Reflow toaster oven fume extraction

I see many reflow toaster oven projects on here.  I did one and it worked great.  Now I'm interested in sucking the fumes out of the oven without messing up the reflow profile or melting a computer fan.  Has anyone ever tried this?

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Idea for a forge?

I was watching deconstructed and watched the episode on transformers and toasters and i was thinking...can i use a toaster to heat a peice of metal to red hot? The episode says voltage is passed through a high resistance nickel/chome alloy that produes high heat (over 1000 degrees farenheit). Is there a way to hack a toaster to heat a peice of steel or such to a high heat using a toaster?

Question by trf   |  last reply


Toaster Oven Recipes - Need this category in FOOD

There needs to be either a contest for cooking stuff in a toaster oven, or a category in food for cooking in a toaster oven.  I'm going to college in a few months and I need yummy recipes and how to make them cook right in a toaster oven, since I can have one in my dorm.

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Help Making a Toaster Lamp

Kats, I need some help making a toaster lamp. Now I know what you’re thinking, “ I always wanted to make a toaster lamp!”. Well now’s your chance to help. In its simplest form a toaster lamp would be a base of a toaster with the top of a table lamp. The lamp operates like a normal lamp by pulling the string or turning the switch. The electronics in the toaster would be disabled or removed for safety reasons. This would be the simplest model. But I would like to build a model where you press the toaster lever down and the lamp lights up. To turn the light off you press the cancel button or press the toaster lever up. Furthermore the light-dark setting on the toaster would act as a dimmer switch for the lamp. The toaster heating elements would be disabled for safety reasons. Now a basic toaster works like this: When you push down on the handle, a plastic bar presses against the contacts and applies power to the circuit board. 120-volt power runs directly through the contacts to the nichrome wires to start toasting the bread. A simple circuit made up of transistors, resistors and capacitors turns on and supplies power to an electromagnet. The electromagnet attracts the piece of metal on the handle, holding the bread in the toaster. The simple circuit acts as a timer. A capacitor charges through a resistor, and when it reaches a certain voltage it cuts off the power to the electromagnet. The spring immediately pulls the two slices of bread up. In the process, the plastic bar rises and cuts off power to the toaster. Some of the problems I’m facing are the voltage to the electromagnet and PC board is about 12 volts. If you bypass the nichrome wires that would send 120 volts to the PC board which would toast it. So we need a way to do that. Another problem is we don’t want the capacitor to cut off power to the electromagnet, that would shut off the light. We could not charge the capacitor by putting a larger resistor before it, I’m not sure how to do this. The ideal solution would be to gut the toasters electronics, replace it with a circuit that does what I want, and the toaster just becomes a façade. Now that I’ve outlined what I want to do are there any electronics wizards out there who can design me a circuit to do this? Thanks Paul

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Question about Drama Project

Hello. I live in Japan, where I'm a freelance translator. I help out at an English school two hours a week. The school has an English Drama Festival every December, in which the students perform English dramas. One of my two classes this year is with two girls in the 8th grade, who are advanced students for their age. Because the class is smaller than normal, we will be doing two comedy duo routines, one from the English-speaking world, and one from Japan translated into English. The native English routine will mostly be a composite of old Burns and Allen routines, with other stuff added. The Japanese routine involves the use of an "oven toaster" prop. A woman playing a grade school girl puts in a slice of bread to toast, and the toaster door opens automatically and ejects the toast across the room. The third time it blows up with smoke and a flash. To see the routine, please look at the YouTube video embedded at the end. The part in question starts at around the 4:20 mark and lasts for about a minute. There are no wires that I can see. I would like to reproduce this scene if possible. The toaster falling apart at the end isn't necessary - just the door, the ejection, and the smoke. I can use wires from the toaster to plug into an outlet offstage. I also have a small budget, and I have very basic skills, so I could probably hook up the wires and a switch. What I hope someone can help me with is how to create that device and effect. I appreciate any advice. Thanks for your time.

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toaster magnet failing to energizing?

I seem to have power through the PCB but the magnet will not engage to hold the carriage down. Could it be the IC ? 

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What do you spread on your toast?

