PCB Manufacturing

I was wondering if anyone knows a cheap place to get some PCB boards printed? I used ExpressPCB to create the board (first thing I found on the computer at work) and it's giving me a .pcb file. I assume this file-type is pretty standard? I tried using their built in pricing software, but it seems a little pricey for small quantities. Any suggestions?

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HOW IS THIS MANUFACTURED ? Answered

This is a 3" cabinet pull. It caught my eye as a super steam punk component. Just imagine it with two LEDs inside the cage. Anyway how is it made ? That unit is magnetic, has 8/32 cabinet threads, solid otherwise and the cage appears 3/4 rotated This object would be perfect for 3-D printing.

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Electronic boards manufacturer

I just found this on Faebook, for budding Manufacturers to outsource their electronics: https://www.facebook.com/elecrow.openhardware/

Topic by Edgar 


MOBILE PHONE MANUFACTURING?

HELLO PLEASE KINDLY TELL ME WHICH COMPANY CAN I CONTACT AS A CONTRACTOR TO MANUFACTURE MOBILE PHONES FOR ME FROM START TO FINISH. AM VERY EAGER TO KNOW ONOME100@GMAIL.COM

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valves manufacturer and exporter

Http://www.jochvalve.comZhongquan Group Valve Co., Ltd. mainly manufactures the valves with such standards as American ANSI/API, Japanese JIS, German DIN and Chinese GB. It’s main products including Gate Valve, Globe Valve, Check Valve, Ball Valve, Butterfly Valve, etc. The size ranges from DN15 to DN1050. The pressure ranges from Class 150 to Class 2500. And the main materials of the products are WCB, WCC, WC6, WC9, CF8, CF8M, CF3, CF3M, LCB, A105, etc. We can produce according to the clients’ special requirements. The products are widely applied to the field of petroleum, chemical, metallurgical, power, fuel gas, city pipeline networks and so on. Our products are exported to Southeast Asia, Europe, Unite States, Middle East and other countries. With high content of technology and reliable quality, our products enjoy a good reputation. Zhongquan Group Valve Co., Ltd. mainly manufactures the valves with such standards as American ANSI/API, Japanese JIS, German DIN and Chinese GB. It’s main products including Gate Valve, Globe Valve, Check Valve, Ball Valve, Butterfly Valve, etc. The size ranges from DN15 to DN1050. The pressure ranges from Class 150 to Class 2500. And the main materials of the products are WCB, WCC, WC6, WC9, CF8, CF8M, CF3, CF3M, LCB, A105, etc. We can produce according to the clients’ special requirements. The products are widely applied to the field of petroleum, chemical, metallurgical, power, fuel gas, city pipeline networks and so on. Our products are exported to Southeast Asia, Europe, Unite States, Middle East and other countries. With high content of technology and reliable quality, our products enjoy a good reputation.

Topic by jochvalve 


Need recommendation for PCB manufacture 10-20 boards at a time.

I have some Eagle schematics i would like printed, drilled, screened. To sell in a kit. Only want about 10-20 at a time currently. Cheapest possible

Question by PuffMag1cDrag0n   |  last reply


how do I get an electronic device made?

Hi folks, I am new to this forum so please ignore and naivity / stupidty on my part and I hope this is the right place to ask this type of question. I need help and am appealing to anyone who knows anything about getting an Electronic Device Made. Basically, I require a Bi-Directional People Counter to put in the doorways of venues to count footfall in and out of a given location. It needs to be wireless (Battery operated), easily attached to a doorway/entrance (adhesively) so light weight and able to transmit the data back to our servers (probably via the venue wireless). I have an idea about what type of sensor I need (PIR) and the basic components within the device like battery, circuit board, wireless transmitter etc and I know I will require some sort of algorithm to aggregate/calculate the data and send it back to our servers. My problem is that I am not an engineer and can obviously only get so far and I don't know what to do next. From my research it would seem I need to get an Industrial Designer and a Manufacturing Engineer but both of these seem to be further down the process than what I need first. What I need is; 1. someone (an expert) who can understand the business problem I have and create the electronic device to solve it. Ie. design the circuit, tell me what type of battery I need, what type of sensors we should be using, code the algorithm to make it work and what the subsequent output of their design will be etc and for them to then produce these designs, PCB, Bill of Materials etc. 2. someone I can then take that data to and tell them to make it look pretty (presumably the Industrial Designer) by designing the case/aesthetics etc 3. to then have all the required information (functional designers / circuitry, mould/casing etc) to take to a manufacturer to put the final product together, ready for sale. Does anyone know what type of company or person I should be talking to for each phase? What are people called that do phase 1 that I outlined? Basically, I think I know what I need in terms of technology and its capabilities but I now need a professional/expert to take over to make it a reality. Any help or advice on this would be hugely appreciated as I'm getting a bit muddled and would love some clarity on the process so I can move forward in which ever direction is now appropriate? Thanks all!

