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Vibrating Platform

Hey everyone I am new to this site and I am just wondering if someone could build a "TheraPlate." It is a vibrating platform for horses that helps with bone density, blood circulation, inflammation, etc. However, they are around 5000$. This may not be possible to make but I wanted to check on here and see if anyone knew how to make one! is the website. You can check it out and see what it would take to build it. My email is if someone thinks they may can/know how to do it. Thanks!

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lifting base / platform

I need help on building a small 6 x 6 in lifting base. I'm trying to build a small lifting base to lift up a network camera to a certain height and then turn off once it reaches the desired height. If someone can help me I would be very grateful. Thanks Ecusta

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Movement simulator platform

We are in search for ideas and/or off-the-shelf solutions for a mobility and toileting issue in response to the following request: "The project proposal is called a \"Movement Simulation Platform\" which is intended to provide amazing sensory experiences for our students who would not be easily accessible to them otherwise.  The idea is to have the students pushed onto a large platform in their wheelchairs in front of a large screen (screen not part of project request).  On the screen will play some fantastic scenes such as hiking up a mountain, visiting different countries, driving a car, riding a roller coaster, etc.  The platform will also allow for very minor movements in all directions through the assistance of the adult holding the wheelchair (also standing on the platform).  We are imagining a very small displacement of movement in all directions (similar to a rocker board).  The platform would need to be a good size with borders and possibly a way to secure the wheelchair to the platform." Happy to hear your ideas! About Tetra Tetra is a non-profit organization that recruits skilled volunteers to create customized assistive devices for people with physical disabilities. See our instructables group at:

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Knex Platform Lift

Hey everybody!!! Here is a forum topic from my new ball machine lift called: The Platform lift. I have bin working on it for 2 weeks and I am happy with the result.  But one thing I did't solve was the exit track because I tried a lot of things but it just didn't work. I hope you like it. Because there aren't a lot of views and comments I just made some clearer destruction pictures and I uploaded a parts list.  Here is the parts list: Rods: -Green: 143 -White: 37 -Blue: 112 -Yellow: 51 -Red: 3 -Gray: 5 total rods: 351 Connectors: -Dark grey: 29 -Light grey: 3 -Red: 20 -Orange: 6 -Green: 2 -Yellow: 41 -White: 24 -Purple: 82 -Blue: 48 Toltal connectors: 255 Others: -Blue spacer: 71 -Silver spacer: 28 -Tan clip: 12 -Y-clip: 7 -Black hinge: 1 -Blue hinge: 1 -Blue gear: 5 -Red gear: 4 - Knex motor: 1 Total others: 130 Total: 736 Here is a video of it

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Motion platform. Flightsim

Gidday does anyone know how to set up a system to send signals from computor joystick to two 12 volt winch motors to use as servos for flightsim motion platform. These will give x - y motion. Hopefully.

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Building a Platform Bed in an Apartment?

I just moved to a new state/city after graduating college and moved out here with just what I could fit in my car. So i had to buy a few essentials after I got out here mostly a bed, but I didnt want to spend a ton of money  so I just bought a mattress I saw some posts about building a platform bed but I still have some problems doing this I need to be able to build it in my apartment, which has plenty of room because I have no furnitire And I also need to be able to transport it in my car. I can transport long boards by putting down the back seats and opening up the trunk but I wont be able to transport much else. Any ideas???

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Use a motor to move a platform?

Hello everyone, I want to build a platform that I can use to mount lights on and make it to move in all directions by using a dynamo/motor/servo.  Also the dynamo/motor/servo will be submerged in water at all times, so is there a possibility of making it watertight, if so how to do it? Here are some designs that I did in order to show you that I have in mind. Thanks 

Question by Chamburn    |  last reply

PVC Stage or platform possible?

I'm considering building portable staging built out of PVC but sturdy enough to hold a band (or at least part of a band). Is this possible? jamaicabob

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Build automatic elevating platform?

Hey, didn't know if anyone could help with this: I need to build a motorized platform for my tripod, that would automatically raise and lower itself, so I can get different vantage points as the motorized tripod head will pan or tilt. What's the easiest way for me to do this? Thanks for the help in advance!

