Nema 17 stepper motor problem, how can I solve it?

Hello guys, I finally get done my Laser Engraver with Arduino, it's actually a combination of 3 projects from here, and now, at the end, my motors does not work...Here you can find the motor I use: connect them on a cnc shield with A4988 drivers, I use GRBL as a firmwale and the program for engraving I don't think they matter, because I use 3 of them with no results.P.S.: the Laser is working, the M03 and M05 functions works great, but the motors not a step...Thank you and I accept any speculations, I was thinking that the current from the driver was not enough, but after a research I found that isn't true ( I think ).

Posted by FlaviuC1 6 months ago

Tim's Cybot conversion to Arduino NANO

Hi all.I'm doing a new project.Dug out my Cybot. The one built on a fortnightly issue of Real Robots back in 2001.I decided to convert it to use the Arduino NANO. With Bluetooth and Infrared Control.I haven't finished it yet, so I haven't done an instruction here, I thought I would wait until I have finished the project before doing that.However, as it's quite a lengthy project, I have started a blog on my google+. Which I am updating as I progress with the project.Here is the link: Tim's Cybot conversion to Arduino NANO Blog.Before I started I had a search on the net to see if anyone else had done this, but all I found was basic stuff controlling the drive motors.Currently I have done a rough sketch (some fine tuning still needs to be done) for it that lets you:Control it via bluetooth,Set it in line follow mode,Set it in light follow mode,Set it in avoidance modeandControl it with an Infrared Remote.I'm sure there is still a lot of these Cybots out there, so i thought their may be some interest.

Posted by Palingenesis 6 months ago

Project made finalist on NatGeo, need your vote!

Hey guys,One of my project had made it to finalist on National Geographic, I would need your vote to make it further!Please spend a minute or two to cast your vote on NatGeo's website!,Peter

Posted by PeterM33 6 months ago

HP monitor going to sleep

So I am trying to help my grandparents fix there computer, they have a dell pc ( don’t know what exactly ) and a hp 22cwa monitor. The monitor will stay on in tell I plug the hdmi in then it says no signal then goes to sleep mode, I have tried new mouse and keyboard on the computer, as well as using another cord on this monitor and pc but neither work. I did take the monitor to my pc and used the same cords and it instantly worked with both cords just fine. Before today this monitor has been working for almost 6 months with no problem and now is randomly doing thos

Posted by alexberger1033 6 months ago

Secure Bamboo Poles (150mm diameter) to top of wall (replace coving)

Hi there I have 2 x 3m Bamboo split poles to secure to the top of wall as a border/replacement for coving.What would be the best way to secure to the wall? I cannot hammer into the wall due to a pipe running behind where the bamboo will go.Velcro? Silicone? Double-sided adhesive pads/strips?Don' want it falling down during a meeting LOL

Posted by GregoryD45 6 months ago

Controlar el puerto paralelo de una computadora.

1. Si me pueden ayudar a realizar un código en Assembler para controlar el puerto paralelo de computadora.

Posted by carlospanez 6 months ago

Is there a Arduino code that can read the subjects emotions?

Hello there! I was just wondering if there was a Arduino code that could possibly read the person, who is using it's, emotions? I am trying to build an animatronic suit that also doubles as a costume. I wanted to make the ears move due to emotion but I haven't been able to figure out any code that could accomplish this though............. Hopefully I can figure out something though!!!

Posted by FNAF4life 6 months ago


Can't delete topic. D:But someone was able to help me with some suggestions on who I could contact for what I was looking to do.

Posted by Hatcrazy 6 months ago

"I Made It!" Madness!

Anyone who posts a new "I Made It!" between today (March 13, 2018), and April 15, 2018 will be eligible to receive a new Instructables notebook and carpenter pencil. For those new to the site, an "I Made It" is a special type of comment that you can post on an instructable to show that you followed the directions and made it yourself. You can find the big orange "I Made It!" link at the end of any instructable. Post a picture of your brand new "I made it" in the comments below and also a link to the project where you have shared it. On April 16 we will be selecting 20 people at random who shared their "I Made It!" below to receive these gifts.

