Can we use loose fibers (roving) for the fibers contest or does it have to be spun into yarn first? Thanks
Topic by flyingpuppy | last reply
Seeking a source for remnants carbon fiber felt, will use as combination wind screen chimney internal liner to prevent loss of heat to the environment can use piece sized 4 x 24 inches-minimum. thickness 5 mm, 7mm or better if possible. carbon fiber is usually sold by the sq. yd./meter- i know that carbon fiber felt exists but can't seem to locate same, free or cheap is best, thats why i'm looking for remnant material. thanking you for your help big al
Topic by big al 1048 | last reply
International Fiber CollaborativeSeeking Participants,The goal for the International Fiber Collaborative is to give a opportunity to people who enjoy working with crafts, whether professional artists,hobbyists or students to come together all over the world to express our concerns towards our countries extreme dependency on oil for energy. Those who participate will crochet/knit/stitch/patch/ or collage a 36"x36" fiber panel that will express each artists view on this topic. By taking the step to create a panel with any design, and sending it in, in the larger picture, is expressing your concern towards this topic. Once all 800 panels that are needed are received, they will be sewn together to completely cover an abandoned gas station and gas pumps in central New York. You can check out the website at internationalfibercollaborative.comor contact Jennifer Marsh at email@example.comThank You,Jennifer Marsh
Topic by blueangle1412
Good afternoon! I've been browsing, and tried to look up information on ELS fiber, short for Electroluminescent fiber. Googling it will get plenty of links to the initial article or two about it's creation roughly a year and a 1/2 ago, but nowhere can I find any information on where or how one can obtain any of it, outside of ready-made outdoor recreation clothing. I'd hoped someone might be able to assist me in this? I'd dearly love to get a hold of some for use in costuming. Thank you in advance for any info you could provide. Regards, Bronwyn "I've not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that don't work." Thomas Edison "There's a fine line between 'hobby' and 'mental illness'. I think I tripped over it a while back."
Topic by whiteraven
Hi, I made a lot of research in order to find some plastic optic fiber in europe, and I finaly add to buy some full rolls of the one I liked. It it PMMA fiber with 0.3dB/m light loss, it polish well, and when use with long length, gives a sligher yellow / green color to the light (noticeable on white light, but really lower than the other I've tryed). If someone need some, I can make a kit with : -27 meters of 0.75mm diameter -15 meters of 1.00mm diameter - 7 meters of 1.50mm diameter I think thati ncluding shipping to anywhere I can send it for tens euros. If someone is interested, let me know and I will check shipping price and paypal fees. Regards, tReg.
Topic by treg | last reply
I am making a super-discreet earpiece/IEM that is intended for any use where you feel bored, where you are not supposed to use electronic devices. Meetings, lectures, classrooms, etc. Basically, it's a 3.5mm jack wired to a Balanced Armature driver. Essentially, I remove the big, thick and bulky housings of earpieces and leaving the smaller drivers in place. I've been using thin copper cables in the earpieces I buy. They work, but are still visible. I found that optical cables are near invisible, glass-like. I intend to wire them into my earpieces. So, do I require lots of circuits? I can do those, if they don't poke a black hole in my wallet. No more than USD100, if entirely possible. I just want to know how to change electricity into light and back again, and allow for audio transfer from MP3 player to earpiece drivers.
Topic by chua_erei | last reply
Hi, I'm into knifemaking. There are some carbon fiber knives on the market, but they all have very poor edge retention. (because the edge is made of carbon fiber as well) I was wondering if it would be possible to add a thick metal coating of a hard metal to a carbon structural center, as to coat the blade in a thin layer of metal. This metal would then be serving as the cutting edge, hopefully with better edge retention. Is this at all possible? What types of metal could be used? Thanks in advance!