What do you spread on your toast?

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I got a Toaster, what to do with it?

Hello, this would be my first post here by the way.anyways, i just got myself a perfectally working toaster. what should i do with it? i already put a *big* spring into it and it shoots toast like... 3 feet up. LOLso, have any ideas what i can do with my, now toast flinging toaster?Thanks~Twisted

Topic by twisted   |  last reply


Puma's robot likes toasters too!

So Puma has a holiday shopping ad where a robot is slaving over a sewing machine, while products scroll across the screen. I wonder if anyone at Puma checks out Instructables? I didn't realize that robots universally loved toasters. I like their ad, but I don't think their line-up of products is very cool. They could be doing better on the design front. I would be curious who they think their target audience is for this ad.http://www.puma.com/holiday/pindex.jsp

Topic by lebowski 


Make a toaster from a cell phone charger and a spring? Answered

I want to make a small toaster so i was wondering if i could take a cell phone charger and cut the end off and split it into the two wires then attach them to spring causing a short circuit and heat. Is this possible? is it dangerous

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Would it be possible to make a cold heat toaster using pencil graphite strips? Answered

I am thinking of making a bread toaster using graphite rods which would heat up when a high current is applied to them. How would I go about doing this? What voltage would I need to use to supply it?

Question by lardbob   |  last reply


(newsletter) VHS Toaster, Fuzzy Math, Solar-Powered DS Lite...

Feb 19, 2009 Sign-up for this newsletter: function openSubscribePopUp(src){ var emailValidate = /\w{1,}[@][\w\-]{1,}([.]([\w\-]{1,})){1,3}$/ if(emailValidate.test(src.value) == false){ alert("Please enter correct email"); return; } window.open("/newsletter/newslettersignup?email=" + src.value,"newslettersignup1","status=yes,scrollbars=yes,resizable=yes,width=420,height=250"); } Welcome back! Want to win a laser cutter? The Epilog Challenge is now open: enter any awesome project with a green twist, and win an Epilog Zing laser cutter or gift certificates from Ponoko! The Valentine's Day: Sweet Treats Contest closes for entries this Sunday! Enter your best recipe for a sweet treat and win some fabulous handmade gourmet chocolate-covered cocoa beans from Cocoa Puro, or a date with our own noahw!The winners of the Stay Warm Contest have been announced! See who won! We're in the running for the best Classic site in the SXSW People's Choice Awards!Vote for us! Make a VHS Video Toaster by lemonie Make a Solar-Powered DS Lite by dark sponge Lemon Pound Cake by bigwhitebear18 Breadboard Basics for Absolute Beginners by Cew27 Win a laser cutter! Closes for entries on Sunday! Laptop Bag for Your Netbook by kathleenhenri Key Bottle Opener by menteral Water Rocket Parachute System by air.command Indoor DWC Hydroponics System by LancePenney Featured question from the new Answers section: How do you get a shipping container certified to legally live in? Asked in Offbeat by sensoryhouse Body Casting and Chocolate Molding by MissChiff Fuzzy Math by j_l_larson Repair Plastic Eyeglass Frames by Dmitri Monk Steampunk Flying Helmet by greensteam See who won! Roast it, brew it, ice it, and much more! Super Simple Beginners Robot! by BIGBUG Optical Illusion - Two Lines by DoubleVision Make Heart Shaped Cupcakes Easily by starshipminivan Handyman's Valentine Screw-Nut Rings by Taotaoba Now go make something awesome, and I'll see you next week! - Eric Sign-up for this newsletter: function openSubscribePopUp(src){ var emailValidate = /\w{1,}[@][\w\-]{1,}([.]([\w\-]{1,})){1,3}$/ if(emailValidate.test(src.value) == false){ alert("Please enter correct email"); return; } window.open("/newsletter/newslettersignup?email=" + src.value,"newslettersignup2","status=yes,scrollbars=yes,resizable=yes,width=420,height=250"); }

Topic by fungus amungus 


Can you toast toast with toast?

Its a joke going around my school and i wana see what you guys think...

