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Digital Sewing Patterns?

Hello! I have an idea for a Halloween costume that involves using a service like Spoonflower to create custom fabric to make into a suit. However the design isn't just an all-over design that I can just lay the sewing pattern over and cut out, but instead relies on me being able to make a custom design specifically for each piece of the suit pattern. Basically, I want to do something along these lines, only for something larger like a man's suit. I'm trying to find a digital sewing pattern or template that I could open in Photoshop so I could design each piece of the pattern the way I want it, but either I'm really bad at searching for stuff on the internet, or this sorta stuff is super rare/doesn't exist. I could buy a pattern for the sort of suit I'm looking for, but I'm not sure how I would be able to scan or otherwise transfer that pattern into the computer in an accurate way. I'm afraid I will scan the pieces in poorly and end up with an unusable pattern by the time I'm done. So I suppose my question is: Does anybody know if there are any patterns available in a digital format somewhere online either for free or for purchase? And failing that, does anybody know a reliable way of digitizing a pattern that will insure that the measurements won't be screwed up in the process? Thanks!

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Laser Cutting Digitally Printed Images?

Is it possible to laser cut full color, digitally printed images from fabric? For example, a full color image of a butterfly? Say, if I printed a series of butterflies onto white fabric and then want to have each butterfly laser cut individually from the fabric, is that possible? Can the laser be set up to cut on the outline of the butterfly and leave the colors in tact? Or is my only option to do digital printing after laser cutting the basic shape? Finally, is there anyone willing to help with a prototype that would use the described technique?

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Call for Entry

Niza Knoll Gallery in Denver, Colorado, is pleased to invite national and international artists who incorporate digital fabrication methods such as 3D printing, Laser cutting/etching, Plasma cutting or CNC Routing in their art making, to submit work for a juried exhibit; DIGITAL DIMENSION. Please note that "digital fabrication" does NOT include such processes as digital print or gicleè. The exhibition will open August 29th and run through September 26th. To download the show prospectus and entry form, please go to: http://www.nizaknollgallery.com/call-for-entries.html

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Conductive Fabric, Bloody Heart, Origami Roses...

Sign-up for our newsletter here. Feb. 21, 2008 Welcome back! The Share the Love: Valentine's Day Speed Contest ends this Sunday, so get your romantic Instructables up this weekend! The winners of the Get the LED Out! Speed Contest have been announced. See who won here! Check out these cool instructables! Conductive Fabric: Make Flexible Circuits Using An Inkjet Printer Easily turn out flexible circuits to create some funky projects. posted by mikey77 on Feb 14, 2008 Remote shutter trigger for digital cameras Make a remote shutter release for your Canon digital camera (and some other brands) for about three bucks in under five minutes. posted by deth2all on Feb 20, 2007 How To Shave Without Getting Razor Bumps Here's how to avoid those little ingrown hairs known as razor bumps. posted by SteamKit on Feb 18, 2008 A better laptop stand for bed Make a simple but incredibly useful Laptop Stand for around $15 and 30-60 minutes! Great for use in bed while typing, browsing, and watching movies. posted by jumpfroggy on Feb 13, 2008 Simulated wood grain for metal boxes Prepare a metal box using a buffing technique that can simulate wood grain, birdseye or other finishes for a sleek look. posted by amz-fx on Feb 15, 2008 Spread the knowledge! Contest closes this weekend! Win a $350 Yoyo! A Dozen Red Origami Roses A unique twist to the traditional giving of roses to a loved one. Handmade origami roses are everlasting and inexpensive to& make. posted by thydzik on Feb 15, 2007 Cardboard Savonius Wind Turbine Build a Savonius wind turbine made out of cardboard to see what works. Low-tech rapid prototyping at its best. posted by rhackenb on Feb 16, 2008 How to Eat a Banana Like a Monkey OK, the actual eating isn't too different from humans. The real magic is in how monkeys peel their banana to get at the goodness inside. posted by fungus amungus on Feb 20, 2008 Build a real bell-striking clock for your PC Sound effects on a computer can't match the nice tones you can get from a real bell. Here's how to put the two together. posted by 5Volt on Feb 18, 2008 Make a Bloody Valentine's Heart Present your loved one with this anatomically-correct heart, a card ("You have my heart!"), and a ring hidden in the heart for a day to remember forever. posted by theprojectmaker on Feb 16, 2008 Show us your yarn! The Lion Brand Yarn Challenge has closed for entries, so it's time to vote for your favorites. Here are some more of the over 450 projects entered - rate your favorites, talk to the crafters, and get inspired. The Lion Brand group lives on, so keep posting your yarn creations! Bike Kippah Skirt Afghan Bootcovers   Now go make something awesome, and I'll see you next week! - Eric

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$20 Gift Certificate to Inventables!

Instructables is teaming up with Inventables to run a Digital Fabrication Contest. The coolest part of this contest is that Inventables is also offering a $20 gift certificate to anyone who enters an Instructable in this contest. Eligible entries document how to make anything that involves a laser cutter, a 3D printer, CNC mill, CNC lathe, CNC plasma cutter, embroidery machine and more! If you turned a digital design into a physical object, we want to see how you did it. Have fun!

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3d Modeling and Printing

Registration for The Cooper Union's Certificate in Digital Representation and Fabrication is now open. Check the website at cooperunion.augusoft.net

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DIGIFABULOUS 2014, Call to Artists for Juried DigiFab Exhibition

Hi, I'm writing to let you know about a digital fabrication show I am putting together that will be shown at the University of Minnesota Department of Art Quarter Gallery. http://www.digifabulous.org/ I would really appreciate any help in getting the word out. I hope you consider entering, thanks!

