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My paper slicer got warped in a hot car (16"*16" plastic platform with bladed swing arm). Can I un-warp it in my oven? Answered

The same day a lighter wrapped in leather exploded (ripping through the leather), a credit card got Dali-clock-afied, and... so on. the paper slicer is made of thick hard plastic, more like pvc than rubbermade... I was thinking I could set my oven on low and put a damp cloth in a sheet pan and then put the slicer on top of that. What do you think?

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How to fix 4" circular warp on table made by coffeemaker. Answered

I had my coffeemaker sitting on a painted, MDF window bench which caused 4" raised warped area/bump. The bump occurs on both sides of the bench top which is about 3/8" thick? This cupping/warp/bump occurred over a period of time. Any suggestions on how to repair the bench?

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vinyl record de-warping

I'm sure there's some of you here who have had this problem and i've looked at many links, and i've seen the ways to de warp a record, but none point to the best method. any suggestions?

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Which is more likely to work and which is more based on fact, the modified alcubeirre warp theory or the hiem hyperdrive Answered

Which is more likely to work, the alcubierre drive which allows for superluminal travel using a Jupiter's mass of energy or the superconducting gravito-photon effect that powers the theoretical hiem theory hyperdrive?

Question by amelius    |  last reply


Am I using this guitar humidifier correctly? Answered

I recently acquired this Planet Waves Acoustic Guitar Humidifier, and on the package it says no leaks because the holes are on the side. I can only store my guitar (in its case) on its side, so one side is facing downwards. I am putting in the minimum recommended water amount, but i am still worried it will leak. Will it leak? Will I have to store the case laying flat? I really don't want my new acoustic to crack or warp, but i also don't want it to collect water, as this will mess up the wood. Please help!!!

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Toilet Makes the Super Mario Bros. Warp Pipe Sound When Press the Flush Handle

I thought the games forum might like my Warp Pipe Sound Effect Toilet. Please rate it and vote if you like!

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How do I reflatten a warped record player? Answered

How do I reflatten a warped record player's plastic part that the record turns on??? I bought a record player at goodwill & got it home,plugged it in & it looked like a tilt-a-worl. how can I get it flat aging???

Question by bigmark    |  last reply


woodworking bench top warped in heat wave. arrrrrrr

Build a workbench a few months ago, 95% finished Can be find on my ible page. Had a heat wave for 5 days,  temperatures above 40 degrees. Broke all recorded records here in Victoria Australia Water boils at 100 water freezes at 0 Temp in shed must have been at least 55, Is the bow from bad construction or just heat. Will it return to its original shape or is it $#@!#$

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How to straighten 6"x48" - 3/8 low carbon steel plate warped?

How can I straighten a warped [in y-z axis, 48" axis o.k.] 6"x48" - 3/8" plate low carbon steel?  I've tried heat straightening and hammering but have made one section flat and another worse?

Question by GreatCthulhu    |  last reply


Reverse cupping

I have a repair job I'm taking care of and need some advice. I have two small wooden panels that have warped pretty good. Dimensions are 6.5" w x 18" l. It's 1/4" thick. Also, it's rift sawn w. oak. Any ideas on reversing the warp.

Question by Benjamin Uminn    |  last reply


how can i un-twist a warping painting on canvas? thing is starting to look a bit like a Pringle. Answered

The stretcher bars are going in all kinds of strange directions and now it kind of looks like something you'd see on a graphic calculator. am i doomed to just restretch it or can i flatten it somehow?

Question by noapparentfunction    |  last reply


What is a good way to cut vinyl records? ?

I want to cut vinyl records in half (or a little less) to use in a sculpture. I want the records to remain flat - to avoid warping. Most of the suggesting I've seen on the internet involve heat, but warn about warping. I have basic equipment, and I'd like to avoid buying more for this project. Any suggestions?

Question by raviolikid    |  last reply


How can I cut vinyl records for a pickguard? Answered

I'm trying to cut a vinyl record to use as a pick guard on a guitar. I have tried to use scissors after heating it with a heat gun, but it always ends up warped. I have tried to flatten it with more heat, but have found that this is futile. It either becomes too hot and burns, or it remains warped. Any suggestions?

