project questions

Could i make a mini terrarium with ants self sustain in this bottle?

Topic by corey_caffeine   |  last reply


School Project Update.

We got a B+ on the assignment for not having much to do with mice and men, because the project was racism in the 1930's relating to mice and men.

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Favorite Paracord Projects

My favorite paracord project is the Woven paraocrd bracelet/watchband by Stormdrane. What is yours?

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Can anyone recommend a project for me to do in the summer holidays?

It needs to be reasonably cheap (sub £150) but there isn't really a time constraint, as I have about 8 weeks with nothing to do. I will try almost anything but if it involved welding that would have to be factored into the cost and time as I neither know how nor have the equipment.

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how to paint a project box

How do u paint a plastic project box from rat shack......how do u do stencils to

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Educational Planting Project for Children

Would anyone have a quick planting project for children that I would able to use at a Green Fair that is coming up?  Thanks!

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some projects for old tires,

Could someone come up with some things to use old tires for? I have loads of them.

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Project: Nicolas Cage necklace!

So one of my favorite things ever is Nicolas Cage. A friend at work told me I should put his picture in a locket and I 1-up'd her. I can't wait to wear it to work and dance around in front of her. :D The necklace is make of the body of an old watch that I completely gutted. The necklace is one of those memory wire chokers you can get really cheap at craft stores. I cut the picture out of the paper case that came with the special edition of Ghost Rider. I'm pretty excited. I wanted to post it, but I didn't know that it would qualify as a slideshow. What do you think? I'll probably just leave it in the forums. :P

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Researching DIY Projects, Cultures and Communities

Sorry for the double post, but there are only a few days left before we close the survey, so I thought I'd post it to a different forum.We are researchers at Carnegie Mellon University, conducting a brief 10 min survey to further our understanding of DIY projects and communities. In the name of science (and for fun) please complete the survey located at the website below:http://tinyurl.com/DIYCommunitiesWe hope to share the collected data at the end of the study. We thank you for your time and effort.Stacey Kuznetsovstace@cs.cmu.eduEric Paulospaulos@cs.cmu.edu

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Underwater Jetpack Project. [HELP NEEDED]

Im planning on making an underwater jetpack something like this. However I'm a bit to dumb to figure out all the ESC and electronic components of brush-less motor systems.   Im also limited because this is a school project and in order to be reimbursed the materials need to come from amazon.  I will be using it in a chlorinated pool for demonstration but salt water resistance would be nice.  My requirements are as follows:  1.  Propeller must be covered as I may do another project after this one that requires fingers (im thinking 6in diameter pvc pipe with chicken wire or a metal grill over the ends) 2. Modifiable for different circumstances.  (I already cut up an old backpack and screwed a plywood board to it for mounting the propellers and  batteries, however I may decide to go with hand or foot mounting instead.   3. A trigger operable switch. (Cordless drill style although I don't care that much about speed control.   I'm planning this project to be for a senior year high school project (next year) so I have plenty of time. Do you guys think something like this would work for the propellers?  Their for air so I would expect significantly reduced performance in water.  However if they are to high rpm/low torque to spin properly in water perhaps I could keep the enclosure and switch out the motors for higher torque ones.

Topic by TypeNameHere 


World Studies Project on Steam Power

I'm doing a project for school on Steam power... It's origins, it's applications, the reason it died out, the future...Blah blah blah. Along with that, I will be building some small working models, a hero engine, and a piutt putt boat. I was wondering if anyone had any ideas for a beginner that would look nice and actually move? I have minimal building skills and funds, so i'm really looking for simple ideas. Thanks, James P.S. Any one realize the projectile potential of steam power? Real simple... Empty wine bottle, bit of water in bottle, cork it off...Need something more than tea candles i'd imagine...Could be fun! (I'm scaring my history teacher:D)

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If shoo goo/goop soaks all the way through layers of cloth, when it dries is it hard?

This is for a project need to make sure it works before buying the materials

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What is a good wood carving project for beginners????

