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September 11, 2001

September 11, 2001    What are your thoughts on 9/11?

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September Build Night with Lumi

No more spaces available Check out these resources for hosting a build night! SEPTEMBER BUILD NIGHT We are partnering with Lumi, the creator of a new DIY alternative to screen printing which uses photographic print dyes on textiles and natural materials, for our September 2013 build night. Sign up and we will ship you a package that includes: (1) Print Fabric with Light kit (color tbd) (1) 16oz bottle of Inkodye (color tbd) (1) Inkofilm (sufficient materials for 15-20 people) HOW TO PARTICIPATE: Host a Build Night: pick a night in September (any night) to host the workshop. Since Lumi needs light to work - we suggest hosting your workshop during a time with daylight. At the event create projects using materials from the Lumi kit. Post 2 Instructables: post 2 step-by-step Instructables using the Lumi products. Anyone from your space is welcome to post an Instructable that counts towards the 2. (Not posting these Instructables will affect your chances to participate in future build nights). Brownie Points (not required): after the build night post a forum topic on Instructables about your event. Include pictures, stories, etc... Here are two examples from the May build night: Noisebridge and Makers Local 256. We may even feature your photos on the homepage. RESOURCES: Lumi Instructables Lumi.co Instructables App (for documentation during the build night): iOS and Android JOIN OUR ANNOUNCEMENT LIST If you are interested in being directly notified about future build nights fill out this form. You will receive an e-mail when the events are announced in the forums. If you have signed up for a past build night or this build night you are already on our announcement list. ABOUT BUILD NIGHTS Instructables is sponsoring monthly build nights at makerspaces and hackerspaces around the world. Each month is a different theme and we will send you materials to run a workshop at your space. In return your space posts Instructables from your build night.

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September Project Contest Winners

The votes are in! Congratulations to the winners of the September Project contest!September Project Contest First Prize winnersAtomic Zombie's ChopWork Orange chopper bicycle by KoolKatCyanotypes - super easy photo prints at home. by ianFloppy Disk Bag by imanalchemistHandbound Book by BrianSawyerA Traditional Jacob's Ladder by ereinEach first prize winner with receive a Digital Spy Camera from Wild Planet Toys.September Project Contest Second Prize winners3D DDR Frame for PS2 by impulse94DIY Home Bicycle Repair Stand by pizzFixed Disc Sander from Angle Grinder by divxnzHydroponics - at Home and for Beginners and Solutions to Hydroponic Problems (Lack of Root-Plant Support) by trebuchet03Insulating Laptop Pad by Bats22pvc kayak by hellokellerStanding Desk Conversion Platform by 5dotsTen Green - modular shelving by royshearerTyvek FedEx Wallet with Change Pocket by cheewee2000Willow Twig Furniture by SlimJimEach second prize winner will receive a Magnetic USB card reader. Some assembly required!Honorable MentionAncient Aeolipile -steam engine, and magnets for good measure... by trebuchet03Can in Can Grill by nabilahmadDaisy Duke Toolbox by SlimJimDisposable camera coilgun by AlfonsVHDIY: EXTREME Power saving wireless mouse mod by Corbin_DallasEasy and tasty stir fry by SupercookieFolding Game Board by degroofFreezing summer tomato crop by shecktorGuacamole by easementHow to build a heliostat parabolic reflector by Tool Using AnimalHow to Build Up a Bike by joeHow to Build your own 1u Linux Server by jonesygoodstuffHow to make a RAILGUN! by AlexTheGreatHow to remove Logos from your PDA / cell phone with sugar by spankvalMagnetic speed sensor by PeterTheUnGreatMagnetic Tool Rack by packrathackerMicrodot - wrist watch LED pattern timepiece by rgbphilMonica's wedding cards by outofthewoodsOpenface Bagel Sandwich and Another gooood sandwich by eraaawghhhParty top-hat made of playing cards by Sergey ChernyshevPay-per-Copy Machine Exploit by nakPower to the Super Rebound by frickelkramSolid Perfume by rapierwittrailor project by trusted smilesVinyl Pencil Case by splityarnEach Honorable mention winner will receive an Instructables patch. It was really tough judging so many awesome projects. I hope everyone had fun building and documenting their projects. I'm sure you'll have fun going through the winners; it's really an incredible list!Thanks to everyone to who entered and to the people who helped judge the challenge: arwen, canida, dan, fungus amungus, intoon, leahculver, lebowski, and rachel.Original September contest instructions here, information about the SpyCam here, and information about the Magnetic USB card reader.

