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VECTOR then To STL. Then to model

Behind on a project. Loooking for someone expireinced to turn a photo into a STL. File for 3D model. three sizes 2.5" , 1.5" and .75" Seems simple and straightforward but you'll have to see the image DUSTY dustflame415@gmail.com

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Project for vector calculus

Hello there, So, for my project in Vector Calculus: The suggestion is that we pick a certain "curve" within a country road. We are to log longitude, latitude and altitude while we drive this "curve" for approximately 15-20 seconds. With the data from the latitude-longitude-altitude "logger", we are to perform the various vector calculus principles we have learned in class. Instead of driving the road, I would like to attach whatever latitude-longitude-altitude logger to a boomerang, and get my curve through flight. Does anyone know which sensor I should be looking for? A bit about me: I am currently an electrical engineering technician in product development for a motor-controls company. I mostly test hardware/software, which is designed by our in-house engineers. I am very comfortable with soldering, visual inspection of PCBs, schematics, and general electrical engineering knowledge. Does anyone have a feasible idea for getting a gps unit onto a boomerang, and be ale to transmit the data to me in real-time? Thanks in advance.

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Help understanding Vector Graphics

What are they? How do you create them? (in Adobe and CorelDraw graphic suites) Can a photo be saved as a Vector graphic? Thanks group. jt_stuber

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More vector Illustration tutorials?

Anyone interested in reading some more? :)

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Whats a good freeware animation program?

Preferably one with vector graphics, layers, and the ability to export in swf.

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Surely there's an app...? (Software recommendations, please)

So, I have this new HP Sprout that I totally wasn't expecting. It's got a large touchscreen and this cool projector-scanner-touchmat combo that should be really useful for... something. The first thing I actively want is to be able to create files for my laser cutter (running Lasercut5.3), just by drawing with fingertips or stylus.  In my head, I see a version of Inkscape that works on the touchmat, but only responds to the stylus (to save weird lines from knuckles, elbows...).  I have Inkscape downloaded, but it won't work with the touchmat. Second, it would be nice to start learning how to create are actually 3d already, that could then become lasercut-able or 3d printable. Again, it would be nice to use the full potential of the machine, so what software would you recommend? Third... what?  have you got any cool ideas? On top of all this is the consideration of cost.  Free would be nice - if you are a software developer, I don't mind having a go with Beta products (I'm known for breaking code, so if it can survive me...).

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How to Create a Great Vector Illustration

Check out this tutorial to see an effective way to quickly build an see-through information graphic. It takes you from the initial photos down to the final coloring and curvy arrows. How to Create a See-through Information GraphicSee also: How to illustrate your own Instructablevia MAKE blog

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133MHz, Linux?

Does anyone have any ideas as to a linux distro suitable for a laptop with the following specs; Cpu: 133 MHz Ram: 32 Mb HD: 1.4 Gb I have looked at puppy linux and vector linux but i can't find a download for the old version of vector and even puppy is to demanding. Any linux distro suggestions or indeed other uses suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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how do i make a image files to vector graphics?

How do i make a image files to vector graphics? 

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Wat is the best free vector amination sofware?

 You already read the title do i have to ask the question agen

Question by Jawa888    |  last reply


Laser engraving help

If I put a white vector over a black vector, will it engrave where the white vector overlaps with the black, or will leave it untouched? As you can see the picture, I have a white grasshopper vector overlapping a solid black hexagon. I don't want the grasshopper to be engraved, and I want the hexagon to be engraved. Will this work?

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How do I separate one of a group of Vector Graphics on a page of many?

I downloaded a page of free vector images. In Illustrator, they are all combined together into one group. If I "ungroup" them, each image is then separated into it's many parts. For example, if one of the images is a flower made up of lots of separate pieces, how do I get just those flower pieces combined so I can separate the flower? Thanks.

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Anyone to help me to vectorize my new project?

My new project is to make  a Panini box Vintage. I have all measures. But only photos. I want to make a reproduction of this box. I m a noob in a Photoshop. Thanks.