Question by aleceatsfood 


When Toast Flies

It is not often that I find something so useless so awesome. Freddie Yauner's toaster pops your toasted bread way up into the air with high-pressure carbon dioxide. He is going to try to break his own world record of the highest toaster pop, which currently stands merely at the height of his ceiling. An added bonus of this: if he pops it to the right height, he may be able to avoid the curse of the toast always falling butter-side down.Link

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Highest Popping Toaster - Guinness World Record

UK artist Freddie Yauner set a Guinness World Record when his CO2-powered toaster flung toast 2.6 meters into the sky. Sadly, there is no report as to what Freddie decided to top the toast with (butter? jam?) or if he ate his record-setting bread at all.Also check out Freddie's site for other records he has tried to set such as his fastest clock. Linkvia Core77

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can i use hair dryer or toaster nichrome to make a lead forge?

Hello, a brilliant idea(as they often are) crossed my mind this morning which was to build a 3 in one heating machine. 1. a charcoal maker, heats up wood to the point where it converts to charcoal. 2. burner gas generator. the flamable hydrocarbons released from the sun bleached wood (hite and crumbly, i got tonns of it literally, like moled plane wood), to make fire to reuse for a stove or heater, for something i may want to heat at the same time. 3. lead forge , for melting lead to fill my lead electrode molds, so i can electrolyze in sulfuric acid and then sell, or use, as lead dioxide electrodes for chlorate making etc. Now, butane and propane are completely unreasonable sources of heat, and too expensive as well, so i wanted to know, if the nichrome heating element inside a toaster or a hair dryer, could reach temperatures in excess of 330 degrees Celsius? i want to wrap the nichrome wire , around a steel crucible , separated by fiberglass of course to prevent the nichrome actually touchings the steel, so that when i apply power, the wire heats the steel (which will not be exposed to air) with the nichrome, and therefore heats whatever is inside the crucible , however, i want ti to also be able to reach temperatures in excess if 330 degrees Celsius, so that i can also melt lead. is this possible? otherwise, what kind of nichrome can i directly apply to 240v (wall output) assisted by large contacts for obvious reasons to do so. i know for a fact that nichrome drawing 5 watts is capable of melting lead, as i have melted lead before with my battery powers 5 watt soldering iron, which's soldering tip is a hollow piece of metal with nichrome inside. i want to be sure that this machine will work before i go and buy some second hand toaster or hair dryer at the dump shop. so, will it work? Ive seen hair dryer heating element used before to heat sodium hydroxide inside a steel crucible, in a sodium electrolysis cell, and it went over 320 degrees Celsius. i think. but i cant be sure. i still need a second opinion, thanks

Question by oldmanbeefjerky   |  last reply


how can i generate enough heat to make toast from a 9 volt battery? Answered

 i want to make an altoids can toaster but im having trouble finding a safe way to generate enough heat from a 9 volt.... any ideas? the only way i know of how to make heat from a battery is by causing a short circuit which is dangerous, im sure theres a better way!

Question by davej6694   |  last reply


How do I roast edamame?

I'd like to roast edamame in my toaster oven using little or no fat and little salt.

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brainstorming a controlled temp kiln for polymer clays?

I am making some highly  detailed prototypes, and Im using polymer clay for the details. I've been baking them in my kitchen oven, but it's starting to get hot with summer coming on... I want to limit the heat production in my house! I have an old toaster oven, but it's too small for my items. I was thinking of taking it apart, and using the heating elements and temp controls in something a little bit larger. I'm wondering what the community thinks about that? My temperature needs to be 275° for fifteen minutes at a time. Some temp fluctuation is okay. I'm thinking 14 inches cubed would be plenty of room for my largest pieces.  somewhere I noticed someone using cement board as an insulating wall, I was thinking a cube made of that with a hinged side. Does anyone have other ideas for me? TTY

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how come I can't reply to a comment in Instructables??

Everytime I click on comment it takes me back to log in,,,I've logged in 10X already!