Topic by jonkrug   |  last reply


WANTED: Exercise equipment manufacturer

I am looking to manufacture a new piece of exercise equipment. A professional prototype is needed.

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Looking to manufacture a piece of fitness equipment

I am looking for a manufacturer to help produce a new piece of exercise equipment. A professional prototype is needed. 

Topic by Vin723   |  last reply


what is the best uk based company to get pcb's manufactured for teh best cost?

I'm looking to get a small run of pcb's printed but i am unsure which company to go with. can anyone recommend a uk (or american based if shipping is reasonable) company that does small scale pcb manufacture

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How a Soda Can is Made

The basic soda can seems so simple and, well, basic, but how do they make them? And so quickly? This video from Discovery covers the details of how to churn out 2,000 cans a minute with no mistakes allowed. via Core77

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How a Hacksaw Blade is Made

Hacksaw blades get used all the time in projects so take a couple minutes to see how they're made in bulk. via techeblog

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Ponoko - personal manufacturing platform

I was lucky enough to have David and Derek from Ponoko over to my house for Thanksgiving (all the way from New Zealand!). Ponoko is a personal manufacturing business, and is something I've been dreaming about for years. You can design a product, have it custom built using precision machines, like laser cutters, and if lots of people like it, they can buy it too. If you don't have access to a laser cutter, this is one of the best ways to see what you can do and try one out. For inspiration, you can check out How to make a laser cut lamp, which I encouraged them to post. It not only shows a cool lamp, but goes through the design process and using Ponoko's service.So, check out their service and tell us what you think. The Ponoko guys are here on Instructables, and would love to hear your feedback.

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Looking for small run manufacturers

We are interested in finding some good options for small (100s-10000s) runs of HID devices that would most likely have a few fairly simple electronics components and mechanical components Anyone out there have any suggestions? We would like to find places that are cost effective, could work well with newbies to the process, and might be interested in building an ongoing relationship for multiple projects. Cheers, Heather and Joe PS The mfg need is related to this: https://www.instructables.com/community/Make-HID-beautiful-1/ which leaves the door fairly wide open for wide variety of HID designs and possible related projects. B-)

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LCD Brand Logo ? Answered

I have this lcd i need the manufacture but it only has a logo and i need to know the pins so i can hook up to arduino i have a pic of the logo i couldnt get a clear shot with camera but i made a pic of what it looks like i have

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cheap evil ways manufactures scam you

Manufactures scam you all the time from smaller jars to plastic bolts please post some that you have found and post it here! if you find a solution do that too

Topic by BIGHAIRYDUDE   |  last reply


Resources for manufacturing materials for a Virtual Reality Simulator?

Hi, I am building my own "homemade Virtual Reality Simulator" that would consist in a moving platform on top of another, both connected through simple compression springs. I am a big guy and weight almost 100 kgs (200 pounds) therefore the platform should be designed to these standards. It shall look similar to the image attached. QUESTION: Do you know a good information source to find the right materials (even suppliers) for manufacturing the upper and lower boards? Thank you for any feedback.

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What is the best manufactured hydroponic system for amaeturs?

I'm interested in trying hydroponics to grow some tomatoes and peppers but no absolutely nothing about it. I'd like to start out with a manufactured system first to see if it's something I really want to pursue. I've spent hours trying to figure out who has the best system for a reasonable price. Any suggestions? Thanks.

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Metals Used in the Manufacturing of Dies, and Craft Punches?