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Gadget Gangster Propeller Platform

The Propeller Platform Module (pictured below) includes an 80Mhz, 160 MIPS Parallax Propeller microcontroller, 32kb of EEPROM with space for a second EEPROM, 5V and 3.3V Voltage Regulators and the pin sockets to add additional Gadget Gangster Platform modules like the LCD UI Module or the Prototyper Module.All Gadget Gangster Platform Modules utilize .1" pin spacing and are breadboard compatible. Here's a little video demonstration of the LCD UI and Propeller Modules: What is the Gadget Gangster Platform?The Gadget Gangster Platform is a lot like the Arduino with a few improvements on the basic idea;-Modules (a.k.a. shields) can be connected to each other on top and bottom. For example, you might have a Propeller module in the middle, an LCD UI on the top, and a prototyper on the bottom. We've got a few initial modules to start, and we'll continue to expand on the selection with more modules and microcontrollers.-Pin spacing is .1". This makes the Platform compatible with breadboards, and it lets you use Platform modules in combination with other project boards.-The board footprint is 3.8" x 2.5", which is the same footprint as ExpressPCB's MiniBoard service. This makes it easier to add your own custom module.-Because they're featured in Jon Williams' Spin Zone column in Nuts and Volts, they're well documented. The Propeller Platform Module will be the basis for many of projects described in his upcoming columns and the LCD UI module will featured in his September '09 column. -Platform Modules are licensed under the MIT license (essentially public domain), giving you the flexibility to use the design in commercial products or anything else without restriction.[/list]I'm super-excited about these new project boards. There's more info on Gadget Gangster but if you have any questions, you can just reply to this thread.

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how to build a vibrating platform?

I need to eliminate the air bubbles which form when pouring plaster of Paris into rubber moulds. so i thought i could eliminate this through low vibration as the plaster is being poured and eventually starts to harden.

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Danish Inspired Platform Bed

Well, I did it again.... I published another one of my projects that I started documenting a long time ago (early December :P) It's currently buried on the page ranging from 1200-1215 (when sorted by date :P). So I figured I'd help it get some exposure :PDanish Inspired Platform BedI've been sleeping on this bed since last august and it has survived a few mattress flips and is holding up without problems :)

Topic by trebuchet03  

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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Elevator type platform for heavy, CRT monitor

I have to sit sometimes and stand sometimes to use my desktop computer. I use an old, heavy, jumbo-sized CRT type monitor which has a space-saving stand on its top for my printer. Currently, when I stand, I raise the mouse on a box and elevate the keyboard on a piece of foam and I peer downward to look at the monitor. This is not always a good way to see everything on the monitor.  What kind of simple elevating/lowering platform could be constructed so that the monitor can be raised to be level with my head when I stand and lowered when I sit in front of it? I suppose some electrically powered or non-electrical hand-cranked platform would be fine. Remember: both the motor, hardware and platform have to be able to lift, lower, and support a heavy CRT monitor which has a plastic platform holding a printer above the monitor. [Due to severe space limitatons where I live in my ultra-tiny apartment, I can't really use a shelf to hold up the monitor when I stand, and besides, it would be a pain in the neck to frequently lift/lower and set in place the monitor on either the shelf or on the desktop.] Thanks

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convert queen sized material to king sized

I am going to build your plans for  the platform bed with floating nightstands and need to convert the material sizes from queen to king . 

Question by JohnV164    |  last reply

Platform for dog in back seat of car?

Our dog likes to lay his front half on the armrest between us in the front seat of the car. But his back half is not comfortable. We want to make a portable/collapsable box that will extend from the arm rest to the back seat with supports on the sides that go over the hump on the floor. Kind of an inverted T shape with supports on each side. Need the supports to fold up somehow so we can store it in the trunk. Appreciate any help!

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Looking for a good tracked arduino platform?

Hi, I want to get a good tracked platform for my arduino. I was looking at the dfrobotshop rover but decided that it was too pricey and slow for what I wanted. I was also looking at the tamiya and rover 5 platforms but decided that they all were too slow (but had a appealing prise range). Anyway what would be a good cheap track platform for arduino that had some speed? Thanks, David.