Posted by randofo 6 months ago

​Can't stay logged in on Chrome after opening link from email using Google+ Authentication

Is there a real bug reporter/tech support forum/email? This seems to be going into the generic user forum.I've been experiencing the following bug/glitch for a while now:0) I have zero problems when I login manually and copy&past; URLs into windows/tabs spawned from a fresh login in a fresh window1) Click on link in Feed email using gMail's web interface in Chrome 2) Even thought I authenticate with Google+, I'm not logged in 3) I re-sign-in using Google+ and all seems well4) Re-load page launched from email link, not logged in5) Go back to Home Page, I'm logged in.6) Go back to 'ible page, delete all the '?=tracking_informtion' off the end of the URL and refresh, not logged in. (This used to resolve the problem)This wouldn't be so bad if the "Favorite" process behaved like most other sites and continued the interrupted process after signing in. Trying to favorite an 'ible results in:A) Open the 'ible via an email link in gMail in ChromeB) 'ible page shows me as NOT logged in.C) Click on Favorite button, sent to Sign-In page, sign-in, Instructables home page loads.D) If I am signed-in, clicking on the Favorite link on the 'ible page sends me to the home page. No option to sign-in, because I am, and the 'ible is not favorited

Posted by Ray-N-Tosca 6 months ago

Avoiding corrosion when bolting galvanized steel drawer slides to aluminum for camper van bed

Hey guys,Going to build this bed:or something very similar. She says she has 6 sliders at 100lbs each, but I imagine she has 6 slides at 100lbs per pair. Either way, I've already purchased 3 pairs of 500lb drawer slides. The problem is, they're galvanized steel. How do I attach them to aluminum L beams? I can use some thick mil rubber tape between the two materials, but what about the fasteners? Some sort of plastic washer and polyurethane sealant around the head and threads touching the galvanized rail side? What should I use to isolate one from the other?FWIW, I'll probably use 6061 for the frame, which I believe has an anodic index of .9-.95, and the zinc rails are, I believe, 1.25. They're within or close to the .25 threshold so am I worrying about nothing?Cheers

Posted by withalligators 6 months ago

Iphone controlled Gopro?

Ok, total noob here. First, I have a knockoff Gopro camera (Pyle). Are there instructions out here to build the capability to basically turn the camera on and off at will, remotely via cell phone? I'd like to be able to see what the dog is doing during the day. Since I have a "gopro", I'd like to just plug it into a device that I can turn on and off via the internet. This allows me to use the camera for an additional purpose. I would envision a box with all of the electronics inside that has a single cable that plugs into my camera. The box would be hooked up via Wi-Fi in the house to the internet. Not sure if I'm describing this correctly or not, but thanks in advance for help / advice / etc.

Posted by wavy chips 6 months ago

My Total Views counter stopped updating a few days ago

Counters of individual posts are still increasing but the Total has been stuck for a few days. Thanks!

Posted by ChipsWoodShop 6 months ago

Random and useful tips and info

Stuff that's too good not to share. Maybe not worthy of an ible. Dollar store lasers have plated parts made of plastic which actually complete the circuit. Who knew? When hacking these, and using shrink tubing, (heat gun) the plastic parts deform and quit functioning. Muy interesant.

Posted by Toga_Dan 6 months ago

Shoe rack

Hi there guys, so i really got this kind of insecurity in me on writing an instructables about a shoe rack made of pvc pipes and glass. Tell me what you think and should i write it at all.

Posted by JohnSmith-Workshop 6 months ago

Unable to flag Spam

Under new system We seem to be unable to flag spam

Posted by rickharris 6 months ago

Rant. Search results

Searching for a thread on lasers posted in the last few weeks. Search turns up topics posted 9 yrs ago first. Even those w no responses. Grrr. No wonder dead topics get revived.

Posted by Toga_Dan 6 months ago

Software driver for wemos board

Dear all .I Have problem For Wemos Board I cant connect on laptop after deep check find port Not appear.I need software Driver for wemos board .thanks to all.

Posted by Mohamed_Attia 6 months ago

Gessoed canvas

I gessoed over a painting and the surface seems rough. Should I sand down a little?

Posted by DianeR81 6 months ago

Thank you instructables!