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New Certificate from The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art

The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art is adding a new Certificate program: DIGITAL REPRESENTATION AND FABRICATION. The first two courses, offered this fall, are Introduction to "Digital 3-D Modeling" and "Physical Computing with Arduino." We are also offering "Drawing and Painting on Tablets and Smartphones", "Building Apps for Mobile Devices," "Introduction to Photoshop" and "Final Cut Pro X." Information about all these courses (and a wide range of others) can be found at cooperunion.augusoft.net Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences. For more info: David Greenstein Director of Continuing Education and Public Programs davidg@cooper.edu Tel: 212-353-4198    Fax: 212-353-4183

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Survey for makers on new industrial revolution & makers movement

Dear makers,I'd like to kindly ask you to contribute with your time and your opinions to my survey on http://survey.gregor-design.eu/As part of my research internship, I am working on the subject of the new industrial revolution, third places, digital manufacturing and their effect on our lives, on education, on work, on architecture and their capabilities. to produce social innovation.In this study, I try to find an answer to the following questions: Who is the maker? What are his/hers motives ? How does he/she see the present and the future? This movement, is it viable? Does this have the potential to reshape our society?THANK YOU very much!!

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What happens to my phone in an RFID blocking wallet?

Greetings! I'm curious about everyone's experience with using RIFD blocking fabric for blocking phone transmissions.  If I put my phone in a pocket like this, will my phone struggle even harder to find a signal and run my battery down quickly? What other concerns come into play with using this to block signals to digital devices?  I plan to experiment with different fabrics from lessemf.com if anyone has some recommendations or warnings.   Thanks! image supplied by http://creativity-online.com/work/trident-focus-life-gear-collection/

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Looking for New Zealand-based Instructables authors for conference on August 27 in Wellington

I will be presenting via teleconference at FAB8: The Eighth International Fab Lab Forum and Symposium on Digital Fabrication in Wellington, New Zealand on 2012-08-27.  I'm looking for some local authors to join me, and help speak about Instructables.   If you will be in Wellington and can attend, please let me know!  

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3D Dinosaur Cake, Solar USB Charger, Office Beach Prank

3D Dinosaur Cake Solar USB Charger Office Beach Prank Pan for Gold 5-Minute Ice Cream Stolen Passport Guide 8-Bit Sculptures Sand Fire Pit Flexible Fabric Circuit Stylish Lamps Remove a Cork with String Tasty Sandwiches Starfield Ceiling Digital Picture Frames Easy Copy Stand

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How do I tag my instructable in a specific group?

Hey everyone.  So, I'm in a digital fabrication class where we had to upload an intructable after our project.  Now we have to tag them to "CSU" (my school) so we're grouped together as a class.  Is there a tag button somewhere I'm missing? Or do I use the category option at the top of the page on the right? Help and thanks!  Cas

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(newsletter) Bamboo Bike, Pacman Furniture, Beef Jerky...

Sign-up for this newsletter: September 24, 2009 Welcome back! Digital Days Photo Contest - Show us your best photo trick, tip, or homemade gadget to win a new Sony digital camera! VOTE NOW: Converse Back to School in Style Contest - Vote for your favorites! Coming soon: Arduino Contest and our most awesome Halloween Contest ever! Any Instructable published since the last Halloween contest is eligible! Want a more convenient version of Instructables with fewer ads? Get a Pro Membership! Print on Fabric with Citra-Solv Build a Greenhouse with Scrap Materials Make a Great Book Safe Bamboo Bike Frame Cup & Pot from Aluminum Bottles Brownie Recipe Bike Tire and Gear Belt Steampunk Mechanical Monocle Pickled Eggs Solar iPhone Charger for <$50 Beef Jerky Carry any Bottle with a Jug Knot Handle Vote for your favorites! Win a digital camera! Wooden Engagement Ring Mini Joystick with Fire Button Smell Graffiti Pacman Cushion Now go make something awesome, and I'll see you next week! - Eric Instructables.com - 82 2nd St. - San Francisco, CA Sign-up for this newsletter:

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Maker/AI projetcs @ Miami/Flairs - call for papers

Hi makers! We are chairing the 2nd AI for Internet of Things and Fab Labs/Makerspaces special track @ flairs (The FLORIDA ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE RESEARCH SOCIETY) at Miami Beach, Florida - May 17-20, 2020We are inviting interesting projects to submit to this special track!!!When we made this special track we wanted to give fab labs and makers the opportunity to get together in this academic environment to talk, exchange experiences and also to get this opportunity to link academic research, the maker movement, and personal digital fabrication.hope to see you all in Miami !!!http://www.invenio.com.br/flairs/

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Call to arms: malleable interface creation!