I need a good wood carving project to do .I have chisel's

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Can chemical based projects be posted on instructables?

 I know there are projects with more hazardous components but I just want to check before I post something.?

Question by Jbeaubrun   |  last reply


Here's an Awesome Project - Will Require Composites Work :)

This armor, looks AMAZING! And using some life casting techniques (or even sculpting a mold from foam and test fitting) - you can make your very own with a bit of fiber glass and resin and flat black paint :) Maybe an early start for Halloween? I'd personally just go for the chest and back plate and substitute the rest with football pads. In any case, just thought I'd share :)Caption that goes with image:These happy characters are Peruvian anti-riot police, who are seen here parading in celebration of Peru's independence day yesterday. Yes, they are terrifying. This makes Peru the latest entry in a long list of countries I will try to avoid rioting in. I'm still all about rioting in Canada and Sweden, however. From Gizmodo

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Need help to design mechanical mechanism

Hello everyone, I want to create feeder cart with seperate section, that will be hangin on rails.  Feeder cart will have four positions: First one (First load) will be bottom gates closed, middle gates open to the top. Second (Second load) will  be bottom gates closed, middle gates have to be locked in horizontal position. Third  position (First unload) bottom gates open, middle gates have stay locked. Fourth position (Second unload) bottom gates open and middle gates also open, that stuff drops out. I want ask you advice how to design bottom and middle gates open, closing and locking mechanical mechanism (without any electronical parts). This feeder cart will be operating by one man.  I have created middle gates mechanism, but maybe you have better solution.  I really appreciate for any ideas. Sorry for my english mistakes. English is not my native language. Link to my feeder cart design:  https://cad.onshape.com/documents/9bf2057d221de0e07143093b/w/42b5cff40a9a1fb3bed3cb14/e/cbc213062709ad380b4cb17b

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large ice box project - which framing materials?

Which framing materials are ok for a very sturdy box- that is able to withstand regular movement and 'rough handling'? metal or aluminum? the box i have in mind will be about 4ft by 4ft by 4ft. i.e. 4ft cube. Also, in view of the size, i plan to have the box move on wheels or suitable castors. the core material for all the sides, bottom and lid will be extruded polystyrene([pink or blue board)- 3 inch thick. will this thickness be adequate in view of the size?

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hay guys i need some help with a project?

My friend and I want to take a trip downriver but have no money we also know that many of you are experienced with fiber glassing.  The kayaks we would like to build would be sea kayaks or close to them they need some hatches in them in order to access storage areas and its important that we be able to get a bike on top of the kayak without causing too much instability.  we have a pretty good idea how to do it i was just wondering if any of you guys had any better idea or suggestion on where we can get cheap fiberglass material and tips on building it.  thanks a whole bunch.

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DIY: Garden project((Generating curent etc...)) How to? Answered

Greetings from sunny Croatia! I want to use some generic DC engines to produce electricity using wind. I'll connect DC engine to windmill thing, when it spins it generates about 0.25-0.35V. And while it spins it charges batteries during the day, when night falls down the LED strip/strips turn on and use power from batteries that were charched during the day. Is it possible to make? Could I use dynamo from old bycicle? Thanks again, and sorry for bad English!

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Paracord!

Place to talk and share about projects. Give ideas, or critic projects, help improve.

Topic by Emmitts 


Do you have an appreciation of the ocean and are all about open-source? I'm looking for people to share ideas with me.