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Accelerometer glove for HID development platform

Anyone interested in a glove with accelerometer built-into every finger and data collected via BLE processor? Would it interest you to develop HID algorithm to replace a mouse for gaming or control to a rc car, or a drone? I'm working on something like this and want to gauge interest level.

Topic by senses36  

Accelerometer glove for HID development platform

Anyone interested in a glove with accelerometer built-into every finger and data collected via BLE processor? Would it interest you to develop HID algorithm to replace a mouse for gaming or control to a rc car, or a drone? I'm working on something like this and want to gauge interest level.

Topic by senses36  

An Idea for a Connected & Automated Healthcare Platform.

 Watch video demonstration of our Idea of a Connected and Automated healthcare platform. This project is part of a compitition so we need to popularize our video to go ahead into finals. If you like our Idea please share that Youtube link, more view means greater chances of clearing this round. Thank you. YouTube Link:

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Does anyone know where to find a replacement part for an antique platform rocker?

I have an antique platform rocker that I need a replacement part for.  It is a cast iron arm at each end of a wood spindle.  Looking up online I found it may be called the "Lowentraut mechanism" and was designed in the late 1800's.  The rocker I have is in good shape but only has one of these cast iron arms and I am trying to find a way to get a 2nd one to complete the rocker and refinish it.  I am attaching a photo of the one arm that is on the rocker.  Any information on how to find a replacment part would be appreciated. 

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How can I build a platform for a skylight??

We have a 2ft by 4 ft skylight in our kitchen. I want to build a platform for an herb garden that can be lowered from the skylight.

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Looking for a good robotic platform and motor controller?

Hi, I am looking to buy a robotic platform and a motor controller to go with it. I would also like it in a kit with a matching motor controller but it doesnt matter if it doesn't have one. I want somthing that will have good speed (about walking speed). I would also like it to be a bit bigger than a A4 sheet of paper. I have a budget of $50(US). Any sugestions on what I should get? (I want tank style steering).

Question by David97    |  last reply

ELECTRIC VEHICLE. A simple lightweight EV platform.

The above is from an article in 2014 by Ganhaar in which I am most interested. The possibility is that we would manufacture this platform but before doing so wondered if the owners still had the vehicle and whether it would be available to purchase.We contemplate using the platform to create a wooden eco friendly car the body of which would be infinitely re made from simple woodworking tools.Any help in tracing the owners of the EV would be very much appreciated. Ken Braithwaite

Question by kendoreen12    |  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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There are many Target vendor in Mbed site. But Platform vendor made platform boards with NXP chip only. Why? Answered

Hello, I'm Leo who is Korean and interest in Mbed platform. Anyway I am on checking Mbed platform in Mbed site. ( During check, I found that there are many Platform vendor and Target vendor. But Platform vendor (which dose not have own MCU) made platform boards with NXP chip only. I am wondering about why they make Mbed plaform with NXP chip only althought there are many other MCU vendor (target vendor). Is there any master who know about this? Thank you.

Question by iam_maker_leo    |  last reply

Does anyone know where to find a stripped down houseboat?

I'm looking to build a houseboat, and i was wondering if anyone knows where to find a stripped down platform. Basically, i am looking for pontoons and a deck to build on top of, so that i can customize the house portion of the houseboat. Does anyone know where to look for one of these? preferably near San Diego?

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How can i make a rc tank platform??

So me and a school team want to build a vehicle that can perform tasks such as pick up and drop things off. i have experience with building rc airplanes from scratch but i might need a little help with this. any help will be very useful. Thanks!

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Best Platform Choice For Computer Science/Robotics Class?