Hello! My name is Luiz Gustavo, and I'm a brazilian design student. First of all, this is my very first post at this space, and I'm very very open to hear whatever critics or opinion of everyone. My hardware & electronics knowledge is very limited, so I'm opening the whole creation of the following project to whoever is interested in co-creating it with me. As part of my ongoing graduation project, I want to create a malleable interface using textiles. The idea is pretty simple. I want to create an open-source hybrid object, a digital raw data generator, consisted of a highly malleable interface that is capable of being folded, twisted and adjusted to the will of its user: an interface as simple and soft as a piece of silk fabric. The data generated must give the current state (deformation and positioning) of the malleable object to a digital output in realtime. The malleable object has to be modular, as well as a little stretchable. I really want to create something that can be remounted, modified, and used in different kind of contexts - not so only as my main purpose at the creation of an experimental art installation I've been working on as my graduation project. At this website I've posted a larger description of my intentions with this interface, as well as a first draft of it: http://theinstrumentproject.tumblr.com/ I'm not quite sure how's that going to be done, what have already been done in this area, what kinds of open hardware I can use, sensors and so on. I'm really starting this research right now, but it would help a lot to at least hear some possibilities from anyone. I'm very very open to hear any kind of contribution! Thanks! [= Best regards, Luiz Gustavo. (lgguts@gmail.com).

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Touch Sensitive counter project question

Hi everyone, Great to be part of this community. I am trying to make a touch sensitive counter, the sensor has to be as flat as possible, something like a thick cardboard, or I can put a flat sensor in between two sheets. It needs to handle about 10-20lbs of weight. It will go under fabric like carpet, so it cannot be super sensitive, clickable is fine. It will be connected to a very simple 1 or 2 digit counter. Any suggestions? PS: Eventually I'd like to upgrade this with a system that can instruct something else, for example 5 counters, display etc. Or be able to use bluetooth or wifi or arduino, and be able to count back. For example input 10 and it will count 1/10, 2/10, 3/10, etc..

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Congratulations Halloween 2012 Props Contest Winners

Thanks to everyone who participated in the Instructables 2012 Halloween Contest!  With stacks of amazing entries it helps to narrow the field down a bit - that's why in this post I'm going to specifically address the Halloween Props Contest winners.  As components of costumes, or pieces of larger halloween decoration, Halloween Props is a bit of a catch-all category.   With 392 entries received in the Props category alone, competition was very tough and extremely close.  All of the authors who submitted project to this category should be proud of their work regardless of whether or not they received a prize. The first place category winner was the Animatronic Stargate Helmet by Honus.  This project had clear and effective documentation, great integration of servos and more classical mask making techniques, powerful implementation of 3D modeling and pepakura, good attention to detail in its execution, and was an accurate recreation of an actual Stargate helmet into a great real life halloween prop. The second place category winners are comprised of the Gears of War 3 - HyperHyper Realistic Digger Launcher Replica, Blood Spraying Evil Dead Chainsaw Arm, and the Fallout 3 Brotherhood of Steel Helmet.  These amazing projects utilized intensive design and digital fabrication workflows, advanced costume design techniques, solid construction skills with long lasting materials, and were beautifully documented with step by step instructions.   The third place winners include the TF2 Minigun, Custom Zombie Dentures, How to Make a PIP-Boy (Prototype), Portal Gun, and Warewolf Stilts.  All of these were executed at an extremely high and realistic level and were a great mix of careful, professional fabrication skills and down home DIY ingenuity.  As we've seen in other years, the bar is raised to a special level when it comes to Halloween and this year was no exception.  All of the finalists deserve our praise for a job extremely well done. I'd like to give a special call out to the makers of the Fallout 3 Helmet, Portal Gun, Majoras Mask, Iron Man Helmet, TF2 Minigun (Sasha) and the Borderlands Bandit Thug Helmet who all translated the digital designs for their props, or at least components of their props, into physical form in new and creative ways. To all of those who participated in our Halloween Contest this year - please enter our future contests, be it for Halloween 2013, or any other challenge that we're running.  All of the finalists in this category exhibited excellent fabrication skills, as well as an amazing ability to document their work and explain it to others, and therefore comprise what I would call some of the site's most prolific authors.  There's always something to win on Instructables and we deeply appreciate your participation. Noah Weinstein Workshop and Outside Editor

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Exploratorium's 2nd Skin: Call for Artists

Hi Instructables community - Do you work in wearable computing? 2nd Skin will be showcasing works that fuse fashion, technology, and art to address life in the 21st century on April 25th at the Exploratorium. This call closes Friday, February 29. Thanks for your time! -Jessi ~Call for Artists: 2nd Skinhttp://www.exploratorium.edu/2ndskin/The Exploratorium invites artists creating wearable computing, wearable art, or related performances to submit works for 2nd Skin: Imaginative Designs in Digital & Analog Clothing. This exhibition features works that fuse fashion, technology, and art to address life in the 21st century. Existing or proposed works in all media are welcome, including fabric, soft-circuitry, found-object, video, installation, and performance. 2nd Skin opens Friday, April 25 at the Exploratorium in San Francisco, CA. The opening night celebration will include performances, a runway show, and installations. Select works will remain on display through Sunday, September 7, 2008. Participating artists will receive a modest honorarium.To apply, please submit: 1-5 images (JPEG or PDF under 1 MB/ea) or URL link Brief statement (1-3 paragraphs) describing the art and concept behind it Artist resume / CV Estimated costs for shipping, fabrication, or installation, if anyPlease email submissions to Pamela Winfrey, Curator/ Senior Artist, at pamw@exploratorium.edu.Deadline: Friday, February 29, 20082nd Skin WebsiteExplOratorium2nd Skin Press Release

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Open Software for Fashion Prototyping