Does anyone happen to know, what metals are typically used in the craft punches, and dies, that are available through most craft retailers. These are most often used for paper crafts. Thanks in advance!

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Curious as to how permanent magnet is produced / manufactured

How it is done today, and back then (say 1800s) Plus, anyone ever successfully created one at home? Thanks

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Why do manufacturers put lead in EVERYTHING?!?

Why is it that apparently almost everything contains lead? Almost all metal items appear to have lead... keys, tools, plumbing fittings... Also maybe in plastic. What i'm most annoyed about (and why i asked this) is about lead in plumbing parts. If you go to a hardware store and get a metal plumbing fitting, it should say "Lead Free*" but then when you look at the details, it would say something like "The wetted surface of this product contains less than 0.25% of lead by weight". Basically you'd probably always find it saying "less than x%". But why can't it be ZERO? Maybe it's because their metals are always contaminated and they cannot make it 100% lead free? Also, what about metal items like tools and keys? Why do they have to put lead in the metal? Does it make it easier to manufacture or something?

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How are spherical rare-earth magnets manufactured? Answered

A question came up the other day when playing with Buckyballs of how you manufacture spherical rare-earth magnets. I'm surprised they could use that name, given the original Buckyball, but these Buckyballs are powerfully magnetic spheres with one side a North pole and the other a South pole which can be stuck together to make 2D and 3D structures.  Sale has been restricted in many places because of people ingesting them and requiring emergency surgery. I've found information on neodymium magnet production using a sintering process, but can't see how you could produce a perfect Ni/Cu plated sphere with this method as individually machining to a sphere would be excessively laborious and tumbling would be a non-starter because of the attraction between balls.  EDIT: The sintering page wasn't the one I thought I was linking, but the one I've linked looks like it may have the answer in die-pressing or isostatic pressing in the aligning field of a solenoid.  Is this how it's done for spherical magnets? (Polishing the coated spheres would still be a problem.)

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How can you manufacture black powder without the use of a ball mill?

I don't own a ball mill and wish to make BP for lift charges in my fireworks, I am curious to see if anyone knows a good method (apart from the CIA method) to make BP

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For Sale-Taig DSLS 3000 CNC Mill

I have very lightly used Taig DSLS 3000 CNC 4-axis Mill for sale. Im asking for $3200, I paid like $5600 for it not too long ago. I just have no time to use this thing, but it is an awesome beast, here is the listing with more info and some pics https://washingtondc.craigslist.org/mld/tls/4557984063.html

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Custom Ipod dock - who can manufacture for me?

Hi there, I need to get around 250 custom ipod docs manufactured I recently saw a custom made 'Jim Beam' ipod dock with inbuilt speakers. It was basically a large version of their drink can laying on its side, with a dock for the ipod at the top and speaks at the ends. Do you know of any company that would be able to produce something similar for me? Obviously not Jim Beam but a similar can shape and my client's branding to suit? They would need to be shipped to Australia if manufactured elsewhere. Cheers!

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Best Material to Use in Toy Manufacturing with 3D Printer

I don't really have any background in manufacturing toys but a guy in my warehouse is trying to create some prototypes on the side for a line of figures. He compares them to these Monsters in My Pocket toys: http://i1.wp.com/pixelvulture.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/90s-Kid-Monster-in-my-Pocket.jpg And these Muscle Men: http://i.ytimg.com/vi/6SfDGf7b4_o/maxresdefault.jpg They look like they're made of rubber. I was wondering what material you'd suggest for creating durable prototypes of similarly sized and shaped figurines? 

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anybody knows what company manufactures SG90 servo?

Hi, I recently need a large quantity of SG90 servo. I only find those sellers from Aliexpress or Allbuy, but I need to contact in business way with a specific company that produces SG90 servo motor in real. Anybody knows a answer? Thanks.  

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How do I manufacture this paper/pulp detail?

I have a small detail (abt 50x35x20mm) that I want to take from 3D to reality. It would be easy to just send it to the local 3D print hub, but the issue is that I want it in some kind of paper pulp material, or some other material that can withstand heat and also be lightweight. I know that there exists 3D printers that can print in paper, but I haven't been able to locate a print shop with such a machine. For prototyping, I have cut kraft paper sections and glued together, but I'd like to find a faster way. There is also a production method for pulp moulding, but the shape of my detail is too complicated for this method. Any ideas of production methods or materials that I could use instead? The detail can be split in 2 if neccessary, but I'd prefer not. Thanks in advance!

