, 10AM to 4PM, March 27 2011 WEBSITE: http://www.bricksbythebay.com COST: Admission to the 3-day convention is $55. Hotel: Convention Rate is $105 FAQ: http://www.bricksbythebay.com/wordpress/frequently-asked-questions/ WHO: All Adult Fans of LEGO! Any educators or vendors interested in using Lego components. WHY: Because it's fun! Please come and check it out!

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Brick Fiesta 2011

WHAT: BRICK FIESTA Brick Fiesta is the premier fan of LEGO event held in Texas. It is presented by the Texas LEGO User Group. Brick Fiesta is a 4-day convention including a 2-day public expo where Adult Fans of LEGO (AFoLs) can congregate and display their creations. WHERE: Omni Hotel Austin at Southpark 4140 Governor’s Row Austin, Texas 78744 WHEN: Brick Fiesta will take place on June 30th to July 3, 2011 with a public exhibition on both Saturday and Sunday suited for fans of all ages. Public Hours: Saturday, July 2, 2011 : 10 AM – 4 PM Sunday, July 3, 2011: 11 AM – 3 PM WEBSITE: http://brickfiesta.com/convention/ COST: Admission to the 3-day convention is $50. Brick Fiesta has negotiated a special rate for the hotel accommodations. VENDOR INFORMATION: http://brickfiesta.com/vendors/ WHO: All Adult Fans of LEGO! Any educators or vendors interested in using Lego components.

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How to make a portable wall frame for wall panels 2 x 2 1/2 feet each?

I'm making a convention piece that needs to be transported back and forth between different states. The front panels are already created and measure 2 x 2 1/2 feet each totalling a 8 foot height and 10 foot width. Please see image for example. I'm trying to figure out how to make a light weight frame for the panels to mount onto. The reason why the panel pieces are so small is due to shipping limitations so also looking for the frame to be portable as well. The longest size that I can go up to for any piece will be 4 feet in length. The frame will have to be free standing and may go up to 3 feet deep/back behind the wall front. There are no side, ceiling, or back wall to attach to so this will be a truly free standing unit.

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2011 fischertechnik Fan Convention Erbes-Budeshei Germany

WHAT: fischertechnik Fan Convention! The fischertechnik fan convention will be in Erbes-Budeshei Germany. This convention (formally held in Moershausen) is the largest convention of ft fans and models in the world! WHEN: Friday 23.09.2011 Saturday, 24.09.2011 WHERE: The fischertechnik fan convention will be at Erbes-Budeshei , a small village near Alzey near (about 75 k) Frankfurt am Maim in Germany. Knobloch GmbH is hosting this year's convention. WHO: All fischertechnik fans! WHY: If you are interested in what people are developing with fischertechnik, this is the event to attend. German companies Knobloch, LPE, and fischertechnik will have a presence. And for an awesome time, of course! WEBSITE: http://www.ftconvention.de/ FORUM: http://forum.ftcommunity.de/viewtopic.php?f=4&t;=164&sid;=7f3a635d91ec23416825df21603a5d0b&start;=20

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2010 fischertechnik Fan Convention Erbes-Budeshei Germany

WHAT: fischertechnik Fan Convention! The fischertechnik fan convention will be in Erbes-Budeshei Germany. This convention (formally held in Moershausen) is the largest convention of ft fans and models in the world! WHEN: Saturday, 25.09.2010, from 10:00 to 17:00 WHERE: The fischertechnik fan convention will be at Erbes-Budeshei , a small village near Alzey near (about 75 k) Frankfurt am Maim in Germany. Knobloch GmbH is hosting this year's convention, and moved it from Moershausen to Erbes-Budeshei. WHO: All fischertechnik fans! WHY: If you are interested in what people are developing with fischertechnik, this is the event to attend. German companies Knobloch, LPE, and fischertechnik will have a presence. And for an awesome time, of course! WEBSITE: http://www.ftconvention.de/ FORUM: http://www.fischertechnik.de/de/fanclub/forum/default.aspx?g=posts&t;=4390

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UK Steampunk Convivium at the Asylum

This weekend 11-13th Sept is the first all-UK Steampunk Convivium at the (former) Lunatic Asylum in Lincoln. I shall be there with some items that have found favour on Instructables, such as my steampunk goggles and flying helmet, but also loads of other makes that I never have time to do instructables for. The weekend is partially ticketed and partially public but we are all going to have the most brilliant fun. Any other Instructablers going?