The teacher of my computer science class (which has focused mostly on programming) wants to completely redo the curriculum to be more robotics centered, and he wants me to help. So, I need to try and find the best kit/components to start building and programming robots. If anyone here knows where we should start, I would really appreciate some help. I was looking at Nerdkits, and since my teacher wants the projects to be expandable into anything we want to do, this seems like a good solution. I have one, I haven't used it much, but one of the things I noticed is that it might be a little intimidating for students just starting out in the class.     Another choice that I want to look into is Arduino. I really haven't looked into this at all, but I've heard of many projects that use it, and it sounds like an easier platform to learn, but still flexible to any project.     The third choice I was looking at was Lego NXT. I know this is completely different from the other two mentioned so far, but I'm thinking this may be a better way for students to start out and then move onto the Arduino or Nerdkits. There is also a firmware that will let you upload Java code onto it, which would work out well since my teacher already knows Java. Since I have one of these, I could also donate/sell it to the school, which would reduce the cost for the school.     I will keep researching these and looking for better options, but I would also appreciate input from you guys! So if you know anything about this, or of a forum where I should ask for help, please let me know. Thank you for any help!

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How can i make Remote Controlled Projector Platform?

I made a small platform that holds my projector. I use a battery and motor to make it go up and down. How would i go about make a remote control interface for this using IR? what would i need? appreciate any help i get!

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How do you manage multi-platform software projects? Answered

Currently I am coding a project which uses an attiny2123 and a computer side client. Currently the firmware and client projects reside in their own (one for each) SVN repositories. When I release it (it will be open source) what is the best way of linking/managing the two linked projects? Should they both be dropped into the same SVN repo with different source trees? or kept seperate? or something else? Thanks in advance, Drew

Question by andy    |  last reply

Tamiya vs rover 5?

Hi, I want to buy a platform for my arduino and i was just wondering what was the nicer one? Tamiya or rover 5 regarding Speed. Torque. Size. Ease to use. Off road. What do you prefer to use?

Question by David97    |  last reply

Wanting to make a drink holder that plays music when I lift up the drink! Anyone have plans for this?

Hey all! I have just finished making my Zombie Perk Cola Bottles (link :  ) and I'm wanting to make a platform so where I lift up one of these bottles, it starts playing a certain song/sound. Does anyone already have a plan for something like this? 

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DIY mobility scooter? Out of pocket expense is too great for one of these anyone know how to make a safe one?? Answered

It must be able to carry 250 lbs.; battery charge of 6-8 miles; turning radius of 30 inches or be able to swivel through a door way from a hallway; be able to go up a 30 degree slope occasionally; have a basket to hold things in, and weigh less than 60 pounds.

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What lines of coding can be used to make a platform in a game, able to let the character move on, in Flash 8? Answered

In flash 8, im trying to make a platformer game, i have the movements for the character already, but i is there a code that you can put into the character, or the platforms, so that you can create one platform, add the coding, and repeat that for easily making the levels.

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Need to run a Windows98 platformed program on Wnidows XP. Any suggestions? Answered

I have a portable, single sheet scanner that I would like to use with my laptop. The only problem with this is that the scanner is platformed to Windows 98 and my laptop is Windows XP. The only reason I am looking for this info is that the scanner is so nice to use on the run. One of my former employers had issued a program to the field techs named "SloMo" to slow the microprocessor to allow the Win'98 programs to run on Win 2000 or Win XP. Any ideas?

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stewart platform with firgelli linear actuator using arduino codeing help!

I am building a stewart platform as part of a larger assembly to accuratly position an object in all six degrees (transition in x,y,z) and rotation about each of these (pitch, yaw, roll). I plan to use an arduino board and 6 firgelli linear actuators. Any help on how to go about programming this would be a great help, or if anyone knows of any open source code so that I do not have to do the reverse kinematics as Im not strong enough in math to do so. ive attached a pic screenshot of my design. thanks

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PD Control of Ball and Plate System (Stewart Platform) via Python and Arduino

