Smash labs

I'm watching smash labs andbheres what I have to say: How do they get enough money for all that they use? They smashed dozens of cars, completely covered a trailer home in carbon fiber, and all that stuff?!? Plus I don't like the girl she talks to people like they're idiots.

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Squid Labs?

So, from what i've gathered, you guys at squid labs just mess around and have fun building ridiculous things..the site just confused me more...so what do you guys actually get paid for?

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Lab Equipments

Look at the video attached. Those of you working in biology/chemistry  research labs may be familiar with these. One of them is a rotator (with small tubes fixed in the clips) and the other one is an orbital shaker (well, technically they're both sold as rotators). Can anyone please help me with building either or both of these. I have never done a DIY project before and would love to start with these. It doesn't have to be exact same design. It could be something very simple but functionally similar. It should be able to run for extended periods without overheating (24-48 hours). Also, I would prefer something that can run in a cold room (4 degree Celsius) but I can use anything right now. http://youtu.be/gQvpz3M-WjE Much thanks in advance!

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Geekaroni Labs Blog

Check out my new blog! :D geekaroni.blogspot.com

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uli lab stations

i have some vernier corperation uli lab iterfaces for sale with sensores and some documentation but no software i only have a few so there first come first serve. if anyone on here has access to the sofware or knows of some free software that will work it would be much apprishiated. im thinking about $30 US plus s&h; for the whole set sensors and all . this includes the interface and cables what documentation i have and the fallowing sensors. Heart rate, ultrasonic motion detector, magnetic field detector, mic/amplifier module, regular and fast response temp probes, and a force probe

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Instructables and Squid Labs in Axis Magazine

The Japanese design magazine Axis did a profile of Squid Labs and its spin out companies in their April 2008 issue. Take a look, particularly at the gorgeous pictures of our workspace.

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Squid Labs video on the Disappearing Factory

Innovation Lab recently put together a conference and asked Squid Labs to start it off by talking about the disappearing factory. Unfortunately, we weren't able to attend, and so sent this video instead. In it, Saul, Tim, and I stare into a sunset and talk about what we think is the disappearing factory.

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FAT Labs "Count in Your Head" Challenge!

As those in-the-know know, FAT Labs is currently at war with NYC resistor.NYC Resistor proposed that people should compete at counting on their fingers.FAT Lab countered that people should compete by counting in their head.I strongly encourage everyone to take a stand for mental arithmetic and enter into the FAT Labs "Count in Your Head" Challenge! (disclosure: I am a member of the FAT Labs)

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Squid Labs Tour with Christy, Corwin, and Eric

Here's an old video I found starring Corwin, Christy and me talking about some of the stuff we did at Squid Labs. It was filmed in 2004 and early 2005 - we don't mention Instructables, because we hadn't started it yet! Hope you enjoy: When you're done here, check out this one starring Tim.

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Should I work at Squid Labs/Instructables - A questionnaire

I just discovered this gem of a mock questionnaire kinawera wrote a few months ago that is a primer for prospective Squid Labbers. While it's full of inside jokes, I still think you'll find it humorous. Employment questionnaire:SHOULD I WORK AT SQUID LABS?Has something you learned on MythBusters saved your life? How many times?A) OnceB) TwiceC) More than twiceThe difficulty with string theory is:A) it's too short at one endB) the wrong gauge of stringC) not enough of it is made into bridlesOn a one-to-ten index of snuggling, where would you position yourself?How would you characterise your approach to body odour?A) TolerantB) Very tolerantC) (There is no third option on this one)Are at least three major components of your car entirely constructed out of kitchen implements and/or braise?Have you ever used an air compressor for personal hygiene?Can you perform rudimentary kiteboarding maneovres, including permanently alienating beachgoers, preferably through incidents requiring ongoing hospital treatment?Do you have a communal attitude to futons and 40 foot school buses?Define: Mank, munted. Use both in a sentence.Do you like squid?Is a sense of shame a strong, medium or weak motivator in your daily life?You are given a pair of Crocs. What colour are they?Have you ever mapped out a sexual position on Solidworks and/or Matlab?Define the term: bicycle