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How are solar cells manufactured, I know that crystalline silicon is needed ?

Solar cells are the basic units to build a solar panel. How are solar cells manufactured ? Can it be made at home or is it too complicated a process or not cost effective to manufacture in small quantities ?

Question by sudeshdewnarain   |  last reply


How to Manufacture and Use Your Own Book Binding Jig

Hi guys! The following topic is not generating the respective PDF. https://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Manufacture-and-Use-Your-Own-Book-Binding-J/?download=pdf Tested on Windows 8.1 Chrome 33.0.1750.154 m clean installation on Mach 30, 2014.

Topic by padovan 


TEDxBaghdad - Iraq - violence, dust storms and open sourced manufacturing

Baghdad Iraq. It was once the jewel of the Muslim empire and epicenter of knowledge in the Eastern world. Now it is best known for corrupt governance, bombings, and dust storms. It was also my parents’ home. After visiting once in 1991 as a child the few memories I have of Iraq seemed to be shouting matches as my parents yelled over the phone making overseas calls. Names of Uncles I had never met were mentioned and a phone was handed to me and I was left to nervously fend for myself with my weak Iraqi slang and an Uncle who apparently knew all about me while I knew nothing of him. The country was an impenetrable black box to me that would spit out another refugee somewhere in the world every few years or so. Sixteen years later the first wall between Iraq and me was broken. In 2007 my nuclear family had traveled to Syria and for the first time I met family members who still lived in Baghdad. I knew them now. My uncles and cousins grew flesh and blood. I could feel their prickly faces as we greeted with the traditional Iraqi 4 sided cheek kiss. They could graciously give me their dishdashas as gifts. Names finally had faces, but those faces were deep, sunken and afraid. 2007 was a bad year of sectarian war in Iraq, which is why the Damascas district of Harasta was flooded with Iraqis. The sound of construction continued through the night to keep up with the massive (ab)use of the "tourist" visas. I saw something in the Iraqis in Syria that I hadn't seen before; something that scared me. I saw hopelessness. It was then I settled on a long-term project to return to the country and share something that I had just discovered around the same time: the future doesn’t come prepared -- we make the future. The do-it-yourself attitude that was growing in America was being combined with the culture of sharing that you find in hackerspaces, at instructables.com and in open source technology. This atmosphere made anything possible. You want to build a vertical generator without any spinning parts? Sure! How about a walking quadraped robot with a sofa? Do you want to quit your job, write zines and sell them in the crafting circle? Sure! Start a business! Write a novel! Organize a benefit concert! Sure - sure - sure! “Make your own future” was the message. It was a message of hope - it was the message that I wanted to share in the Middle East, and especially in Iraq. In 2011 the opportunity to work on sharing this beautiful message in the Middle East presented itself to me, so I quit my robotics job and took it (sorry Andrew). A few friends and I started a tiny organization called GEMSI - The Global Entrepreneurship and Maker Space Initiative. We funded ourselves through Kickstarter and our first project was a Three-Day Maker Space hosted at Makerfaire Africa. We were hoping to let people experience the feeling of the Maker Movement first-hand. We collaborated with Emeka and the team from MFA, Cairo Hackerspace, along with many amazing egyptians from all over the country. We had a successful first attempt at sharing the message of "Yes you can!” It was a great start, but Iraq was still an impenetrable fortress to me. It took till 2012 and a chance encounter with friends in Cambridge, MA for me to find my first avenue back into Iraq. Via my friends, I met someone who’s friend was affiliated with TEDxBaghdad. A few steps removed, sure, but when I heard about TEDxBaghdad I knew I had found my way in. I knew TEDx and the types of programs they hosted; I knew they were hopeful, inspired, and shared a vision for a brighter tomorrow. I started communicating with Emeka from MFA, who also works with TED, and he put me in touch with Yahay. After my first skype call with Yahay I knew I was going. Someone else had done it - someone broke that barrier, did amazing work in the country, and survived. It wasn't the death trap my family was telling me it was. There was a new narrative being woven and I knew what I needed to do. I booked my flights before I even finalized any workshops. I needed to meet the TEDxBaghdad team. Later, I called my