Question by ToNogueira1986    |  last reply


Kriss Super V (Vector for you COD fans)

I've finally gotten around to finding my camera, and well, I figured I might as well put something up, considering I havent done that in a while.  What we have here is a Vector done around the tds slant design. This allowed for the closest and most realistic feel. (it may not look it in the picture but the slant does feel just right, even though its about 10 degrees off) the handle is quite comfortable and the stock is moderately sturdy. the magazine isn't finished yet but it will fire grey connectors with the little green pegs. the front handle is actually quite... poor and doesent support much weight at all. If anyone has ideas for that let me know. the underbarrel ( where the handle is) and the first 12 inches of the gun have rail support and I am pretty sure the reflex sights that worked with barrax's ACR would be compatible for now, at least until I make my own. Has a "creative" trigger that hasn't been tested so, "we shall see" The rear portion of the gun that isnt filled up (cuz I know its driving you all crazy) is so you can pull back the charging handle, which ends up making the gun shorter.  This is good because this vector is not only a vector, its a replica :) The gun only varries by about 1 inch from front to back and by about half an inch from top to bottom.  If anyone has any suggestions let me know. Just linking to the new slideshow, it has the latest pictures: https://www.instructables.com/id/Knex-Vector-Kriss-Super-V/ V 1.0 General frame with huge open area V 2.0 The one thats not open, has a stronger foregrip and a black dot sight :), and the stock is epic V 2.1 Added a trigger guard

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VLSI self test circuitry ?

VLSI testing is process that is used to determine that chip is good or faulty VLSI chip is tested by test equipment and some self test circuit just for example we made microcontroller then we can test by automatic test equipment , we use test vector to determine fault 1.test vector < microcontroller chip > output response 2.test vector output response 3.test vector output response Q I did not understand that self  test circuit and fault model  built within vlsi  chip or we connect   external fault model circuit to test VLSI chip ?

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convert any CRT TV or monitor into a vector (XY) monitor?

NOTE: I since found a couple links that might shed some light on the question... From HackIt: New uses for old CRT monitors http://hackaday.com/2008/02/25/hackit-new-uses-for-old-crt-monitors/ It would be very hard to do, but it is possible a CRT could be converted to a vector monitor. Perfect for playing Asteroids, perhaps under MAME. You would have to replace all the control circuits, probably with an FPGA and three ADCs (x/y/intensity). Posted at 8:58 am on Feb 25th, 2008 by MoJo Television and PC monitor experiments http://www.educypedia.be/electronics/televisionexperiments.htm old cga/vga monitor to oscilloscope ? http://www.edaboard.com/ftopic57853.html The inquiry: Maybe I am over-simplifying but I was reading one of those examples of hacking into a CRT's horizontal & vertical yoke controls to sync to music:     http://geektechnique.org/projectlab/707/how-to-make-mac-se30-audio-visualizers and had the idea that it should be possible to create a DIY XY monitor (vector display like on an oscilloscope, Vectrex, Asteroids, etc.) for an Arduino or other uC, MAME or Vectrex emulator, from any TV or CRT, once you have hacked into the electron gun's yokes. My understanding being: Raster display: the horizontal yoke (an electromagnet) sweeps the electron gun from left to right turning on the beam wherever there's a "pixel" at that line (which lights up the phosphor at that point making it visible), then it starts over at the next line (vertical yoke moves down) and draws the next line, and so on, Vector display: instead of rendering a moving image frame-by-frame using top to bottom/left to right scanning, shapes are drawn directly to the screen by positioning the horizontal & vertical yokes at the starting point, the beam turns on, and the yokes repoint to the end point, thus "drawing" the line inbetween the 2 points (I would assume this is for straight lines, not sure if circles or arcs are possible?) then the beam turns off, and the yokes get re-positioned to the next line's starting point. I'm not sure what turns the beam on & off or what kind of timing might be involved, obviously that needs to be controlled somehow. Or for color, where instead of a single white (or green, amber, etc) phosphor exists per pixel, there are multiple (red, green, blue) per pixel, and the beam hits each one at varying strengths (or for a varying length of time?) to 'mix" the primaries to the desired color? I'm not sure how that gets handled in a color vector monitor, but I would assume it's something similar to raster? So if we can hack into a CRT's X/Y yokes and move them around with an audio signal, can we control the yokes more deliberately from a microcontroller to plot specific shapes or text, hence a vector display? For those audio/TV hacks, what is the audio signal doing to the yokes that causes them to move? Whatever it is - voltage, resistance, etc - this is what our device would have to control. Possible proof of concept version: make a device to control the yokes' position etch-a-sketch style with a couple of potentiometers, and turn on the beam with a switch or button. If you see a dot of light moving across the screen then it works. I am thinking the controller might need to be "calibrated" for the individual CRT? (Maybe build some kind of calibration mode into the device.) You might dedicate a microcontroller to driving the display - it could receive text or vector shape coordinates via serial, store the shapes to draw in its own memory, and persist or refresh the image independently, freeing up processing power for whatever device it's displaying for. Another idea would be maybe add some kind of way to read light pen's coordinates, thus making the CRT an input device that can be read from the microcontroller or PC (the Vectrex had a light pen right?)  [This would be a cool mod for the Arduino composite TVout as well.] So is this idea possible without a ridiculous amount of work & parts?  I may be dead wrong about how this stuff works (I'm sure that if this was possible, someone would have done it by now?) but figured it can't hurt** to put the idea out there. I have visions of 4-player vector Arduino pong, Asteroids, Tempest, PDP-1 Spacewar!, vector NES Duck Hunt, a vector etch-a-sketch or lightpen drawing or animation program, or vector Atari Video Music. Possibly an open source color vector games system. Or just a vector display system for any Arduino or microcontroller project, made from any TV. **WARNING: maybe it CAN hurt... Evidently hacking into any CRT can be deadly, you have to discharge the CRT and capacitors properly or you can get killed. So please be careful. This definitely is NOT for kids to try at home.