This has got to be the most exciting thing to come down wearable technology pike! It's a FREE downloadable book about Arduino boards (both "standard" and LilyPad), conductive fabric, resistive thread, soft buttons, LEDs and more!! The eBook is split into three parts covering the basics of hardware, software and the use of the Arduino IDE (Integrated Development Environment) in the first part. Part two give examples of using eTextile materials and the Arduino to make first cool projects involving LEDs, Piezo speaker and, the Digital and analog zipper.The third part is dedicated to show how to write programs for the Arduino platform. This all might sound very technical for fashion/clothing designer but dont be afraid, it's easily explained and covers just what's needed for wearable electronics (and not for building an new space station).I cannot wait to get started with this eBook! Finally, all the mysteries I had to ask others to program for me, unravelled! pun intendedDownload yours today. NOW! at Open Softwear

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FEEDBACK WANTED - Open Source Yacht

G’day Everyone My name is Tom and I am an Industrial Design Student from New Zealand. I am currently working on my Honors project and I need your input! My main research Question is “What is the potential for applying new technologies to traditional yacht construction?” Basically I aim to develop an Open Source Design for a small sail boat that is both affordable and achievable. As a student I love making rather than buying and I really want the maker community and culture to shine through this project. If you have the time I would love to hear from you! What does the maker community mean to you? Where do you make/construct/build? What are your views on sharing design and open source? What access to digital fabrication do you have? (Lasercutting 3D printing etc) What do you look for when choosing what to make next? Have you attempted to build a boat before? How did it go? Would you ever consider making your own boat? What would hold you back? Any feedback or stories in relation to this would be greatly appreciated  Free feel to contact me Cheers Tom

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FEEDBACK WANTED - Open Source Yacht

G’day Everyone My name is Tom and I am an Industrial Design Student from New Zealand. I am currently working on my Honors project and I need your input! My main research Question is “What is the potential for applying new technologies to traditional yacht construction?” Basically I aim to develop an Open Source Design for a small sail boat that is both affordable and achievable. As a student I love making rather than buying and I really want the maker community and culture to shine through this project. If you have the time I would love to hear from you! What does the maker community mean to you? Where do you make/construct/build? What are your views on sharing design and open source? What access to digital fabrication do you have? (Lasercutting 3D printing etc) What do you look for when choosing what to make next? Have you attempted to build a boat before? How did it go? Would you ever consider making your own boat? What would hold you back? Any feedback or stories in relation to this would be greatly appreciated Free feel to contact me tom_pringle@icloud.com Cheers Tom

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Open Call: Pier 9 & Market Street Prototyping Festival Keystone Project