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fischertechnik FanClub Day (Tumlingen Germany)

FanClub day in Tumlingen (Germany)! Who:  Fans and friends of fischertechnik !  What: Fan Club Day attendees in Tumlingen  Germany can show off their ft models, see new building kits, chat with fellow ft fans and purchase kits! Best of all, this is a unique opportunity for fans to visit the factory, tour the warehouse, and interact with ft staff! Not to be missed! It is time to book a trip to Germany!  Where: fischer Hauptwerk Weinhalde 14 - 18 72178 Waldachtal-Tumlingen When:  July 4th. 2010

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Canberra Brick Expo 2011

WHAT: Canberra BrickExpo 2011 Brick Expo is an entertaining and interesting exhibition of rare and unique LEGO creations by interstate and local collectors and modellers. Hundreds of static, moving and robotic models in themes including: Star Wars, Trains, Planes, Space Ships, Racing Cars, Monuments and Sculptures Brick Expo is organized by the Canberra LEGO User Group. WHERE: Canberra Australia Corinna Ballroom Canberra Southern Cross Club - Woden 92-96 Corinna Street Phillip ACT 2606 WHEN: 10:00am to 5:00pm, Saturday 6th August 2011 10:00am to 4:00pm, Sunday 7th August 2011 WEBSITE: http://www.brickexpo.com.au/ CONTACT: http://www.brickexpo.com.au/Contact.html WHO: All Adult Fans of LEGO! Any educators or vendors interested in using Lego components. WHY: Because it's fun! ADVERTISEMENT: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6bvBmR5JYcc&fmt;=22

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Bricks by the Bay

Howdy all, The first-ever LEGO/brick convention for northern California will be held on April 9-11, 2010, at the Fremont Marriott Silicon Valley in Fremont, CA. Planning is going on right now!  Please see http://www.bricksbythebay.com for more information! Thought to share Richard

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HO.PE is almost gone !

For any that care, HOPE, the last convention at the HOtel PEnnsyvania in NY, is going to be holding it's last one July 18-20, 2008. JAN 2007 the news was released that The Hotel Pennsylvania would be demolished. While some progress has been made, questions still linger.

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Philly Steampunk Art Contest and Making @ GameX

Nestled lovingly inside GameX Video Game and Media Expo will be a corner of the world for steampunks, stitchpunks, [insert noun]-punks, toy modders, makers and all curious folks! There will be displays, demos and fun for all ages.Want to know how to do something? We're happy to teach you anything we know and learn anything you know! The idea is to help DIY and the making of things as accessible and inclusive as possible.Shoot me an email ahren at steamgearlab dot com with questions, suggestions, comments, considerations, heresay or comment below! I'd love to hear from anyone who is planning to come and/or might like to volunteer to do demos, participate in a panel discussion or whatever else you can think of.Here's some info and links:# October 23-25th 2009# Greater Philadelphia Expo Centerhttp://www.gamexpo.us/expo/artcompetition/http://www.gamexpo.ushttp://www.steamgearlab.comHope to hear from you and see you at the show!~Ahren "Professor" Gauthier

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2012 fischertechnik Fan Convention Erbes-Büdesheim Germany

WHAT: fischertechnik Fan Convention! The fischertechnik fan convention will be in Erbes-Büdesheim Germany. This convention (formally held in Moershausen) is the largest convention of ft fans and models in the world! WHEN: Saturday, 29.09.2012, 10:00 - 16:00 clock WHERE: The fischertechnik fan convention will be at Erbes-Büdesheim , a small village near Alzey near (about 75 k) Frankfurt am Maim in Germany. Knobloch GmbH is hosting this year's convention. WHO: All fischertechnik fans! WHY: If you are interested in what people are developing with fischertechnik, this is the event to attend. German companies Knobloch, LPE, and fischertechnik will have a presence. And for an awesome time, of course! WEBSITE: http://www.ftconvention.de/

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need ideas for an invention for school invention convention

Last year for the invention convention i made a hovercraft and everyone was really impressed and now this year i don't know what to do i need to keep up my reputation i just need a good idea.