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How to make a tv screen's electron beam constant, not pulsed?

I got an old black and white mini radio tv. I hacked the yoke to turn it into a vector display. The problem is that the beam electron beam is pulsed, rather than constant,  causing dotted lines. How do I make the beam constant? Should I bypass the internal RF input circuitry and replace the normal input with something else? Is there an easier solution?

Question by magnum-colossus    |  last reply


Statics Problem Help? Answered

I need help with this statics question, because it seems easy enough but I know I am not doing something correctly.  Look at the picture and use it along with the question, which says; Four forces and a couple act on the beam. The vector sum of the forces is zero, and the sum of the moments about the left end of the beam is zero. What are the forces Ax, Ay, and B? Ax is of no importance, it can be anything because it does not affect the moment because it line of action intersects the point of rotation, so i don't care about it.  So it would seem to me that the 800N force multiplied by the 4m, gives 3200Nm plus the 200Nm from the couple makes 3400Nm, and since it has to be counteracted by B, it would be divided by 7m which equals 485.7Nm.  But what is Ay?  It seems to me it can be anything, as long as B is adjusted accordingly to account for it, but I think I need an actual value. Is Ay suppose to be part of the couple, because if it is it would have a value of 25N which would factor into the 800N because that force lies on the same place where the other portion of the couple would be.  So would 25N be Ay because it says in the question that 4 forces (800N, Ax, Ay, B) AND A COUPLE, which it makes me think that Ay isn't part of the couple?

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Advice on how to go from 3D model to laser cutting vector file?

Hello,   I've been getting my feet wet in 3D modeling to try to build board game inserts. These are generally a series of boxes and trays that fit together to hold components and fill the space of the box properly. I have access to a 3D printer, but I can't figure out how to go from my model (in tinkercad or sketchup, generally) to the 2D vector files of the components I need for Corel to print them on the laser cutter. I suspect the process is more than someone could explain to me in the confines of this forum, but if someone in the know could give me a push in the right direction to find the resources I need, even that would be great! I've done a lot of research trying to figure this out, and all I have come up with are some Sketchup plugins that no longer seem to work, or websites that will lonely let me build one box at a time with no extra features (like scallops for card draws). Thanks in advance for any help anyone can offer. Todd

Topic by JesterPoet    |  last reply


Gcode Help

I'm having a lot of trouble finding resources and software to convert Illustrator vector drawings into gcode for a cnc. I tried exporting from Illustrator and importing into Inkscape to use the gcode extension, but it doesn't always follow the lines. Please help!

Topic by Brooklyntonia    |  last reply


6ht gen iPod packaging

Anyone that bought a 6th gen iPad Nano still have all the packaging? I have a project in mind to repurpose the plastic packing, and I could use either the interior paper packaging for reference, a decent scan of it, or a vector image.

