Whats in a LOCOMOTIVE Balloon Smokestack?

Is it just a screen spark arrestor?  Ive been seeking unsuccessfully for a cutaway diagram.

Posted by Toga_Dan 3 years ago


Regulating a Spark

I need to build a unit capable of supplying a timed spark. At approx 1 sec intervals. The unit will need to be small/cheap to build and be able to supply current as to generate a timed spark across two electrodes via 240v power supply. The unit I am attempting to build is a flammable gas warning/ignition device. The purpose of it is to ignite the first immediate gas detected, as to avoid a larger detination later. The unit will be made of machined aluminum. It will consist of a vapour detector hooked to a fan unit, which inturn vents the gas to the ignition device. Thus igniting the gas. At the moment I am working on the ignition system, hence the question. Thanks for any help.

Posted by Lftndbt 9 years ago


Sparkfun Free Day This Thursday

Are you ready?

Posted by frenzy 7 years ago


Sparks fly when you machine titanium.

Hey everyone, I was surprised at what happens you machine titanium at 3200 rpms. Check out the sparks that flew while machining a 2"x1/8" titanium disc. Some sparks would even combust in mid air like tiny fireworks.   Brent

Posted by Mrballeng 4 years ago


Looking to commission "sparking" motorcycle helmet

Greetings. I am the founder of a digital music start-up and am looking to commission several "sparking" helmets to represent our logo "Captain TuneUp" which can be viewed below If interested, please contact me directly at gabrieladiv at tuneupmedia dot com Thanks, Gabe

Posted by gabrieladiv 10 years ago


Help, I'm stuck in a 3D printer factory!

Check out some pictures from the Spark 3D printer factory!

Posted by ewilhelm 4 years ago


Constant arc with a taser...need help!!

Can anyone give me some help on how to make a constant arching spark across 2 electrodes like a commercial taser?

Posted by PyroMonger 10 years ago


November 2014 Build Night with Spark.io

#BUILDNIGHT NOVEMBER BUILD NIGHT We are partnering with Spark.io, who make a development kit for amazing connected products, for our November 2014 build night. Check out some of the amazing projects created with the Spark Core here. Sign up to participate in the build night and we will ship you a package that includes: (10) Spark Cores (10) Spark Buttons: a new shield for Spark with LEDs, 4-way clicking like a game controller, acceleration and temperature sensing. See photo of the new board below! (2) Maker Kits 30 SPACES AVAILABLE Deadline to sign up: Wednesday, October 8. Accepted spaces will be notified by Thursday, October 9. Read our FAQ to learn more about the Build Night program rules and how to make the most out of this event for your space. HOW TO PARTICIPATE Host a Build Night: pick a time in November to host a project build night using the Spark Cores and Spark Buttons. You can host multiple build nights during November to work on your projects. Post 2 Instructables: post 2 Instructables using the Spark Cores and Spark Buttons. Not posting these Instructables will affect your chances to participate in future build nights. Brownie Points (not required): after the build night post a forum topic on Instructables about your event. Include pictures, stories, etc... Here are two examples from past build nights: Noisebridge and Makers Local 256. We may even feature your photos on the homepage. REWARDS: If your submitted Instructable for this event gets featured by one of our editors we will send you an Instructables Prize Pack which includes: Instructables t-shirt, stickers, and patches!! This forum post has guideline for posting a feature worthy project. Be sure to let people at your event know so they can win a prize pack! Limit 3 per space - first projects submitted with have priority. RESOURCES Spark Tinker App Instructables App (for documentation during the build night): iOS and Android JOIN US ON SOCIAL Twitter: @Instructables, @spark_io Instagram: @Instructables Tag your posts: #BUILDNIGHT #INSTRUCTABLES SIGN UP: Fill out this form

Posted by Carleyy 3 years ago


Spark.io NOV Build Night @ Cairo Hackerspace : Introduction to The Internet of Things (IoT)