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Desktops of September - Finished for this month

Thats all the patches for this month! Get working on your set ups for next month!Happy September, since Joe Martin filled in for me last month, I realised its time I did this months, if a few days late...Me and Han have been at a friends wedding this last weekend, I realise now its only a couple of months till our wedding...I have decided that these desktop show off topics have actually been doing really well. So I am pleased to up the stakes.Free Patch for every submissionThe screenshots have to be different to last monthsThey have to have a description of whats going on (geektool, objectdock, etc)They have to be listed as a new comment below!To take a picture of your desktop on a windows machine use the printscreen key on your keyboard, Open up paint, Edit, Paste and then save this as a png. then upload this onto Instructables.To take a screenshot on a mac use the apple key, Shift and 3. This will save the picture to your desktop then you can upload it to Instructables.To take a screenshot in Linux go to Applications>Accessories>Take screenshot. If this doesn't work blame Lithium Rain ;-)I have a nice new set of wallpapers this month.My main screen is running a Leopard Vector reboot wallpaper, I also have the following running..Geektool, in a range of Helvetica NeueTinkertool, which is keeping my dock in a different style, and puts the eject button in the menubar.My second screen is running a favourite wallpaper of mine, one that I rejigged to fit portrait.Finally, my third screen is running a picture of me and my Fiance Hannah from when we were in Durham.I have added an extra picture of my current screen set up, so you can make more sense of my screenshots!So, get your Desktops and wallpaper screenshotted and sorted, and collect your Patch! (5th picture)- gmjhowe

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September project contest and Magnet challenge

We're having another project contest and trying something new: a challenge. All Instructables published during September are eligible for the project contest. All Instructables using magnets that are entered into the Magnet Challenge group are eligible for the challenge. We've got some sweet prizes that will help you document even better than you already do: helmet cams and [http://www.sandisk.com/Products/Item(1220)-SDDR-103-SanDisk_MobileMate_SD_Plus5in1_Reader.aspx memory card readers]. Check the contest instructions for more details.

Topic by ewilhelm  


September was our best month yet

We've been growing pretty consistently since the site launched in 2005, but September was notable in that we smashed a number of our records.  We had the greatest number of people come to the site (5.6 M), the greatest number of people return (2.9 M), the greatest number of new pro memberships, and our first and second highest traffic days where over a quarter of a million people visited Instructables in a single day.  We didn't break any records for new Instructables (the last month of the Craftsman contest from last year still holds that one), but September wasn't too far behind.  And all this in a month with only 30 days!October is my favorite month.  Here's to it bringing in some amazing costumes and smashing even more records.

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September Instructables Pro Memberships Giveaway

Hello everyone! My Summer Braid Bracelet with Beads tutorial I got featured  at the Instructables homepage! I was also granted with 2 Pro Memberships codes. So I have decided to give enyone who loves Instructables community a chance to enjoy the benefits of Instructables Pro Membership.   I`m hosting another Pro Membership giveaway in my blog The Things We Do. So if anyone of you guys is interested - you are welcome to join. I`m using a Rafflecopter form to except giveaway entries and choose the winner. Update: Thank you everyone for taking part in September giveaway. The 1-Year Pro Membership goes to MIRANDA WARD Miranda, we will send you the membership code within 2 days per your e-mail And The 3-month Pro Membership goes to RICHARD HICKS Congratulations, Richard! Wait to get your membership code per e-mail. Giveaway page is here Good Luck!

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September 2014 Build Night with Sugru