parents and told them I was going to Baghdad and they said, "Shinu?! Inta Makhabal?!" That probably means exactly what you think it does. Needless to say, they had their concerns, but I was going regardless. Now that the tickets were bought, we started planning. Yahay put me in touch with Abdal Ghany, one of the Iraqi organizers living in Baghdad. He coordinated everything. It was amazing. These guys kick some serious planning butt! Ghany basically told me, “Show up and give your workshop. We'll take care of the rest.” This was a welcome change from the hours of facebooking, planning, and coordination I usually have to go through to schedule events. It really seemed like this was possible. I was going to give an Arduino and 3D printing workshop in Baghdad and I was really excited! I sent an email to Sparkfun and Makezine asking them for open source electronics donations since I knew bringing my electronics box through the airport wouldn't be a good idea. They sent me a nice goodie-bag of beautifully packaged Maker products. These two organizations have given me a tremendous amount of help throughout the years, for which I am extremely thankful. I packed a suitcase filled with 2 3D printers, 25 Arduinos, an assortment of other open source hardware and sensors and headed out looking a bit like a bomb development lab. Yeesh! Somehow I made it through China, Saudi, and Turkey without any serious interrogation. Mostly just really quizzical looks from my unzipped bag up back to me... "You're a teacher?" they ask. "Yes," I say, "yes I am." Turkey was the stop before Iraq. Turkey was brilliant, sunny, lush, and seemed to be comprised of mostly happy smiling people walking by the sea. Coming from the deserts of Mecca, this was a welcome sight. I let the green of Turkey wash away the dust of Saudi Arabia. The mishmash of cultures, sounds, foods, religions gave me a great feeling of liberation. This was a lively place and the two hackerspaces I met up with there, Base Istanbul and Istanbul Hackerspace were fantastic hosts. Furkan and I spent a lovely day together chatting about Maker culture as it spreads through the Middle East and then in the end we had a potluck BBQ with members from both hackerspaces by the rocks of the sea. It was great to see these two Turkish hackerspaces and to be reminded that this movement is truly global. My dream of hackerspaces empowering people globally is really possible – and it’s great to know that it is a dream that is shared by others. I left them full of enthusiasm and flew directly to Baghdad. Landing in Baghdad was strange and a bit concerning. Looking out of the window all I could see was a brown cloud. We were landing in a dust storm. I had heard about the turab (dust) of Iraq, but this was the first time I saw it in person, and it would be one of the things most often on my mind. Getting a visa for me was surprisingly easy, except for the fact I forgot my passport on the plane and two guards had to escort me one to each side back to the airplane to retrieve it. But once I had my passport, I told them my laqab, which is the full name that includes ancestry. Showed them a copy of my dad’s passport and my Iraqi birth certificate and I was in. I was hoping for a nice stamp, perhaps with some Iraqi relic on it. But they took my passport and wrote in it: "Originally Iraqi", so there it goes, it's official. Ahmed, my cousin, was not at the airport when I took my paper work and headed out to the lobby. The airport was sparsely populated and heavily regulated. I barely managed to snap a picture before a guard came up to me and had me delete them from my phone. In the lobby I met a man just released from a Swiss prison. The Swiss had given him the option to be sent back home to Iraq, or be jailed. He chose to leave and come back to Iraq. This becomes a theme later as I see more and more people, all of whom desire to leave the country to become refugees elsewhere. It seems that when hope runs out for the country you live in, the only option is to find a new one. This story is one of a million various stories of struggling to find a new life. Each varies in its details, but all have survival at their core. Ahmed arrives 30 minutes late, apologizing. He's wearing jeans and a polo. His hair seemed freshly cut and his face was serious. We had never met before. The only thing I knew of him was that he thought I was reckless for coming. He had been spending hours on Skype with me attempting to convince me that coming would be a bad idea: "You have no idea how bad the bugs are. Just wait till you see the dust storms. The heat will kill you... etc" But once I saw him in person it all changed. I didn't think I'd grow to like Ahmed, but I grew to appreciate his ways and he became like a brother to me before I left. He took me to Mansour, a neighborhood in Baghdad, telling me stories about Iraq