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How do you make Zel-Gel, like the stuff they used in Time Warp with the Fuel Girls?

I was watching Time Warp on the Discovery Channel, and I saw the second part with the Fuel Girls and they had this cool fire gel. Upon further research, I found out that this is called Zel-Gel. It is really expensive, 100 usd per gallon... I don't have that type of money, and I was wondering if anyone knows how to make it

Question by ninjaplz    |  last reply


Record Ball Threatens to Crush You

It's a huge ball of warped records. OK, so there's not much on detail here, but just check out the picture. Link

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Repairing a record player turntable?

I just bought a record player, and the turntable (round plastic bit) is warped from the previous owner. Is there an easy fix for this, or should I just buy the new turntable?

Question by EnlightenedBread    |  last reply


How do I brace my garage door so the garage door opener doesn't warp the door where attached to the opener?

I have a one car garage door I'm installing a garage door opener to. The problem is the manufacturer of the door doesn't guarantee the vertical aluminum center bar on the top panel of the door won't bend or break during the operation of the garage door opener. How can I brace the L-shaped aluminum bar to take the stress of the door being automatically lifted without warping the bar or the top panel of the door? There is no information listed on the garage door manufacturer's website.

Question by sharonngarrett    |  last reply


Reshaping Rondo'ed pepakura items? Answered

I've done some digging, and I keep getting mixed answers on this. I have a pepakura helmet I have been working on, and recently, I had the back end of it warp on me. I applied rondo (which is roughly 70% figerglass and 30% bondo) It warped while I had it sitting in my car on a rather hot day, so my hopes for fixing it are high.  However, I have already taken a heat gun to it (which did make it very flexible) to reshape it. However, it always returns back to it's original misshaped form. Am I just no applying enough heat to it? Or have I basically accidentally created a memory material? Thanks in advance! 

Question by DoctorWoo    |  last reply


how can i fix a sagging couch?

I have this awesome worn brown leather loveseat, but the springs at the bottom are warped and i wanted to know if there was a way to fix that or if there was a way to make a new spring supports for my beloved couch

Question by pegsbenedict    |  last reply


Where can I get large ( diamter larger than 3 ft.) plastic tubing for a child's diy inside gym/playground.?

I want to make a Super Mario Bros themed inside playground for my kids.  I'm basically wanting to construct some type of tubing to make a "warp pipe" tunnel large enough for them to crawl in and out and create a little wooden fort that's painted to look like a castle from the video game that would connect to these hypothetical warp pipes I want to create. I need whatever I am working with to be safe and smooth, non toxic, strong enough to support two kids btwn the ages of 2 and 4 years old & 25 to 35 lbs, and durable yet not so heavy & dense that it would cause injury to my kids if they bumped their heads. I've briefly looked at PVC piping and concrete forms and am a little unsure; would either or both of theses products be suitable for my idea (and do they even come that large)?  Or does anyone else have some suggestions?   Thank you for your time and any responses. 

Question by bellezza11    |  last reply


Animated preloader in Flash Answered

How would I make a preloader with a symbol that moves from left, rather than having a rectangle scaling? Or would it work the same? I don't want the symbol to warp at all when it's moving. I am using Actionscript 2.0, with Flash CS4

Question by St Jimmy    |  last reply


Propulsion Engineer

I want to design new propulsion systems that don't need to use combustion, what should I major in, I was thinking of majoring  in Aerospace engineering and minoring in Electrical engineering. Any suggestions? p.s. the propulsion includes, but is not limited to: anti-gravity/warp-drives  (Which physics says is plausible)

Topic by monkhm    |  last reply


How To Make A Hole In Airline Tubing?

I'm trying to make a hole about a millimeter in diameter in the side of a piece of standard airline tubing.  I've tried poking a heated needle through the side, but the hole was too small and the heat warped the plastic.  How should I do this without destroying the tubing?