I recently was gifted a prize from instructables workers.... I just want to say that the packaging was great and I really think you guys are amazing at what you do! I am so thankful that this website is a thing and that we get to share our projects and ideas. Have a wonderful day!cheers, mrwonton

Posted by mrwonton 6 months ago

Arduino with flow sensor and relay

Hello. I'm needing help on a project with a water flow sensor. Basically, I'm trying to activate a relay (to turn on a motor) when the Arduino board senses any water flow present for 15 seconds or more. I was expecting the relay to turn on after the flow sensor picked up water flow for 15 seconds. After I ran the code, I had water flowing through the flow sensor for 5 seconds and then I shut off the water. The relay still turned on 10 seconds later. I didn't want this to happen. Instead, I would like to have the relay turn on only after there is water flow for at least 15 seconds. Please review my code below. I would appreciate any help. Thank you!!!byte sensorInterrupt = 0; byte statusLed = 13;byte sensorPin = 2;const int threshold = 15000; // thresholdfloat calibrationFactor = 4.5;volatile byte pulseCount; float flowRate;unsigned int flowMilliLitres;unsigned long totalMilliLitres;unsigned long oldTime;unsigned int countstart = 0;unsigned long starttime;unsigned long endtime;unsigned long elapsedtime;void setup(){ Serial.begin(9600); pinMode(statusLed, OUTPUT); digitalWrite(statusLed, HIGH); // We have an active-low LED attached pinMode(sensorPin, INPUT); digitalWrite(sensorPin, HIGH); pinMode(7, OUTPUT);// connected to relay pulseCount = 0; flowRate = 0.0; flowMilliLitres = 0; totalMilliLitres = 0; oldTime = 0; attachInterrupt(sensorInterrupt, pulseCounter, FALLING);}void loop(){ while (1){ if((millis() - oldTime) > 1000) // Only process counters once per second { detachInterrupt(sensorInterrupt); flowRate = ((1000.0 / (millis() - oldTime)) * pulseCount) / calibrationFactor; oldTime = millis(); flowMilliLitres = (flowRate / 60) * 1000; totalMilliLitres += flowMilliLitres; unsigned int frac; Serial.print("Flow rate: "); Serial.print(int(flowRate)); // Print the integer part of the variable Serial.print("L/min"); Serial.print("\t"); // Print tab space Serial.print("Output Liquid Quantity: "); Serial.print(totalMilliLitres); Serial.println("mL"); Serial.print("\t"); // Print tab space Serial.print(totalMilliLitres/1000); Serial.print("L"); pulseCount = 0; attachInterrupt(sensorInterrupt, pulseCounter, FALLING); } if( totalMilliLitres > 0 && countstart == 0) { starttime = millis(); countstart = 1; } if ( totalMilliLitres > 0 ) { endtime = millis(); elapsedtime = endtime - starttime; } if (elapsedtime >= threshold){ digitalWrite(7,HIGH); // Activate relay to turn on motor delay(10000); digitalWrite(7,LOW); // Deactivate relay to turn on motor totalMilliLitres = 0; countstart = 0; elapsedtime = 0; break; } else{ digitalWrite(statusLed, LOW); // Turn the LED off digitalWrite(7, LOW);// turn relay OFF } }}void pulseCounter(){ // Increment the pulse counter pulseCount++;}

Posted by Eric-soberano 6 months ago

New website login issues

I have noticed that with the new website logging in is somewhat messed up. Example:Get an email from instructables, click on something interesting - I am not logged in. Click on the 'favorite' icon - sends me to the login page, where I log in, which then redirects me to the front page, not the page I was favoriting. Hit back twice to go back to the page I was viewing, expecting that the login infomration would be cached now, but when I hit the favorite link, I am again redirected to the login page, and then again back to the front page.Frustrated now, do a search from the home page and try to find the page i was looking at so that I can finally mark it as a favorite. ----Secondarily, as another data point, I don't think that the new website layout is an improvement. Too much whitespace in lots of places.

Posted by SteveDonie 6 months ago

Instructables Editor

The instructables editor has two annoying bugs:(1) Text high-lighting does not show when writing an Instructable ... it only shows in the preview screen. It should be WYSIWYG.(2)If you decide to take a break, before publishing your instructable, and click the "You" button, your only option is to "Logout" ... all of the other options such as "Instructables" are masked by a floating window. It's a real pain to have to log back in ... is there a (hidden) screen option that I can't see?