as we travelled. This is the neighborhood where the house my dad designed and family built stands. On the ride home we had our car checked for bombs at least 4 times by what Iraqi's call Saytarat, which is the equivalent of a checkpoint and, to me, seemed a total nuciance. They were the reason he was late. What would normally be a 20 minute drive can become three hours long because every car is checked for bombs. They are everywhere; throughout the city, on every road. We passed the guard who watches over my family’s neighborhood, and he takes his hand off his machine gun to wave at Ahmed, and I begin to recognize that weapons, car inspections and burned out cars are normal here, so they don't think to comment on it - like an empty lot in Detroit, or the homeless in San Francisco. We got to my family home with no time to rest. I had to leave to meet up with Abdul Ghany and the crew at a Cafe in an hour and then conduct the workshop in two. Ahmed comes with me - he doesn't trust people we'd never met before and won’t let me out of his sight. I trust first till proven otherwise, he has learned to do the opposite. It’s a telling sign of how different our lives are on a day-to-day basis. As soon as I met the TEDxBaghdad crew, I felt at ease. MNA, Abdul Ghany and the entire crew were thoughtful, hardworking, and inspiring people. I was really happy to have intersected with them and they helped me in more ways than I could count. We first met up at Everyday, a local Mansour café. Everyday cafe was hyper airconditioned and everyone seemed to think it was hotter than it was. The crew was awesome, they were really a great first introduction to the excited young people of Baghdad and they certainly have the famed Iraqi hospitality. But here's a tip: do not order a fajita in Baghdad ;D. Mohammed Al-Samarraie pulled out their iPads and started showing me video production work he was doing for TEDx. Abdul Ghany comes a little late and we have head out to the workshop. The workshop was held in a two story office building surrounded by palm trees. Looking out the the tinted back window we could see the muddy river run past, winding and dark. Slowly the TEDx people started trickling in. Then I started to get nervous. The checkpoints didn't bother me, the tanks in the streets were not an issue, but here were these people coming to learn something from me. What could I share that would really matter to them when they had so much to deal with daily? What could I share that could be relevant to people who see bombings as I experience lightning storms? I have been to other places in the world to share this kind of information, and some of those places have had political problems and ongoing revolutions. But Iraq was the first country I had been to that really seemed like a war zone. I decided that first I needed to learn from them! What were their projects? What did they hope for? I hoped they would learn from each other and get excited about their projects and I wanted to be able to share things that were relevant to them. Thus, everyone was encouraged to talk about who they are, how they learned about TEDxBaghdad and to share their project, share with us their mission, or share an inspiring story. I was amazed to hear about all the incredible initiatives the crew was doing. From intercultural exchange programs, to street clean ups, to historical artifact preservation, each of them shared and I started realizing something. They were not as interested in new technology as they were interested in arts and culture and after hearing about a few of their projects I started realizing why. Learning about culture and paying attention to the arts gives people the ability to pay attention to details. They can look at another human being and see all the subtleties that make us who we are. We each fall in love, we struggle, we question, and have doubts. Arts give depth to a black and white world. Sectarianism is difficult when we pay attention to the commonalities that tie us all together. What would the world be like if anyone who wanted a weapons license was required to have visited India, could pass an art history exam and could play stairway to heaven on the guitar? We were in a sort of office building near the river which ran by dark and muddy looking through the tinted windows. One by one, they stood up in front and gave their short presentations. There were doctors, engineers, and designers in the crew. They each stood up and told the story of how they found out about TEDxBaghdad and it was incredible. Each of them had a friend recommend it to them, and it was mostly done through Facebook. Some people's projects were related to health, culture, antiquity preservation, and connecting Iraqis with the rest of the world. While they spoke I made a graph of the things that connected all of their ideas together. It was a beautiful