MARKET STREET PROTOTYPING FESTIVAL OPEN CALL Autodesk Keystone Project Call Opens: July 11, 2014 Call Closes: September 2, 2014 Shortlist Interviews: September 17-19, 2014 Proposal Selection: October 1, 2014 CALL SUMMARY: The San Francisco Planning Department has partnered with Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA) to produce the Market Street Prototyping Festival: an innovative, hands-on, publicly sourced approach to creating the next chapter of San Francisco’s public life. The Market Street Prototyping Festival builds upon a five-year, multi-agency effort for a Better Market Street to re-establish San Francisco’s civic spine as a place to stop and spend time, meet friends, people watch, or just stroll and experience the scenery. As a formal piece of the planning process, the Prototyping Festival will commission and exhibit up to 50 design projects that aim to improve lives by improving public spaces. Each of the selected prototype projects will be installed on Market Street for the full duration of the three-day festival, which will take place in April 9-11, 2015. Matched with one of five Festival Districts on Market, selected teams will work directly with community members to shape the direction of their designs. The call for applications for those 50 projects is currently open and will close on September 2nd, 2014. More information on that process can be found on the Market Street Prototyping Festival website. Market Street will be broken out into 5 districts along the corridor: Civic Center, Central Market, Retail, Financial, Embarcadero. Each district, or "Block," will be represented by a Block Captain. Each Captain will mentor 10 selected prototyping teams and will be responsible for developing their own Keystone Project that will serve as the primary focal point for each district. As the Block Captain for the Embarcadero district, Autodesk is seeking proposals from engineers, industrial designers, architects, artists, and interactive designers for a large-scale Keystone Project to serve as a physical, visual and social anchor for the Embarcadero section of the festival. While there is no official theme for the festival itself, the Autodesk Keystone Project should relate to the ethos “Inspire, Design, Create.” Additionally, it should connect to the character of the Pier 9 Workshop where artists, designers and fabricators are empowered to test the limits of existing technology, both digital and mechanical. Special consideration may be given to projects that incorporate the following themes related to place-making and the unique social and spatial conditions of the Embarcadero district: • site specificity: social, cultural, geographic, and civic histories • connecting digital and physical realms • daring experimentation/playful prototyping • edge condition: city + waterfront • wayfinding and transportation networks LOCATION: Over the course of the festival, the city anticipates foot traffic of over 300,000 visitors. The Keystone Project may be installed anywhere within the festival’s Embarcadero district, which starts at the intersection of Market and Spear Street, extending to the traffic island at Embarcadero and Market, possibly including Jimmy Herman Plaza. See the map on the Market Street Prototyping Festival website for more details and note that Autodesks main San Francisco office is located at 1 Market. PRECEDENTS: The following projects are examples of what the application review committee is looking for in terms of scale, tone and available resources. These samples are meant to serve purely as a reference and are not works that will be featured at the festival. - Sukkah City, Various, New York - 21 Balançoires (21 Swings), Daily tous les jours, Montreal - Light Drift, J. Meejin Yoon, Philadelphia                 (Note: Projects for the 2014 Urban Prototyping festival cannot be installed in the bay.) - Digital Empathy, Julianne Swartz, New York LOGISTICS, EXPECTATIONS, AND SUPPORT: The selected project and team will be fully supported by the Pier 9 Workshop! We look forward to having you join our creative community of Artists in Residence, other Creative Projects Teams, and the folks who make Instructables.com go. We provide ample opportunities to collaborate with other designers and makers, to receive training on any of the machines in our workshop, gain software support for all Autodesk products (including free software licenses), and call upon the expertise of our fantastic Shop Staff. We can supply a modest office workspace and 24-hour access to the workshop. All basic workshop supplies will be covered, including hardware, sheet goods, finishes, and prototyping materials. Additional funding will be provided at an amount to be determined. We expect to support an innovative and inspiring project that reflects the use of our world-class facilities, at a scale similar to the precedents listed. For more information on the amenities available at Pier 9, see the Pier 9 Overview and Machine Catalog Instructables. Your project will also receive support from Autodesk’s public relations team, marketing team, video and photo documentation team, software specialists, and workshop fabrication specialists. There will be an expectation that you will work collaboratively with all of these groups to share the progress and product of your work. Finally, we have an Advisory Committee representing expertise in areas of landscape architecture, sustainability, and digital fabrication that can be called upon for consultation and critical feedback at particular points in the project timeline. The selected artist or team will be expected to formally share their progress throughout the development and fabrication process with the creative community at Pier 9 and beyond. This includes: • posting Instructables related to the making of the project • 2 presentations to the Advisory Committee for feedback • 1 lunchtime presentation to the full Pier 9 community, near project completion TIMELINE: July 11, 2014 —RFP Release July 22, 2014 —12pm lunchtime RFP Info Session at Pier 9 September 2, 2014 —Proposals Due September 17-19, 2014 — Semifinalist interviews October 1, 2014 —Keystone project announced October - December, 2014 — periodic consultations with members of Advisory Board Early December, 2014 — Presentation and critique with the Advisory Board Early February, 2015 — Follow-up presentation and critique with the Advisory Board 2 weeks before festival —Dress rehearsal (deadline for full assembly and functionality) April 9-11, 2015 —Installation and three-day festival presentation APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: - 1 page statement regarding the concept, siting, and fabrication strategy for your proposal - Up to 5 photos/videos of mock-ups or prior work - CV including exhibition history (if applicable) - Proposed budget outline (Please include direct costs, materials, artist fees, contractors, and any additional project contributors or contractors) - Draft project calendar including proposed dates for prototyping workflow, workshop production time, completion time(s), and out-of-town dates (if applicable) - List of anticipated machines and materials needed ABOUT PIER 9: Autodesk’s Pier 9 workshop is a world-class fabrication facility on the San Francisco Bay. The Artist in Residence (AiR) program gives artists, designers and Instructables authors a chance to work with us in our lab and workshops to explore, create, and document innovative projects with our tools and resources and share them with the DIY community. AiRs are invited to come for a period of several weeks to several months, during which they will work on projects that are shared across the Autodesk Studio Communities. The primary goals of the residency program are to produce top-level inspirational content and to connect innovative and creative individuals with our unique set of tools and resources. Questions and inquiries are encouraged. We look forward to learning more about your work. Please submit applications with all materials compiled in a .zip file titled with your project name to: P9PublicPrograms@Autodesk.com. ADDITIONAL RESOURCES: Market Street Prototyping Festival Homepage Autodesk Engagement Announcement Pier 9 Overview Pier 9 Machine Catalog

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San Diego Fab Lab Open House and Fab Fest

Dear Friends,Please join us on Saurday, November 22ndfrom 9 am 'til 1 pm --The Heads On Fire :: Fab Lab is the first of the MIT Fab Labs to appear on the west coast, and is located in San Diego.We will be holding an Open House event to engage the community in innovation and creation using the Fab Lab tools, which will be set up at the market and available for use. Bring your kids, your family, your crafty friends!We will be one block from the Lab's usual location at the fantastic City Heights Farmers Market. Local MAKERS, INVENTORS, ARTISTS and DESIGNERS will be demonstrating and sharing things they've made.If YOU are interested in displaying something you have made, there is still time to get involved.Come out, participate, and SHARE YOUR CREATIONS. We will have free space to display your works. Your ideas can help get the community involved! Inspire kids and makers-to-be!Please let us know if you are interested in displaying and participating :: Contact Fabiola@headsonfire.org The Open House and Fab Fest will be located at:4440 Wightman St(On Wightman between 44th St & Highland Ave)San Diego, CA 92105Directions:http://www.yelp.com/map/city-heights-farmers-market-san-diegoThe Fab Lab is a high-tech digital fabrication laboratory equipped with the tools to make almost anything. Whether you are a tech wizard or a newcomer, you can use this accessible set-up to flex your invention muscle. Serving kids, adults, tinkerers, inventors, designers and learners.Lab BlogLab Blog

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Come Page! And Bring Thine Armor!