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The Dream Factory - Squid Labs and Instructables in Wired September 2005

This was Instructables' big debut. The author, Clive Thompson, came and hung out at Squid Labs for a couple of days, and later on we had a hilarious half-day photoshoot where the photographers couldn't remember Dan's name and had to keep calling him "wrench."Wired 13.09 The Dream Factoryby Clive ThompsonThey're already living that future in a small warehouse in Emeryville, California. It's the headquarters of Squid Labs, run by a gang of five MIT alums who by day create prototypes of new technologies for outside firms - and by night fabricate weird gizmos just for fun."Everything I own is basically one of a kind," says a cheery Saul Griffith, one of the cofounders, as he crouches on the floor of his dust-covered workshop, rooting through an enormous bucket of metal brackets and bolts. A tall, shaggy Australian, he's wearing ragged flip-flops and a pair of cargo pants so stained with oil and grime that I can't determine their original color. Dozens of his group's inventions lie scattered about: a Frisbee embedded with microchip-driven LEDs, a set of robots precision-cut from plastic, a bunch of helmet-mounted laser-and-GPS sensors designed to help firefighters locate one another in a blazing house.Today, Griffith is building a "hybrid electric bicycle" with a hidden battery compartment inside the bike's 4-foot-long, chopper-style front forks. To hold the forks in place, he spent the morning designing a bracket, then cut out a flat template for it on Squid Labs' laser cutter. Now, with that template as a guide, he hacks the shape out of quarter-inch steel, using a terrifyingly loud metal cutter. "I'm really into this 'tractor' aesthetic, getting everything to look like industrial machinery!" he hollers over the cutter's shrieks, while a 3-foot cone of orange sparks flies up and ricochets off his face.Every few minutes, Griffith pauses to snap a photo of his progress. When done, he'll write up a comprehensive guide on how to build his project. This, he argues, is the next crucial step in fab culture: getting hobbyists to carefully document their plans and share them online. Squid Labs is hoping to kick-start such sharing this fall when it launches Instructables.com - an open database of interesting projects and fab techniques, "kind of like a Wikipedia for making stuff," Griffith explains. If people want to build his electric hybrid chopper bicycle, they'll be able to download the CorelDraw design of the bracket and send it someplace like eMachineShop to have their own copy printed."We got inspired when we looked at all these guys who'd engineered these incredible, modded parts for their Harleys. They'd have amazing photos of them, but they'd never post the CAD image," Griffith says. "We were like, Why not go open source?"Later that day, I get a taste of how weirdly transformative this idea is. I'm hanging out with Dan Goldwater - another Squid Labs cofounder - and admiring one of his inventions. It's a pair of plastic gears that sit on a bike pedal and power a tiny generator. As you ride, you can run LED lights or a radio. I tell him I'd love to have a version of it myself. So a couple of Squid Labs guys go over to the laser cutter, pull up the design, and a few minutes later hand me exact copies of Goldwater's gears. Design once, print often. "Pretty cool, eh?" Goldwater grins."Griffith imagines that fab tools could produce new economic models for creators. Suppose a hobbyist made a cool plastic exterior for an MP3 player. Suppose she put the design online, and 700 people downloaded the file and had it printed at eMachineShop. "At what point," he asks, "would a manufacturer say, Hey, there's a market here - and offer to buy the design from her?""So, sure, soon we'll be able to build anything. But should we? "Let's say everyone suddenly can make their own hood ornaments. What if they actually do that? The real world would look like the Internet in 1996, when people started making their own Web sites." Griffith shudders. "Remember those hideous-looking psychedelic backgrounds and stupid animations? And blinking tags?""Rainbow dividers," Goldwater adds.It's a good point - and it makes me anxious about my guitar. Sure, it looked fine onscreen. But what if it turns out to be a monstrosity in my hands? Recalling my decision to use clear acrylic for the body, I break into a nervous sweat. It's going to look like something from a mid-'80s, big-hair heavy-metal band! What the hell was I thinking?Griffith interrupts my panic to announce that his chopper is ready. He wheels it onto the street, all five Squid Labbers in tow. Eric Wilhelm, a lanky designer, offers to be the test pilot. He straps on a helmet and mounts the seat. "Does it have brakes?" he asks."Sort of," Griffith says."It's amazing how often brakes are an afterthought," Wilhelm sighs. Then he hits the electric starter and peels off.

