My entry for ninjusk's Tr contest. I like it alot. thats it.
Topic by Fred the Penguin | last reply
Hi, fellow Instructables members. I am seriously considering buying a cheap cnc vinyl cutter to so all manner of things, mainly personalised gifts. I need to be pretty certain that it will do the jobs that i require though. I like the idea of using it to make stencils to use with glass etching cream to make personalised glasses, mirrors and stuff like that. One particular item that i have seen on a popular auction site takes my fancy, please see the picture i have attached. Firstly, is it worth buying a cheap vinyl cutter at all? And Secondly is it likely that it will cut stencils intricate enough to make items similar to the picture? Any answers or suggestions would be very much appreciated. Thanks Joe
Question by joecrane89 | last reply
I've created an open source pattern for knitted chair! The aim is to let individuals use knitting as a creative media to personalise the ubiquitous plastic chair. It's been great to see how different every single knitted chairs are. Join me in this revolution! www.knittedchairs.wordpress.com
Topic by yuvee | last reply
Hey Guys! So I'm a bit new to this (meaning I'm totally new.) So I'm not sure if this question has been asked before,. If it has, please redirect me to it :) I'm looking to 'personalise' a metal traveller's mug, and just metal mugs in general and i was wondering what options are available? I want to go through the options before i pick the method that i'll use. What i want to do exactly is to put my design on the cup permanently. I've seen someone use a vinyl decal and a powder coating machine, but that's pretty expensive to get over here. So what are the other ways i can do that? I hope someone can shed some light on this for me, Thanks :)
Topic by AttractiveToast | last reply
Hi all, I am following some categories (such as woodworking, home improvements, etc) and users. Is there is a way to browse only through the followed categories/users instead of the homepage featured instructables? Something like a personalised homepage? Sorry if it is already been asked, I searched in the forum but have not found an answer. Thanks in advance!
Topic by LoicBVN | last reply
I am good in web application development i know server side scripting language and dbms scripting. but i am not in practice from a while is there any site who serve as non-profit site so that i can help them with my skills or where can i get people who want their own personalised website and dont want to hire a programmer who take too much money.
Question by Atul009 | last reply
A schoolboy has beaten thousands of other youngsters to land every child's dream job - official taster for a sweet company.Harry Willsher's chief responsibilities will be eating Love Hearts, Refreshers and Cola Bottles in the name of research to make sure they are up to the standard expected by the average confectionery connoisseur.The 12-year-old won the coveted post by emailing a description of his favourite sweet, the Drumstick lolly, to Swizzels Matlow, a confectionery company based in Derbyshire.He's getting "sacks" of sweets posted to his house, a personalised overall, a tour of the sweet factory and Â£500 in shopping vouchers.(Plus the number of a decent dentist?)Daily Mail article.
Topic by Kiteman | last reply
So, i just put this in the forums (and i can't see it..) So i thought i'd put it here too. I want to put my designs on traveller's mugs and other metal mugs and i was thinking, what are the different way i can do this? I've seen someone do it with a vinyl and powder coating...but the tools needed to do that are pretty expensive to get here, so that's my last resort. So i was wondering what are the other ways that i can do this? I hope you guys can help me out with this. Thanks :) P.S I'm new to this.... so can anyone tell me why my forum post isn't showing up? :P
Question by AttractiveToast | last reply
Hello all, I'm a biomedical engineering student in Canada, and I'm working with a doctor to develop a training tricycle for children with cerebral palsy. One of the issues we'd like to solve is that since the tricycles are not geared, some children are simply too good at pedalling on flat surfaces and don't get the necessary muscular workout in their legs from pedalling. We'd like to add some sort of difficulty setting to the rear wheels of the tricycle (the front wheel is occupied by a locking mechanism we designed) to make pedalling a little more challenging for some kids. I considered using a friction system but the idea of adjusting tension in two breaks simultaneously and the frequent pad replacements doesn't appeal to me. I recently thought of using eddy currents to slow the rear wheels. This would be extremely convenient because we could control the eddy currents in function of the child's strength to give them each a personalised workout. My questions are : Do you think it's feasible to use eddy currents to adjust the difficulty of pedalling a tricycle by slowing the rear wheels? Could an electromagnetic system be used with a sufficiently large battery to allow a child to ride throughout a day? Would a system with swapable permanent magnets be more efficient (similar to a power tool)? Would an eddy brake system produce excessive heat that could in turn harm the child? Thank you for all your help as I'm not an electrical engineer.