Introduction to The Internet of Things (IoT) Cairo Hackerspace always used to introduce the latest cutting-edge technology to Egypt and sharing this knowledge with everyone since 2009. Arduino/open-hardware workshops since 2010 , the first open source 3d printer , the first 3d printing services and workshops , Virtual Reality workshops and different workshops in other areas of life. THIS month we are introducing for the first time in Egypt a new promising trend in technology that involves everyTHING around us , everyONE and every AREA in our life from agriculture, manufacturing, arts, business, technology, education to health and environment . It is called “ The Internet of Things ! ” In this Practical course you will learn : -What Is Internet of Things? -What can the Internet of Things Do for Us? -IoT around us -Issues Around IoT -IoT enabling technologies and Architecture -IoT opportunities in Egypt for startups and entrepreneurs -Getting started with IoT using Spark Core Cairo Hackerspace IoT competition : 1st place : Spark Maker Kit *worth 99$ 2nd place: Spark Core *worth 39$ 3rd place: Surprise! *worthless!! *Gifts are supplied by Spark.io and Instructables About Spark Core: https://www.spark.io/ Registration: http://goo.gl/forms/OjfVDjGGan Prerequisites: Laptop. Registration policy: We are applying first-come-first serve basis , therefore early registration is encouraged. The course maximum attendees is 10 persons. The Course will be REPEATED for TWO WEEKS to give everyone a chance to attend , our registrar will respond to you within one week to confirm your final date. Time: 2 days course: -Early reg.: 20/11/2014 from 5:00 pm till 8:00 pm , 21/11/2014 from 2:00 pm till 6:00 pm. -1st repeat : 27/11/2014 from 5:00 pm till 8:00 pm , 28/11/2014 from 2:00 pm till 6:00 pm. -2nd repeat: 4/12/2014 from 5:00 pm till 8:00 pm , 5/12/2014 from 2:00 pm till 6:00 pm. Place: Cairo Hackerspace ,Townhouse building, 2nd floor Address : 10 Nabrawy Street, off Champollion Street, Downtown Cairo, Egypt Contact: Email: cairohackerspace@gmail.com

Posted by ToutHackAmon 3 years ago


Autodesk Spark 3D printer models

Yesterday we announced Spark, a new platform for 3D printing, and that we were going to build a 3D printer.  We've decided to share some more details about the printer here on the Instructables forums. Here are two images of prints made with the prototype printer. Things are very exciting here! We'll have more to share over the coming weeks.

Posted by ewilhelm 4 years ago


Sparky + photoshop! (tech art collision!)

Hehe I got a picture of me making a spark from a disposable camera and ran it through photoshop n animated it! bwahahah!

Posted by astrozombies138 10 years ago


First marx generator (Sparks!)

I had just built a marx generator! It is my first marx generator I have ever built, and it make amazingly long, loud sparks, I managed to generate sparks up to 2 inches long (5 centimeters), that is about 50Kv (50,000v) coming out if this generator!If you don't know what is a marx generator, look here on Wikipedia.I hope you like the pictures I have just taken! Sorry, no video yet... :(Has anyone of you built a marx generator before? Should I make an instructable how to build a marx generator?(UPDATE)It is done! I made the instructable!

Posted by Plasmana 9 years ago


capacitors Preventing sparking

Im trying to build a sollenoid motor like this one http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e3tcdiO2HCc&feature;=channeland i need to no how to prevent sparking on the switch so that im not constantly having to replace it. ive heard somewhere that a capacitor will prevent a spark on the switch but will it? and how big of one will i need. thanks

Posted by budsiskos 9 years ago


Spark Productions Fourm Logo Contest!

Hello all Spark Productions Members! I am holding a contest that which will most likely change the Group Logo for Spark Spark Productions! This will require a picture made from www.ArtPad.com , then put onto www.ImageShack.us , and posted on the Colaboration Instructable. People that dont send in art will be judge's. Good Luck and Have Fun!-DDSN the LeaderEXAMPLE:

Posted by ddsn 11 years ago


How to make two wires spark??

Me and my friends made a potato gun and we used a BBQ lighter to make a spark jump between to wires. But i have been trying to make a remote to make it shoot. Every thing works but to get a spark i have to touch the wires together but i need the spark to jump without touching the wires. Anyone know???

Posted by ...damo 11 years ago


spark plug

Is there any way i could use a spark plug to ignite fireworks from a remote distance...i have about 80' of insulate wire and some electric on/off toggle switches/boxes.