Topic by El Mano    |  last reply


Embedding Videos Appears To Be Broken

I can't get videos to embed for this page: https://www.instructables.com/id/Super-Mario-Bros-Warp-Pipe-Sound-Effect-Toilet-To/step5/Demonstration/ I've embedded videos before and I've tried several different links and two formattings of the iframe tag without success. Simply copying and pasting the embed link from youtube doesn't work.

Topic by yardleydobon    |  last reply


3-month pro membership coupon

I've got a 3-month pro membership coupon to give away. I paid for 2 years, so I don't need it right now. So - make your pitches. Offer concluded at the weekend: Uh, I got another, so I made a 0.5s snap-decision, and gave it to Michel. ?! I didn't care what the reasoning was, but remember that I'm old and have a warped-sense of humour. L

Topic by lemonie    |  last reply


Dilithium created and observed in the laboratory!

According to a news report in Physics Today, scientists at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have confirmed the creation of element 114 first reported by Dubna physicists in 1999. As true afficionados may recall from the original Star Fleet Technical Manual (pictured), element 114 is dilithium, used to regulate the matter-antimatter reaction for warp propulsion. Unfortunately, with a lifetime of just a few hundred milliseconds, it's unlikely that crystals of element 114 will be produced any time soon.

Topic by kelseymh    |  last reply


flimsy furniture

My little sister bought the worst/cheapest book case from target. its flimsy the bottom piece was warped, and i had to replace one of the piece of crap plastic pieces that hold the thing together with wood glue, a drill, and a long screw (this piece in fact ended up swaying back and forth less than the rest of the book case) so what I'm interest ed in is ways to reinforce and boost up the quality of the book cases and $30 furniture for as cheap as possible. any one got any thing?

Topic by clasic_traveller_diehard    |  last reply


dose metal explode when you put it in the micro wave? Answered

I want to temper my home made steel knife in the micro wave as my oven is currently out of action. Will the metal just heat up or will it explode??? Will it heat up to fast and cause to much pressure on the steel resulting in a crack or a warped knife??? Should i heat up the knife with a blow torch first???  Are there any good ways of doing this??? Please help me!!! :2(

Question by henster22    |  last reply


Phenolic discs for whimshurts? Answered

So recently I found a webpage about someone using Phenol for a rotary spark gap for a Tesla, I had never heard of this material and don't know too much about it. For a while now I have wanted to make a whimshurst that is larger than the one I currently have (bought online, a gift from my family) but with my current one i have an issue with the acrylic discs not only not being balanced but also warped causing them to start vibrating on their shaft making it harder to turn the handle. I figure that because every piece of acrylic i have ever worked with has been warped that is would be best to find an alternative. My question is, would it be easier to keep phenol flat and balance or would it be best to stick with acrylic? another thing im curious about is this a material that would even work for this application? Lastly i would like to say that i did try doing a little research on this and didnt come up with anyone trying it for this purpose, i know that in some cases static can act a little differently than normal high voltage arcs (say, from a microwave oven transformer) which brings me to this question. P.S. im not sure what category this should go in, if anyone thinks there is a better one let me know and i will change it.

Question by pmk222    |  last reply


Metroid Cubed: The original metroid game brought back in 3D with voxels.

VL-Tone, the sole creator at Qubed Studios, has recreated the full metroid game in 3d. It's called Metroid Cubed and it's great stuff for fans of the classic free-form exploration game. In his updated version, you can warp to any place on the map, and can change all sorts of things such as lighting and backgrounds and even play sans armor. He's also got some other great voxel experiments and a Mario64 editor on the site as well.Click and check it out: Metroid Cubed

Topic by royalestel    |  last reply


Will PVC piping bend under a wire tension? Answered

I'm looking to make a hot wire foam cutter, and have most of the setup all outlined. However, the 'bow' still need to be made, and I plan to use PVC. Reason being is I would like to be able to stick some four/three way bends on one ended as to allow me to stick the bow on a stand of sorts to make a band-saw style hot wire. But, question at hand: if I were to make a frame out of PCB piping for a hotwire, would the tension of the hotwire cause the frame to warp? And if so, what would be an equally cheap option for the frame? Thanks!