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Share Office Space with Instructables at Squid Labs in San Francisco

2010-04-05 Update: We've moved, and all our shared space is occupied!  Do you have a cool small company and are looking for some shared office and/or lab space in a really great environment? Share space at Squid Labs! Squid Labs recently opened a new office in San Francisco and we're looking to fill spaces in our shared work environment. The current tenants are Instructables (community project sharing) and HumCycles (electric motorcycles). Features of the space: - Tons of natural light. Windows on all 4 sides and skylights. - Landlord is awesome and tech/green savvy. - Space is clean/professional yet also stylish/zany. - Cool intra-space neighbors working on hot technologies. Lots of idea/resource sharing. - Close to BART, MUNI, and freeways for your commuting needs. - Parking lot with space for 9 cars. Shared resources: - Large conference room with table/chairs/projector. - Smaller meeting room for phone calls. - Two kitchens with fridges, microwaves, plates, etc. - 75 watt laser cutter - Lounge space for eating, hanging out, brainstorming. - Shop space in the garage with a mill, lathe, welding, and other power tools. - 4 unisex bathrooms. - Internet, wireless, firewall. Static IPs available. - Pizza parties, build nights, and meet-ups. What's available: - A mix of cubicles and large and small private offices. - Month-to-month cubicles, or longer-term larger-area leases are possible. - In the layout below, the blue and pink areas are available, and the green areas will be available in the future. White is open common space, and dark gray is bathrooms, closets, and the elevator. This represents single cubicles to 5000 sqft of the 7500 sqft total. Location: 489 Clementina St. San Francisco, CA (Right next to 6th and Folsom) Contact me if interested! Click on my username in the right-side column for contact info.

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DECEMINATE - SF Craft Fair

Hawk your Holiday wares at Langton Lab's Deceminate! Do it fast, because deadline for reserving a space is Dec. 10th. Find info on their blog and on facebook.To get your name on the flier, contact them today!Confirmed sellers include -Callibug Designs - Clothing - Callibugdesigns.comDina Pinza - Jewelry - Dinapinza.etsy.comFeisty Elle - Accessories - FeistyElle.comInterplanetary Craft - Jewelry - Interplanetarycraft.comOrange - Hoola-hoopsRiv - Jewelry - purpleshiny.etsy.comSarakali - AccessoriesSasen - TrufflesSeamstressErin - Clothing and Accessories -seamstresserin.etsy.comSudhu Tewari - Objects d'Art - sudhutewari.comEven if you're just looking for gifts to round out your holiday shopping, make sure to stop by: Sunday, December 14, 2008, 12:00pm - 4:00pmLangton Labs (SOMA), 9 Langton St., San Francisco

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MIT Glass Lab webcams

Neat stuff from the glassblowing labs at MIT! One of the greatest living glassblowers, Lino Tagliapietra, is working in the MIT glass Lab this week, so they've installed 3 webcams for anyone who wants to watch him work.  You'll also see lots of classes and other neat stuff. Check out the live webcast here.

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Can Squid Labs be behind this?

Some people say there is no such thing as coincidence... An aquatic critter could get there from Squid Labs in a day.http://www.kcra.com/news/13751758/detail.htmlCan you say calamari?