Topic by vikinggoat  


Lost in translation

This is just plain funny. http://tashian.com/multibabel/This website basically takes any inputted english phrase and translates it back and forth through 5 languages using babelfish. The results are often peculiar, if not downright stupid.Some examples:I'm a little tea pot, short and stout.translates toThey are a small POTENTIOMETER, short circuits and a beer of malzes of the tea.a cookie is just a cookie, but fig newtons are fruit and cake.translates tobiskuit has expert of biskuit, but Newton von Fig is fruit and hardens.When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie, that's amore.translates toIf the moon fixes its eye like a great vector of Fleischpie of the vector of Pizzapie, is the lover.And my personal favourite so far:I think therefore I amtranslates to:Task that is therefore

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How to program gravity field? Answered

I am working on a program to learn about OOP (object oriented programing) and I want to make a program that lets you create planets and fling them around a sun. Here is the current code. Note, I am always actively changing it so the code may be broken at the time you click to open it. Sorry if that happens. https://www.khanacademy.org/computer-programming/solar-system-creator-oop/4441139047 =========================================== I know the gravity formula is F = (G*M1*M2) / R^2.  The problem is that F is a scalar, not a vector. I need to split this equation into X and Y components. But apparently, you cannot just simply define the X components and Y components separately using that formula because it is not a linear/inverse relationship. :( Anyone know what the easiest way to make gravity vector field?

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. Plot the magnitude of the couple M required to hold the system in equilibrium as a function of θ for 0 ≤ θ ≤ 2π

The magnitude of the force P applied to the piston of an engine system during one revolution of crank AB is shown in the figure below. Plot the magnitude of the couple M required to hold the system in equilibrium as a function of θ for 0 ≤ θ ≤ 2π.

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Removing Watermarks from Images?

Is it considered acceptable to have a post that shows people how to remove a watermark from an image? Is this not an illegal thing to do? One would think that the watermark is there because the Artist considers his/her image their exclusive right unless paid for. see here..... https://www.instructables.com/id/Removing-digital-watermarks-and-vectoring-at-Techs/?comments=all#CIJMV3YHDYZDRZT

Topic by ptuny    |  last reply


Physics concepts flash animations

I stumbled on this site with all kinds of cool physics animations a few minutes ago. It has all sorts of animations illustrating physics concepts, from wave behavior to vectors to fluid mechanics to magnetism. It looks pretty cool. Some of the animations are more like just articles, and some are true animations. Requires flash to run.

Topic by Lithium Rain    |  last reply


eagle - how to get thicker traces for gnd and power

Hello, Can someone please tell me how to easily get thick traces for gnd and power. I created the schematic and autorouted and all the traces look the same width. Thanks. PS. Also, How do I put some text on the pcb without getting an error about the font - no vector font?

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Who wins? Contest results

Sorry i couldn't get them earlier. I've been doing lots of stuff. Here are the votes: MP5K (winner): 7 votes EBR (second place): 4 votes Motaboi's F2000 (second place. TWO SECOND PLACES? Ya man...) 4 votes Vector (third place. Hey, Gtrain won twice!) 3 votes. EVERYTHING ELSE GOT 1 VOTE. PRIZES WILL COME SOON! :)

Topic by Seleziona    |  last reply


Free Instructional Illustrations

I want to create some instructional illustrations for an instructable to be published here. Who's? I still don't know. There will be no cost to it. Just tell me about the instructable that you are working on so we can work through it. How does it work The illustration will be based upon a photo. You will take a picture that you want to use in your instructable and I will vectorize it by tracing over the image. Then, I will send the vectorized image back to you so you can publish it. Copyrights The work rights will be under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported (CC BY-SA 3.0). That means that I just need you to put my name on the credits of your post. I will use the images in my portfolio and/or will be published on my website. About Me I am a graphic designer and web developer that decided to join the United States Coast Guard a few years ago. I loved my job but I wanted to do something different and serve. I love what I do now but I miss designing so much that I've decided to do it for free. I guess is still serving the community.