Posted by lingib 6 months ago

Severe black mold...heat exchanger???

Hi! we have this severe problem of black mold in every room, the wall is black... Water puddles on the floor.... Our surveyor and a builder told us (after cheeking everything) to solve the problem with a heat exchanger in every room... we are trying one in the kitchen but after 2 weeks i still found water on the floor and the mold in the corner seems increased... someone tried that? The cause of the mold are heat bridges and non existin insulation...

Posted by AlyssP 6 months ago

How to replace BT Headphone Batteries?

Hi, I own an Alcatroz Airwave 300 for 6 months and I have issues with battery. I always use it when I got home from school, doing homeworks, doing household chores, even going out to the public. I always charged it until its full but they only last for 2 1/2 hours. Recently, I noticed that my battery discharges easily. It doesn't last for 5 mins. So I decided to open the headphone where the battery and bluetooth module was installed, then the battery inflated and exploded. I was lucky that i'm not hurt but then I had no money to replace those. The warranty on this thing voided so I got no choice but to replace it. One day, I was looking for a potential replace for my headphones then I found my old nokia. It's display was damaged but the battery is still good. After 6 years of owning it, I can't believe that my Nokia battery still runs good as new. I thought to myself "why not". Also there is another problem, I don't even know how to solder a simple wire. I have the basic equipment so I need your thoughts and advice including how to do it.Note: before the battery exploded. I lost my receipt after I puchased it, without it, then I have no free warranty. Plus these thing were the last of its batch ever sold as a bluetooth portable headphone.

Posted by MikoT7 6 months ago

Can't stay logged in on Chrome after opening link from email

I've been experiencing the following bug/glitch for a while now:1) Click on link in Feed email using gMail's web interface in Chrome2) Even thought I authenticate with Google+, I'm not logged in3) No options to sign-in, etc. show4) I have to refresh, and sometimes delete all the '?=tracking_informtion' off the end of the URL5) Then I can sign-in/authenticate with Google+6) I go back to the 'Ible -- and click on the Favorite button, I'm thrown back to the home page to sign-in.7) Can't sign-in because Home Page recognizes me as signed in

Posted by Ray-N-Tosca 6 months ago

Bunch of LEDs

So I got those led laying arround for a while now. I bought it for another project that I never started and don't interest me anymore. So I'm looking for a nice project idea to use it. I'd like to do something big and bright. I'm looking for good idea. My first one was a kind of frame with a semi transparent glass and front of it so we wouldnt see the component but still see the light. But my skill are more woodworking/woodturning/resin casting and pretty basic electronic I can solder pretty great (I think...) but i'd need a good instructables to guide me. I got: 900ish big white 50ish small white 500ish small blue 100 big red

Posted by Lufkum 6 months ago

Is Instructable not copyright in 2018?

It is not changed in copyright area © 2017 Autodesk, Inc it 2018.

Posted by FahadI7 6 months ago

Pictures cut off

I started writing a new Instructable and noticed that when I use the preview function the pictures are cut off and therefore weirdly off centre. For some of the pictures it doesn't really matter, but some like I said look weird (as shown in the pictures). I don't see why there is a need to cut the pictures. Is this just an error and will it look better once the instructables is published?

Posted by BrittLiv 6 months ago

How to avoid CNC crashes

Hey.I am wondering if it is possible to define particular areas on the bed of my CNC machine which I do not want the toolhead to pass over. My setup is an Arduino powered CNC pen plotter running GRBL. I am generating GCode in inkscape. I know I can set a safe height for the tool to pass over work safely but what if that height doesn't suffice. Can I define an area that the tool must not pass through?As a simple example:Before running a file the tool is at the origin. On sending the file the tool will take the most direct path to the first line to cut/draw. Imagine there is an obstacle that would cause a collision if the tool takes this direct path. Can I do something to ensure the tool navigates around that obstacle?I hope that makes some sort of sense :)Any ideas appreciated

Posted by Henri.Lacoste 6 months ago

How can i download facebook videos ?