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Help needed for english in a lab

I need some help with english in connection with scientific work in a lab and things like that. I am able to speak english nearly fluent in normal conversation but on special subjects i am lost. I am studying chemistry and a few days ago, when i had to talk to a lab assistant, who didn't speak german(my native language), I thought something like 'WTF is that thing called where you store volatile compounds and where you do the experiments etc.'. It would be nice, if you could tell me some words for common lab equipment and phrases that are essential in a chemistry lab, especialy for the case that something goes wrong. (well of course i also need a short explanation if the meaning isn't obvious) Thanks in advance.

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Casimir Effect Outside a Lab

Does anybody know how to go about recreating the Casimir effect outside a lab? Say I have a vacuum chamber and two copper plates. I want to create the Casimir effect within the vacuum chamber, Only problem is that to do so, from my understanding, I'd have to have the copper plates within nanometers of each other, I've heard of methods using oscillating crystals...can anyone help me?

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Collaborative design lab survey

Hello, My name is Dan Streelman, I am a graduate student studying Museum Exhibition Planning and Design at University of the Arts in Philadelphia. I am currently conducting a survey for my graduate thesis concerning the development of an interdisciplinary collaborative design and prototype lab for museums. This prototype lab would emphasize building, tinkering and learning by  doing. As creators, builders and tinkers, I would greatly appreciate your input. This survey should take about 5 minutes, and your responses will be extremely valuable to my project going forward. Please feel free to forward this to any colleagues you feel may be interested. Survey Link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/PVDYPNS If you would like to contact me directly about my project, I'd love to hear from you. I can be reached at dstreelman@uarts.edu Thank you for your time and participation. Best, Dan Streelman

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Build My Lab Contest Question

I was wondering if this contest is just about building things or could I enter something along the lines of advice on ergonomic use of microscopes.  I noticed on the contest page under Judges Prize -Lab Hacks it mentions "Do you have simple solutions to common challenges around the lab?..Help make life in lab easier and safer for everyone....".  This would seem to fit but not sure since the contest seems to focus on building equiptment. What do you think?

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Instructables and Squid Labs have moved!

We ran out of space and moved!Full details here: https://www.instructables.com/forum/EMU2PF415YEWIFO0FA/

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How to make a lab vacuum chamber

I have just buit this vacuum bell jar system form several sizes and with electrical inputs: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O91eCB_GvwY

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Instructables and Squid Labs have moved!

Instructables and Squid Labs have moved! We finally ran out of space in our Emeryville warehouse. During November, there were literally people sitting on the ground working on their laptops because we didn't have enough desks, space for desks, or even chairs to sit in. We're now located in a secret location somewhere on an island in the middle of the San Francisco Bay with plenty of space and spectacular views. Since that free barge on Craigslist was taken before we could get there, I guess it's not much of a secret location considering there are only two possible spots left.Check out our new digs at the old the Alameda Naval base control tower. Yes, we are actually in the control tower building. There's three guns in the front, plenty of parking for school buses and free boats, and it's tough to beat the view from my office. More pictures here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/93327160@N00/sets/72157594460055354/Directions to the control tower here.

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Directions to Instructables HQ / Squid Labs

Coming to a party at Instructables HQ in the Squid Labs control tower?2175 Monarch St. Alameda, CA 94501We'd like you to actually get here. Google maps & Yahoo maps are giving misleading directions at the moment, so here are some better ones. Check out the aerial view here.From San Francisco/I-80E:1. Head east over the San Francisco Bay Bridge2. Take the exit onto I-880 S toward San Jose/Airport/Alameda3. Take the exit toward Broadway/Alameda4. Turn right at 5th St6. At the next light, stay right at the fork & follow signs for Broadway/Alameda (stay on 5th)7. Make a soft left at Broadway & follow the signs for Alameda. You will enter the Webster Tube/Tunnel. 8. After the tunnel, stay to the right and follow to the 1st light.9. At the first light, turn right onto Atlantic Ave/Ralph M Appezzato Mem Pkwy10. Go through a few lights & enter the Alameda Point Naval Base11. Continue in that same direction through the roundabout (around the navy jet)12. At the T-interstection, turn right onto Ferry Point13. The road will curve left & become W Tower Ave14. Follow Tower ave to a T-intersection, then turn left onto Monarch St15. Squid Labs is the control tower building on your right.From 880N/South of Oakland:1. Take the Broadway exit towards downtown Oakland2. Make a right onto Broadway3. Make an immediate right onto 7th street4. Drive 2 blocks and make a right onto Webster Street.5. Stay to the right & enter the Webster St Tube (Tunnel)6. After the tunnel, stay to the right and follow to the 1st light.7. At the first light, turn right onto Atlantic Ave/Ralph M Appezzato Mem Pkwy8. Go through a few lights & enter the Alameda Point Naval Base9. Continue in that same direction through the roundabout (around the navy jet)10. At the T-interstection, turn right onto Ferry Point11. The road will curve left & become W Tower Ave12. Follow Tower Ave to a T-intersection, then turn left onto Monarch St13. Squid Labs is the control tower building on your right.