Hi, I’m working on a project about making society more aware of the ocean. This project is my master graduation project. The envisioned project will involve the open-source community; this is why I am looking for people to talk to on this matter and to share ideas. If you are already convinced, please send me a message. I promise you, I will not spam you to death. I am looking for people that have an appreciation or connection with the ocean and are all about DIY and open-source and are willing to share ideas with me. Some more info on the project: As I see it we (society) are very connected to the ocean, most of the everyday objects are in someway shipped across the ocean. Eventually ending up as plastic bits in the ocean. Even before the Industrial Age we’ve been exploring the world with ships on the ocean.  We’ve been shipping diseases, slaves, religion and tobacco around the world in small wooden ships. The ocean also acts as the source of life, in other words, all of the creatures on land came from the ocean. The ocean provides us also with an import source of protein to feed the world; fish. The ocean houses tiny creatures called plankton that are critical for the planet. Most people don’t realize that a mouthful of seawater contains millions of bacterial cells, hundreds of thousands of phytoplankton and tens of thousands of zooplankton. Although we have this strong connection with the ocean we have yet to explore 90% of it. In our ordinary lives we’ve been so disconnected of the environment around us, the only thing the majority of people see are the beaches, the endless blue, until of course, some oilrig blows up and washes oil up on the shore. The project I am working on sees opportunity in creating a connection with the ocean somehow. This is not an easy challenge, I cannot do this alone, I am asking a community of people that think outside the box, are hands-on and are compassioned about what they do for help. Message me if you would like to be involved!

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they use matrix to send the volt to led it can affect the other leds in the matrix led projects?

I am see the matrix led project in this project .. we use row and column .. one row can affect to another column on that display..... why it will be not affected in this project

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Building a Slinky Man Dance Outfit

Http://www.metacafe.com/watch/884327/slinky_man/ ^ dancing rainbow slinky costume This is a video of what I'm hoping to create. Possible?

Topic by wefoundamy   |  last reply


Great ideas!!

Hey guys, I've got to do a project for school that needs to be fairly large, and the time limit is now until around next October. Basically I have to be able to present something, not necessarily something actually built but maybe something planned or designed, etc, along with an essay and a few other science fair type things. I have a couple ideas for stuff I want to do, but one problem is that anything I do has to relate to a couple different "Areas of Interaction", such as say, community and service, human ingenuity, health and social education, and environments (meaning any interaction between people to people, people to animals, people to earth etc.) Some of my ideas include learning animation, like CGI stuff in movies, designing and building my  own guitar from scratch, throwing a band together and writing, recording and editing my own songs, or  maybe making a short film..not really sure so any help with idea generation and going about doing some of these things would be greatly appreciated :)

Topic by Gohorns2005 


Electric Bike project, what kind of configuration should I use?

I'm planning to make an electric bike and have to select between many options, and want to know all the options available. Where should i put the motor? What kind of configuration (assisted, or motor only, etc.) should I use? I am actually making my old bmx to electric. It will weigh about 100kg with me on it, and the batteries and all. I want it to do at least 20-30 kmph. Im having a tough time selecting parts, and would really appreciate help.  

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Challenge: Can You Beat This Scary Turbine PumpkinCutter Halloween Project ?

This Halloween project is so scary that the inventor (myself) felt shock and awe at it. I was genuinely scared at the running of this machine...and rightly so! So I figured I would spread the scariness to all who see this machine, to set the mood for a DIY Halloween... The machine in question is what I have named the Tesla CD Turbine. The CD Turbine is magnetically-coupled to a Skilsaw blade. (What I teasingly call the PumpkinCutter Attachment). The Tesla CD Turbine uses recycled CD's and neodymium magnets for rotating parts...nothing else. It can rev up to thousands of rpm. It has no bearings or seals and is magnetically coupled to implements. It runs on either compressed air or water pressure. But hey, put on a magnetically-coupled Skilsaw blade, run it at thousands of rpm, and you have a very dangerous PumpkinCutter! (Instructable is ready...if you dare!) Beat that for a wild, scary, hi-tech, cheap and recycled Halloween project!!

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Chuck Messer of Tackle Design and The Open Prosthetics Project on Smash Lab

I finally got a chance to watch the sneak preview of Discovery's new Smash Lab* last night, and imagine my surprise to see someone I know hosting! Chuck Messer, one of the four Smash Lab hosts, is a partner at Tackle Design the people behind the The Open Prosthetics Project, which also has an Open Prosthetics group on Instructables. Tackle Design and my own Squid Labs shared many similarities, so Chuck and I would share stories about how we each ran the companies; he even managed to visit Squid Labs when we were still located in Emeryville (pre-control tower). It's great to see good people getting wider recognition, and I wish Chuck and Smash Lab success!disclosure - Discovery is an advertiser on Instructables, and has been advertising for Smash Lab. This is not part of their advertising.