125 SPACES AVAILABLE Deadline to sign up: Monday, August 4. Accepted spaces will be notified by August 6. SEPTEMBER BUILD NIGHT We are partnering with Sugru, the amazing self setting rubber, for our September 2014 build night. This is our 2nd build night with Sugru and we couldn’t be more excited! Sign up and we will ship you a package that includes: (8) packs of sugru (1 pack = 8 mini packs) HOW TO PARTICIPATE: Host a Build Night: pick a night in September (any night) to host a project build night using Sugru. You can host multiple build nights during September and October to work on your projects. Post 3 Instructables: post 3 Instructables using Sugru. We are looking for these projects to showcase unique uses for Sugru. (Not posting these Instructables will affect your chances to participate in future build nights). Check here for some inspiration. 5 creative ways to improve your kitchen 5 ideas for sugru in your garden 11 ways to sugruify your keys 8 ways to make your GoPro even more amazing 10 ways to refresh vintage finds 12 musicians get creative with sugru 7 clever ideas sugru + velcro 20 sugru holiday hacks 20 ways sugru can improve your crafting kit Brownie Points (not required): after the build night post a forum topic on Instructables about your event. Include pictures, stories, etc... Here are two examples from past build nights: Noisebridge and Makers Local 256. We may even feature your photos on the homepage. CHALLENGE The two spaces that submit the Instructables with the most unique use of sugru will receive a copy of the Autodesk Product Design Suite Ultimate (first prize) and a Nikon D5200 Digital SLR Camera (second prize). Grand Prize (Autodesk Design Suite): Dynamic Motor Balancing with Sugru and an iPhone by Phoenix Asylum First Prize (DSLR Camera): Poor Mans Fire Works by ShakeTheFuture Honorary Mentions (Instructables t-shirts): Sugru Raspberry Pi Corners by Geekspace Gwinnett Stop Motion Puppetry with Sugru by Hitchin Hackspace SIGN UP - Please only sign up if you are able to complete the requirements listed above This is a 2-step sign up process.  YOU MUST COMPLETE BOTH TO FULLY SIGN UP. Fill out this google form. You will then receive a private message in your Instructables inbox by August 6 asking for your shipping information. You cannot receive the Sugru materials without completing this step. Selection Process: This is NOT first come first serve. We look at past build night participation, past project quality, and project proposals for the current build night. If you haven't participated in a build night OR haven't submitted Instructables for build nights you signed up for we suggest your space create Instructables over the next few months and submit them in future applications. RESOURCES: Sugru Website Instructables App (for documentation during the build night): iOS and Android JOIN OUR ANNOUNCEMENT LIST If you are interested in being directly notified about future build nights fill out this form. You will receive an e-mail when new events are announced in the forums. Please only sign up if you are not already on the build night mailing list. ABOUT BUILD NIGHTS Instructables is sponsoring monthly build nights at makerspaces and hackerspaces around the world. Each month we partner with a different company to send you materials and/or tools to run a workshop at your space. In return your space posts Instructables from your build night.

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3rd Creative Prototyping summer school in Belgium, September 3rd - September 7th 2012

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v;=HQAHsL8dzEE www.howest.be/summerschool2012 Prototyping is a process in which a working model or prototype is developed for the purpose of testing various design aspects like features, ideas, viability, functionality, tactility, output and performance. Prototyping can help streamline creative (design) processes. Industrial Design Center (Belgium) therefore organizes the 3rd Creative Prototyping summer school, which is an opportunity for designers, engineers, (PhD) students, teachers, researchers and creative-technical people from all over the world to meet and train their model making skills.  The program offers 1 week full of maker workshops for people who share the passion for design and prototyping, co-creation and materialization of ideas: quick & dirty prototyping, clay modeling, laser cutting, 3D printing, wood turning, welding, plastic shaping processes, product photography, 3D scanning, foam modeling and arduino open source electronics (makey makey invention kit for everyone). The participants are coached by professionals: Lékué (Barcelona), Jürgen Heinl (former BMW modeler, München), Pilipili product design, Atohms design,.... Industrial Design Center is an open research-through-design-lab and a communication platform between the industry and the product design & design engineering programs offered at Howest University College West Flanders (Belgium).

Topic by bverthe  


Remembering 9/11

Hi everyone. This, the eve of 9/11, the 6 year anniversary of the terrible incidents that occurred on that September morning. I just want to make sure that the victims are never forgotten, and I take this moment to remember the fallen, and those firefighters, police officers, EMT, who all risked their lives to save those trapped. Thanks for taking the time to remember, and I hope some point tomorrow you share a moment of silence with the world to remember. *silence*

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Floppy Disk Bag, Mushroom Night Light, Giant Gummi

Floppy Disk Bag Mushroom Night Light Giant Gummi Ikea Bowl Speakers Ping Pong Ball Lights Homemade Didgeridoo 5-Minute Ice Cream Cargo Scarf String Lantern Burger Recipes How to Freeze Blueberries Domo-Kun Backpack Campfire Toasting Fork Great Mozzarella Cheese Simple Wall Illusion