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A convention, festival, fair, thing. Please read.

Hello, I've never put anything on the forums before, but I really want to get my idea out there if I can't make it.   I have this idea for something like a convention, fair, etc.  However it will be full of classes, and talking areas, I want it to be cheap and for all ages and backgrounds.   Each booth will be a class, they'll be able to talk/teach about anything: physics, folklore, robotics, animation, painting, dog training, baking, history, biology, ghosts, philosophy, anything!  You can go to these classes and take notes, if you find out you hate the subject or teacher you can leave to go to another class.  In the talking areas you can trade notes, share your own ideas, or just chill out.  I want most of the classes to be free (If a teacher charges money then they need to be the ones to keep people out) but they can charge for materials,(like a CD with references, or a program they use, or a book) or products,(like a cake they just baked, or a drawing they drew) or you can give them donations, and they can give you a business card if they have classes outside of the place.  You may have to organize the booths by loudness, or maturity (with the teachers being able to teach anything, some classes might be bad for kids to see.)  I don't know what this event would be called, it's not quite a convention, or festival, or school, It could happen indoors or out.  This is my main issue; I don't know if I would need permits for it, or what else I should get for it (also I'm broke).  I've been researching for a few weeks now, and I have a few ideas, but incase I fail then maybe someone on here can do it.  Thank you for reading.

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Non-conventional Servo motor gear problems

I have a gear that needs replacing in my radioshack r/c car, since it's from radio shack it isn't conventional at all (has 6 wires coming off of it) i have been trying to find a replacement gear set that would give the specifications of the gears but so far, no dice... i don't want to give up because it was a $100+ car (i know i overpaid) i also have a gear that is the exact size from the servo so i know the dimensions of the broken gear, if you have any suggestions for me that would be great!

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Circuits and clothing at conventions: anything to look out for?

I've been working on a pair of working Daft Punk helmets for some time now. I am working on the electronics for it now, and I'm designing a systems to let me wear the helmets drivers and batteries without having to have a backpack that would cover up the hard work I did on a jacket (shameless plug is shameless). Anyway, I've settled on a custom vest with pockets to store all the needed bits and bobs. However, if I wear just the vest (from the plans I have so far) I get the feeling someone might think it's some sort of bomb. While I have no intention of removing my jacket (as to try and keep the inner working under wraps) I am concerned that if I do remove the jackets, someone might get startled at a convention. As I have never personally been to a convention, and I plan to start going on them much more, I was curious if anyone has dealings with stuff of this nature. And, if they do, if there is anything I can do to ensure nothing as bad as someone yelling "bomb" at me (maybe get it checked as a weapon?). Either way, this is something I need to consider before I actually start making the control vest, so if I need to modify the design, I can.  Also: I do know that most conventions have certain guidelines to them. Again, I have yet to go to any, and plan to go to them more often. Due to this, I want to know what the most strict set of rules would be, and follow those. Although, the strictest I have seen is peace-bonding weapons, nothing regarding clothing.  Thanks in advance! 

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Old BMW motorcycle -- installing conventional indicator switch

The old BMW motorcycles have a rather special indicator switch, which is different from modern BMWs and (almost all) all other bikes. The conventional system is one button for everything (left, right, cancel), but the old BMW system has three buttons (one on the left for left indicator, two on the right: one for right indicator and one for cancelling). I really, really hate this old BMW system and I was wondering whether it would be possible to install a conventional indicator switch. I have found the wiring diagrams, but I have no idea whether what I want to do is feasible. Would this be possible?

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Conventional current. A question about DC current flow. Answered

I just started reading electronics for dummies and it tells me that DC current flows from negative to positive.  It later states that in the early days of electronics it was assumed that current flowed from positive to negative.  Later they discovered that it flows from negative to positive.  Some schematics will have an arrow for current flow going from positive to negative (conventional flow).   Why do they still do this if they know the current flows from negative to positive?  This is confusing.  Thanks.