Hi community,I'm prototyping a 6-DOF Stewart Platform, i.e. a parallel mechanism also known as hexapod, with an embedded resistive touchscreen on its top plate that captures the current position of a ball moving on it. Coordinates are stored by Arduino Due and sent via serial to a Python script which elaborates data, computes inverse kinematics and outputs the 6 servo angles (again via serial port) to Arduino that, finally, moves the arms. As you can notice, velocity is obtained by a one-side differentiator and here it comes my first question: how much should be the sampling step? It takes 124 microseconds for Arduino to execute both the "AnalogRead" functions, but coordinates are stored in Python at a different clock (order of one millisecond). I picked sampling step h (see attachment 2) equal to the computational time of the Python script, with decent results, but still I'm not convinced.My second issue regards tuning of the PD controller: I first described the system with a double-integrator transfer function (from assumptions and simplifications over ball&plate; control) but the obtained controller parameters were far from the optimal ones. Therefore a simplified model of motor dynamics was added to the transfer function and new PD constants were implemented: simulation and real behaviors are far from being identical (high delay, not null steady-state error, higher rise time, etc.); however, inside small ranges of error and with reduced velocity, the ball reaches an equilibrium basin. The third attachment depicts the final transfer function where:- K is K_m*K_ball*g (K_m:motor gain constant, K_ball: ball inertia, g: gravitational force)- T is tau_m: motor time constant;I set K_m and tau_m equals to torque (Kg*m) and velocity (rad/s) respectively, according to servomotors datasheet: is this the right choice?Thanks to everyone for even reading and for any upcoming help.

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where can I get recycled PET suppliers?

Im in monterrey mexico, near US border, and i can import to mexico. is for a plastic platforms

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How do I assemble the Colfax captains bed headboard, foot board and platform?

I bought the furniture with instruction sheet which is so technical and so small that I dont' know where to start. Bed is sold by

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Can I use a European appliance in the U.S.? Exercise vibration platform--specifications below:

It seems to have some flexibility--will this help? Input power 100-240 volts, ac 50--60 hz; Supply output voltage 15volts; DC power consumption < 7.5 watts. Would a transformer make it work? Thanks for your input!

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H i - how do I build a platform that can carry an electrical current? A &quot;shocking&quot; dance floor?

Hi - I am trying to make a gadget that gives people a shock on a platform if you stand on it - I want to find a way to connect a current to a metal table. I don't want this to be physically damaging, just uncomfortable. That said, I'm having problems aith It's for a gag show. Please let me know if you can help!

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Does someone have engineering drawings for a gas-spring lift-assist assembly (horizontal platform)? Answered

I have a long-dormant project for a "powered" tricycle carrier for a car trailer-hitch. It occurred to me today that a piston "lift-assist" device could do the job. I wonder if anyone here has a technical design for a lift-assist assembly that I could use to understand the mechanism better. I need something that provides lift assistance both raising and lowering (maximum 10 lbs user force either way, for a ~50 lb load).

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How do I control a robot with PalmOne Tungsten E2? Answered

I have a PalmOne Tungsten E2 that I want to use to control a robot. I need to know how to make a robotic platform that will take commands from the palm via its serial port, and interpret them to control 4-5 motors. Any ideas?

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Wood varnish questions

I want to varnish this birch plywood platform to keep it as waterproof and UV resistant as possible but also keep it as close to it's original pale birch colour as possible. i've never varnished anything before so i've been googling for answers and i'm getting some conflicting information, i've been looking at different clear outdoor varnishes and most claim to protect against UV light and not leave a yellow tint but most reviews say otherwise and some general varnishing info articles claim that clear varnish can't protect against UV at all and i'd need a dark stain which i really don't want. so what can i do to protect the wood against the elements and maintain the colour as much as possible? can i combine varnish with other stuff? i found some clear 'marine varnish' is this heavier duty than normal wood varnish or something?is there an alternative to varnish that will have a similar effect?if i need to modify the platform later, cutting bits out or drilling new holes is it ok to just apply another layer of varnish to reseal it or will it need preparing in some way or some additional step?

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Scholarship idea - Automated Store Inventory Manager

The objective of my project would be to use the Create platform as a mobile platform to help manage inventory in a store like Walmart. The concept would be based on RFID. A reader would be mounted on the robot and it will detect passive tags on the products stacked in the shelves. The mobile platform would autonomously wander around the store after hours, collect and collate data and generate a reorder report at the end of its run, which would in turn be transmitted via RF to a PC. Implementation would be carried out such that it could be ported to a real world scenario. Also, it would ensure that all the stacks have been visited during its run.

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