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Home/Lab made heating element?

I am trying to construct a heating element, preferably out of nichrome, for heating a small box (24 * 40 * 13 cc). The box is covered on all sides, so the heat dissipation from the box will be very low, as per estimate. I think a 12V supply would suffice for the nichrome wire. The only thing is, I need to maintain the box at an ambient temperature of about 38 degrees. Any thoughts on how I could go about constructing the heating element?

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I recently received my rotary encoder led ring from sparkfun, but I'm having trouble programming it.

I'm using an Arduino Uno. I found example code but it involves using a rotary encoder for input, which I don't have and don't intend on buying. Does anyone know how to program it to simply turn all the led's?

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Need to decorate middle-school computer lab - cool ideas?

Brand new computer lab & I would like to "geek it out" with some cool stuff (like the CD wreath & little component "bugs").

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Picture of Instructables/Squid Labs HQ in 1963

Telstar Logistics sent me this picture of the Alameda Naval Air Station from 1963, where you can see the control tower, which is the current Instructables and Squid Labs HQ. Original photo available here, where it's noted that:In the foreground: a Piper U-11A AztecIn the background: a Lockheed P2V Neptune from Patrol Squadron VP-19, tail no. 147948Photo from the collection of William T. Larkins

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Combining PSU rails for lab power supply? Answered

I recently received 2 old computers from friends for tinkering purposes. I'd like to take their PSUs and create a power supply for projects. However, they only have max outputs of 110W. So, I have a few questions: 1.) Is it possible to combine rails? 2.) Is it safe? 3.) What kind of power increase would I be seeing? Please try to answer all 3 individually.

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PCB fab lab questions? (and nixie tubes?) Answered

Now that I have a new oscilloscope (rigol DS1054Z), and have learned a LOT about programming and electronics while down at NASA langley for a research program (semi-intern), I feel like I should start working on a real project (other than my quadcopter), and was thinking about making a nixie tube clock. I would like to make it from scratch of my own design as I feel one learned the most about electronics by not using other's designs. However, I do not have the resources or time to bother trying to etch my own PCB. I attempted that before and was not able to get usable results. What kind of costs am I looking at if I locate a relatively local company for the job? I hate calling people and companies, but I suppose that is still the most practical way to figure out what I need to do and place an order, I don't know. Economies of scale is a great thing, makes things in bulk production cheap! However, would the costs of ordering one or 2 PCBs be non-economical and/or non-practical? Should I consider many smaller projects and stuff to be created on a breakout board? I hate messy, sloppy protoboard, it is just nasty, though easy for non-high-density boards. however, I would love to hear the opinions of others for these things. When dealing with nixie tubes, are sockets for the 1N-14 avalible? A lot of the new old stocks seem to have very thin and long legs, almost as if they are meant for through hole soldering directly onto a PCB like capacitors and resistors. I would prefer a socketed tube to make replacing them quicker and easier. 

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How do you make kanye glasses out of lab glasses?

I got them for free from the "Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day". I was able to get 2 glasses, but I want to turn one into Kanye glasses. Any suggestions?