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2012 Bricks Cascade, Portland Oregon

BRICKS CASCADE 2012 WHAT: BRICKS CASCADE is a 3-day convention including a 2-day public expo where Adult Fans of LEGO (AFoLs) OR Adult LEGO Hobbyists (ALH) can congregate and display their creations. It is made up of two parts: Convention and Exhibition. The Convention provides a place for fans to get together and share their friendship, experiences and show off their fantastic creations. There are many smaller events within the Convention including contests, games, round-table discussions, seminars and presentations. The Exhibition invites LEGO fans of all ages to view hundreds of incredible hobbyist-built creations and meet, and hopefully be inspired by, their creators. WHERE: Oregon Convention Center,  Portland Oregon WHEN: The private convention is on Friday June 1. The public exhibition occurs on Saturday, June 2nd between 10:00AM and 4:00PM, and Sunday, June 3rd between 9:00AM and 3:00PM. The convention schedule is here: http://brickscascade.com/Schedule.html WEBSITE: http://brickscascade.com WHO: All Adult Fans of LEGO!

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Can you convert a non-working conventional oven into solar oven?

I have two wall ovens that don't work and I'd like to recycle them into solar-ovens... if possible.

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How to de-hybrid a Prius to run as a conventional car: Is it possible?

Any idea how to de-hybrid a Prius? Convert it to run as a gasoline only vehicle. From what I've read you have to: 1. Rig up a reverse. 2. Have enough battery power to turn the engine over. 3. Recharge that battery while the car is running. Has anyone done this? Know anyone who has? Have any ideas on how to accomplish this?

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Transform a conventional ink-jet printer into a 8000$ laser etcher?

I believe everything is possible, with a little bit of help and that's what I need now. I can't build out those fancy CNC machine found here, since it's beyond my knowledge and skills. However, I thought about modifying a cheap ink-jet printer to make it into a DIY laser etcher this way: -Replace the ink part with a custom laser - instead of giving a current in order to flow ink, the laser will be powered. Laser requires different power level depending on the material, perhaps a potentiometer knob on the laser power supply could do it? -Remove any rolls and paper-only specification: instead, make THINGS able to go inside by simply destroying the printer, rising it up, and use the bottom paper rolls as the Y axis motorization. (The ink-jet head will be the X axis). Why would I do this? I have no idea how to programm small electronic chips, even less how to hook them up to computer or software. I, however, am able to print black and white images, and believe the black can simply be a signal to "laser on". I strongly believe this is possible. Since I can't, as stated above, mess with microcontrollers, I suggest adding potentiometers to the motors and laser and calibrate it myself, and adding physical marks (e.g: sharpie marks) to mark my settings. My question is: Do you think it is? What else could be required? Did I miss some obvious point that would render the previous idea totally worthless, and is this point solvable? Please comment :)

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2009 BrickCon Seattle Washington

BRICKCON 2009 WHAT: BRICKCON BrickCon is a 4-day convention including a 2-day public expo where Adult Fans of LEGO (AFoLs) OR Adult LEGO Hobbyists (ALH) can congregate and display their creations. It is made up of two parts: Convention and Exhibition. The Convention provides a place for fans to get together and share their friendship, experiences and show off their fantastic creations. There are many smaller events within the Convention including contests, games, round-table discussions, seminars and presentations. The Exhibition invites LEGO fans of all ages to view hundreds of incredible hobbyist-built creations and meet, and hopefully be inspired by, their creators. This is BrickCon's 8th year of providing stimulating and fantastic displays! WHERE: Exhibition Hall at the Seattle Center, Seattle Washington WHEN: October 1 through 4th, 2009 Public Exhibition is October 3rd and 4th 11am to 3pm Convention is 8am to 11pm WEBSITE: www.brickcon.org HOTEL: There are many, but the Hampton Inn is the "preferred" hotel. BrickCon is going to post a code for you to use when you register at this hotel to receive a discount from their usual rates. COST: Convention fee is $50. Exhibition Admission is $7 individual, $20 family, children under 4 admitted free. WHO: All Adult Fans of LEGO! Several LEGO employees will be attending! THEME: Imagination in Motion!