Topic by randofo  


Aliens Power Loader, Homemade Kit Kat, Indestructable Binder

Aliens Power Loader Homemade Kit Kat Indestructible Binder Peach Bottle Cap Portrait Kenny Doorstop LED Zippo Flashlight NES Projects Simple Wedding Appetizers Jumping Bass Cake Clean Your Amp Controls Shop Tools Programmable Music Box Soda Can Rings Control TV With a Phone 1950s iPod Speaker

Topic by randofo  


NES Bedding, Apple Cider Donuts, Metal Casting with Sugru

NES Bedding Apple Cider Donuts Metal Casting with Sugru Hand Lights Dr. Who Inspired Watch Green Tomato Chutney Creepy UV Sun Jar Ultimate Parts Storage Bike Part Belt Make a Dragon Skull Networked Sprinkler Controller Bent Wood Rings LED Monitor Backlight Read Credit Cards Wireless Altoids Display

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Woodpunk Lamp, 3D Stereoscope Camera, Optimus Prime Costume

Woodpunk Lamp 3D Stereoscope Camera Optimus Prime Costume Delicious Fruit Tart Pokemon Snuggie Costume RC Quadrotor Dark Knight Joker Makeup Make Hard Cider DIY Suspension Bridge Arduino RGB LED Tutorial Halloween Robotic Top Hat Homemade Tofu Simple Animatronic Hand Gorilla Tape Gorilla Mask Green Lantern Prop

Topic by randofo  


Build Day at Pier 9 - 9.27.13

It is the last Friday of the month again and you know what that means...Build Day!!! It is another crazy kitchen day at Pier 9 while everyone runs around making their own delicious dish!  Check back to see what tasty dishes they have cooked up today! Projects in the works! Tote Bags Curly Fries Pasta Curry What are you guys making today?

Topic by Penolopy Bulnick  


USB Typewriter, Vacuum Former, Steampunk Mr. Potato Head

USB Typewriter Vacuum Former Steampunk Mr. Potato Head Pipe Lamp LED Table Cards Best Ever Cookie Recipe Easy Lumber Bed Frame Orange and Coffee Liqueur Toe Socks for Toe Shoes Watermelon Deseeding Tricks Motorized Longboard Brickoven-Style Pizza At Home Underwater Video Housing Wooden Rubik's Cube Lego 3D printer

Topic by randofo  


Bacon Jalapeno Poppers, Lady Gaga Hairdo, DIY Diamond Ring

Bacon Jalapeno Poppers Lady Gaga Hairdo DIY Diamond Ring Amazing Tesla CD Turbine Yip Yip Costume Glowing Birdcage Necklace 5 Vinegar Secrets Cloth-Covered Cables English Breakfast Pizza LED Plant Growth Light Wooden Puzzle Cube RFID Projects DIY Barbecue Vodka Infused Gummis Low Carb Pizza

Topic by randofo  


Mutant Baby Costume, DIY Lightsaber, Silent Hill Nurse Costume

Mutant Baby Costume DIY Lightsaber Silent Hill Nurse Costume Easy Catwoman Costume Cardboard Armor Predator Latex Mask Make Angel Wings Iron Man Arc Reactor Mad Hatter Hat Christmas Story Bunny Costume Harry Potter Wand Kids Link Costume Spooky Tesla Radio KISS Costume Simple Toilet Paper Costume

Topic by randofo  


Ninjabread Men Cutters, Bent Plywood Bicycle, Six-Cheese Nacho Fountain

Ninjabread Men Cutters Bent Plywood Bicycle Six-Cheese Nacho Fountain Caramel Dumplings Armored Messenger Bag 10 Uses for Old Toothbrushes Arduino to Nokia LCD Build a Stylophone DIY Portable Photo Booth The Magic Propeller Plant Cell Cake High-Gain Parabolic Mic Camcorder Shoulder Rig Air Freshener Sensor Hack Long Cargo Bike

Topic by randofo  


Robotic Drink Mixer, Camping Hot Tub, Rainbow Cupcakes

Robotic Drink Mixer Camping Hot Tub Delicious Rainbow Cupcakes LED Pinball Table Halo Costume Armor Easy Light-Up Table Scallop Your Fretboard Futuristic 10W LED Lamp Duct Tape Boat Live With Insight Anodizing Titanium Rings Take Great Close-Up Photos Playful Random Light Ball Fix Bent CPU Pins Repair Wire with Sugru