Question by ThomasC311 | last reply
Hello, I am a final year Fashion Promotion student at UCLan and for my final campaign I am looking into upcycled furniture. To back up my idea I need to gather primary research and I would really appreciate it if you could take 5 minutes to answer a few questions for me. Here are the questions: 1. Are you male or female? 2. What is your age? 3. What is your occupation? 4. What type of accommodation do you live in? Rented flat Owned flat Rented house Owned house Other (please state) 5. Who do you live with? (please state their relationship to you) 6. How often do you decorate your accommodation? Once every 3 months Once every 6 months Once a year Once every 2-5 years Once every 10 years Other (please state) 7. When you decorate do you tend to do one room at a time or the whole house/flat at once? 8. When you decorate a room do you completely re-do the whole room's decor or just replace accessories and furniture to give the room a new lease of life? 9. How would you describe your decorating style? (tick all that apply) Modern Classic Kitch Bohemian Shabby Chic Industrial Other (please state) 10. Which brands do you buy furniture from? (state all that apply) 11. Which brands do you buy paint, DIY tools and materials from? (state all that apply) 12. Do you prefer to buy new homeware when decorating or use old furniture or accessories to create something new for your home? 13. On a scale of 1 to 10 (where 1 is not important and 10 is very important) how important is having unique and personalised features and accessories in your home to you? 14. Would you be interested in the idea of somewhere to take your old furniture that would provide materials and workshops to help you upcycle it into something new and original? Any answers you provide would really help and will be used only for research purposes. If you would prefer to email me your answers my email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you in advance! Amy
Topic by althexton | last reply
I'm not hugely into music, but I have just come across Seasick Steve (after an appearance on Top Gear!). The CD of I started Out With Nothing and I Still Got Most of it Left arrived in the mail this morning, and is now playing on my Zen, filed next to Walter Trout. I am gobsmacked. This man has been playing this stuff all my life, and I only just find out? That's forty years of enjoyment I have missed out on! Not only is he, frankly, amazing, but he'd fit right in here, because he makes and modifies his own instruments : From wikipedia: As well as an electric guitar and self electrified acoustic guitar, Wold owns (and plays) several obscure and personalised instruments, including: The Three-String Trance Wonder - This is a normal guitar that resembles a Fender Coronado, but with only three strings. It has an old Harmony pickup added (with duct tape) and is tuned to G, G and B using an E string in the A position, a D in the G position and a G in the B position. At his gigs, he often tells the story that he bought it for $75 in this condition in Como, Mississippi from a man named Sherman, who later told him he only paid $25 for it the day before. Wold vowed never to add another string, and that he would tour the world telling his story of how Sherman ripped him off. All in good fun as Sherman Cooper is a good buddy, who gave him the guitar having had it nailed to the wall as a decoration. A lot of the time he also adds (while picking up or putting away the guitar) that it is the "...biggest piece of [poo] in the world, I swear". The One-Stringed Diddley Bow - This is a one stringed string instrument played with a slide (He uses an old screwdriver for this purpose). It consists of a 2 foot long 2x4, with a semi-loose piece of broom wire nailed to it at both ends. It was made especially for him by James 'Super Chikan' Johnson. The 'MDM' (Mississippi Drum Machine) - A small wooden box that is stomped upon, providing percussion. It is decorated with a Mississippi motorcycle license plate ("MC33583"), and a small piece of carpet. Roland Cube Amplifier - Placed on a chair to his left and set to the 'tweed' setting. The Morris Minor Guitar - When on the TV show Top Gear, presenter Jeremy Clarkson commented that Steve's car history of over 100 cars included a Morris Minor. Steve then produced a 4-string guitar that his friend had made out of two old hub caps from the Minor joined back-to-back, playing it a little in the episode. Why are still reading this? Go, listen to it. Now.