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download not working

The download button at: https://www.instructables.com/id/Vector-etch-anodized-aluminum/ produces nothing but a gray screen, even if left for some time.  This is an older instructable (I'm replacing files from a damaged backup file) and something seems to have gone wrong.  All the other pdfs I downloaded at the same time worked fine.  I'm using Safari 10.1.2 on a Mac Pro running OS X 10.11.6.  Not that I think this problem relates to my system.  Hope you can fix it.

Topic by Gerekr    |  last reply


Free image to GCode software

Hello All,  First off I am not just posting questions to get help and run. I am currently working on a project for a CNC machine that I will eventually post up here on Instructables. I am using a whole slew of free programs and hacked hardware/ custom work just because I have alot of free time during semester breaks.   So my question is, do you guys know of any good, fast, free, gcode or vectorization software packages to convert images to tool cutting codes? If you know of a good engraver that would be awesome too! Having some 3d reliefs would be awesome.   I am currently using Eagle, with PCB Gcode by using the Eagle plugin for bitmap images, selecting the color for the relief and running pcb gcode on the trace. Its not a bad program but when I want to vectorize a 18x10 inch image with really fine detail it takes 10 minutes to go through and figure it all out... I am fairly new to any such programs so I might be expecting something unreasonable considering the images I want to do this on have very fine detail and its just the nature of the beast. Thanks for lookin!

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A look at recent FireFox 3 vulnerabliities...Heads up

True to form, Billy Rios promised a more in depth look at the MSFA2008-35 vulnerability which is another protocol handler flaw in Firefox 3. As previously reported here, this was another protocol handler flaw that led to arbitrary remote command execution, and is especially dangerous since it can be deployed widely through the use of a cross-site scripting attack vector. Note, Firefox3 no longer registers the Gopher protocol handler, which is a great security decision.Site Link - ZDNet

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Can an engineer advise on requirements to build a laser scanner?

Hello, I have a need for a laser scanner that can scan an objects profile and save the dimensions of the scan in a vector or cad format. There are many 3D scanner plans here that are great. https://1drv.ms/v/s!Ajo22thXj77-nZ5iBDKaBwZWgqlW2g  is a video of exactly what I need for the same type of product. Can someone guide me in the right direction to build this device? Here is a photo of the output to software view https://1drv.ms/i/s!Ajo22thXj77-nZ5kFzWgXNPyQig3QA .  Thanks, A

Question by AndreJ49    |  last reply


How to make a painting out of a digital photo?

I wanted to make a picture of my girlfriend and I for X-Mas. I am no artist but I thought maybe I could trace it and paint that. Unfortunately I couldn't figure out how to transfer that onto the canvas. I'm really just out of ideas. Can anyone help me? I want it to look like vector art but I don't have the Photoshop skills to do that and also I want it to be tactile as opposed to digital. I'm including what I came up with after many, many screw ups. Thank you.

Topic by JoshyLee    |  last reply


K40 Chinese laser conversion to Arduino

After fixing most of the issues on cheap laser cutter I am about to do the next step and install an Arduino board to get rid of the dongle and crappy controller. I also would like to put this in the form of a nice Instructable so others can upgrade their machines as well. But during my research I noticed that several different versions of the controller, laser power supply and control panel exist. If you are interested in upgrading your machine so you can use Inkscape directly and no longer need a dongle and crappy software: Post a pic of your laser power supply (including a clear pic of the connection terminals), a pic of your control panel (both from the outside and the bottom), let me know if you already have safety switches for the lid and water flow. Everything posted here in time will be included in the Instructable if it is different from my machine. Once the Ible is finnished you will get detailed instructions on what you need, how to program the Arduino, get the plugins working in Inkscape and how to do your first real engravings and cuttings on the new setup after calibrating everything. Here is a video showing raster and vector engraving followed by cutting the piece out - what more can I ask for if only spare parts are used? ;) https://youtu.be/GqFTPMBchyQ  

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Speeder

So, i'm a star wars fan for some time now and I've always wanted to start on a dream project, i wanted to create a real life Star Wars Speeder, having the technology that we have right now i think it's possible, now the thing is, i need to find a motor(s) big enough to lift a 185lbs guy off the floor, i don't really want it to fly like an airplane but more like hover a few feet off the ground, maybe 2 or 3 feet and make it move forward... for forward movement i'm thinking of the concept of thrust vectoring. i'm still on the planning/drawing stages of it... any suggestions from the experts??? 