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Any ideas for repurposing small appliances? parts? Answered

Any ideas on what these could be repurposed for? Is it worth taking parts or should I just donate them? Coffee maker (I replaced it because it was white and got discolored), but it still works fine and has a digital clock. Toaster Oven (got a larger one now). The oven is a small basic one wire rack style with knobs - nothing digital. BTW. If I can't find a use for either of these, and someone wants them, they can have them for free, provided they pay shipping. - canucksgirl

Question by canucksgirl   |  last reply


What airsoft gun should I get? Answered

I am planning on geting an airsoft rifle soon, I have many choices, but I would like some outside input. My criteria are: - AEG/ Gas (doesnt matter what kind of gas) - Version 2 Gearbox - Full metal/ wood (if applicable) - Under $200 - Reliability - Doesnt matter what type of gun This might seem a bit picky for a n00b, but I want to start off well. If you can help me, it is much appreciated.

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The Breakfast Machine

While visiting my grandmother last week in beautiful New Jersey, I found The Breakfast Machine, a combination compact toaster oven, frying pan, and coffee maker all in one. At first glance, I thought it was a pretty funny combination, but it's actually quite efficient--the same heat that toasts the bread also fries the eggs. I, of course, had to take the machine apart a little, and you can see the same heating strips that you'll find in any toaster oven are the only source of heat for the frying pan.One question, though: how are you supposed to remove the frying pan without a handle?Once you have your breakfast machine, the next step is to hook it up to your alarm clock (see discussion here) and you'll be up in no time!

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can I use a wall dimmer switch to control the heat of my soldering iron

or a strip heater for bending plastic made from about 12 inches of heater element from an old toaster or hair dyer? do they use PWM,or just a big variable resitor?

Question by z28racer   |  last reply


is it true that microwave ovens are bad because of the radiation it emits into the food? Answered

I am afraid to use the microwave oven much because overusing it can possibly cause health problems in the future because of the radiation that emits into the food.  So I mainly use toaster ovens. should i be concerned, any experts in this field?  thank you.

Question by smaxx   |  last reply


Recommend some things to make with my limited kitchen?

We are remodeling our kitchen/living room and are without a place to properly cook food. We have been eating out a bit, but its been annoying to rely on restaurant hours and their food to survive. This is what I have and how I am limited. - various cooking utensils (spatulas, knives, bowls, you name it...) - microwave (pretty weak) - rice cooker (small) - Toaster - toaster oven - electric frying pan (9" and sort of difficult to get out and use due to how messy it can get) I am limited since we are using part of our garage as the "kitchen" area. But the power is limited here in that only one appliance can be plugged in at once. We tried two and the circuit breaker flipped. So we can only use one at a time. So if I want to melt butter for toast I have to melt it in the microwave, then unplug the microwave and plug in the toaster, annoying but its all we have for the next month(s). Also the space is very small, we have a counter that fits a medium cutting board, so imagine a cutting board and maybe an extra square foot as workable space. Can anyone recommend some food items we can make with these limitations. There are so many things posted, I found a few interesting ones like rice cooker pizza among others.

Topic by MrOldboy   |  last reply


One Hundred Things We Didn't Know Last Year

Baseball is English.A Victorian doctor was struck off for describing nicotine as "foul poison".Americans are not allowed to sell proper haggis.1% of Americans are in prison.Toasters are illegal in Cuba.... and 95 other peculiar facts culled from the news over the last 12 months.What have you learned in the last year?

Topic by Kiteman   |  last reply


Your Computer's Getting Toasty

Add this to some of the other crazy toaster ideas. It's a toast drive: fitting snugly into a standard 5.25 drive bay, you put in bread for a toasting while the rest of the computer operates normally. It's kind of like sticking a disk into the disk drive--except that when it pops back out, you have a nice, crispy slice of toast.CrazyPC via boingboing.

Topic by joshf   |  last reply


need help on quick and easy snack recipe Answered

I basically want to make a short and fast snack that requires minimal ingredients, and only needs a microwave or toaster oven to bake if needed. i have very little cooking power, and being ak id i don't trust the stove and oven to much... i don't care if it's sweet, salty or (my favorite =P) spicy

Question by DELETED_15zhangfra   |  last reply


How possible would it be to build a pedal-powered mobile toast shop?