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Can I use a antec power supply to make a lab power supply like the atx ones? Answered

I have an antec power supply and wont to make a lab power supply like the ones made with atx

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Chuck Messer of Tackle Design and The Open Prosthetics Project on Smash Lab

I finally got a chance to watch the sneak preview of Discovery's new Smash Lab* last night, and imagine my surprise to see someone I know hosting! Chuck Messer, one of the four Smash Lab hosts, is a partner at Tackle Design the people behind the The Open Prosthetics Project, which also has an Open Prosthetics group on Instructables. Tackle Design and my own Squid Labs shared many similarities, so Chuck and I would share stories about how we each ran the companies; he even managed to visit Squid Labs when we were still located in Emeryville (pre-control tower). It's great to see good people getting wider recognition, and I wish Chuck and Smash Lab success!disclosure - Discovery is an advertiser on Instructables, and has been advertising for Smash Lab. This is not part of their advertising.

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how do i replace LED's in my electronics lab? Answered

I own a Matronix 500 in one electronic lab. I was experimenting on my own and I accidentally overloaded the LED's and broke them. can someone tell me how to replace them? 

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Can you use a pc power supply for a lab power supply but still use your pc? Answered

I want to make one of the lab power supplies from a pc power supply but still want to be able to use the pc. Is the possible or will i have to scrap the pc?

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Could we host a contest on instructables? Re: DIY Science Lab Equipment

Hi, My name is Todd Duncombe and I’m a PhD Candidate at UC Berkeley and a member of the organization Tekla Labs  (teklalabs.org). Tekla Labs is student organization dedicated to making science more accessible by establishing a thorough catalog of Do-It-Yourself (DIY) instructions on the construction of laboratory equipment from cheap and readily available supplies. We are interested in hosting a competition for DIY lab equipment designs – as we have previously for 3D printed lab equipment designs  (http://www.teklalabs.org/print-my-lab-results/). We have currently raised upwards of $5k in prizes and are shooting for $15k. Tekla Labs is potentially interested in hosting the competition on either Instructables.com or using the Dozuki platform. I would love the opportunity to speak with an instructables representative (and hear the communities opinion!) about Tekla Labs hosting our competition on your website  – and the associated logistics. I look forward to you hearing from you! Todd Duncombe PS our organization was recently featured at the Clinton Global Initiative University symposium: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v;=wTPJb8Z_WPw

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Instructables and Squid Labs featured in Tech Closeup's April 2007 Show

Tech Closeup interviewed me and took a tour of Instructables and Squid Labs for a segment on their April 2007 show. Check out the segment below to see our control tower and look for canida, dan, noahw, saul, TimAnderson, and Potenco's prototype generator.Also, they mention that the lens molding technology was sold to a company in San Jose. This is an error: Another Squid Labs spin-off company is developing that technology and we will share details as soon as possible.

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Halloween Project Contest and Build Party at Squid Labs

For all of October, Instructables is having a Halloween project contest. We're giving away Make controller kits, Wild Planet Toys Spy Cameras, Magazine subscriptions, and Instructables patches. Check here for full details.To kick off a great DIY-Halloween, Instructables is hosting a build party at Squid Labs this Friday October 6th at 7:30 PM. We'll have sewing machines, pumpkins and knives, spooky music, mills and lathes, scrap material, snacks, and plenty of cameras to document everything. Bring your proto-costume, your great Halloween ideas, or anything else you want to work on. RSVP by sending me an email so I'll have some sense of how many people to expect. If you're too far away, how about having a build party in your town this Friday as well?!

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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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Maker/fab lab/AI special call for papers invitation

Hi !My name is Andre Peres and I'm a professor and fab lab manager at Brazil.Me and Fabiana Lorenzi are chairing a special track at flairs (The FLORIDA ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE RESEARCH SOCIETY) about fab labs, makers and AI. about the track: http://www.invenio.com.br/flairs/about flairs: http://www.invenio.com.br/flairs/about We are inviting interesting projects to submit to this 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 movment and personal digital fabrication.We hope you consider submiting your project to this special track, and also to see you at FLAIRS. best regards;André.