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Fight Simulator

I just had a great Idea last night. Okay, I think we've all seen those $250,000 homemade flight simulators built by people with just a wee bit too much time on their hands (like anyone who goes on instructables). One of the main reasons these are expensive, other than the computer themselves, is the fact that there are multiple LCD screens surrounding the pilot. These things cost a few pretty pennies, so this is where my idea comes in. The first thing you would need to do, would be to arrange some semi-opaque plastic panels where you would usually have the LCD displays. They need to be opaque enough that you can't see through them, but clear enough to let a good bit of light through. In other words, they need to be translucent, not transparent. The second thing would be computer software. It needs to be able to totally invert your desktop display. You could do this with hardware, but it would be a waste of time and materials. Connected to your computer would be a digital projector, which is where all of the magic of this project comes together. You run the projector through a prism (what kind, anyone?), to slightly warp the projected image. You need this warpage (is that a word?), to counteract the different angles of the plastic panels. The projector is set up in front of the "cockpit," projecting its inverted, warped image at it. You can see the images on the inside, because you chose the correct opacity, right? The hope behind this idea, is that it is much cheaper to have 1 digital projector, than it is to have multiple LCDs. Thanks! MDJ

Topic by mdj817    |  last reply


gta IV

Wow I cannot believe no topic on this yet... at least none I can find without search... been playing it for about 25 hors so far... taking it very slow and enjoying all the new stuff... Anyone else pick this up and get impressed by it big time? so let it out... (before anything is said about its warping factor... I've been playing gta and 18 rated games since I was a lot younger.. and iv turned out fine due to my parents but, this by no means classifies as saying that the games are ok for anyone under 18) Also please no spoilers... and if this isn't allowed due to a rule please let me know and delete...

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I have some beautiful chairs that need some serious work. does anyone have any suggestions?

I recently received a set of 4 wooden table chairs from a friend. 3 of them are in pieces and are hardly salvageable. But there is one that I think I can work with. The wood has been severely warped as it has been sitting outside in the rain, and it looks like theres a little termite damage on one corner, but it is a beautiful chair and I'm really hoping that I can fix it up. I would love to do something really creative with it so let me know what YOU would do with this chair please. Thank you :)

Question by lilwhovian    |  last reply


Anyone know of cheaper alternative material to plexiglass for homemade DDR pad arrows? Answered

What the title says. I want to build a new wooden DDR pad, but this time spending as little money as possible. Plexiglass sheets make a great material for the arrows (see this video: https://www.instructables.com/id/DDR-dance-pad/ ) but it drives up the cost of each pad by about $25. So I'm looking for a cheaper material that I can cut into squares for the arrows/buttons; it needs to be at least slightly flexible (so it can warp downwards slightly when stepped on) and obviously sturdy enough to withstand stepping, but it doesn't need to be transparent or plastic. Any ideas?

Question by Doval    |  last reply


Cutting the trim around a steel sink

I need some professional advice. I need to decide on a sink for my future apartment (under construction) and I don't have the choices I like. I really want an undermount sink with a satin finish - and it's hard to come around where I live  (South America). I have found a satin finish drop-in type sink, and I am wondering if it could be cut to be used as an undermount sink. My question is, will the bowl of the sink warp if the frame is cut? The sink I want to cut looks like this but without the strainer on the left. Red lines indicate how I would like to cut the sink.  Thanks for your time, Colorex

Topic by colorex    |  last reply


Is oogoo (DIY Silicone Putty) Oven-safe?

Hello! I have a question for people who use oogoo, or generally DIY silicone molding putty made from 100% silicone caulk. I want to cast oogoo molds of lego bionicle masks with polymer clay, but my issue is I need to keep the clay inside the mold in order to prevent any kind of warping, as most of it is spread a little thin (1-2mm thickness) and I don't want to end up warping it even in the slightest. Is oogoo or cured 100% silicone caulk oven-safe as long as it's within the specified temperature range? (I already know most DIY silicone putties aren't food-grade.) The silicone caulk I'm using is GE all purpose silicone I, mixed with corn starch, acrylic paint, and baby oil. The back of the tube says that it should not be used on surfaces that will exceed 400F/205C. The polymer clay I plan on using is cured at 110C, so I don't think it'll be a problem, but I'm worried exposing the silicone caulk mold to high temperatures will cause it to release some harmful chemical compounds. I looked up an MSDS sheet for GE silicone, and they had a generalized one stating exceeding the maximum temperature will cause the release of formaldehyde. Since I plan on baking these in our kitchen oven, I wouldn't want harmful chemicals contaminating a space where we cook our food. Also, if baking isn't an option, since the polymer clay is spread thin, and cures close to 100C, would curing it in boiling water be an option? (That way any water soluble chemicals would remain contained while the clay hardens.) All help is appreciated!