Topic by randofo  


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

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

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(newsletter) Plush Vader, Altoids Bread, Fix a Broken Ethernet Plug

Sign-up for this newsletter: September 17, 2009 Welcome back! Digital Days Photo Contest - Show us your best photo trick, tip, or homemade gadget to win a new Sony digital camera! Converse Back to School in Style Contest - Make or customize anything school-related and win a gift card so you can make your own custom Converse shoes! VOTE NOW: Both SINGER Kids Crafts Contest and Forbes Teach Me Fast Contest are in the voting phase. Vote for your favorites! Winners announced for the Gorilla Glue Cardboard Contest! See who won! Want faster updates and inside info? Follow @instructables on Twitter! Want faster updates and inside info? Become a fan on Facebook! Make a Twitter Watcher Repair a Broken Ethernet Plug Altoids Tin Bread Make a Dress from a Button-Down Shirt Win a pair of custom Converse shoes! Vote for your favorites! Light A Grill In 30 Seconds Plastic Bottle Funnel Take Great Close-Up Photos Personalize Shoes with Acrylic Beneficial Bug Houses Plush Darth Vader Action Figure Make Band-aids in the Woods Desk with Old Wooden Crate Drawers Vote now! Win a digital camera! Candle Powered Hot Air Balloon Recycled 5 Gallon Bucket Wall Embroidery From Digital Artwork Keep Your Razor Blades Sharp Now go make something awesome, and I'll see you next week! - Eric Sign-up for this newsletter:

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(newsletter) USB Keyboard Hack, Drill Small Holes, Roommate Blocker...

Sign-up for this newsletter: Welcome back! Digital Days Photo Contest - Show us your best photo trick, tip, or homemade gadget to win a new Sony digital camera! Converse Back to School in Style Contest - Make or customize anything school-related and win a gift card so you can make your own custom Converse shoes! CLOSES SUNDAY: SINGER Kids Crafts Contest - Create something crafty with or for a kid and win a sweet new serger or sewing machine from SINGER! CLOSES SUNDAY: Forbes Teach Me Fast Contest - Make a 30-second how-to video and win one of six awesome Flip MinoHD video cameras! Winning videos will be featured on Forbes.com. Winners announced for the Low & Slow BBQ contest! See who won! Want faster updates and inside info? Follow Instructables on Twitter and Facebook! Sew a Where the Wild Things Are Hat How to Tie Various Knots 15 Minutes SMS Door Entry Alarm Drill Small, Precise Holes Win a digital camera! Closes this Sunday! Aluminum Bottle Alcohol Stove Magic Stick Trick Hack a USB Keyboard Door Activated LED Lighting Roommate Blocker Make a Laundry Water Recycler Make Carbonated Beverages Cardboard .357 Magnum Prop Closes this Sunday! Win a pair of custom Converse shoes! Make Your Own Bacon Camp Table for Backpacking Thingamaplush Robot Big Sturdy Loft Sign-up for this newsletter:

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(newsletter) Soda Can Chain Mail, One-Ingredient Ice Cream, Cardboard Kayak...

Sign-up for this newsletter: Welcome back! NEW CONTEST: Digital Days Photo Contest - Show us your best photo trick, tip, or homemade gadget to win a new Sony digital camera! Converse Back to School in Style Contest - Make or customize anything school-related and win a gift card so you can make your own custom Converse shoes! SINGER Kids Crafts Contest - Create something crafty with or for a kid and win a sweet new serger or sewing machine from SINGER! Forbes Teach Me Fast Contest - Make a 30-second how-to video and win one of six awesome Flip MinoHD video cameras! Winning videos will be featured on Forbes.com. VOTE NOW: Help pick the finalists in the Gorilla Glue Cardboard Contest! Want faster updates and inside info? Follow Instructables on Twitter and Facebook! Genuine Chainmaille from Pop Tabs Beyond Belief and Back - Optical Illusion One-ingredient Ice Cream Build a Cardboard Kayak for Under $40 Win a digital camera! Get crafty! Make Your Own Sports Drink Build a Photographer’s Zoom Spot Ready, Set, Go! Light How to Get a Great Old Sewing Machine Fuse Plastic Bags into a Laptop Case Bike Panniers from Military Surplus Bags Make Your Own Bra Make a Pencil's Lead Potentiometer Share something cool quickly! Win a pair of custom Converse shoes! Motorized Marble Roller Coaster Rework a UPS with Massive Capacity Table Top Aquarium Living Wall Sign-up for this newsletter:

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ETA for winners of September's First Time Authors contest

Hello  Do you know when the winners will be announced? thank you :)

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Concerning the upcoming Maker's Faire in Queens, NY....