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Squid Labs spin-out company hiring - Electrical Engineer

One of the Squid Labs spin-out companies is hiring! Come work with us in the control tower!The technology that this spin-out is developing is not yet public, so in the job description below, it is simply referred to as "Squid Labs." The job will require full-time attention to the spin-out, and so while you will technically be at Squid Labs, the job is not with Squid Labs. Hopefully, I've made that perfectly muddy. If you can understand that (and make it clear that you understand it in your cover letter!) and have the required qualifications, you're probably a good fit. Electrical EngineerSquid Labs is a rapidly growing Bay Area start-up that aims to revolutionizerenewable energy generation. Squid Labs is engaged in a research anddevelopment effort to produce novel systems for both centralized anddistributed energy generation systems. Squid Labs is seeking a talented andmotivated power electronics engineer. The ideal candidate will haveextensive experience with motor controller development (AC induction andPM, three phase brushless motors) and the associated power electronicssystems combined with an inventive resourcefulness to quickly executeprototype solutions in the field. Further, this candidate would be familiarwith the startup environment and the associated hours, deadlines and high-energy culture that go with launching innovative new products.The Power Electronics Engineer will be responsible for:- Self-directed research and cooperating with an interdisciplinary team- Rapidly developing and building solutions to complex high powerproblems- Development of analytical models to make decisions on specific andglobal aspects of system architectureThe candidate should have the following qualifications:- PhD or equivalent in Electrical Engineering- 5+ years of experience in analogue/digital/power electronics o standalone and grid-connected power electronics o motor control for motion and generation o single-board computer development for control o digital/analogue signal conditioning o sensor and actuator development and integration- Experience with data analysis and model verification- Understanding of control theory for SISO and MIMO systems- Appreciation for the natural environment and a strong desire to workon renewable energy technologyPlease send resumes to corwin@squid-labs.com

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My science final. Making my own lab. (help)

Ok so my science final is to make our own lab involving those little sponge capsules that turn into animals when put in water. I understand that hotter water will dissolve the capsule faster because the molecules are moving much faster and are hitting the solute more. Each student gets 4 capsules to use, so I will have room temperature water, boiling, and ice water and the water temperature recommended on the back of the capsules box (50-60 c. which is 122-140 f) . My question is which one is my control? I have figured that it would either be the room temperature water or the recommended water, but which and why?

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$13 Arduino Boards now at Evil Mad Scientist Labs

Evil Mad Scientist has just released Diavolino, a low cost option for those who like to do arduino development, take a look:   "Diavolino ("little devil") is a low-cost, easy to build Arduino-compatible development board. Diavolino has the form factor of an Arduino Duemilanove or Arduino Pro, but with nicely rounded corners and a striking appearance. It's a low-profile through-hole version, with a simplified design. It's based on a ATmega328P microcontroller, and comes pre-flashed with the Arduino bootloader. Open source design, with bare basics hardware."   You can buy them here

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Just another day at Instructables/Squid Labs with a giant inflatable Tyvek geodesic dome

Here, tetranitrate works on his next boundary-pushing project while menaced by an inflatable Tyvek geodesic dome build by Pete Lynn, of kiteboarding fame, for this year's Burning Man.

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how to avoid lump formation due to carbonates in lab slab cultured marble samples.?

When we make lab samples, small lumps are formed which is difficult to break in the mixtures. This on pressing gives spots of carbonate specks which looks very odd and damages the beauty of the samples.

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Electronics craft: What can I make out of components from the electronics lab?

I have some resistors, capacitors, wires and the sort left over from my electrical lab project. Please suggest something (other than a circuit :P) that I could make out of them?

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Intro to MITERS

Here's a nice introductory video for MITERS, the MIT club that Eric, Tim Anderson, and the Squid Labs team used as their clubhouse/home base for building awesome things while at MIT.  Looks like people are still learning new things, and making good use of the tools and shop space.

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