Topic by SixFootBlue    |  last reply


Has this ever happened to you??

I just got a new mobo for my computer and whatnot, so I was reinstalling xp on my 80 gig maxtor. It's all fine, get sp2 installed, all the updates, then I go to restart it for the last updates and it wouldn't boot, it got to the xp is loading screen and then the hd would make a loud clicking sound every 30 seconds, that seemed to click at the same time the hd light flashed, so I know it was the hd. I took it out, and it was HOT, and I was kinda freaking out. I let it sit for a couple hours to cool down, and it works fine, as of now, I'm sitting here looking at the screen. Does maxtor have some kind of heat protection so it prevents the computer from accessing the hd if it's too hot (and causing something to break or warp)??

Topic by Punkguyta    |  last reply


is it okay to use graftobian liquid latex to make a one time use mold?

I am planning on making a mold but im only going to use it once, the problem im facing right now is that the only latex i can find in town is theatrical liquid latex, or "graftobian liquid latex". I am only planning to use the mold once so im not really worried about the durability, the only thing i am worried about is if the latex will be able to capture all the details without warping. I don want my pull to look like a monster when my master key is a helmet.  this guy used liquid latex to make his mold, problem is that he didnt specify which is good and which is bad:  http://www.xrobots.co.uk/ironmanhelmet/

Question by HellsHarlock    |  last reply


Library shelves & storage

I am trying to improve a run-down library where the shelves are almost on the point of falling apart and there are store rooms but no storage shelves or anything really. The library is run down and had hardly much spent on it in the last 20 years. The library is in eastern europe and since the fall of the the communist era and the rise of modern democracy the library has stood still. (Bit of a time warp!)  I am able to make most things in wood and have tools and power tools, bench saw and drill etc. There is also reasonable supplies of timber. (But not that you would find in western europe, think basic..) So the your challenge Instructables is! ideas and suggestions that I could use to replace the old shelves and sort out the storage. Think simple or at least simplistic and give it a go. Regards 

Topic by Billrose    |  last reply


Heated print beds - are they overrated gimmicks?