I am thinking to build a bike-with trailer that powers one or more toasters, by charging a battery then releasing that power. Do the electrical among you believe this is practical? Could there be enough lekky? What considerations should I have? Also - a lot of instructions for this on the web are based on US power supply. Does anyone have any links to UK based instructions.

Question by xhalmers_860   |  last reply


My plastic extrusion

Hi I've made this little extrusion as a prototype: http://www.preciousplastic.com/little-extrusion/ It's for my graduation project at my school...(still in progress) However, This is small..I want to make it big! Does any of you guys have an idea where I can get a serious screw for inside the plastic extrusion? Are where to get them second hand? New price is around $2500...way to much for me...

Topic by davehakkens   |  last reply


New Years Ball

I don't know if you heard, but the ball that drops in Times Square every new year was energy efficient this year. It was twice as bright, but only used as much power as ten toasters. How do you think they did it? I'm thinking all LEDs. It was a neat thing for them to do, regardless.The following picture is from the Associated PressUPDATE: T3h_Muffinator looked it up on wikipedia. They switched to LEDs this year. Link

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How do I heat an exposed wire to cut candles?

Hello, I am a first time questioner, hope this is in the right place. I enjoy making candles, but the bases are never even, and my attempts to level are even worse.  I want to use a turntable and somehow pass a current through a suspended wire (like in a toaster?) enabling an even cut, but not resulting in an insurance claim because I burned the house down. Any ideas? thanks

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Where to get basic materials

Anyone know a site that lists what household item contain useful materials to use in various instructables? I'm not explaining it too well but I live in a small town and can't get many of the materials needed to make things like the LED cubes, so I was hoping there was a site that tells where I can find things like LEDs, 100 ohm resistors or momentary button switches in everyday objects. like NiChrome wire in toasters or 330volt capacitors in disposable cameras.

Topic by grantdevine   |  last reply


Mirror Heater/Demister?

Hi, I need some advice on how to wire up a homemade mirror heater or demister. I have an old toaster which I have gutted to get the heating elements. I also have a few old wallwarts to power the thing. Is using these wires the right thing to use as a heat source? It doesn't have to get hot, just slightly warm. What kind of circuitry will I need to warm up the wire? I also got some modelling latex to embed this wires in to make a heating "pad" for the mirror and to insulate it. Is there a better material I can enclose the elements in. Thanks.

Topic by Armbie   |  last reply


Concerts! Who have you seen live?

I have seen, Bad brains, naked raygun, nekromantix, dead kennedys, the dickies, cannibal corpse, black dahlia murder, lower class brats, brain failure, mustard plug, stiff little fingers, slayer, 7 seconds, reel big fish, against all authority, streetlight manifesto, the germs, the buisness, big d and the kids table, lawrence arms, koffin kats, blue meanies, youth brigade, the effigies, and a bunch of local groups, and upcoming i will be seeing flogging molly, the toasters, dropkick murphys, the english beat, and rx bandits.

Topic by astrozombies138   |  last reply


Clothes Drier on the fritz.

My mom and I just finished repairing a clothes drier that has been sucking a ton of electricity, and has been taking more than two cycles to completely dry a load of clothes. The only things we really did were to remove all the lint, and carefully cleaned the heater coil. To find out if we did a good repair I decided to make the drier run with the door open, and to my surprise the whole coil began to glow like a toaster. I have made it run with the door open before, and the heater coil has never glowed very much. Is it okay for it to be doing this?

Topic by Sedgewick17   |  last reply


Copper tape for thermal concentration

Has anyone ever used copper tape to concentrate heat on an object to obtain a uniform higher temperature?   I've been doing some studies in the recent past that suggest polished copper foil is a good reflector of infrared energy. It is not as good as silver, but I don't think it would go over well to use silver in any sort of oven or kiln.  I used to think good ole aluminum foil was good for heat, but it turns out it is only good for stopping heat.  I've thought of using the instructable on the waffle iron or make one by way of a bread toaster, but will most likely not be able to go through with it.  The copper foil is the same type found at stained glass craft shops. 