Unless some sort of miracle happens  (something I really doubt at this point), I will be unable to attend the Maker Faire in Queens NY this year which is only 6 day away ! I was really hoping to be able to arrange for a way up and a way to stay, but due to circumstances beyone my control (more on that later), I will not have the way nor the way to stay;  so sadly it will be a no show for me.   Next year, if I survive until then, I WILL be there unless I have lost everything here (I am wondering about that prospect too due to the very same "circumstance" I mentioned before).  Those that are able to go, I want to see all kinds of pictures (please).  Thanks !

Topic by Goodhart  


Visit the Instructables Restaurant in Amsterdam September 22, 23, 24

Join me in Amsterdam for the opening of the Instructables Restaurant! I will be at the Picnic 2010 Festival in Westergasfabriek, Amsterdam, the Netherlands September 22-24 where I will help Arne Hendriks and Bas van Abel, Fablab Amsterdam, Waag Society open the restaurant.  They did all the hard work, I think I'm just going to cut a ribbon with a giant pair of novelty scissors!  Watch this forum topic for the latest information on when to come, and where and when we'll be having an Instructables meet-up.  In fact, you may be needed to help build furniture for the restaurant -- instructions on Instructables!  Instructables meet-up outside of PICNIC:  Thursday 2010-09-23 5:30 PM at the big field in Westerpark.  You'll know you're in the right spot if you see bamboo sculptures and a bike racing track.

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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.

Topic by ewilhelm  


The dates of new movies...? Answered

Why is it that there are many movies coming out in the U.S on September Eleventh? I've seen commercials for two or three movies premiering on that date.

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Weekly Challenges: Past and Present

Just put together a couple guides to help find the weekly challenges... Current Weekly Challenges Deadline: September 18th PST11:59pm         Past Contests Deadline: September 18th PST11:59pm        

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Join Us at Providence Open Market

FIND US:Fall Out of Summer Fest (FOOS) SUNDAY - SEPTEMBER 21, 2008 THE ARTIST EXCHANGE Rear lot50 ROLFE SQUARECRANSTON, RI 02910FAMILY-ORIENTED -- FOOD --MUSIC --FUN FOR EVERYONE! UNIQUE ITEMS JUST RIGHT FOR GIFT GIVING ITEMS FOR CHILDREN AND TEENS WELL-CRAFTED AND HAND-MADE GOODS ONE-OF-A-KIND TWINS SETS DON'T MISS IT!!! Providence Open Market:SATURDAYS -- SEPTEMBER -- 6, 13, 20, 27 11AM-5PM Lippit Park -- where Hope Street & Blackstone BLVD MeetEverybody can enjoy this event -- two legged and four!Snacks! Hand-made apparel and home goods suitable for gift-giving!Art! WHERE WE'VE BEEN:WAKEFIELD BALLOON FESTIVAL -- JULY 17-20TIVERTON ARTS FAIR -- JULY 18CLASSICAL ARTS FAIR, SAKONNETT VINEYARD -- JUNE 14APEIRON FAIR FOR SUSTAINABLE LIVING -- COVENTRY -- JUNE 06http://members.bluegoosenews.com/nomowallysinthebaghttp://nomowallysinthebag.blogspot.com/Come and see us!!!

Topic by zannord  


knex gun birthday

We missed it. it was in september. so happy belayed birthday to knex guns.

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I am going

I may be gone from instructables for three days... :( I am going on a family holiday to Amsterdam, Netherlands. I have never been there before... I will try take some photos of Amsterdam before I come back and show it to yall. Leaving on Thursday, 11, September, 2008. Returning on Sunday, 14, September, 2008.

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We should have a Back to School Challenge!

I think that this would be a great, fun, and relevant contest for the months of August and September.