For years now I use my old, trusty Mega Prusa with the bare basics in terms of hardware. But basically every new printer out there comes with heated print beds and most users "upgrade" to one to get better quality prints. So I started to to check the reprap forums and other websites to find out why a heated would be a "must have". Quite a simple task you might think, but not so for someone who prints every material on a cold bed with success... What are the official pro statements for a heated bed? 1. Better bed adhesion of course. 2. Less warping of parts. 3. Far less problems with layer seperation. 4. Better print results. And of course there are a few more but not worth listing them. Why do I think most of the four statements are actually unrelated to using a heated bed? Bed adhesion is a matter of print material and surface of the bed / bed preperation, like tape, glue and such. If you filament peels off a cold bed with no adhesion at all it simply means the surface is either unclean or unsuited for the print material. Warping of parts happens because the material shrinks when it cools down, a heated bed is only able to keep a certain height of the print warm. Higher prints won't have any benefit in terms of better layer adhesion with a heated bed. Same goes for seperating layers. Unlike the common believe a heated bed does not fix this problem - it only masks it! Layers seperate because there is not enough bonging between them. This can be due to insuffient extrusion width, too high print layers, wrong print temperature and of course wrong z-axis stepping and wrong extrusion multiplicator. And how good a print comes out of your printer depends on a good calibration and proper print settings - again a heated bed only masks problems ;) Ok, so heated beds are nonsense, right? Well, wrong again ;) They take a lot of worry out of the daily print life to start with. Especially prints with big foot print will benefit, although PLA should never be a problem on a cold bed. If you print long parts in ABS or even Nylon you can have a hard time forcing the plastic to stay on the bed all around the print. A heated bed, with the right settings of course, can make sure your print keeps the shape until it is high enough so the bottom part won't be affected by shrinking anymore. My opinion on how to get the best results... Manage to print on a cold bed first! Smaller parts don't need a heated bed anyway, so use them to improve on your skills of finding the perfect bed material / coating! You will find that once you have really optimised your printer and settings most parts won't need a heated bed anymore. Once you are really happy with the result of smaller prints on a cold bed try something bigger and pay close attention to any problems on the way. For example a big print might start out perfectly but after about 5-10mm of print height you see the part starts to warp and slowly peels of the print bed - especially long parts or thin areas are affected. The infill also affects how a parts reacts during the cooling, so try the same problem print with solid infill as well as only 15% infill to compare - you can stop the print once the problem is identified, don't waste filament. Now comes the magic of the heated bed... You want the temp as low as possible but still high enough to prevent the warping! Why go low if high would help more?? Simply said: If the bed is too hot the part stays soft for a long time, which can badly affect layer bonding and shape. Imagine you squish the plastic on an already "hard" layer - the plastic is pressed flat to be within the set specs. Now if the the layer is still too hot and soft the plastic will push the lower layer in - which of course will expand outwards. So the layer can actually end up to be lower than it should be - layer will still peel ;) Start with around 50° C for ABS and turn the heat down gradually every 10 layers or 25 if you print really thin layers. If the part still prefers to warp go 10 degrees higher. But again: If the stuff would not stick properly on a cold bed work on that first! How do I print on a cold bed and claim it works fine? To be honest, with a lot of time spent on trying, calibrating and finding the right "magic" to put on the glass to make things stick. Nylon, if the part is big, can still be a frustrating task unless cardboard or Bakelite is used but I still prefer the glass bed. I no longer bother with tapes as it can be costly and I hate changing the entire setup just because I use a different material ;) As said, the main key is a proper calibration of hard- and software! If your prints look messy and you spend as much time cleaning your parts as printing them you know what I mean ;) At the moment my "bed magic" is a clear craft glue with methanol as a solvent, mine is from Aldi but similar products can be found in every craft store. The bed is sanded with 600 grid diamond blocks to be as flat as possible and to provide a bigger surface area for the glue. When mostly printing Nylon is first clean the bed with alcohol and put a layer of plastic primer on it before re-applying the glue. With the right temp settings this glue surface can be reused several times with increasing bond to the part. Once the glue start peeling off the bed it cut the area clean and apply another coat just in the spot. A single bottle of craft glue, diluted down by 20%, lasted now about 3 rolls of filament - not too bad for a 2$ investment LOL Seriously though, squeeky clean your glass bed using alcohol and / or acetone and play with different types of craft glue. You want the stuff that is clear and uses either methanol or ethanol as the solvent, don't bother with water based glues! If the glue sticks well to your part but peels off the bed easily try a layer of plastic primer on the bed first - do this outside! However, if your printer is only capable of using PLA anyway you might not want to bother at all and stick to tape ;)

Topic by Downunder35m  


Building custom computer case with metal or plastic.

I recently saw a compilation of images of a bunch of custom computer cases. They was amazing looking cases too. Anyway, I really want to make my own case, but, I'm not as to how I should go about doing so with metal or plastic, I thought about making it with wood (something I know more about), but, I figured wood would attract a lot of dust and generate a lot more heat. What I'm looking to do is trying to find a way I could "warp" metal into 3-dimensional designs, I was hoping for something Victorian looking design. If that wasn't possible, I thought about plastic, although, I know nothing about creating with plastic. Can anyone give me any information about how I could go about this?

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Which program, application, or site is the best site for music making and mixes (I know it's opinion based)?