thing to see. The common themes were to help Iraq as a country through the integration of new ideas and how to bring a new face of Iraq and present it to the world. To have the news about Iraq be about amazing things, inspiring things, rather than explosions. Being in that room with that energy made me feel like we were already on our way. I pulled out the boxes of donations given to us by Sparkfun and The Make Shed and now it was my turn. I told them about my story coming into contact with my friend Alex through instructables.com, how being in San Francisco and Cambridge opened my eyes to a new way of entrepreneurship using communities and open source technology. And how they could make anything they could imagine if they got together to do it. We discussed how sharing and collaboration was a common value that held the entire system together. I used the concept of the LED throwie, which is a simple idea by Graffiti Research Labs to connect an LED to a coin battery and a magnet. They used it to throw at ferrous buildings as a form of electronic graffiti but once they uploaded it to instructables the idea was out there and people were inspired to take it and derive many other projects. You can never know what will happen when you share something or when you create a tool and share it. People created outlined throwies, LED floaties in balloons and finally we start seeing LED floaties which are sequenced to act like a light show at a phish concert. Hahaha! We then talked about the Arduino an easy to use microcontroller designed for artists. It's a bit of technology that is a simple and easy to use platform to build interactive projects. We talked about how the open nature of the project people can use the Arduino and then use shields to add features like being able to connect to the internet or play MP3s. Open source tools make building new products a lot like using legos. We were in the middle of using some of the sensors The Maker Shed had sent us to make a DIY heart rate monitor when the power went out and all went dark except for the LED throwies we had made. It suddenly felt very intimate. We put all the LED throwies in the center of the room and huddled around it for story time. The feeling of connection was palpable for me. Sure the lack of power meant that we were not going to be able to 3D print, but being in the dark with TEDxBaghdad was one of my favorite memories of this trip. The lights went on and we had a long question and answer session / photo shoot. Some of the doctors were interested to use the Arduino based heart rate monitors to replace the broken ones in the hospital. I heard about this and was flabbergast that the most basic and cheap tools I had brought with me might have a direct impact and may even save lives. Technology might not solve the political problems of the country but it seems that there was a lot of room for development and that the crew I was with was creative and excited to make use of it. I passed out 20 Arduino kits that day, including the Lillypad which is a version of the Arduino intended to be sewn into clothing. Although there were very few engineers in the audience, everyone seemed to be buzzing with ideas and ways to use the Arduinos. What a great workshop! I was super excited because not only had they understood the message, they seem to have been infected with the feeling of capability! Now to seal the deal, we were all going to go out and eat a classic Iraqi dish Simach Masguf. Ahmed has been calling me hourly making sure that I was OK, but I felt safe enough with my new friends so we all headed out to a fish spot by the river. Hours go by, lots of fish is eaten, and lots of juice is drunk. Some of the crew smoke some sheesha. It was like I was with new old friends. My Iraqi slang was improving hourly and although we had just met I knew me and TEDxBaghdad we're going to be working together again very soon. I would have stayed all night eating and chatting about future projects and the problems to solve in Iraq, but the cerfew was about to set in and we had to jet. Yeah, there is still a curfew. On the ride home my head is filled with contradictions. Hope and confusion mix in my head as my family rings 4 more times. I get home safe and decide that the only way to deal with the complicated situation in Iraq was to act with irrational hope and optimism. That's the way TEDxBaghdad seemed to work. And that's going to be mine as well. The next day there were five explosions in Baghdad so TEDxBaghdad and I decided against going out to the Iraqi National Museum even though we had to request permission to go. We meet instead back at Everyday and there we solidify our commitment to working for a more beautiful Baghdad and a country which will become a producing nation once again. Sharing with the world it's art, science and literature like it once did years ago. +BG