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2012 BrickCon Seattle Washington

BRICKCON 2012 WHAT: BRICKCON BrickCon is a 4-day convention including a 2-day public expo where Adult Fans of LEGO (AFoLs) OR Adult LEGO Hobbyists (ALH) can congregate and display their creations. It is made up of two parts: Convention and Exhibition. The Convention provides a place for fans to get together and share their friendship, experiences and show off their fantastic creations. There are many smaller events within the Convention including contests, games, round-table discussions, seminars and presentations. The Exhibition invites LEGO fans of all ages to view hundreds of incredible hobbyist-built creations and meet, and hopefully be inspired by, their creators. This is BrickCon's 10th year of providing stimulating and fantastic displays! WHERE: Exhibition Hall at the Seattle Center, Seattle Washington WHEN: The private convention runs Oct 4-7. The public exhibition occurs on Saturday October 6 from 10am - 4pm, and Sunday October 7th 9am - 3pm. WEBSITE: www.brickcon.org WHO: All Adult Fans of LEGO!

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Latest HOPE news.....

Here is a little more on the HOPE convention hotel in NYC

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printer jack to USB ?

How to convert/replace conventional printer cable jack to USB one ?

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laser help

How do you take apart a conventional laserpointer like the ones that you get at pet stores?

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Indie Craft Contest

Now's the time to strut your stuff, crafters!The Craft & Hobby Association is giving you the opportunity to present your work at the CHA 2009 Winter Convention & Trade Show! The Show will take place at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, CA from January 25-28, 2009. So get innovative and start stretching those creative chops. You can enter up to five projects.More info via: CRAFT

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Brickfest 2009 in Portland Oregon

Howdy all, I originally posted this as an instructable (along the lines of a travel guide). Folk thought this would be a better place for it. I think it is of interest to the instructables community.-RAttend BRICKFEST 2009 in Portland Oregon!WHAT and WHY:BRICKFEST is the one of the best gatherings of LEGO fans and models in the world. It is a chance to see awesome projects and meet some of the world's leading LEGO tinkerers. Enthusiasts show off their most incredible creations! In 2007 there were incredible ball machines, working grandfather clocks and the Portland skyline all created out of LEGO! Example projects:http://www.brickshelf.com/cgi-bin/gallery.cgi?f=244460WHEN and WHERE:Brickfest takes place on 3/27 - 3/29/09.The convention takes place on the first two days, with a public expo on the third day. It is held at the Oregon Convention Center, Hall A in Portland, Oregon USA. COST and INFORMATION:Admission to the 3-day convention is $65. Admission to the public expo is $7 per person, or $25 for a family.Website: http://www.brickfest.com/Links and FAQ: http://www.brickfest.com/links.phpLUGNET Forum: http://news.lugnet.com/events/brickfest/GETTING AROUND:The lightrail runs from the airport to the Oregon Convention Center!LODGING: There are a variety of hotels near the convention center. The official BrickFest 2009 hotel of choice is the Red Lion Hotel.MORE INFORMATION:General questions: http://www.brickfest.com/contact.phpWebsite: http://www.brickfest.comWatch for forum postings at: http://news.lugnet.com/events/brickfest/

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Could a conventional oven be reused as wood burner?(Cross posted from Burning Questions)?

Has anyone ever burned wood inside an electric or gas oven? I was thinking of modding and oven with refractory cement, and a water mist sprayer,for bread baking, when it occurred to me that broken gas/electric ovens are cheap, mostly air tight and temperature resistant,to say the least. Obviously burning wood in them is not an UL approved usage, but clearly these devices are tested a lot more than your average barrel stove design.. So, any experience with this idea?

Question by Ronyon   |  last reply


using Router on Plywood !

Tearout is an issue when running a router on plywood, but I tried something new. Instead of a conventional cut, I did a climb cut, and tearout was pretty minimal.

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Ethernet Wiring Order

Hi, I have a cat6 ethernet cable with 8 non-twisted wires all apparently being of different solid colors. Is it OK to attach both ends to the connectors in any order as long as both ends have the same color order? Since the colors are non-standard I can't go by any convention such as T-568A or T-568B. I am using this in my home and since it will be a one-off I don't care about convention standards as long as the configuration I use will work. By the way, do I need to be concerned about the fact that they are non-twisted wires? What's the difference anyway? I would appreciate your answer. Thanks.

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How do you make Sasuke's arm bands? (From Naruto) ..the black ones btw

I'm cosplaying this character in an anime convention, but can't figure out how to make these...I'masassasd 

Question by SasukeLoveNaruto   |  last reply


What advantages/disadvantages do gas soldering irons have over conventional (i.e. electric) models?