Posted by pyroboy5 11 years ago


Everyone Can Join In!

I have been collecting funny comments from the forums for the past little while now, and this is what I came up with, If you would like to contribute, feel free to leave a comment either on the slideshow page, or here.Always look out for good comments!

Posted by bumpus 10 years ago


Sparks

Hi I perform at celtic and ren fairs, I bellydance and I am trying to find some way that I can have something in my hand that would put of a spark when I dance. Sometime I dance at night and it would look cool. Can anyone help me with some ideas. Thanks Witchdragon13

Posted by witchdragon13 10 years ago


Is it possible to make a sparking taser?

So, there are a lot of people posting articles on how to make tasers, most of these only spark if they touch something conductive. I would like to ask, how can you make the current jump between the two wires without touching something conductive? thanks

Posted by bloodyblahblah 7 years ago


Ways to make an Asynchronous Spark Gap NST friendly

Are there any ways to protect your neon sign transformer(s) from the affects of an Asynchronous rotary spark gap?

Posted by OzoneLab 6 years ago


Will it work if I put 400kv dc input in spark gap TC

I have a ques if I put 400kv high voltage generator as an input in standard spark gap Tesla coil will it work https://m.banggood.com/DC-3_7V-6V-To-400KV-Boost-Step-Up-Power-Module-High-Voltage-Generator-p-915426.html

Posted by vinayakv10 6 months ago


Why does electricity cause sparks?

Hi everyone! Why does electricity cause sparks? I have two scenarios in my mind, and i hope someone can provide me good answers. 1) I have seen on a lot of occasions, for instance the main transformers near my home, the wires sometimes keep sparking near the area where the wires are joined to it. Why does it spark? What is actually happening? And i do know that it might be caused by an overload or a short-circuit or stuff, i am not talking about what caused the sparking, but what is happening when one occurs. Why not just burst into flames, or heat red hot like a metal filament or something? 2) I have also observed sparks when, lets say i suddenly pull out the plug from the socket with the switch still ON, or sometimes even when i turn ON/OFF a switch driving a load. Why does this occur? 

Posted by charmquark 5 years ago


Wimshurst Machine + Coil Gun = ?

I recently participated in my school's science fair. My project was about magnetic pulse accelerators(coil guns). I have been thinking about making a Wimshurst machine. Could I attach it to the coil of wire to get a very impressive result?

Posted by H20 6 years ago


Flyback Transformer Driver

I was looking at this page on flybacks, and I was reading about the transistors, when I realized that I don't know anything about picking transistors out. I'm an electronics noob, what can I say. Would these work? The flyback is going to be from an OLD computer monitor. I need help.

Posted by John Smith 10 years ago


Marx generator - what do you want me to zap? (Videos!)

Okay, some of you are asking me to zap, shock, things with my 50Kv marx generator.Say what you want me to zap in the comment and I will see if I can do it, and post the photos here on this forum topic. I might do a slideshow...Oh, and here's an instructable about building a marx generator. Build a simple Marx Generator(UPDATE)I posted some of the videos! Sorry for the bad quality, I used a crappy camera... :( I hope you enjoyed it!

Posted by Plasmana 9 years ago


wanted: free car parts

Does anyone have any auto badges, old sparkplugs, amd/or old headlight bulbs i can have for free. plaese message me if you have any of these items. thanks

Posted by fire_drakon117 7 years ago


Delayed again!!!

I have been working on my plasma speaker for a long time, after I got everything working, I was about to take a good video of it working. But just then, the MOSFET exploded, and made a huge puff of smoke... Dang! Delayed again! I made and completed the instructable on making a plasma speaker (some of you might had seen it as you are subscribed to me), but I just need a video to prove that the plasma speaker is working. I was going to post the instructable today, but the MOSFET delayed it... :-( It may be a few more days before the instructable is published...

Posted by Plasmana 9 years ago


Is it possible to make a specialized spark gap device that operates similarly to a transitor?

I have a serious issue with utilizing an H-bridge to switch polarity of high voltage electromagnets. The voltage is roughly 110 DC rectified from mains. Every mosfet I use has exploded when I tried to switch the mosfets. I tried using relays but they keep arcing and tripping my breaker. I would very much like to know if it was possible to make a spark gap that works similar to a NPN transistor.