I've recently taken an interest in producing my own music to supplement my YouTube account. I'm very interested in creating techno, club, jpop mixes, hardstyle, and light dub step. I want to make music I can shuffle to. I also want to branch out in to other genres of synthetic music, including classical-inspired music. I want to be able to rip, warp, distort, and modify music clips. I'd like to be able to separate aspects of a song (vocal from instrumental) but I don't think free programs offer that feature. I thought I would use the previous paragraph to get past the usual "what are you using it for?" question. Which program, application, website, etc. is your favorite for making music and mixes? ~Kaddyshack

Question by kaddyshack    |  last reply


Laser power for thin aluminum? Answered

Here's a question for you laser cnc builders out there, how much laser wattage would you need to cut really thin aluminum? Like, only slightly thicker than grocery store aluminum foil. Very thin. This cnc machine would be used to cut custom theatrical gobos (GOes Before Optics) at home. Normally, when we need a new gobo design, we build one in Adobe Illustrator and send off the design to Rosco or some other professional cutting company. But this can get pricy, and can take up to a week, so if one gets messed up during tech week (they do sometimes) we have to cut a new one out by hand. The results are not spectacular. The gobo doesn't have to be mechanically strong, and they don't warp inside of a 525w fixture due to the cool beam. You could in fact use foil, but that's a little too thin to be useful. Any guidance would be appreciated.

Question by ModeLocker    |  last reply


Hard disk platters all the same? Anatomy??

Found a broken HDD of 1 Tb today. Always good to take apart for the magnets. The platters were 'slightly' warped; must have been thrown around... The highly reflective platters can always be looped on a string, to chase away crows from my garden.  By now, I have several dozens of old platters.  I was thinking, apart from practicalities like dust and gentle handling, could it be possible to just substitute the platters with  other (old= much lower capacity) platters?  The 1 Tb mechanism, including the heads, would want to format the platters for a Tb amount of storage I assume. If the platters are mechanically identical (I notice they don't have a standard thickness), could this work?  Does anyone know what alloys are used, are they coated, with what??? I see no attraction when I hold a supermagnet to it, but there ought to be some kind of magnetic carrier on it.... The shine on the platters might suggest some exotic metal coating; palladium or something like that....???

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IR / RF control, payment for help.

So im working on a project at the moment, combining IR and RF control onto one circuit. The design is, 4 buttons, 2 hold up to 10 IR codes, and 2 hold up to 10 RF.They also all each have a sound effect when pressed 2 times.When held down, it enters programming mode, RF and IR, cloning the button pressed on some other remote.When pressed 1 time, each button will execute every code programmed on it (IR or RF buttons)IF you can help and need more info to help me, if its something you can do, please contact me through a email.MORRIS2896@GMAIL.COMKind regardsbutton 1= up to 10 IR code store, and double pressed = FX warping sound, with power LED torch button 2= up to 10 RF code store, and double pressed = (5 sec delay) FX futuristic alarm. button 3=up to 10 IR code store, and double pressed = FX searching bleep sound, fast to slow occurring button 4=up to 10 RF code store, and double pressed = FX mine scanning bloop

Question by JoshuaM57  


Cutting PVC Pipe - Lengthwise for guttering

Ok, here's one I thought I'd throw open to the masses.... I'm knocking off the last of a fully automated self-sufficient watering system that runs completely off grey/rainwater. However, the coke can guttering is not working in this position as it has previously :(  I was thinking of using PVC piping, cut lengthwise for guttering. However, I'm working out the logistics of cutting it. It can't be cut directly in half - this would be too shallow to catch the runoff from the chicken shed. and funnel it down to the tanks, so I'm looking at removing a chunk of the top.  And I also have no table saw. Wheee. What I do have Dremel (x2) with associated cutting wheels Jig saw (With associated plastic cutting blades) Circular Saw Mitre saw Hand saws (tenon, crosscut, hack, pruning, etc) So, here's one that I'm throwing open. With the tools I have, how would you do it?  I'm leaning towards the dremel, but there would probably be issues with maintaining a straight line (not that I care about some warp, it's a gutter)   Ideas? *EDIT*  Ended up using a jig saw with an acrylic cutting blade. Worked a treat.

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