My Group Will Now Be Making Knex Guns Now Because I Just Bought More KNEX and im getting more members...we need more members.Now That I Have More KNEX I Can Buid The PSniper,One of my earlyer creations...
Topic by Antony | last reply
Where did everyone start with modding and building of electronics? This stuff blows my mind away, and I wanted to start getting into building things, but there are instructables that basically say "have experience before attempting this project". Are you all electrical engineers or just hobbyists who worked with circuit boards for years and just know this stuff? Any fun begineer tech instructables or books to read about circuits or working with chips like Arduino? Thanks everyone, just trying to learn!
Topic by benallen18 | last reply
Hello I'm a newbie to Zigbee and wanted to work on some hobby projects with Zigbee. I know the basics of zigbee and have theoretical understanding about it! Kindly suggest me on few simple hobby project ideas with Zigbee with Arduino to get started with. Thanks in advance
Topic by tk9999 | last reply
For a while, I have been wanting to get started with robotics. My interest in this is very deep, and as you can see from my about me section, my ultimate goal in life is to create a sentient robot. I know this isn't an easy field, and I was wondering if anybody had any tips for getting started. Also, is there a link to a C compiler (preferably free) that you know of? Thank you very much for any help.
Question by StarscreamClone | last reply
I seek plans / ideas on how to build a devise that will make the sound of a shot gun.The purpose is for starting yacht races so a means of producing "smoke" would be handy have looked at air cannons ? I want noise not launch capabilities. why not use a shot gun? it is practically impossible to own a gun in Australia.
Question by snitz | last reply
A lot of people are complaining about the new Rating Sytem. Well, here's the thing, if you don't rate, these ratings won't become balanced, and they'll stay that way forever!Rating isn't hard, just choose how many stars an Ible or topic deserves!Even if its just a forum topic, rate it!It won't take your time! We need to get these ratings moving!If you're not part of the solution, you're part of the problem.
Topic by Keith-Kid | last reply
I think at this point in time of my life, ive lost my ability to create well designed weapons with knex. But Ive always been fascinated by the ball machines, and I would like to pursue further into my knex hobby to make them. But my skill when it comes to this is at rock bottom. I have no experience, and no concept on how to design anything for these. I also need to buy more parts to get started on it and be able to finish it without worrying about missing some parts. I havent gone anywhere guys, just had some time off since I couldnt make anything good. I miss all of you guys, and hopefully, I can get something going and youll see more from me :) -SW-
Topic by Senior Waffleman | last reply
Okay, basic rundown: I've always wanted to start a country, and have gone from varying degrees of seriousness on the topic (from declaring my bedroom the kingdom of shirts to writing a constitution for Travisland [seriously]) Now, obviously there are several issues as to the actual seceding process. I'm in Canada, and I am currently researching how Canada gradually broke off from England, and I am planning to apply the same concept. Does anyone want to help with the research of building a constitution, border laws, etc? Assuming it actually works, you will get a passport, likely a government position (or something to that degree) and will be able to come and go from the country at any time (although if it does work we legally need permanent residences). Is anyone interested, even if all we get out of this is some education?
Topic by A good name | last reply
Hello everyone, I just found this site last night and lets just say that i didnt get to much sleep! A quick introduction about me. Im 24y old guy from sweden. I loved taking electronic stuff apart as a kid (not so much putting them back together) and i did some experementing in school but it soon faded. I then went on to become an electrician(house/construction installations) and have been working as one for 6 years now but never really went back into electronics. The last few years LED's has been getting big as the main lightsource in our homes but the comercial solutions aren't always satisfactory, hence my renewed interest in this. Only thing i've done outside of work is built some computers but never really modding. As if i didnt have enough to do in my spare time i now wanna get into this, so i have a few questions on how to get started: - What basic tools do i need? Soldering kit, precision screwdrivers, multimeter......more? -What store is best for getting supplies/tools? Is it ebay or do you prefer a specific company? Any site that is better/worse to use living in sweden? Also should i stock up on basic components or just get what i need for my projects? -Is there any other communities that supplements this one? Any Swedish sites perhaps? -Anything else i should know before buying some stuff and starting? Right know im mostly focused on mods involving LED and lighting in general. Suggestions about that? Sorry if this is posted in the wrong section but i didnt really find any better place. I know this might not be as exciting as the other questions in here but all input is greatly appreciated! TLDNR: What do i need to know/have to get started modding electronics? Cheers!