Topic by jmikronis   |  last reply


i want to reflow a computer motherboard, can i use a oven to do it? Answered

I know people have used toaster ovens to reflow circuit boards, but a laptop mainboard is too big to fit in one. i was wondering if i could use a electric oven (like you bake cakes and such in) to reflow the motherboard, im asking because it still needs to be usable to cook food in afterwards. i was also wondering if during the process, would components fall off the board? since components are on both sides, im worried they might fall off, and what about the connectors? theyre made of plastic, would they melt? if i can do this, what temperature should the oven be set at and how long should i keep it in there?

Question by zack247   |  last reply


Cotton Candy Machine

Hey guys, I have some amazingly amazing news, and some terribly depressing news.The good news first: I'm almost done with my Cotton candy machine that I have been making since the beginning of the school year in my Unique Projects class. This means that within one week I will be eating cotton candy, and LOTS of it. The bad news: I haven't recorded any steps (taken pictures) and am really close to finishing. I do have a CAD file that I made, and still know all the materials I used. Now, my question to you: Do you think it's worth putting up an instructable if I don't have any pictures of the process. (the pictures that I'm lacking are primarily the lathing, tapping, and dismantling of a toaster processes)Thanks,-Josh (Muffinator)

Topic by T3h_Muffinator   |  last reply


Old How-To Books

I've always been a fan of old how to books. They often have tips and techniques you don't find in contemporary books. Sometimes they are just plain strange. Other times they are painfully outdated, like an old Popular Mechanics article I came across that shows you how to improve your toaster by adding asbestos to it. Last weekend I stumbled upon this old doll making book at a thrift store. The entire book shows how to make dolls in a kind of odd folk art style, and would never get printed today.In spite of the fact I don't really have room for more books right now, I couldn't help myself and bought it anyhow.Has anyone else come across any interesting how to books lately, or have favorite classics in their collection?

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Mc MADSAT

Make And Do Show And Tell.greensteam brought the Offline Mechanical Steampunkers' Blog which got a lot of use and went through all it's paper.I brought the Toaster which attracted quite a bit of interest, the Clock and a couple of other things. I also brought bread and butter for the toaster, but there was some concern about setting off the smoke-alarms so I ate that on the 6 hour trip home...For the making:A group of crocheters, which I didn't get around to trying.Making rubbery-goop from PVA seemed popular with the kidsKeyrings and such were being made from low temperature thermoplastic.Various items were being made from old keyboards, including wallets and bracelets, and there was keyboard-dismantling to go with it.The soldering group were building light-modulated audio devices (and fitting them to mint-tins) - this seemed to be a popular choice with people waiting at times.A rather nice looking 3D model maker was brought, but due to a technical problem it wasn't able to dispense hot plastic on the day (shame).There was some good steampunk stuff on display, some of it being of high quality and for sale.A group of cake-makers brought some fantastic looking cakes / pieces of sugar-art.Also some cardboard sculptures, things made from old umbrellas, crochet items, various other bits & pieces.(And one exhibitor didn't turn up)MAKE contributed some magazines, so I picked one of them up.Thanks to greensteam for inviting me, here are some of the better photos that I took and a video compilation. The video is ~5 min, so I've saved at 340Kbps to keep it a reasonable size but it's still 11.9MB. There was a lot of background noise & chatter on all the footage, and with the exception of the light-modulated audio device nothing much of interest to listen to. That's why I dubbed a music track on it.L

Topic by lemonie   |  last reply


Draw Some Circuit Art, Win a Pro Membership!

Hello! I am starting a new instructables series called "Know Your Integrated Circuit" which will feature popular ICs and go over their history, uses, and quick projects you can make with them. What i need from all you artists is a mascot for this new series, if your drawing wins you win a 3 month pro membership! awesome right? What i Want: I want a cute, cartoony looking IC, preferably an 8 legged one. Think brave little toaster status. Rules: - Drawing must be vector and scalable. - Must be released under Creative Commons, but when used your member profile will be cited. - Must be posted as a comment before july 1st. - Give it a name as well when you submit. - Contest IS open to international residents.

Topic by frenzy   |  last reply


GOT OLD ELECTRONICS? SEND THEM OUR WAY!