Question by jelte1234 | last reply
If you're looking at that new Fiber Arts Contest and just can't figure out what the heck it's supposed to mean, you're not alone. Traditionally we've run knitting contests on Instructables. I love our knitting contests, but I know our community is capable of doing so much more with yarn and other fibers that I wanted to open it up to all sorts of skills. The contest page describes acceptable entries as involving "Spinning, Weaving, Felting, Knitting, Crocheting, and Tatting," but I also encourage entries for tools and tips that accompany these crafts. You might notice it does not mention sewing. This is not a sewing contest. Let me repeat that: This is not a Sewing Contest We will be launching a sewing contest next week, so fret not! So my takeaway from this is to stop with the confusing contest titles, but "The Spinning, Weaving, Felting, Knitting, Crocheting, Tatting Contest" just wouldn't fit on the thumbnail!
Topic by scoochmaroo | last reply
I'm read a lot of document about optic fiber, and I've seen that: -many people are interested in optic fiber (it's magic, just like leds are) -people make some good craft with optic fiber, but sometime don't have the needed understanding of how it works, how to cut it, sand it, bend it, ...) -reader of the nice instructables here have trouble buying optic fiber when they want to start new project. I hope this group will help people learning from eachother, leading to new more interesting project and instructables. tReg.
Topic by treg
My house was once part of a business that was connected to neighboring structures via fiber optics for Internet. I want to put in a security system with some usb cameras and of course we know what those limits are. I have successfully made 25' usb/cat5 cables using this site... they work great but I need 50 - 60'. I was wondering if it was possible to utilize these fiber cables for the data side of the usb and somehow power it by other sources? I know a little about fiber like putting in connectors and such and I do have 2 transceivers. I can make rj45/usb connectors for the tranceiver ends but I'm just not sure of the details or even if I'm barking up the right tree. I'm not sure where the power fits in either. Any of you geniuses know how I could do this? Thanks
Topic by cornflake000 | last reply
I am a hobbist/inventor/sculptor/geek. I am looking for plans or a kit to build a fiber optic booster transmitter and reciever. Or even a unit that can send and recieve data and video signals. The signal must be able to travel a minimum of 300 ft. I am trying to build a submersible rov that I can afford. The other option that I might have is a rf to fiber optic converter. Would anyone be able to help me out?
Topic by batguanno
Not 100% sure how the rider fell (all sorts of stories), but when he did crash - this is the result. CF tubes broken in two places and 1 broken collar bone (a not too uncommon injury on bigger accidents). Just thought someone might be interested :)
Topic by trebuchet03 | last reply
I purchased a "Mr. Christmas" Laser (green) Outdoor Holiday Projector to add to my holiday lighting this year. Being rightly concerned with theft if I was naive enough to leave the projector outside, I thought of using fiber optic cable attached to the laser lens housing (still haven't worked out how I would accomplish that), and routing it from inside the house to a point outiside where the cable end would project on a wall or my garage door, providing a show (sans sound), but protecting the laser projector from theft. Is my idea feasible? If not, I'm open to suggestions. Thanks.
Question by Oldie Juan Kenobi | last reply
Hi, I have 0.75, 1 and 1.5mm plastic opic fiber that I am using for my project (which will be the topic of my first instructables ;) ) I need a way to bend the POF in right angle. I don't care if the bending raidus is not very important (spec says max radius is 10 time diameter, 15mm radius is ok for me, and I don't care if I loose a little brightness). I want the POF to stay bend after I have bent it : it must keep the curve I gave it for at least 24 hours. I manage doing something not so bade (but really time consuming) by heating the POF with an hair dryer. I wander if anybody has a better tested idea ? (in the meantime, I'll try putin it in boiling water to see if it kep the shape once cooled). Regards, tReg.
Topic by treg | last reply
Seaking to use carbon fiber felt to blanket/insulate against process heat loss to enviroment. can work with single pieces as small as 3 inches by 12 inches, aprox. thickness 3/8ths inch --HOPEING FOR cheap!
Question by big al 1048
My question is after cutting a fiberglass sheet cloth , can the cloth take shape using ironing spray and some heating before applying resin , because im going to fiberglass a rc boat, but it is very slippery and there is no level between the fiberglass patches some details are deformed, so im thinking to put one or two complete sheets that cover every thing then resin it . is it possible?????