Topic by Allecc | last reply
I would like to help people start building and flying model aircraft! I started flying unpowered gliders with my dad at the age of 5 by the age of 8 I could do figure 8ts with the same model of unpowed glider, then I moved to my own plane a wingo which is a great durable slow park flyer, the kit comes with every thing you need except for a controller, servos and glue. I put a brushless motor and a lipo battery with this setup I could fly strait up until you could barely see the plane (about a mile high). After that I got my first 3d trainer a ucando which is also durable and constructed with hot glue!!! So far I have crashed into a blueberry bush and torn wings to pieces, but I am in the process of gluing back together.I prefer electric models over gas or glow models; their cheaper, quieter, smaller and more durable. Here is a great place to find beginner and advanced electric planes. Their are also different types of kits, ARFs (Almost Ready to Fly) are my favorite type of plane they include most of what you need for the plane inside the box, most only take 2-6 hours to complete and dry. Much easier for beginners to build and not mess up. Normal kits have only parts and dont usually include motors batteries or any thing else, they can take weeks to build but can be much cheaper. And theirs a third RTF (Ready To Fly) more expensive than ARFs but most of the time all you have to do is charge the batteries! You should visit your local hobby store to find out more about the local clubs and flying fields it is illegal to fly some sized planes in naborhoods I am not familiar with all the laws but I only fly at flyingfeilds. A plane like the warp would probly be fine to fly in your back yard or naborhood field. You should know that making model Rc planes can be addictive, expensive, and when you crash and destroy what you have been working on for a month extremely frustrating.Join the AMA and your local flying club, model aviation is a great way to make friends and meet new people, oh and its fun! For all ages!horizon hobby is a group of hobby stores. hobby store locatorIf you have any Q's please ask!Id also like to start a list of good trainers the yard stick is not as durable as the wingo but can be found every werethe wingo a great beginer ucando a 3D trainer (get a wingo first)
Topic by i make shooting things | last reply
Hi,every body its my first post here . i like this site a lot .i want to say that i have to do a project soon but i don't know what to do am good at programming with microcontroller but i was surpresid that no one here use it i mean you use ready things and hacked ones. could any one help me to choose a good project i want also to ask about the charging .if i want to make a charger for many things i saw some project in this site from usb port to charge a mobile you calculate the voltage but the current>???? i mean this will not burn the mobile or anything how do you ensure that the current is suitable? i want also to ask about the solar cell?how we can create it from scratch or where can i find a ready one?if i don't want to buy it thanx sorry about my bad english
Topic by eng_mai | last reply
Hey all. I would love to start working with circuits more than I do (I know the basics of circuits, soldering, mostly practical knowledge). I would really like to start doing a lot more with building projects that really utilize circuitry. So my question is: What are some fun and easy projects that I can get started on? Appreciate any help :)
Topic by MainManLuke | last reply
Is it possible to make a pull-cord chainsaw (Stihl 029) easier to start? I'm in my mid-seventies and have lost much of my former strength, as such, I have extreme difficulty starting the saw initially. Once it's warmed-up, no problema, but after sitting for a few days, well—. Anyone have a suggestion (aside from buying an electric saw which will not be practical, because of the cord length)?
Question by jackew | last reply
I want to start getting in to making electronics, but I can't seem to know where to start. I recently bought an Arduino Starter Kit hoping to learn, but while I can understand and do all the listed projects, I can't comprehend why things are the way they are. For example, I don't understand how to choose the right resistors for lets say LEDs. Sure I could just pick the resistors I need for one of the projects, but that isn't going to help when I start my own projects. I feel that my main problem is that I do not understand electricity and circuits, but I can't seem to find good reference material to learn from.