Hello makers! I am representing the Whittier Middle school makerspace and we are looking for anyone who has old electronics or parts to give away. if you have anything from computers to toasters to even cell phones, please don't throw them away! we would gladly take donations of any old electronics. please comment on this post or contact me at my account and i can tell you how to send them to us. we are located in norman oklahoma but can take parts shipped from anywhere. we are trying to start a program where we take apart old things to teach kids about how things work. So if anyone has anything to donate please contact me!

Question by Irish pirate630   |  last reply


My project X My Car = Lumber

Not sure where to post this but figured I'd at least got the right website. I drive a Scion xB (aka the angry toaster) so I know what lumber I can carry. I'm looking for a calculator that I can tell the number of pieces, their dimensions and what the max of my car is capable of and receive the number of different pieces of lumber I can should buy to complete the project. Does such a thing exist? The math and algorithm is relatively simple. I'm just to drunk to work it out at present and it'd be a site well worth having in my bookmarks. If you know of a site this is a quick post, if not what would you like to see in such a site? Example: Building drawers for my small work space (13' x 6')  the structure I've come up with to support the drawers requires a frame of  2x4's: 3x sides: 2x56" 3x7" cross members: 4x 25" 2x 54.5 How many 2x4's should I buy if the max length of 2x4 I can fit is 8'? (I love my scion xB) 

Topic by MichaelD158   |  last reply


Artist 3D prints sculptures with human ashes

Dutch artist Wieke Somers has created a series of sculptures that are made with human ashes. She uses a 3D printer to assemble them, although there's no detail about the construction process in this article. Much more attention is given to the reasoning why in a classic artist statement: dutch design studio wieke somers does not want to discard the many benefits of technological innovation and its inherent mentality and the joy and will to create. instead she wants to make a statement about the current state of affairs in design and our conviction that we need a new view on what is necessary in the 21st century. her project 'consumer or conserve' evaluates this notion of a second-life. she considers, how human ashes can be reused by means of rapid prototyping or 3D printing, so that we may afford someone a 'second life' as a rocking chair, vacuum cleaner, perhaps even a toaster? would we become more attached to these objects if this was the case? would our willingness to pay more for a product increase if it is made from human tissue or ashes? I'd guess the answer is "no." Little bit creepy. Then again, Ed Headrick from Frisbee had his remains mixed in with a bunch of discs after he passed on so who knows? wieki somers: consume or conserve via inhabitat

Topic by fungus amungus   |  last reply


Computer Drive Bay?

Hi all. I am looking to fill at least 2 of my 4 availible 5.26 inch drive bays in my "new" computer. I was thinking like maybe a fan comtroller... but thats a little boring for me. I want somthing really cool. I did consider a lcd... but its kind of expensive and well... just not... idk. I just dont really like that idea. I was thinking somthing lik a toaster. :D But really... i want something kool. i mean even somthing totally useless... I just wanna fill them. I did consider using 1/2/3 of them for resivours for a liquid cooling system... but thats a little hard 4 me rit now. I am on a budget. I already gotta pay lik 130-230 for a new mobo. But i still hav som monsy 2 spend on it. So, wat is the coolest 5.25 inch drive bay device u ever saw. I also have 2 3.5 inch ones for smaller things. Like floppy. :D In case ur wonderin, i hav a xion vantage case. I am usin lik 4 fans. 2 or 3 lite up. I will soon be adding cold cathodes. But anyway, u can see it in my forum topic that i will make once my pc is bak from shop. THANKS!