Topic by jseely23    |  last reply


Calgary Mini Maker Faire

Calgary Mini Maker Faire happens this Saturday, September 8th.  If you are in the area be sure to come by.  makerfaireyyc.ca

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List of Upcoming Contests (updated 9/2/20)

Hello everyone! Below is a list of the upcoming 2020 contests. Keep in mind that this list is subject to change and contests will continue to be added throughout the year. The contests below are in planning, and I've left off ones that we're still trying to decide on. The months indicate when the contests will be launching. Keep in mind that the list below is not set in stone. All contests and dates are subject to change!SeptemberBikes Challenge: All projects related to bikes. 14 SeptemberPumpkin Challenge: All projects related to pumpkins. Go traditional, or go way off the beaten path. September 14Halloween Contest: Our classic yearly contest, for all things Halloweeny! September 14Remix Contest: Remake and improve an existing project idea, whether your own or someone else's. September 14Mason Jar Speed Challenge: Use a mason jar in your project. September 14Potato Speed Challenge: Open to all things potato. September 28OctoberPaint Challenge: Include paint as an important part of your project. 12 OctoberHand Tools Only: Use only hand tools to make your project. 12 OctoberBattery Powered Contest: Create a project that is battery powered. 19 OctoberPlastic Contest: Make a project where plastic is an important element. Includes 3D printing. 19 OctoberModify It Speed Challenge: Take an existing thing and make it better. 12 October Candy Speed Challenge: Share your favorite candy recipes or recipes where a signficant ingredient is candy. 26 OctoberNovemberBlocks Coding Challenge: Use Tinkercad code blocks / circuits in your project. 9 November Cookies Challenge: Share your cookie recipes. 9 NovemberPlywood Speed Challenge: Build a project that uses plywood. 9 NovemberHoliday Decorations Speed Challenge: Share your holiday decoration projects. 23 NovemberWinter Catch-All Extravaganza: Winter projects of all types! 14 December *All contests and dates are subject to change. Please leave suggestions for prizes here. You can also leave suggestions about contests here. Have a contest question? Check the Contest FAQ!

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OPEN CALL: eTextile and wearable computing fashion show

OPEN CALL: Maker Faire eTextile and wearable computing fashion show location: Hall of Science NYC date of show: 25/26 September deadline: 15 September 2010 requirements: item must be wearable and utilize a computer in some manner submit entries: lynne@lynnebruning.com website: http://bit.ly/9b4PpP video of eTextile show from Maker Faire Bay Area 2010 Bring it on!

Topic by Lynne Bruning  


I paid for premium account but instructables does not allow me to enter as such? Answered

On September 14 I bought a subscription to a instructables account that day I used it  and there was no problem now I do not what to do

Question by luiselectric    |  last reply


I got promoted!

I did.As of September, the Headteacher has asked me to be Acting Head of Year 7. I'll be responsible for the day-to-day welfare and behaviour of 160 children.This is right out of the blue.I'm excited.I'm terrified.I'm management!Unfortunately, that means more work, so less time Making, less time online. You won't notice until September, but I'll apologise in advance.WowEDITI've already found myself doing stuff - organising a week of activities for 300 kids, and I get to order senior management around...I think I may enjoy this...

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my girlfriend and my 8 month aniversery is coming up on te 26 of september and I need a gift Idea? Answered

she likes duct tape, zombies, ninjas, and facebook so PLEASE HELP ME I HAVE NO CLUE WHAT TO DO!!!!!!(panicked yell)

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Paper Airplane Contest 7 (Closed)