So a friend and I made some awesome armor... Not so much for Halloween, more so for our homecoming football game. Our mascot happens to be a Knight named Knightro (his girlfriend's name is Glycerin)....Both of us had....Chest/Back PlateShields (mine from an aluminum disk sled - covered in fabric)SwordsHelmets (yes, made from trash cans) - with a maneA Cape (my friend's: gold -- mine: two tone black/gold - doubles as a homemade curtain)GauntletsVambracesLower LeggingsBeards - grown during the entire month of OctoberMy friend's awesome stencil work :) I additionally had (photo right)Full leggings with functional kneecupsKnuckle covers on my gauntletsPauldrons with red fringe (foamie) <-- should coversFaulds with red fringe <-- hip coversSword Sheath <--- a belt going through only 1 beltloopWe were a total hit at the football game! Lots of people asked to have their picture taken with us. Other than one heckler, it was awesome - no one else's attempt was knightly as ours :p Should you end up in such a situation (taking pictures and such), let the person hold your shield or sword. It makes them look more a part of the picture as opposed to some anachronism (the irony!) with a digital camera.And yes, I know my apartment is a mess..... That's three days of working on this armor rather than doing chores :pFor how to make such a getup... Check out rachel's howto Cardboard Armor MakingMore pictures after the next home game -- with updated/improved armor. Even though I allow my knees to bend - it's not quite enough to get up stairs easily :p I also want to add spaulders (upper arm covers) and a gorget (neck armor) :D

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Residential 3-way switch problem with leaking voltage?

I noticed a slight glow in the light when it was switched off. LED bulbs in a ceiling fan/light fixture. House built in 1905, wired whenever? using all-fabric insulation type wiring but not knob and tube .  Removed the load from sw 2 and tested travel wire voltages and got 95 v on one and 25 v on the other. Flip sw 1 and the voltages trade wires along with the switch position change.  The switches tested OK but replaced both anyway and got duplicate readings when repeating tests. Isolated the travel wires and got no continuity  (infinite resistance) using all scales of an analog meter as well as a Fluke digital multi-meter.. We checked for voltage feedback from another circuit and even used an extension cord to a different circuit in order to use a different ground wire. With the load connected, the travel wire being used shows 120 v but we still get 25 v on the other wire. I discovered this because when I bought the house only sw 2 worked the light, and one travel wire was disconnected at sw 1 and taped  off.. I have not opened the ceiling box at the fixture because the problem exists when the wire to it is disconnected.The previous owner said he didn't remember what sw 1 went to because it hadn't worked for many years.   So we eliminated worn insulation or nail into the cable because either one  would cause a resistance reading below infinity. All we can think of is a legacy doorbell. Neither of us remembers working one, but I know some used 120 volts and a relay.  People have told me that relay contacts can cause this problem when they get worn. Does anyone have any ideas? I'm retired on a fixed income and tearing walls open is an absolute last resort.  Thank you in advance for any advice I can get!

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USB Telescope, Chocolate Strawberries, Custom Snowboard,...

Sign-up for our newsletter here. Feb. 21, 2008 Welcome back! The Share the Love: Valentine's Day Speed Contest ends this Sunday, so get your romantic Instructables up this weekend! The winners of the Get the LED Out! Speed Contest have been announced. See who won here! Check out these cool instructables! Conductive Fabric: Make Flexible Circuits Using An Inkjet Printer Easily turn out flexible circuits to create some funky projects. posted by mikey77 on Feb 14, 2008 Remote shutter trigger for digital cameras Make a remote shutter release for your Canon digital camera (and some other brands) for about three bucks in under five minutes. posted by deth2all on Feb 20, 2007 How To Shave Without Getting Razor Bumps Here's how to avoid those little ingrown hairs known as razor bumps. posted by SteamKit on Feb 18, 2008 A better laptop stand for bed Make a simple but incredibly useful Laptop Stand for around $15 and 30-60 minutes! Great for use in bed while typing, browsing, and watching movies. posted by jumpfroggy on Feb 13, 2008 Simulated wood grain for metal boxes Prepare a metal box using a buffing technique that can simulate wood grain, birdseye or other finishes for a sleek look. posted by amz-fx on Feb 15, 2008 Spread the knowledge! Contest closes this weekend! Win a $350 Yoyo! A Dozen Red Origami Roses A unique twist to the traditional giving of roses to a loved one. Handmade origami roses are everlasting and inexpensive to& make. posted by thydzik on Feb 15, 2007 Cardboard Savonius Wind Turbine Build a Savonius wind turbine made out of cardboard to see what works. Low-tech rapid prototyping at its best. posted by rhackenb on Feb 16, 2008 How to Eat a Banana Like a Monkey OK, the actual eating isn't too different from humans. The real magic is in how monkeys peel their banana to get at the goodness inside. posted by fungus amungus on Feb 20, 2008 Build a real bell-striking clock for your PC Sound effects on a computer can't match the nice tones you can get from a real bell. Here's how to put the two together. posted by 5Volt on Feb 18, 2008 Make a Bloody Valentine's Heart Present your loved one with this anatomically-correct heart, a card ("You have my heart!"), and a ring hidden in the heart for a day to remember forever. posted by theprojectmaker on Feb 16, 2008 Show us your yarn! The Lion Brand Yarn Challenge has closed for entries, so it's time to vote for your favorites. Here are some more of the over 450 projects entered - rate your favorites, talk to the crafters, and get inspired. The Lion Brand group lives on, so keep posting your yarn creations! Bike Kippah Skirt Afghan Bootcovers   Now go make something awesome, and I'll see you next week! - Eric

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2008 Instructables and Universal Laser Cutter Contest Finalists