Question by vwtm2006 | last reply
I have a big crop of lemongrass i planted to chase off pests. i use parts of it for tea/herbs. i would like to process the fibery stalks to weave them for mats and/or kumihimo.
Question by hardlec | last reply
I'm prototyping a solar energy device, and need to transport a concentrated light beam a couple of meters without loss or, ideally, burning anyone's hand off. I was thinking of some kind of 'total internal reflection' medium, such as glass, but it needs to be cheap and easy to make/find, and it would be great if it had at least a little flexibility. Is there any way to make your own? Some kind of gel, or crystal, or maybe water if it wouldn't attenuate or absorb too much of the energy? Failing that, is there some existing material I could wrench out the back of something? Cheers, Daniel.
Topic by SolarFlower_org | last reply
Hello everyone, I am trying to help a friend who is searching for graphite tubes, exact measurements are negotiable but he's looking for 5/16" x 72-84". I've searched all the slightly off the beaten path places I could think of, including kite making supplies, fishing rod building supplies and so forth... is this going to have to be custom made? Thanks!
Topic by Grundal | last reply
Help help! I was following the instructions at http://tutorialgeek.blogspot.com/2010/11/fix-flash-on-nikon-d70-dslr.html to fix a flash on a camera I got on ebay. All was going great until the black wire came out. I tried putting it back in and got a terrible shock, and the flash no longer worked. So I thought it was a grounding wire. I tried to strip it and put it back in its little holes, but it did NOT want to strip. Downloading the service manual later showed me that it didn't want to strip because it's really fiber optics in there. In trying to fix it some more, I got shocked a few more times, pretty strongly (with the battery out, even). I'm not sure if I've fried a component or not, but at least nothing smells bad. I'd like to try to put a new fiber optic wire in there, but I have no idea where to find one. Can anyone help me? The gauge of the wire is pretty standard for small electronics. Please let me know!! Susan
Topic by susanrm | last reply
I have been trying to create color stripes in the same manner as Mariko Kusumoto. Cotton and silk thread have not worked. I think I need a different tool to apply polyester dye or different thread. The second image is messy but it was to test the strength of the dye on the bubbles. I think my problem now is how to draw the lines using polyester dye before steaming.
Topic by jeremyzschau | last reply
Has anyone any suggestions for a tool which would be "like" a camera iris, with a hole several mm long, but which can be varied in diameter from 1 (0.040 ") to 0.2mm (0.008"). I need to set the diameter fairly carefully, to just gently pinch a bundle of 70micron (0.0029"") optical fibres passed down the centre. The hole needs to be very circular and rigid, even as its closing...... Something kind of like the mechanism of a "pin-chuck" suggests itself, but wouldn't be very round in the limit. Any ideas ? Steve
Question by steveastrouk | last reply
I need to figure out how to add on a lot of multi-strand fiber optics to the end of large single strand or single LED. I would like to create a lighted and animated cuttle fish sculpture and I want to know how I would be able to get the most amount of small single dots of light from a single LED. The LEDs will be individually animated in the belly of the beast and light patterns will appear on the surface...
Question by pastaffo | last reply
I have recently purchased 420 meters of ADSS fiber cable from a local utility company. Why you ask? Cause it was cheap. It was manufactured in 2008 by Alcoa Fujikura. Here are the specs that I have .701" diameter 144ct fiber Single mode 8 buffer tubes 18 fibers per tube Does anyone have any suggestions for what I should do with it? Or just any ideas on who's hands it should end up in? Any help would be greatly appreciated
Topic by idontknownothin
HI, i was wondering if anyone knew about someway to make something like a non-electric endiscope system. I need something like a tube for light, so i could look in at one end and see what is on the other end, and i need it to be non-electric. Or i could use something like a lens so that it can have light come in and out at an angle. If you need to know moke, i'm using it for "chameleon goggles" so that i can look in two diferent ajustable angles at once similar to what a real chameleon's eyes can do (if you don't know what i mean look it up), and if you have any sugestions on what i could do please post them it would be a huge help.