Question by Aetheron | last reply
Hello again, I'm looking for suggestion or first hand accounts on getting started with programmable IC's. I'd say I have enough basic electronics skill to get by, but I'm completely new to programmable chips. So I'm asking where is the best place to start? I'm mostly just looking for hobby stuff at this point. The PICAXE stuff seems simple enough for a starting point, anyone have first hand experience there? I should note I don't have any access to programming though parallel ports, and I'm running Windows Vista, so any set up would need to support usb and my os. Additionally any recommendations on some reading would be nice too. Thanks again Nic
Topic by Mrlzeppelin | last reply
A few days ago, I decided to start with my own blog. On this page, I'll share projects you can also find on my instructables account, but I also post work in progress pictures, sketches, ideas, designs, anything related to the stuff I make! If you want to take a look: Trandoth - twisted rings and other things
Topic by emilyvanleemput | last reply
Hi I want to stand on in front of the wall and start drilling.. But before this I want to know that, how is possible to know the exact position of perforation of the other side of the wall. And please explain completely since I'm amateur! Wall Specification: Somewhere in the middle of the wall metals has passed. Wall diameter: 50cm Wall gender: cement and stone Acceptable amount of errors: 5cm
Topic by Amkoshesh | last reply
I have Ford Focus 1.6 diesel. I left it for a week in airpark and when I came back trouble happened! Once I started the engine the battery light turned on then after driving for half hour ice light came on, soon after the airbag light and steering wheel light turned on too! After this the stereo turned of lost power and the light were getting shortened. The steering wheel got stiff and could only steer very little, I was in big trouble so I went on to low speed lane and had to drive for another 10 km in dark and in danger because whippers stopped working while was raining a little! I managed to bring the car home due to a luck of time and no cars because it was 2-3 am. Later on the car started but switched of in 2 min and doesn’t start after that! Can someone help what is going on with it please thanks.
Topic by Mir D | last reply
Member nutsandbolts_64 reports: Uh, I know it's off topic, but I can't post anything BUT comments here. Yes, I am overemphasizing because I can't post a question or forum topic (and the like) so I have no other choice but to post a comment somewhere on the bugs section.
Topic by Kiteman | last reply
I have recently become interested in photography and I need your help. I would like to know what you think I should get as a first camera and I would also like a recommendation on some good reading material. any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
Topic by mynameisjonas | last reply
I went to turn on my pc today, and it booted up like normal, execpt, before the windows loading screen came up, i got a blue-screen, but an un-usual one, saying that sypt.sys (or something similar) has encounted an error, and then says "Try disabling BIOS memory options, such as shadowing or chaceing, this error message apears every time during the boot of XP, nomatter what, safe-mode, last known good config, start up normally, can i just repair windows, or is this a full install, or (i dread) HDD failure? Usx9
Topic by ultimatesx9 | last reply
Hey friends! Yesterday my uncle gave me an old pic16f72 microcontroller. I am a beginner to arduino and have written few programs myself but PIC is absolutely obsolete to me. I want to ask that is pic a standalone ic to program or it need other hardware. Also in which language are these programmed. Plz tell me all the basics. Thanks! :)
Question by DELETED_Snehil1101 | last reply
I need all of the information, websites, Ideas, anything that you can give me to help me out. I have been dying to have a 3d printer, and it sounds like a self-replicating one would be the way to go. If you can, than please do, it will be greatly appreciated. Anything helps! See my latest instructable here.
Question by shotgunshane | last reply
Hi all I am a mechanical engineering by training. I've worked with Arduinos and loved them a lot. In college, I helped build two race cars in the Formula SAE competitions, and I worked in mechanical workshops doing milling, shaping, grinding, using lathes etc. I loved all of it. However, while I imagine my ideal self spending his weekends in his garage restoring his classic british sports car, I struggle to get excited enough to take on any projects at all. For instance, I have dreams of building my own go kart, writing a smartphone app, building a few home automation things that I have in mind etc, but I lack the courage to start, because I know I will leave it half done. The other thing is that, despite my training, I lack the engineering bent of mind to build things 'properly'. That streak where you choose the right option when designing something. It's hard to describe, but you can tell what was built by an engineer and what wasn't. I would like to ask you, what are your pro tips to getting started and having a long and successful unpaid, voluntary career in weekend hobby projects? Any and all advice is welcome, as are harsh words telling me to 'just freaking pick something and start'. What is your story? How'd you get into liking to build stuff? Did it come naturally to all of you, or did you have to force yourself at first until you started loving it? Thanks in advance.