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123D Design help, making a maze Quickly Answered

Hey everyone, I'm new to using 123D Design and need some help to move my project along a bit quicker, and with a lower blood pressure. I need to make a maze that is basically made of Lego bricks; looks similar to a crossword.  I'm using a 20x20 grid of 5mm ^3 blocks. it will be backed by a 100mm^2 by 5mm thick back plate.  Right now I am creating a grid with 5mm blocks and deleting them as needed. I can live with the lag, the problem is even when i merge these there still appears to be a gap between them. so A:  Any Ideas on how I could make a 2D Vector and stretch it out to the thickness I need?  and B: If I have to do it like I described any hints on how to merge the blocks without the gap? Any help would be Appreciated !

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Recommendations on Python GUI tools

Heya everybody; Just got permanently done with schoolin', and now that I have free time again I'd like to start making some slicker interfaces for some of the open-source design tools out there (for PCB design, CAD, FEA). I know its an ambitious project; but its a long-term goal. Tried a couple different programming languages, and so far Python seems like the most flexible and powerful. Figure I should start messing around with GUI libraries. So the question: Which of the myriad options would you recommend for GUI creation from Python? The end result I am going for is something along the lines of the computer screens in "Iron Man" series, preferably with support for vector graphics. Example of the desired style shown below. Suggestions/advice? Also, anyone interested in collaborating on this, let me know!

Question by daedalus12    |  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.

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illustrator to large dgx file question? Answered

Hello. I'm in a bit of a hurry as there is a competition I want to enter by Friday but I just need to know before doing so if this is possible in theory. ( I only have to enter the image on Friday not the the object) My final aim is to have an intricate image laser cut into  metal sheet  (5' x 7'.) at a metal fabricator's. I have imported an A4 sized single colour tif. file into Illustrator and have converted it to a vector using Livetrace; it is now an ai. file. This as far as I have got  . But the question is ;  I plan to use one of the available convertors to change this ai. file to a dgx. file. Do I simply then take that to a fabricator and then that's it ? Have I missed out a hundred steps and complications ? Or is there a better way ? Or is it not possible to scale up  an image this way? It's obvious that I don't know what I'm doing so any advice will be appreciated. Thanks FOH

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Anyone Want Some Vinyl Cut?

I recently acquired a new vinyl cutter, and wanted to spread the word.... I can cut custom artwork, or if you have a vector graphic ready to go... I can cut it for you. Consider it a sweet tattoo for all your stuff. Customize projects, laptops, instruments, windows, your car or bike, pretty much anything. I am trying to start up a small business and this would be a great opportunity to hook up some good people with good product really cheap to build up a bit of previous work. I am a member of this site, not just coming here to solicit business or something. Just willing to do some cool stuff for you all for a good price. No job too small, i just want to get a variety of work under my belt. Got a weird question..?? let me know. If you are interested, send me a shout at : flea@toomanymorons.com

Topic by fleanine    |  last reply


Aviary, an online graphics suite, is out of private beta

This happened some time ago, but I thought that maybe there are still some people who haven't heard about Aviary and would enjoy it.Basically, Aviary is a graphics suite (with, amongst others, a photoshop and illustrator-like program). It's nowhere near professional, but the programs are cool and easy to use. The big innovation here is that they run in your browser without the need to install anything, so you can access them anywhere. Besides that, the good people at Aviary try to build a community of artists so that you can easily share what you've made etc. Only a small part of the suite is available for free though , the image editor is free but the vector editor you need to pay for. I'd personally still rather use photoshop and illustrator, but the idea that it is possible to run complex programs like this so smoothly in your browser is quite intriguing.the link to check it out is obviously www.aviary.com

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How to make files for laser cutting?

I have some psd files of some animals I'd like to make some acrylic lasercut figures out of. One layer for just the outline, and another layer for engraving details. I have no idea what files a lasercutter needs to be able to make these. I brought my psd files to one of the workshops where I work, but was told to email my files to this guy who could make them into vector. Unfortunately he only did one of the files (out of five), so I figured I might be able to just figure out how to make the rest myself, but I'm really confused how this works. He sent me two files, a pdf and a ai. I really only know Photoshop, and my experience with Illustrator is very limited (next to none). And I know nothing about pdf's. Is there any easy way to make whatever files a lasercutter needs, for a simple shape and a few engravings?