Hello everyone i found this website in google anyone of you tried if works and is safe to use ? ?Thanks

Posted by iPlayM 6 months ago

Measuring oscillation of a multi tool

I have a harbor freight oscillating multitool that is advertised as oscillating between 10k and 20k oscillations per minute. In reality to speed control goes from 0 opm to an unknown value. I’m trying to set the tool to oscillate at 35 Hz. What is the best way to measure the frequency of the tool and set it to 35 Hz?

Posted by rednax718 6 months ago

Why Wireshark is not decrypting the captured wpa file even i have correct password and essid ?

I tried to capture a file where network using security as below: [WPA-PSK-CCMP-TKIP] i am trying to insert a WPA Pre-shared Key in wire shark preferences under the protocol of IEEE 802.11 but when i enter a correct key nothing happen anyway to identify and fix this problem?

Posted by NoumanM4 6 months ago

How to build the Rooftop Illusion?

I found an image with the length dimensions for the Rooftop Illusion but cannot find the angles to allow us to actually build it to work...can anyone help?

Posted by pippatime 6 months ago

Request: sewing + cosplay + shirt cut out

See picture.

Posted by 7SinNerd 6 months ago

Flagging Spammers

How do I flag a spammer with the new and improved interface?

Posted by seandogue 6 months ago

How to tell if your subscription is current?

I cant seem to print off instrctables anymore saying that I'm not a premium member. I have not received an email saying that my subcription is due to be renewed. Is there an administration side of instructables that I can contact to discuss my subscription?Any help would be great. Grant

Posted by gking8 6 months ago

ESP8266 Huzzah automated connection protocol

Hello guys! I would like to make a very small android app (or anything easy to use) so that at first :1. The ESP functions as a Wifi router in a local area (so no internet access) and allows anyone using a phone for example to connect to its network to enter the credintials of his home wifi2. The ESP board automatically changes to Wifi client and connects to the given SSID/ PAssword entered by the user. This would allow people to change ssid connections on a different wifi access point even if they don't know how to use any IDE. If anyone knows a tutorial or another topic with the same question i'd be happy to know ! Thanks

Posted by FlorianL17 6 months ago

Share your Instagram account!

I've been instagramming for a long time, mostly focusing on my embroidery work! But yesterday I decided to start a new account for my instructables and more personal stuff, like plants and pets and selfies and whatnot. I'd love to see what y'all are sharing on instagram!! Please share your username or a link to your profile in the comments below so I can stalk you all friendly-like. :DHere are my instagram profiles: making jiggy hand embroidery jessy ratfink P.S. Need some help getting followers and likes on Instagram? Check out my instructable over how to promote yourself (or your business!) on Instagram!

Posted by jessyratfink 6 months ago

Fix the stubborn airplane mode in Windows 10

Since I got a Microsoft Update on pc, I got my airplane mode stuck to ON. I tried every possible solution provided by the internet but it got me nowhere. I tried troubleshooting it through Windows default troubleshooter, I went on to edit the registry files through registry editor, tweaked network and sharing centre but everything brought me nothing but failure.I had to reset my PC which uninstalled all of my installed programs, games and applications that were too important for me just because I thought this would set everything straight and I'll have my wireless connection back but again I got nothing out of it. You won't believe what actually the solution was. It was just a combination of the Function key and the Print Screen key that solved my problem. Earlier than this I used to have a wireless receiver to use the wifi as the inbuilt wifi was not working but this key combination enabled it and now I don't need any external wifi receiver to access the internet.

Posted by DianeBell 6 months ago

Skewed Contest Judging? Better Feedback?

Hello all, In recent contests, I've noticed that the judges seem to favor entries that require more expensive equipment, parts, or tooling, e.g. laser engraved parts, CNCs, and 3D Printers to name a few. As an entrant and community member who has none of these tools nor the budget to get them, I feel this is a bit skewed and not true to the open source spirit fostered here on Instructables. While I do agree that all of the entries that use the above should have an equal chance and are just as good as low-tech entries, I believe that more emphasis ought to be placed on projects that anybody can create without such tools or skills. I admit, I am a bit biased in this area of discussion, however, my point stands. Please tell me if I am making a wrongful accusation here.I would also like to see a feedback system put in place where the contest judges give a few pointers so entrants that did not win can improve their future projects and understand why their entry did not achieve a winning status. I feel that this would give an even more positive, community-friendly atmosphere to the site overall, instead of discouraging people who put a lot of work and time into their project and yet didn't even finalize. Has such an idea been considered? If so, why was it not instituted?- Dangerously Explosive

Posted by Dangerously Explosive 6 months ago

Challenge - RFID reader + Wifi Module Low Cost.