Topic by Kiteman | last reply
Hi, I am currently 15 years old and live in Warsaw, Poland. You see, in my family we never sticked to the "Everyone gives presents to everyone" scheme. My parents would get us presents, as well as give them to each other. I want to change it this year, since i feel like a total jerk this way (receiving gifts and not giving any) Overall: I need to get a present for my father, mother and brother, whose details will follow. I don't want the overall cost of the gifts to surpass 100PLN (around $35?), nor for them to be the cheap "glue some felt to some cardboard and write some nice sentences" DIY christmas gifts. I would like them to be original, maybe just a creative, slightly changed everyday object. They should not be consumable (cookies, bath salts etc.), they should be useful but nice (no coasters or stuff like that) They can not require any help, since they have to be a surprise to my family. I would like them to be preparable in my bedroom, without use of any complicated tools (including sewing machines and glue pistols). Also, no photo albums or such. Father: My dad is a business-ish person interested in a variety of subjects, like chess, computers, programming, engineering, books, movies and all that stuff. He works a lot, uses an LG Viewty Snap, drives a Ford Mondeo, occasionally wears glasses. I would like his gift to be very practical and elegant, something he could take in his pocket and maybe use throughout the day (A personalised business card holder, maybe?) Mother: My mom is the head of a small internet newspaper centered about building, ways of saving energy, construction and such. She spends most of her day at home. She likes knitting, sewing, and would surely love a simple gift that took some effort to make (some creative, practical thing to hang on the fridge? A hand-sewn pouch, stuffed animal or something?) or that makes the flat nicer (maybe a blanket?) Brother: My brother is 18 years old, he studies sound directing at Warsaws' Music University. He's a lazy and messy person who plays the piano and performs at a small band on keyboard. A very artistic guy, his bedroom is full of synthesisers, cables, wires. He probably will not appreciate any gift, so be sure to give me some more suggestions - i have no idea what he might like. His gift should be minimalistic and creative - it does not need to be very useful. Oh well, i kinda wrote too much up here. If it was too long for you to read, i need a christmas gift idea for: My dad (businessman) My mom (pretty much a housewife) My 18yo brother (who studies Sound Directing) The added price of the three gifts should not go over $35, they can't be consumable, they need to be simple enough to be done inside my bedroom so it's a surprise. Thanks in advance for all your suggestions, i will give any information needed for your ideas :)
Question by Arendos | last reply
Hey All So I've got this client, who's absolutely crazy about the "FLIKE" (A physical like counter.). But he can't have it for another couple of months, and he'd like it to be a little more custom... Long story short, I might end up making a similar product in a few weeks. it will probably consist out of 5 digits and if it's up to me (not sure what the client wants) I'd stuff them behind a long picture frame. Something like this but actually mechanical and not just a picture of it: http://www.notonthehighstreet.com/thedriftingbear/product/personalised-framed-vintage-flip-clock-print So I started googling every hardware piece I needed and it turns out it's a huge pain to find Flip Clock Numbers / Flip Board Numbers... whatever you want to call them. (What's the right name btw?) You can't just buy these things, let alone in a custom size. So the idea is to build them myself. I found this on wikipedia, which gives a clue about the inside: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Analog_clock_with_digital_display.png So I'm figuring out what needs to go in it to make this work. (I'll end up making an instructable about it) The numbers themselves are going to be made out of vinyl stickers. You can easily buy those from ebay in about any size if you look for them. The stickers will be put on to plastic boards. But I'm not totally sure what kind I should get. They should be thin and must be able to stand up straight, yet "easy" to fold. I'll probably get them lasercut, but you should be able to cut them by hand as well. Currently I'm thinking about gluing small metal or carbon rods on the back of those letters. Although I'm not sure if that would be strong enough. Would it be enough to file one side of the rods to get a bigger contact surface? (What do you guys think?) I'm planning of putting the half letters in a drum of ABS or PLA. it should be shaped like this: |--------| I'm thinking about 3D printing this. But no idea how it'll do... One side of the drum will be connected to a small stepper motor (5.625° with 1/64 reduction). I don't have real experience with stepper motors, but this resolution seems more than sufficient. The other side will be connected to a metal or plastic positioner. Each digit might end up with it's own "unit" so I can swap them separately if they'd break. I've got great experience with lasercut plexi, so I might use that because it's more accurate than wood and I might have some lying around. I was first thinking about 1 stepper motor and a set of gears. I decided not to do that in the end because I don't have good experience with making gears and I can never find the right sizes online. Also, it'll make everything way more complex. So each motor will have it's own controller connected to it. Those controllers would have to talk to an ATMega or something. (I'm planning on using an arduino to prototype, but then just swap the chip and make a stand-alone version without usb etc) The ATMega has to be connected to the internet of course to get the current number of likes, so I'd connect it to a raspberry pi via I²C. I'm not familiar with the GPIO pins on the pi so I figured this would be a save and convenient way to handle this. The ATMega is robust, and I love the Arduino bootloader. A sketch is written in no time, but I have no idea how to start writhing this code for the GPIO pins. So why the Raspberry Pi? First off, this thing might end up being wireless, and since a wifi module for the arduino costs as much as a Pi, I figured this would be easier. The plan is to make the pi run python script that could ask the number of likes from the facebook API. Once returned, it'll send +1 or +5 or +10 over I²C. The arduino shifts the numbers to the correct position and replies with the total number it's displaying (3012 for instance). The PI can then recheck if everything is in sync. As for the set up. Since we have Pi, we can put on a LAMP stack (I know, this is overkill, but it wouldn't hurt either). So for initial set-up, we'd connect the counter to ethernet, browse to it on a different computer via "http://counter.local". And we'd be presented with a web interface. You'll be able to set the URL of the page u want to get the likes from, set and reset the number that is displayed on the counter, and the WIFI settings. The WIFI settings can be saved in the wpa_supplicant.conf file and on reboot it'll automatically connect to this network. From now on the whole system is manageable over wifi via a html interface. For debugging I might enable ssh though. So I guess you've got the whole outline now. I'd like to get your feedback on this! And this for the mechanics, electronics, and software side of things!
Question by woutervddn | last reply