The winner has been announced here!Instructables and [www.ulsinc.com Universal Laser] are happy to announce the 14 finalists in the Laser Cutter Contest. Ten of the finalists were selected by judges at Instructables.com. The other four finalists were the Instructables that had the two highest pageviews or ratings as of Monday morning, Jan. 7.The authors of these Instructables are all in the running to win a VersaLaser worth over $15,000. Now we turn the voting over to you. Click on the "Vote!" buttons below the Instructables to submit your vote and help decide who wins the grand prize. You can vote for more than one Instructable and voting closes Jan. 31. Judge-selected Finalists(in alphabetical order) Autonomous Foosball Table Build a Greenland Kayak Build a Wind Harp! Build yourself a portable home - a mongolian yurt Extreme Business Cards Giant Fresnel Lens Deathray How I built a carbon bike frame at home (and a bamboo frame too) How to Enter the Ghetto Matrix (DIY Bullet Time) Laser cutter, start slicing stuff for under 50 dollars Laser Image Projector Ratings and Pageviews Finalists How to Make a TRON Style Lamp: The MADYLIGHT How to build a sit down driving arcade cabinet The Spiral Data Tato -- A Curiously Complex Origami CD Case Blu-Ray Laser Phaser! Second Place The authors of these Instructables win a robot t-shirt and a laser-etched plaque. Listed in alphabetical order. 30 minute USB microscope The Ambience Enhancer Autonomous, Wirelessly Controlled Hovercraft Conductive Glue And Conductive Thread: Make an LED Display and Fabric Circuit That Rolls Up. Cool Wave Ring Dollar Store Parabolic Mic Handcut inlay A Home Power Plant - Wind Power Generator Revised How to Make a Color-Changing Lighted Faux Fur Scarf How to make a pair of Angel Wings How to Make an OAWR (Obstacle Avoiding Walking Robot) Make DIY Vanilla Extract "Quicksilver" Retro-Future Scooter from appliances and scrap metal Solid Wood Digital Clock The Stirling Engine, absorb energy from candles, coffee, and more! Squishy Breast Stress Relief Toy TiggerBot II Robot Tube Amp Rebuild (and Mod) U-Disp - The Digg (tm) display (Open Source)Wooden Gear ClockThank you to all the judges: ewilhelm, jesse.hensel, PT, randofo, intoon, canida, noahw, stasterisk, fungus amungus, lebowski, T3h_Muffinator, and bofthem.

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Electron Club Open Day Show and Tell, Glasgow 13 June

Electron Club Open Day2pm-8pm Saturday 13th June 2009Centre for Contemporary Arts (CCA), 350 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, G2 3JDThe Electron Club is a voluntary run space where people interested in things like free open source software, circuit bending, hardware hacking, computer recycling, streaming, audio and video editing, green technologies, and amateur radio can meet, use equipment, and share anddisseminate their skills and ideas. The space supports both individuals developing their own projects and a number of group projects, all of which are not-for-profit initiatives with a community, educational or environmental aspect to them.Now in our third year, the Electron Club Open Days are an opportunity to see and try out a range of things that people do, as well as having the opportunity to meet others with similar interests, make, chat, discuss and enjoy.TESLA SOUL - Electron Club Makers Fair and homebaking - Bajery in the Makery!Stalls and demos by electronic makers, designers and artists. An opportunity to see and play with some of the projects created by Electron Club members and related groups - a theremin menagerie and mini synthesizer kits, 3D paper engineering, circuit bending, micro FM radio,DIY wind power technology, creative computer trash recycling, 101 things to do with a dead keyboard and much more. Plus some of the excellent home-baking that has been hallmark of all our Open Days. Come and do a bit of soldering or have a cup of tea and chat with the people who make things.TAPE-WIRE-HEAD-SCREEN - music, film and sound artsThe Electron Club includes many people working in music, film and experimental arts. For the Open Day we will be showing a preview of films from Document, the UK's leading human rights film festival, with works ranging from front-line reportage to cinematic explorations of what it is to be human, along with films made at the Electron Club by the Digital Desperados, a film-group for young black and Asian women. We'll have a live performance of Alvin Lucier's legendary "Music on A Long Thin Wire" by members of 'Obscure Desire of the Bourgeoisie' and BuffalobuffalobuffaloBuffalobuffalo'. Outdoors, artist Lucie Potter will invite people on a specially planned sound walk around the Garnethill area.THE LIFE OF SOCIAL THINGS - socially-engaged technology forumA series of discussions about different ways in which society and technology come together.Glasgow FabLabsFabLabs are small scale fabrication and construction workshops that provide computerised production technologies on an artisanal scale making them available to communities and independent makers and designers. From inner-city Boston to remote Indian villages, FabLabshave become a worldwide network of community technology centres. Glasgow FabLabs is a project aiming to bring such a centre to Glasgow. This forum will present the ideas behind the Glasgow FabLabs project and explore the benefits of community-access technology.Community Media and Citizens JournalismThe internet has offered a platform for communities and groups outside of the mainstream media to have a voice and share knowledge. Whilst there are many notable examples of such activity, the tools to create such a democratized media space are still often out of people's reach.This forum will look at some practical examples of community media coming from Glasgow, present some current projects looking to make ordinary people's voices more prominent and explore the relationships between the grass-roots and mainstream media.Technology, Social Justice and the EnvironmentHow can we use technology for the greater common good? Whilst the advance of technology promotes the promise of a better world, that promise has often been compromised or undermined in how we make use of such advances. Certain technological developments have contributed to environmental and social problems on a scale arguably never seen before.Technology, however, has also been used to tackle such issues as climate change and social injustice. This forum will share and explore some practical examples being used in Scotland today, from noise monitoring devices to participatory video and community mapping projects.RAFFLE - broadband fundraiserThis year we are raising funds to improve our network facilities at the Electron Club and we will be doing a raffle with prizes including a group voucher to go paintballing.http://www.electronclub.org Contact: openday@electronclub.org

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Graffiti artists replicate The Matrix on Instructables.com--and win $15,000 Universal Laser Cutter!