Hi Guys,I'm an Oracle Architect and I have one customer that want to monitor water dispenser, he wants to know if water bottle was changed. I have a software to control it, but actually the people need to input this data manually and I would like one solution to do it automatically. I'm thinking to use RFID Reader on water dispenser and paste passive tag on water bottle and with this I'll receive the information and this data must to be send using wifi, I can't have cable in this solution (data and power cable is not possible). In my investigation, I just find rfid reader (UHF) able read a passive tag in 1 meters distance, the issue is, the UHF module is very expensive, I saw UHF module for 40 USD and I need something more cheaper. Is there another way to do it? I need suggestions and help to developer it.If need more info, send me email.Regards, Haysar Lelis

Posted by HaysarL 7 months ago


I want to know, in full disclosure, what future plans HQ has for the delete function..Please do not put us off, with I will submit your concern's, But go to the decision maker to get the REAL information !.If there is fear for your position, then assign someone planning to leave, for resolving important this task..

Posted by iceng 7 months ago

Cheap amplifier board, what do all the connections mean please

I bought a cheap amplifier board based on the PAM8403 chip of the connections make sense, from top to bottom in the main picture, two speakers, then power, then sw and gnd, followed by the left right ground which I assume is stereo input.I have no idea what the SW and GND refer to, can anyone help me out here?

Posted by oragamiunicorn 7 months ago

This forum confuse me.

What was wrong with the old one? It didn't work well on mobile devices? Why do you make me hate people with mobile devices? Some of them may be a good persons...

Posted by Waldemar Sha 7 months ago

DIY Ethernet Hub

Ive been trying to figure out if they even exist. All I can find is information about ethernet switches which I dont need. I need my single ethernet in my room that goes to my xbox to also be able to go to my laptop so streaming my xbox isnt so laggy. My idea I came up with was making an extension in a way and then bridging that to another ethernet out. Check out my pictures. I now realize that whatevers in the first one that gets the info first takes the cake and then the second doesnt work. ANy ideas of what i can do or is this hopeless?

Posted by pkane07 7 months ago

Contests not being added anymore??!

I have noticed that in the last few weeks no new contests have started. Is Instructables going to quit contests? Or can they not decide what contests to add..?An explanation would be appriciated!

Posted by random_builder 7 months ago


1. I am unable to post any images, the screen dims and nothing happens.2. I am unable to delete a post.3. I would love to be able to go back and edit a post - (EVEN Facebook allows this.)4. I (and several others ) would be more than happy to join a beta test groups working on bug catching in a sand box area and put the main site back to the last "working" version until most/all bugs can be resolved. - I am well qualified in this in that I was senior software test engineer in a previous existence and spent my time devising tests and finding bugs.

Posted by rickharris 7 months ago

Redirect to Amazon gift card scam

Links in email from 2/18 are being redirected to the page attached

Posted by pjbuilds 7 months ago

Problem - Reusing an image from the Library and editing it's tag edits all Instructables using that image

I don't know if this has always been this way, or it might be new, but I just noticed something that for me is a big issue.Sometimes I reuse images from my graphic library of images I've previously uploaded to Instructables for use in other tutorials. That sounded like a great feature. However, I just noticed that if I use the same image in two or more instructables (selected from the library), if I edit the text boxes in one, it modifies the text boxes in all of the images. What a disaster! Now I have no idea of what Instructables I've screwed up in the past thanks to this. Sometimes I might want an image for one reason, and later I might want to use it to call out a whole different issue.Please consider correcting this. I thought the point of the library was to avoid uploading duplicate content to Instructables servers. Now I'll have to upload the same image as many times as I need to reuse it, since by default I intend to use different call-out boxes (or however they are called on them).If I'm getting this wrong, and this bug is actually a feature, please let me know how I am interpreting this issue the wrong way

Posted by MillennialDIYer 7 months ago