Question by Tobor 2.0 | last reply
I want to try to build a bamboobike like Ayasbek.... but I need to know quantity of fiber and resin I have to sell... Thanks for your reply and experiences...
Question by Guillaume648 | last reply
Well I decided to join cause I was looking for a solution of a problem I have at my job. I work in a datacenter, and frequently I have to pull delicate cables, which have to run through many corners, sometimes they got stuck between sharp metal pieces on top of the racks, or even the doors. Not only that, but also the times that get to pull them from one place to the other (sometimes cables of 60 or 80 meters. You have to be also carefull on not pulling so much. So I was thinking in to invent something to put in many places as auxiliars that let run the cable in every corner. Many Ideas but I am not in use very frequently with the inventive that your experience have. But I think I discovered what I like most in life. INVENT THINGS.!!!! (too much Monkey Island when I was a boy) Greentings community Mijac
Question by mijac | last reply
I'm working on a project to clean (dissolve) bark off of some fiber that adheres to the inside of the bark. I've used caustic soda (sodium hydroxide) successfully but it weakens the fiber. Soda ash (sodium carbonate) also works and seems to have less affect on strength but I'm wondering, chemically, if there's any real difference. I don't have access to any gear to accurately measure the real tensile strength. Thanks for your help. Shanti Mama Kathmandu Nepal
Question by Shanti Mama | last reply
I am thinking of making my own fiber optic lamp / toy and was wondering if it was possible to make my own optical fibers from fishing line.
Question by devicemodder | last reply
Hello, Iâm doing my project about 2-way (full duplex) optical fiber communication system. From what I knew, currently there is only 1-way (half-duplex) optical fiber communication system. Thus, I need to upgrade this system to be in 2-way communication system. How to make it? Can I just replace the transmitter and receiver with the transceiver in order to make it and how? Really need help..TQVM in advanced.
Topic by kamiladnan
I know how to remove/replace individual cells in the Dewalt battery. Most of my time doing this is removing the insulation pad. I haven't found any solvent for the glue yet. Anyone have a good way to remove the sticky pad?
Question by horsebroke
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Topic by fungus amungus | last reply
I'm looking to see if it's possible to make a carbon fiber poker table using foam as a core to keep the weight down. I have instructions on how to make a poker table so I'm curious to know steps to do a wet layup of carbon fiber to create the table.
Question by zacreth | last reply
How can one attach the end of a sideglow or endglow type of fiber optic cable to a light source? Either an LED or a light bulb. Thank you very much.
Question by devthered | last reply
Hello Makers! I have been designing a home theater retractable screen housing that is arduino based. I want to use stepper motors for the added precision and will be playing with some minor resin/fiberoptics to decorate the front in a movie theater-esq manner. My concern is with the stepper motors. I would love to know if anyone has attempted a similar project. The speed of the descent/retraction is not all that important but consistency is another story. I also have some power concerns. Any input would be greatly appreciated.
Topic by jab06y | last reply
I will try to write and instructable for my last project. Since this is my first instructable and it will be a bit long, I will need some reviewers before I can publish it. If some people can help reviewing, jsut tell me. I will laso need to find some super bright yellow leds which are really yellow, not amberish, or some high power RGB leds. If you can tell me where to find some (or send me a few one I can trade for some other colors or for plastic optic fiber), just let me know. I completely edited this message since I've found that it is possible to start writting an instructable without publishing it, so people interested in reviewing now have to tell me so I add them as contributors. Regards, t.
Topic by treg | last reply
Ive already made a carbon fiber bike frame, but i wanted to look into makeing the tri-spoked wheel and the disk wheel, does anyone know how they are made and how to make them??
I am also wondering weather nylon cable has the same properties?
Question by LucasOchoa | last reply
I want to make a power-glove style party glove. I want to hook up laser pointers to each finger, but i figured it would be cooler if i could get the glove to light up. So to save myself some soldering, would i be able to shine the lasers through fiber optic cables to light up the glove itself, while still having the laser beams exit the ends of the fiber optic cables?
Question by kamikaze33 | last reply