Topic by IncreasingEntropy | last reply
Hello, I'm already visiting this website for a while, but never really sign up. Today was finally the day I decide to register myself. I'm very interested in the technology section of this website, and I think all of you are awesome inventors! :) So back to my question, I don't know a lot about technology, so my question was, where is the best place to start (or learn) things about technology? Like building things all by yourself, with batteries and such things. I'm a beginner in technology, I only know some programming on computers, and a bit about how computers are build, but that's all! I hope someone can help me! :) Thanks In Advance! :)
Question by Kolnorp | last reply
Hi everyone! I'm kinda new here, but I like the site a lot. I've been thinking some time about starting to build things, learning a bit of programming and so on and so forth. And then I found this site. Now I'm planning on forming a hobbyist club with some of my friends (we are 16-17 years old). The problem is, I don't know with wich projects I should begin... We don't have a CNC machine or 3D printer. All suggestions are very welcome, from building a boat to a cannon to some toys to some costumes etc. If possible, please post the instructable here. Suggestions are also welcome! Thanks in advance! :p
Topic by nvranken | last reply
Hi, I am planning to shoot my first instructable project. But I am not sure on what rigs (like camera) I should use to bring out a good instructable. Can you guys help me on this ? I am on very tight budget so please give me some cheaper solution. Btw all my projects would be electronic projects.
Question by Arjun G | last reply
Hey Everybody, This is crazy but I ran into this website through a random link in Lifehacker and after what I saw here, I quickly made an account and I bought PRO just to support the site. I am a big fan of communities that exist to enlighten the average brain and to evolve us as beings in creating new things and getting out that genius in ya. Anyway, my current huge curiosity is LEDs. I love them, I don't know much about them except that they are little plastic bubbles that take very little electrical power to get them going. I want to learn more however, I have a project which is to light up my computer desk's edges in my room. Problem is, I don't know where to start. I tried reading a bunch of instructables here already but most of them do not really explain the wiring process. I am a graphics designer and I have had a minor in computer science but never got into electrical engineering. I understand the simple things that go behind an electrical cricuit (like power sources and positives and negatives) but thats the extent of how much I know. I need somebody to help me and get me going so I can start evolving. Could anybody here help me get started? A few explanations, guides, tutorials? Thank you very much in advance.
Topic by shazameister | last reply
I have been trying to turn a 3bedroom house with a big yard into a makerspace but the only 2 interested groups wanted an exclusive agreement, despite FREE rent, and didn't seem to want to do much except collect fees from other people. How can I get creative people who want to collaborate, innovate, and learn and DO? It could certainly be an incubation for sustainable business that need a place to experiment, or a lab or anything, I just don't want it to be a constant power struggle with no plan, and no results.
Question by terrefirma | last reply
So I'm going to purchase an arduino Uno soon to make some robots. I already know how to program so that shouldn't be a worry, but I'm not exactly sure what motors and motor controllers work together. I want to get a geared motor for higher torque. Can someone point me in the right direction for motors and motor controllers. Also wheels to fit on those motors would be good too. With the arduino and all I would like to keep this under $100 and I only really need 2 motors.
Question by pizzadude223 | last reply
I have build this circuit and works great for a 12v pc fan on the bench for PWM. When i hooked this into my ATX power supply to regulate the fan speed the fan doesn't like to run unless i touch some portion of the pcb i build the circuit on. I spliced the wires from the ATX power supply into the PWM circuit, then out of the PWM circuit back to the fan. I guess its a capactive issue. What could be the fix for this? The other An EE suggested i add several diodes inline to slow the fan down....hhmm maybe
Question by WWC | last reply
I'm trying to make a cnc plotter similar to this: http://hackaday.com/2013/10/17/unorthodox-home-made-cnc-machine/ I have changed some things though: I'm using aluminum rod with washers super glued to the end, another washer, and two nuts instead of flange bearings (brushings) and two nuts, I'm using 3/8 rod, pololu steppers (#1209), and slightly different conduit clamps. I'm using a wooden dowel with a half-inch hole, and aluminum and nylon spacers tapped and with a setscrew to act as a motor coupler. The problem I'm having is that as the motors rotate, even continuously in one direction, the gantry stops and starts moving. It moves 1/16th of an inch per rotation, as it should, but within each rotation it moves quickly, probably 5/6 of the way within the first 180 degrees, then moves just the remainder in the last 180. The motors do not stall, miss steps, or change speed, but the gantry does. There is almost no backlash, and little play. Any ideas whats wrong?
Question by jduffy54 | last reply