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Simple, Illustrator CS3 Question ? Answered

Hello, Can anyone help me please with this simple Illustrator CS3  question. I am OK with Photoshop but am just trying Illustrator which seems a bit tricky by comparison. I want to take a black and white  jpg image and convert it to a vector image. From what I have gathered from numerous tutorials, I have to - Copy my image from PS and paste it into Illustrator: Then select the image. At this point the tutorials say that a LIvetrace button should appear along the top; it doesn't, but I can access Livetrace by going to object- Livetrace- options ( this only works when the object is not selected; if its selected everything is greyed out) Anyhoo, when I do get the dialogue box, the blue button that should say "trace" says "set  default". I did manage to get this to work with one image but I don't know what was different. I realise how long winded that explanation was; if you have got this far do you have any advice ? Thank you.

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Semi auto MP5K

Hello everyone, i am back agian, with something non generic. I've seen to many basic "slide action" and simple "pin-pull back" guns. Usually, replicas that look good, often can't shoot, and most ugly-looking guns have a unique mech. I decided to combine the two, and make a decent looking mp5k, with a semi auto mech. The mech is different from my semi auto vector's mech, because the trigger is much more stronger than before, and never breaks. This is an unfinished gun, so will post instructions later. Pros and cons: Pros: -semi auto, original idea -magazine with internal pusher -super good looks (compared to my airsoft MP5K) -I kinda perfected the front sight -excels in CQB in knex wars (if you are going to have one) Cons: -hard to pull the trigger -shoots below 20-15 feet -a lot of cut pieces -cut pieces are needed (unfortunately) sorry guys ;(

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Know how to program a 8' x 30' RGB LED light wall? Answered

I have a unique LED lighting application that I need some help with. Attached are photos to aid my explanation. I have a custom-built light wall that is 30 feet long and 8 feet tall. It consists of 8 individual wooden panels that are approximately 4' x 8' in size. Each panel contains 16 strips of RGB LEDs that are arranged in a pattern that resembles a 16-segment digital clock matrix. Within this matrix it is possible to spell all letters and numbers. Each of these 16 individual strips of light within each panel are referred to as vectors or channels. The exact LED product currently in the boards: http://www.superbrightleds.com/moreinfo/rgb-bars-and-strips/wfls-rgb150-150-high-power-rgb-led-weatherproof-flexible-light-strip/647/ In order to spell out what I want to say, up until this point it has required manual blacking out of each vector with individual black plastic strips. As for color changing, each of the 8 panels is controlled by a remote that allows for 7 different individual colors or a handful of preset color changing sequences. Each of the 8 panels is controlled completely independent of the others. This was never the original vision behind the light board, however. The goal has always been to program the board to allow it to function as one dynamic unit. I need live control, perhaps through a MIDI controller, as well as the ability to run pre-set scenes and sequences. Sound reactive would be nice too. With each panel containing 16 channels, in total there are 128 channels across the entire wall. If I am not mistaken, this number seems likely to fit in well with DMX programming. As it stands now, all the channels are wired together in each board to create only one color at a time, and I am aware that the boards need to be rewired so that each vector/channel can be controlled separately. I know there are some RGB strips that allow for control of each individual diode within the strip, but I am fine with having each whole strip being capable of just one color at a time. I imagine this simplifies the programming quite a bit. In terms of the computer program, I have a couple of features that would be ideal. First is the ability to type words and have them appear live on the board, possibly even scrolling across. Being RBGs, the ability to control live color changing/blending is also a must. I am searching for both the hardware and software needed to fulfill this vision. I am capable of rewiring the boards myself, but am uncertain what specific style of plugs/connectors would be needed to connect each of the 8 panels to the master board/controller. I am also uncertain what type of board/controller is required. If you have any leads on products that are capable of fulfilling this application, please let me know. If you are capable of programming a custom program (if only a custom program would be suitable for this project) or know someone who is, again, please let me know. I'm also interested in what you think the budget would be. If there are any details I have left out that are essential to your determination process, contact me and I'll fill in whatever blanks may exist. Hope to hear from you soon, and thank you for your help.