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The World's Greatest Instructable

I've just been hit with sort of a crazy idea. Feel free to call me names, laugh at my insanity, or point out the problems with my idea; it will probably help relieve your stress, not to mention knock some sense into my head. Here's my crazy idea. What if everyone on Instructables collaborated to build the World's Greatest Instructable? Think about it. Where have you ever seen a larger community of people, specializing in all areas, who love to get things done, meeting together in one place to share ideas and "Show & Tell"? Where have you ever seen a place with 12 year olds who can weld, collaborating with 50 year old electronics professionals? Where have you seen a place where people vote for each others entries in contests and help with suggestions to other peoples entries who they are competing against? This is such a great place I can't help but believe that we would build something more awesome than the world had ever seen. We could all get together and make something spectacular and outstanding. Please, leave your ideas. Thanks.

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ibles in a museum

You may or may not be aware that one of our members is actually a world-famous museum (it's real, I checked).The individual who actually produces the projects is Lao Jianhua - a real live artist-type-person.Anyhoo, what this ramble leads me up to is this;What Instructables projects would you put in a museum?Unrepeatable one-off projects, easily-copied classics and anywhere in between - what projects do you think should grace the galleries of a museum of modern art, design and lifestyle?Maybe you can think of a set of projects that logically go together, even if the connection is tenuous or surreal.V&A; Collections

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hi all looking at the moss graffiti for a project but the wall is south facing and not shady will this work

Moss graffiti on a south facing wall is this possible thanks

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do you have any ideas for a project to do in a construction management class?

I an taking a construction management class in college and it is a pretty boring class even the teacher agrees. He said if we can come up with a project related to construction management we might try it. so if you have any ideas please let me know

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What projects can you use used 55 gal. steel drums for?

What can you do with a used 55 gal. steel drum besides crushing it and sending it to the recyclers?

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How to operate a brushless motor (without complex systems)? {Sea Scooter Project} Answered

I'm trying to make a mini "sea doo" sea scooter for under 100usd.  Im wondering if its possible to run a brushless motor with a simple switch rather than a complex arduino based system.   I will probably enclose the project in a 4-6in diameter pvc pipe with end caps and run the propeller shaft through a smaller pipe with 2 bearings on both end to keep water out.  I would prefer to have a hand drill style switch for variable speeds but if that's not possible single speed button will work also.  Also are li-po batteries a good option for this.  

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How to earn money online by making research based innovative projects which are based on Artificial Intelligence ?

I am interested in doing research in the field of Artificial Intelligence & make innovative projects based on research . So i use to study relevant research papers based on AI and try to enhance the performance by using some other techniques. I have made projects & published research papers in many international journals and conferences like IEEE(for Drone's path planning, Stock Market forecasting, Chatbot). I have already implemented plenty of innovative ideas(like path planning techniques for Drones(Unmanned Aerial Vehicles), Chatbot(AI based), Share market forecasting(using AI), etc. I want to make money by making research based projects, write research papers and thesis(if it belongs to academia) and sell it to client online. How can i make money by making research based projects online? I am also learning PHP for developing a website.

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Mega Instructable

Hey, i was wondering if the has ever been a Mega Instructable on instuctables before, cause im gonna make one and its going to have 3 instructables in, 2 projects, 1 mod to a project. should i post it

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how can i download the project in pdf form?while I isn't have any visa account or other type of account????

I isn't have any type of account ,,,can i free download It????

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Project - 1 Man tent that transforms/collapses into a hiking pack: Need ideas/advice/help/hints!

Basically what it says on the title - I have an idea for a one man tent that collapses or transforms into a hiking pack.  I need any helpful ideas, advice, or hints that you may have to offer.

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where can I find 3 1/2" diameter friction drive wheels for a project?