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How would I make a prototype/final model of this speaker design?

Hello all, I am working on a design project in one of my 3rd year university classes in which I've to create a final model of my speaker design. It is in the form of a black hole and I would wish to make it from a plastic (preferably ABS or some hard, durable material). I've attached some images of the CAD model and I was just looking for some ideas, techniques and suggestions on how I could make this form. Any machine and technique is relevant as I have access to a wide range of equipment, I was just looking for some pointers on how I could potentially go about making it. Any help would be greatly, GREATLY appreciated, thanks for your time! James

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any one knows a good possibly cheap inflatable sculpture manufacture?

I'm working on a new body of works that involves inflatable sculpture so I'm looking for information on how to best work on a prototype as well as looking for a good manufacture to outsource the bulk of the work to.

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Where do I find rubber wheels manufacturers for wooden bikes?

I am buiilding a wooned bike similar to rhese: http://cgi.ebay.com/New-Prince-Lionheart-Kids-Wooden-Balance-Bike-Bicycle_W0QQitemZ360174240366QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_DefaultDomain_0?hash=item53dc0ec26e Any idea how to find the rubber wheels?

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How can I manufacture a bike trailer coupler to replicate this one? Answered

We recently bought a secondhand InStep brand bike trailer to haul the kids around in.  It came with one coupler.  I'd like another one that I can attach to a second bike so we can easily move the trailer from one to the other. The couplers are available online for around $10, but for various reasons I prefer not to buy that way.  I'd rather try to make something that will work, buying materials locally.  I've looked at several trailer coupler Instructables, but none of them seem like they'd work with this trailer"s tongue, and I don't want to modify it, since it works just fine with the existing coupler. Any suggestions for a way to make a good, strong, secure coupler?

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I want to manufacture radiator coolant for vehicles. Pleae tell me the process.

In ur ans in yr 2010 u ve mentioned about the dye.. what kind of dye is requierd ?? 

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Can I 3D print using acrylic material?

I work in a process equipment industry and I need to manufacture a small equipment in acrylic? The parts of the equipment are intricate and it is nearly impossible to manufacture using conventional manufacturing processes? I would like to know whether I can 3D print the acrylic component? 

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what are the steps of manufacturing portable electric emersion heaters used to boil water?

I am trying to manucature emersion water heaters commonly used to boil water. Commonly known as travellers heaters. if anyone could share the know how really appriciate.

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Do printer ink refill kits give the same kind of print quality as the manufactures packaged ink? Answered

Do printer ink refill kits give the same kind of print quality as the manufactures packaged ink?

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Where custom PCB sample?

I designed a circuit, need to customize a printed circuit board (PCB) example of fine workmanship. I need only 4 to 6 layers PCB Prototype, cost-effective than http://pcb.hqew.net/? S = 544849 is higher places to recommend? http://pcb.hqew.net/?s=544849 Good friend recommended place, sharing resources. In my circle, PCB manufacturer resources is not much, hope that we share a lot of you like a good PCB manufacturer resources. Thank you very much!

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speaker drivers

I'm looking for speaker drivers within 40mm-50mm and a full range frequency response of about 0-25khz But! i cant find any manufacturers within the uk at a cheap price or decent frequency range btw its for a headphone project im working on :D All help greatly appreciated (:

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Windshield removal on a 1979 tri-hull boat? / Need help identifying the hull manufacturer ? Answered

 I recently purchased a 1979 tri- hull boat w/ a 1979 70hp Evinrude.  This is a two part question. First, i cant seem to identify the hull manufacturer. The coast guard sticker does not list it nor are there any markings on the boat hinting the manufacturer. Other than an "Allsport" label on the side of the boat i cant seem to find anything. Second, im currently trying to remove the windshield to prep the boat for paint, but i cant seem to remove the rubber molding / seals over the three screws i need access to, to remove the windshield. Id rather not damage the seal so i can use it again. Any help will be greatly appreciated!!  Thanks!!

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I WANT TO SEE/KNOW THE MACHINE/PROCESS OF HOW SUNFLOWER SEEDS ARE MANUFACTURED FOR RETAIL.?

How do you de-shell sunflower seeds for mass quanities?

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Hydrogen car to be Open Source

The manufacturer of a hydrogen car unveiled in London on Tuesday will make its designs available online so the cars can be built and improved locally.The Riversimple car can go 80km/hr (50mph) and travels 322km (200mi) per re-fuelling, with an efficiency equivalent to 300 miles to the gallon....The company will distribute the engineering designs to the 40 Fires foundation, a not-for-profit organisation that will make the designs "open source".The idea, they say, is to allow local manufacturing in small plants. This stands in contrast to the "economies of scale" that drive current plants to huge sizes and workforces.In addition, designs can be adjusted for local markets, using locally sourced parts or materials.The agreement will be such that if the designs are improved by a local manufacturer, those improvements will be sent back, so that what the company refers to as its "network of manufacturers" can contribute to the overall development of the product line.

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all from rosewood

If any one need rosewood for guitar manufacturing, feel free to ask me.

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