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MIT opens its academic doors to all online

An MIT education is now just a click awayhttp://www.boston.com/news/local/articles/2007/12/01/an_mit_education_is_now_just_a_click_away/Ever wanted to delve a bit deeper into matrix theory, especially vector spaces and the misunderstood twin enigmas of linear algebra known as eigenvalues and eigenvectors?As sure as every square matrix has a determinant, you are not alone. Now there is a kind of cerebral clearinghouse, accessible without ever setting foot inside MIT's hallowed halls, for those so inclined.On Wednesday, the school celebrated the completion of a six-year initiative to put its entire curriculum online, with all 1,800 undergraduate and graduate courses - lectures, readings, labs, even problem sets and exams - available with just a few clicks and a spirit of scientific curiosity.The initiative, the first of its kind, has been enormously successful, so far attracting some 31 million visitors from nearly every country who are drawn to such classes as Electricity and Magnetism, Classical Mechanics, and Introduction to Algorithms.Lectures and readings from MIT's literature and history courses are also online, but the 20 most popular courses all involve science, economics, or math.High school students and teachers are among the most avid participants, with 15,000 accessing the site each month. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology has launched a website, called Highlights for High School, that is tailored to their interests.

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Black Ops II - K'NEX Weapon Versions "Wanted"

Hey Guys. Well, Black Ops 2 is a pretty sweet game, and I am sure you already know this. The thing you may not know is that many people, including me, would like to see K'NEX versions of those guns included in the game (and trust me, I plan on building some of these...). So without further adieu, I present to you pics of the Assult Rifles, LMGs (Light Machine Guns), Shotguns, Pistols, Shotguns, Sniper Rifles, and SMGs (Sub-Machine Guns) of Black Ops 2 (see names below). Assault Rifles (pics 2 - 8): 2) TYPE 25 3) AN-94 4) FAL-OSW 5) M8A1 6) M27 7) MTAR/FLATTOP TAR 8) SMR Light Machine Guns (pics 9 - 12): 9) QBB-LSW 10) HAMR 11) LSAT 12) MK-48 Pistols (pics 13 - 16): 13) Five-Seven 14) B23R 15) Exicutioner 16) TAC-45 Shotguns (pics 17 - 20): 17) S12 18) KSG 19) M1216 20) R870 Sniper Rifles (pics 21 - 23): 21) SVU-AS 22) Balista 23) DSR-50 Sub-Machine Guns (pics 24 - 29): 24) PDW-57 25) Chicom CQB 26) MP7 27) MSMC 28) Vector K10 Some of these guns seem pretty impractical, but they will be cool none-the-less. Lets get building. =D -The Red Book of Westmarch

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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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Die cutter (plotter) vs laser? Buy used vs DIY? Answered

Hi, I've already asked the same on reddit to no great result, figured folks here might know better. :) I'm looking into cutting machines and have some questions regarding them. But first about the various needs/expectations and why I can't decide in the first place. I want to be able to cut most of the common thin materials, primarily: vinyl, paper, cardstock (up to 300gsm or so), fabric, soft rubber, optionally thin leather and felt. It seems, like it's not completely unrealistic to hope this can be done with a cutter using a knife, given that something like KNK Zing can do it. I'd buy it if it was within my budget. Something like wood veneer (single layer, probably paper backed to hold together) is probably not realistic, but would be amazing extra. I'd actually buy it if it was within my budget. Budget is the second problem I have. I want this piece of machinery to cost me up to 200 euro (~220$). My current research involved searching for used machinery locally online and then looking at what would it cost to get some of those consumer centered machines from Silhouette and such. My budget could get me a used Chinese cutter locally given there is one for sale (EH721, LiYu SC631 and the likes) or a new Silhouette Portrait which I can't really rationalize paying so much for - if I was in US, I'd just get one of those and work from there because of the low price. It would cost me around 200$ to get one here, and that's without their software so I can cut my own vector files. All of this leads me to yet another alternative - making one myself. I saw a guide for printer to cutter conversion on instructables and am not exactly new to microcontrollers either, so it probably wouldn't end up in a suicide out of frustration or something. Then again, if making something like that anyway, maybe it makes more sense to go for a laser on a flatbed instead of knife? Not sure if I can get one powerful enough on the current budget. Thanks for reading this far. I will be even more thankful for any directions and considerations, advice from current users and of course people who have made such machines themselves.

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