Making a miniature pitching machine for paintballs

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potato cannon engineering survey

Hey, I need help from people who have built or bought potato cannons. my capstone high school senior engineering project is centered around building a better potato cannon, and part of the project is doing some market research. I've got a quick (10 question) survey that's built to just get an idea of problems with current potato cannons, the kind of demographic that generally uses them, etc. Please help with this project. I'll probably post instructions on making it here when we're done. here's the link to the survey. http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/PTNSBJW thanks if you can help.

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Pool cooler.... List of parts and instructions.

I really like the concept of the pool cooler cooling tower and am interested in building one of my own.... I tend to need "recipes" with unfamiliar projects and I didn't find any real instructions or material list with this post. Have any of you built this project?? If so any hints on what supplies I will need ect......?

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Eco buildings for free?

I'm organizing a community lead market garden project within Wales (UK) to help those most in need within our community. We have little to no money for this project as almost 90% of the volunteers are unemployed, privet funding for our project is hard to come by  we have only found about £400, so we are intending to use as much recycled stuff as we can. I really need plans for a con and tire or wattle cob storage shed/ shelter for myself and my volunteers to hide out in when the weather turns bad And also some plans for a soda/plastic bottle green house. If you can help please do as i've not done anything like this before!

Question by brambles market garden 



Outdoorsmanning!

The all-new 2014 Chevy Silverado has teamed up with Instructables to bring the Instructables community great projects that boost your outdoor skills. The Outdoorsmanning hub is a great place to learn about a ton of outdoor skills like backpacking, camping, and being in nature. Many of you in the Instructables community are taking advantage of excellent fall temperatures by going hiking and exploring. If you love documenting your journey into nature, check out this great Trekking Pole Tripod. With winter right around the corner wouldn't you like to learn about how to make an ice-rink in your back yard?   Maybe you want to hit the road, get out of town and get into nature. Check out this amazingly awesome Teardrop Trailer. For more great outdoor project ideas, head over to the Outdoorsmanning page.

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My Instructable Isn't showing up...

I added my instructable to the group (here) but its not showing up in the list of projects under the contest... help please!

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how do you make guncotton?

Im making a cannon model for a school project and want it to have more kick. can someone please help me?

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could anyone find info about indiana? Answered

Im doing a project about Indiana and i don't know much; and i have "parental safety" on my computer

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Gasless Lawn Mower?

Working on an engineering project and I need responses to a survey for research, my question is then, Will you help out by taking it? http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/SVJWNRJ Any responses will help, thanks!

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DrSimons - Giant Fresnel Lens Deathray: An Experiment in Optics - Universal Laser Cutter Finalist!

To see who won the VersaLaser, read the announcement here.DrSimons was a finalist in the 2008 Instructables and Universal Laser Cutter Contest for:I'm really amazed my instructable has made it to the finalists, as It's only my second one! Not only that, I'm getting a lot of votes (but keep them coming please!!!)If I win the laser cutter, things are really gonna get good around here...I already have dozens of excellent projects that would suddenly become possible, and am only just getting into the DIY scene. That means there are 100s, perhaps 1000s of projects in my future, and with such an excellent way to prototype large designs, make small parts, customize/art-ize everything imaginable, I really can't tell you how many fun, creative projects I'll come up with. I am a huge lover of desktop fabrication, love working with high quality tools, going to be learning how to weld as soon as possible. So please vote for me!!!My vision for the laser cutter:Amazing paper/origami projects like the pop-up pyramid - I am totally into advanced origami like insects and sheets of fish scales3D cardstock topographic mapsCustom parts for innumerable future projectsCustom engraved office supplies, artwork, furniture, cutting boards, cell phones, jewelry, pens, etc....Custom puzzles, chess boards, clocks, car upholstery, artistic lamps, textiles, etc....Laser-cut methods for PCBs (possibly?)High-precision models, mock-ups of designsMathematical shapes (such as parabolas), super-detailed, multi-layered stencilsAnd much...much moreFor those of you who haven't read through the whole instructable, here are some of the highlights:

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