Instructables and Universal Laser are happy to announce that the incredibly creative Instructable, How to Enter the Ghetto Matrix (DIY Bullet Time) has won the Grand Prize in the 2008 Instructables.com and Universal Laser Cutter Contest: a 40-watt VersaLaser laser cutter valued at over $15,000!Grand Prize Winner How to Enter the Ghetto Matrix (DIY Bullet Time) How to Enter the Ghetto Matrix (DIY Bullet Time) provides an extremely detailed Instructables tutorial on how to build a cheap, portable special-effects rig to create "bullet-time" animations--a technique, popularized in The Matrix movies, where the audience's point-of-view moves around the scene at normal speed while the action on screen is slowed down."We want to inspire great ideas and provide skills, tools, and shared know-how," Instructables CEO Eric Wilhelm explained. "This project represents exactly what we're trying to achieve with Instructables."The DIY Bullet Time Instructable was created and documented by the Graffiti Research Lab, an open-source urban art and communication collective supported by the Free Art & Technology Lab, a Brooklyn-based non-profit research lab creating work at the intersection of popular culture and the public domain."This will be the cornerstone of our new lab space," said GRL member fi5e. "A whole crew of creative people are really excited to put this thing to use! Thanks for helping us bring the VersaLaser to Brooklyn."The winner was chosen by votes from Instructables users and our panel of expert judges, who reviewed the 14 finalists drawn from a pool of over 600 entries. Congratulations to fi5e and everyone at the GRL - we know you'll really put the VersaLaser to work, and can't wait to see what great things you make! First Prize(in alphabetical order) Autonomous Foosball Table Blu-Ray Laser Phaser! Build a Greenland Kayak Build a Wind Harp! Build yourself a portable home - a mongolian yurt Extreme Business Cards Giant Fresnel Lens Deathray How I built a carbon bike frame at home (and a bamboo frame too) How to Make a TRON Style Lamp: The MADYLIGHT How to build a sit down driving arcade cabinet Laser cutter, start slicing stuff for under 50 dollars Laser Image Projector The Spiral Data Tato -- A Curiously Complex Origami CD Case Second Prize The authors of these Instructables win a robot t-shirt and a laser-etched plaque. Listed in alphabetical order. 30 minute USB microscope The Ambience Enhancer Autonomous, Wirelessly Controlled Hovercraft Conductive Glue And Conductive Thread: Make an LED Display and Fabric Circuit That Rolls Up. Cool Wave Ring Dollar Store Parabolic Mic Handcut inlay A Home Power Plant - Wind Power Generator Revised How to Make a Color-Changing Lighted Faux Fur Scarf How to make a pair of Angel Wings How to Make an OAWR (Obstacle Avoiding Walking Robot) Make DIY Vanilla Extract "Quicksilver" Retro-Future Scooter from appliances and scrap metal Solid Wood Digital Clock The Stirling Engine, absorb energy from candles, coffee, and more! Squishy Breast Stress Relief Toy TiggerBot II Robot Tube Amp Rebuild (and Mod) U-Disp - The Digg (tm) display (Open Source)Wooden Gear Clock Expert JudgesTo help us judge, we assembled an amazing team of expert designers, engineers, hackers, journalists, scientists, technologists, and other really smart people. They spent hours examining each of the finalists Instructables and helping us make a decision. We'd like to send a huge "Thank You" to each of our incredible judges. We couldn't have done it without you.Violet Blue (author, blogger, podcaster, columnist, and SRL vet)Gareth Branwyn (Contributing Editor, MAKE Magazine)Zoz Brooks (Host, of the upcoming TV Show Prototype This)Joe Brown (Editor, Wired Magazine)Colin Bulthaup (CTO of Potenco, co-founder Squid Labs) David Calkins (Co-founder of RoboGames) Julia Cosgrove (Deputy Editor, ReadyMade Magazine)Chris Csikszentmihalyi (Professor at the MIT Media Lab, Computing Culture Group)Simone Davalos (Co-founder of RoboGames) Lenore Edman (Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories)Dan Goldwater (Founder of monkeylectric, co-founder Squid Labs)Saul Griffith (President of Makani Power, co-founder Squid Labs, MacArthur Fellow)Duncan Haberly (Instructables)Matthew Hancher (NASA Researcher in the Intelligent Systems Division)Brian Lam (Editor, Gizmodo)Ed Lewis (Instructables)Jeffrey McGrew (Designer, Because We Can)Chuck Messer (Tackle Design, The Open Prosthetics Project, host of Discovery's Smash Lab)Megan Miller (Editor, PopSci)Jim Newton (Founder of TechShop)Quinn Norton (Journalist)Windell Oskay (Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories)David Pescovitz (BoingBoing, Institute for the Future, MAKE Magazine)Cloude Porteus (Instructables)Randy Sarafan (Instructables, Eyebeam Resident)Peter Semmelhack (Founder of Buglabs)Tyghe Trimble (News Editor, Discover Magazine)Noah Weinstein (Instructables)Eric Wilhelm (CEO of Instructables, co-founder Squid Labs)Dan Woods (Associate Publisher, MAKE Magazine) For the full information on how the winners were chosen, click here.

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