Posted by 50ul84n3 7 years ago


Stun Gun Mod Suggestions/Tips? HV Power!

The 2 images are the type of stun gun parts I have, I believe its a spark gap igniter one but m not 100% on that as I would rather leave it in the cardboard circular case unless I get confirmation it could be modified. What kinds of projects could this be used for, I'm pretty sure its DC powered and attempted putting the outputs to curved metal electrodes for a Jacobs ladder but arc stays in one spot after many adjustments.  Ive only worked with HVAC with an unrectified flyback for plasma globes. Anyone have any suggestions on what to pump this badboy into. P.S. Using 2 metal screws from an Xbox 360 and putting them very close together makes a very nice whistle to it, :).

Posted by thebellbell 3 years ago


What metal do people use to throw up sparks with their lowriders?

I've always thought that it was magnesium, but I've heard that titanium is used. It seems titanium would be mucho-expensive for what it does. Does anyone know anything about it? If I find anything with a reasonable price, I may make a project about it. Thanks, Bran.

Posted by Bran 10 years ago


ELECTRIC SPARKER, IGNITER

Do you know a schematic for a machine that makes sparks for igniting gunpowder or other flammable things? Something easy to make, but effective, so I can light up gunpowder at a distance of 20m. Something whit transformers or capacitors...

Posted by comodore 10 years ago


Tesla Coil

Can someone PLEASE make an instructable on making a tesla coil that shoots sparks???

Posted by MisterHankie 9 years ago


flame igniter

Joho! i am making something similar to the "fireslinger" made by tetranite. The big difference is that mine w ill use short jolts of gasoline, that come from a perfume tester, so there will be short big flames, but i need something to ignite the small cloud of gasoline. the problem is, that it cant be a flame, or a torch, because it will be mounted on the wrist. so i will need a reliable ignition source, like a electric shock, the only problem with electricity i use, is that the sparks are too small to ignite everything, so i need bigger sparks, made by anything that will easily spark!

Posted by pluish 10 years ago


Deodorant bomb

Deodorant bomb : me and my best mate was wondering could you make a Deodorant bomb by putting two screws into a full (ish) can and making a spark between the two screws with a sparking devise ... or would the liquid Deodorant just stop it from happening .... please get back .... really wanna know ....cheers ryan .

Posted by 1gryan 7 years ago


Help me fix my lighter?

Hello all, I recently found this real old lighter in my basement, so I tried to light it, got some sparks, but the fuel was empty. So I put some fluid in, but had to take out the springy thing with the flint to put it in. Now, there are no sparks, no matter how hard I try to make them. Any suggestions?

Posted by Jackhole 9 years ago


Best American Idol Winner

Who's your favorite american idol winner? My pick is Jordin Sparks! You guys?

Posted by frankrizal 6 years ago


Combustion Chamber for high voltage spark

Based on Sir9's project http://sdch2o.free.fr/vrac/Sir9-Plasma-Steam-Engine.doc I am preparing to make my own version: The plan is to create a Tesla Turbine powered by steam which is made on the plasma spark from a Tesla Coil - Presumably if Sir9 used just 110 V, the really high voltage of the Tesla Coil should give me Big effects I am not sure about what size, shape and material I should use for the combustion chamber, and whether I can use multiple spark plugs safely. I'm planning to use a small 220v // 2,1kV microwave oven transormer for the coil just to keep things farely safe for the beginning and a turbine made of hard disk drives (about 16 plates) sealed in a plexi-glass chamber I have a lot more questions coming up every minute, need any help I can get - this is my first project of it's kind Thnx

Posted by skyw4lker 8 years ago


Driver circuit for coil over plug

I want to use a COP ignition coil to create a spark for a single cyl antique engine

Posted by molddave 7 months ago


project: top secret help

I need to know what is the smallest spark plug that you can get and its voltage.

Posted by Sun Gear 10 years ago


Crater Cutter kit

My challenge is to produce a reliable 10kV spark generator which will cut me craters with a plasma arc. You can see the general idea on my blog: http://www.wikihow.com/Etch-Your-Own-Crater? The 10kV spark generator is my missing ingredient, so Instructables please step forward with a design! Once running we can re-create any planetary feature by means of Cathodic or Anodic erosion. I believe this is a genuine alternative to the current 'impact crater' scenario, so favoured by astronomers.