I was thinking about getting one of those SolderPro irons, they're cheap, have lots of funky tips and seem to be dual use - i.e. i could use it as a hot air blower and a portable soldering iron.  The '70 looks nice, especially with 100 minutes of use on a full tank. I've got a cheap temperature controlled (i assume, it's got a dial so you can vary the temp, but stupidly no actual numbers so i can have yellow or dark red heat =P) station at the moment which works but takes an age to heat up.  We've got Weller units in the physics labs at uni and they heat up within 30 seconds which is amazing by comparison. Would it be worth getting a gas iron?  I was considering getting one to try some surface mount soldering, but will the temperature control - or lack of it - be an issue?  And finally, what tip would you recommend getting for SM work?  It comes with a conical tip, hot air, knife and a flame tip.  I was going to get a 3mm chisel if i ended up buying one. Oh and this will be for PCB/stripboard/general electronics soldering rather than jewellery or anything else. http://www.nimrodeuropedirect.com/?opt=item&id;=90   Good variety of tips too: http://www.nimrodeuropedirect.com/?opt=cat&id;=Tips Cheers guys, Josh

Question by Whiternoise 


'Editing" embossed T-shirts?

I temp at conventions and get T shirts with stuff & logos on them. They're not silk screened, just a high quality surface that feels like latex. I would like to remove parts. How do I, selectively, remove the printed stuff?

Question by unclejoe   |  last reply


eagle - how to put smt components on bottom layer

Hello all. I'm trying to lay out an eagle pcb with both smt and conventional components and I'm trying to make it single -sided. Does anyone know how to put an SMT part on the bottom layer? Thanks

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I need a project for the day?

Today is my day off I have nothing to do an all sorts of crap laying around my house. Any ideas of what to make with general household objects something interesting and non conventional. If somebody could point me to a good instructable that would be awesome.

Question by steeleman567   |  last reply


Quiches in a fan oven. Pastry base remains raw. Answered

I have recently moved from conventional oven to fan oven. The pastry bases come out raw. I use a glass baking dish and set the oven on multi-function, i.e. all elements ad fan on. Advice please.

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What is the correct order to fit connectors on a cat6 ethernet cable with 8 non-standard colored wires? Answered

Hi, I have a cat6 ethernet cable with 8 non-twisted wires all apparently being of different solid colors. Is it OK to attach both ends to the connectors in any order as long as both ends have the same color order? Since the colors are non-standard I can't go by any convention such as T-568A or T-568B. I am using this in my home and since it will be a one-off I don't care about convention standards as long as the configuration I use will work. By the way, do I need to be concerned about the fact that they are non-twisted wires? What's the difference anyway? I would appreciate your answer. Thanks. Oclaman

Question by oclaman   |  last reply


Metal Gear Solid: Big Boss Costume

Hey all i was wondering if anyone can help me in constructing the Big Boss costume im planning to take it to a convention :P also what type of hairstyle does he have? i cant tell xD ty all who help

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Storing electricity in a homemade rechargeable battery

Storing electricity in homemade rechargeable battery ... I've read lots of things about cranking the shaft of a conventional motor to create electricity. Can the electricity be stored for later use in a homemade rechargeable battery? Also, does anyone have an idea on how to make such a rechargeable battery? Thanks.

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analogue destructive interference device?

I was hoping to learn how to make a machine that would allow me to put it down, push a  button and no longer hear beyond it.  it would be ideal for doing interviews at conventions.  I was also hoping to  have it made so theres no computers involved, just older electronics, so it would, in theory use less power.

Question by ketrovin   |  last reply


Can I 3D print using acrylic material?

I work in a process equipment industry and I need to manufacture a small equipment in acrylic? The parts of the equipment are intricate and it is nearly impossible to manufacture using conventional manufacturing processes? I would like to know whether I can 3D print the acrylic component? 

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New editor does not do proper paragraph breaks without [Rich Editor] option

The new editor has a pretty substantial bug.  If the user leaves the editor in the new "default" (plain text) format, it does not respect carriage returns.  It should do so.  Most particularly, it really ought to follow the convention that two carriage returns correspond to a paragraph break.

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