To spur more paper airplane posts, I have decided to host a seventh paper airplane contest, (PAC7). Hopefully this contest will encourage more people to submit their innovative paper airplanes for all to see. For this contest, the specifications are for an advanced stunt plane. Requirements: 1. Aircraft Requirements: • Ability to perform a loop, wingover and/or a half Cuban eight • A ground range of at least 25 feet (7.62 meters) and an air range of at least 30 feet (9.144 meters) • Durability to fly at least 20 flights • Use of less than 10 inches (0.254 meters) of tape in construction • Use of less than 3 pieces of 8.5 by 11 inch (A4) paper in construction • Aircraft must be named 2. Instructable Requirements: • 1 page (not the intro page) strictly devoted to materials required in construction • 1 page explaining how to fly the aircraft • The instructable's license must be: "Attribution Non-commercial Share Alike (by-nc-sa)" • This sentence and link must be displayed on your entry's intro page: “This instructable is an entry in Paper Airplane Contest 7 (https://www.instructables.com/community/Paper-Airplane-Contest-7/).” Prizes: For this contest I will award the publishers of the top 5 performing paper airplanes* one patch each. Each patch will feature its respective aircraft, rather than medals. The first place winner will also receive a 3 month Instructables.com Pro membership if his/her plane meets or exceeds all specifications. *Multiple entries are allowed. To keep the distribution of patches wide however, each entrant can only win one patch. How to Enter: To enter this contest, you must send me a private message entitled “My PAC7 Paper Airplane [Your Member Name Here]” with your instructable's URL included. I will then put the link and author's name onto a list on this topic under "Entries". Judging: I have decided that I will judge all the planes myself based on abilities. I have decided this way because I believe judging on performance and suitability, rather than shape, is a more objective approach. The contest begins Friday, July 29, 2011 and ends Friday, September 2, 2011. Entries must be published before Friday, September 2, 2011. From September 2 to September 5, I will be judging all entries. I will announce the winners of the contest on Tuesday, September 6, 2011 and issue them their prizes Wednesday, September 7, 2011. Entries:

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Pro Cancelled Prematurely By A Bug? (after only 11 days!)

I upgraded to a pro membership on September 14th and got the receipt in my e-mail for $8.85 for a three-month Pro subscription. On September 25th I got an e-mail saying: Hi daemonsan, We just wanted to let you know that your Pro membership has expired. Your Instructables membership is now back to the regular level. If you would like to keep your Pro features active, you can upgrade to Pro at any time here: and when I come to the website I am indeed a normal user again. What can be done to fix this?

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Calling all American Makers

American Maker is an event sponsored by Make and Craft to showcase the work of people just likke you! It is scheduled to take place at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago on September 20th, 2008. The deadline to sign up is September 13th, so it is still not too late to sign up to present (but time is running out). Each Maker that signs up will get a chance to present in front of an audience and panel of judges. The Maker choosen at the end of the day to be best will win $500. Even if you have nothing currently to present, you should go an watch, because this sounds like it will be great fun. (full flier details below)

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strange goings on with the pet challenge

What's the go with the pet challenge. On the info page it says that the deadline for entries is September 4th, yet when you view the entries so far, you can already vote. There is also no way to add comments for the challenge.

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Diddy Did It

Mark Your Calendar because Instructables and the Electro-Graf will be making a brief cameo on the VH1 hit show I Want to Work for Diddy. The show is scheduled to air on September 15th at 10:00 pm EST on VH1. It is sure to leave you shocked and awed.

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am i the only person who can't connect to hackaday?

Just as the title says I can't connect to hackaday, and I can't Google up anything from after the 7th of September from that site. dose anyone know whats going on?

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LED Build Night at YuKonstruct

Thank you to everyone who made YuKonstruct’s first build night a huge success! YuKonstruct is the first makerspace in Canada's north. We don’t officially open our doors for memberships until September but we’re excited to have already hosted some great events. This past Tuesday we had over 60 people, of all ages, in our makerspace for the Instructables LED Build Night. We had 3 different project kits prepared for people to make: LED Flower Brooch Mini LED Flashlight LED Clothes Peg Tampering Detector In addition to the project kits, we also had a table set up for kids to play with squishy circuits (conductive play dough), and lots of extra LEDs and craft materials for people to experiment with. Everyone left with a smile, some new knowledge about LEDs and of course, the project they built themselves. We’re extremely grateful to Instructables for sending us the LEDs that made it possible. We’re already looking forward to our next build night in September! But before then, there’s our Grand Ribbon Cutting Event happening Tuesday September 16, 2014 from 6-9pm. Mark it in your calendars!

Topic by YuKonstruct  


Maker Faire NY 2011?

We'll be at Maker Faire NYC on September 17 & 18, at the Hall of Science in Queens. Last year lots of awesome people came to visit - will you be there this year?  We'll have office hours again this year so you can be sure to meet up with everyone at once.

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The power of C.A.D.

This is what happens when I get my hands on C.A.D!!!! And this is a pic of the RC plane I am in the works of designing. I dont have the ratios to make everything the proper size so I had to estimate. I plan on having it done by the end of my school year in September.

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