Posted by Cigarshaped 2 years ago


Help!!!

Hey I tried to read The hitchhicker's guide and it still dosn't make any sense!!!!!!!!  if anyone can tell me anything that might spark some brainwaves please tell me Thanks!!!

Posted by Mirime 8 years ago


Capturing tiny sparks/flashes of light via video/photo?

Alright, for one of my upcoming Instructables, I need to capture tiny sparks or flashes of light (same thing, just not sure exactly what to call them) on video and take a picture also. I've tried and tried, but no matter how dark the room is, I just can't seem to get it on video. Even if I see it myself, for some reason it doesn't show up on camera. Is it possibly due to the fact that the light I'm trying to capture is ultraviolet light turned into blue light? Thanks!

Posted by Bran 11 years ago


Explosions for football game

I am a chemistry teacher and I need to make a set of explosions for the football team to run through. The run on the field and the explosions go off on each side of them Any ideas. I may fill a dozen metal coated baloons with hydrogen and, and ignite them with some sort of electric spark strong enough to pepetrate the baloon. I'll put six of them on each side of the path that the team runs out through under the goal post. And how will I make the system to spark them off (electric plug in?)(capacitors, tesla coils, etc.?) thanks

Posted by ChemNut 10 years ago


Is it possible to feel a zap from a watch battery and LED?

Here's the setup: one LED with its leads tied by conductive threads to magnets which stick to a watch battery, in contact with skin for multiple hours.  I had somebody say that this somehow was zapping them (enough to leave a rash).  Is this possible?  I've handled lit LEDs with watch batteries a lot (even underwater) and never felt a thing!  No spark, no zap, no shock, nothing.  So have I just been lucky?  Can this setup actually zap you enough to feel it, or even irritate your skin?  Or was the zapping perhaps an allergic reaction to the nickel magnets which was mistaken for being sparked?

Posted by aliasjanedoe 6 years ago


Epilog and Pocket sized electronics challenges

Hi, I would like to submit an instructable to the Epilog and Pocket sized electronics challenges. It is a spark/electric arc generator, which has many uses such as using it as a spark gap radio transmitter, igniting flammable gasses or liquids (camping stoves), or using the high voltage to charge capacitors. The circuit is based on that of a DIY stun gun, so the project could be used as a stun gun. In the rules it says the project can't be 'potentially dangerous'. So would this project be disqualified from the challenges for being too dangerous? I would of course warn people not to use it as a stun gun in the instructable.   Thanks in advance :) Detective Inspector Me

Posted by Detective Inspector Me 5 years ago


SparkFun - oh joy

SparkFun Electronics is Temporarily Closed! SparkFun Electronics has been temporarily closed while necessary upgrades are installed and configured. Please be patient and check back soon. We're working tirelessly to make this down time as brief as possible.   'nuf said.

Posted by Goodhart 8 years ago


Ruhmkorff coil

I want to build a Ruhmkorff or spark coil for more power for my X-ray tube and a Tesla coil. It is a high voltage transformer and I need at last some 50 kV. If you have any information of how to build such device, then write it here please.

Posted by 012345678910 9 years ago


need new or used SCR for induction furnes!

Need new or used SCR for induction furnes! please any one who can help me! i need an SCR (Thyristor) , i dont care if its used or unused, i just cant justify the cost of a new one till i can be sure it will work; look at the picture below, iam replaceing the spark gap with an SCR. I put a drawing of a tesla coil diagram to compare with a simple spark gap induction drawing. $5 to $10 is in my price range till i know it will work. (voltage or amperage doesnt matter i would just like to see what there capable or if i can make it work for an induction furnes.)

Posted by Danielro10 9 years ago


sparkler water

I am currently brainstorming a firework ignition liquid that contains what i call (sparkler dust) sparklers work by a flame burning a concealed paper packet of (sparkler dust) once this ignites the sparkler sends colored sparks everywhere. now thought that would be an excellent ignition system for fireworks

Posted by HH Engineering 9 years ago