Question by sci4me   |  last reply


Food Creator and dispensor

This project is currently in the research stage. Having been reading the books 'Zero to Maker' by David Lang (OpenROV) and 'The Toaster Project' by Thomas Thwaites I have realised what I need is a project with a goal to take me out of the Arduino blinky light and solder kit zone, in to real making/hacking. Lang suggests an 'Unknown Project' which as I understand it is one that has been unexplored or under-explored, and he also suggests that using a popular forum to log, share and discus ideas would help the process along. So my idea, is an open hardware food creating machine, that will produce a large array of food, from a limited array of ingredients (approx 50) that can be made easily, and a ingredient markup language. 3d food printers in current development are either impractical or unappealing to me. They range from candy makers, ones that still need to be hand finished and cooked or the one publicised for receiving NASA funding recently used dead bugs. They seem all to focus on the gimmick, and not the food, and I like food. The other approach is the barbots, which seem to mostly perform flawlessly, but are unable to produce food. So my approach is to work through the process logically and break it down to sub projects. Design meals by hand using the limited ingredients for proof of concept, choose the ingredients to provide the widest possible range of nutrients and transpose the recipies to psudocode that can be easilly transformed in to a markup language later. Design a process for mixing and cooking ingredients. I envision a system of different food processors, steamers, boilers etc. and a range of extruding dies. Design a self cleaning system. Possibly ultrasonic or ionic. To that end, here is my preliminary list of ingredients. sugar, salt, oil, water, co2,Alcohol 37.5%,pectin,bicarb,nutritional yeast coffee,tea,mint,cocoa,garlic,oregano,chilli powder, paprika rice,soya,corn,wheat lemon extract,orange extract,tomato powder,dried apple,dried carrots,dried peas,potato powder. These ingredients can be used to make among other things, sausages, burgers, curry's, pasta, fries, soups, cereals, 'cider', cocktails, deserts, sodas, sauces, egg cheese and milk substitutes. So that's my plan. What do you guy think, and what ingredients would you add and why? And what would you call it? There are loads of things I left out as everything will change as I work through the process. Thanks for reading, Haydn

Topic by HaydnJones   |  last reply


First Day Interning at Instructables

Today is my third day as an intern at the downtown SF Instructables office. I thought I'd recount Day 1 as a day-in-the-life! It starts off with: "Don't come in before 10am" from Eric, and a mention from Noah (my more direct boss): "We recommend that folks bring their computers, a contractor trash bag, a good pair of running shoes, a banana and hard hat on their first day - that way, they are prepared for whatever challenges may await them at Instructables." So I walked out to the office, found the robot-painted door wedged between the liquor store and the Mexican restaurant, and walked up the stairs. It's one big room- open tables everywhere covered in stuff of all sorts: duct tape, paper towels, electronics, crocheted Pac-Man, a giant styrofoam face, an electric toaster. Everyone is at their workstations- one folding a 3D paper alphabet, another fiddling with a breadboard. The devs coding on one side of the room while walking on treadmills at the computer and DJ'ing the room. Anyway, I walked in and looked around, and was greeted with a tentative "Hello?" from someone at a desk*. I clarified that it was my first day of work, and that cleared things up. Bilal, the artist-in-residence, gave me a shoulder tap, and I was welcomed by Eric and Noah. *Apparently random strangers occasionally wander up the stairs. We now have a laser cut "days since a random stranger walked up the stairs" counter for the office. Noah showed me around, introducing me to the editors' corner, the marketing team, showing me the rooms along the back wall: "Office, sewing/electronics lab, office, store room, office, prize room, woodshop/laser cut room, 3D printer. Probably ask someone before you use the 3D printer. Test kitchen, game corner." And that was it. Back at his place in the editor's corner, he nodded. A brief pause, and then I asked, "Is there anything in particular I'm supposed to do?" Noah laughed. "Good question! Since you're just here for the summer, you'll be doing a lot of making stuff. You can use any of the supplies, or if you need to buy anything, let me know." There are a few other things I get to do, too. I can feature Instructables, and am encouraged to do outreach to people who aren't on Instructables but ought to be. But right now, most people in the office are working hard on entries for the Make it Real contest. So I got to work. You can check out my page for the fun things I've begun to make here at the office. A few other key points of the first day experience: -2pm check-in: everyone in the office meets around the lunch table to say what they've been doing that day. -Membership at TechShop- lots of fun toys for making things! -Picking up things from the MakerFaire -Getting project cards Since then, I've gotten some fabric and done some sewing for a project I haven't posted yet and worked with CNC paper cutting, 3D printing, taught myself Google SketchUp and Silhouette, and have begun to list all the things I'd like to work on this summer All right, that's enough writing. Time to make!

Topic by SelkeyMoonbeam   |  last reply