Software for blueprinting

Right now I'm blueprinting a project in Photoshop but even with the exact numbers i have to scale it up whem putting int in my project, I could just remake the files to fix the issue but there has to be software out there that makes the process simplier so i dont have to hand calculate distances between cuts and the like

Posted by nekollx 5 years ago

Need someone to draw me a cool blueprint for eye tracking device

I need a blueprint for a desk mounted eye tracker, I have some specs I need met ....I need someone who understands this and may have input on how to make the idea better.

Posted by Sherwin1234 2 years ago

assassins creed hidden blade (following blueprints)

I will soon be working on a hidden blade as soon as i get the materials.I WILL post a tutorial!!!! 

Posted by darter365 7 years ago

Make your own Blueprints

Does anyone know of a program for the desk top that lets you design blue prints to make things? Like a wooden table, chair or anything like that?

Posted by Raidies 3 years ago

customisable backpack blueprints

Hi there, I have been working on my final bachelor project for my Industrial design bachelor.  I have been working with a certain technique, which allows me to integrate wood into a backpack, which in turn can transform into a low table, for picnicking.  Since I still needed to integrate a digital aspect in the whole design process, I wanted to make a digital program which allows the users to customise blueprints to their own needs. My questions is: in which way, would such a program be helpful for a DIY'er? what does the program need, in order to be useful. (other than changing certain sizes) In the pictures, you can see how the blueprints are interfaced momentarily. with the mouse, you can drag the blueprints and change its sizes. however, I feel there are more aspects which could be integrated into this program. any feedback is more than welcome! greetings, thomas

Posted by thomannanas 1 year ago

Work Sheds

Hi Everyone, Does anyone have plans or blueprints for making a work shed? My wife and I are thinking about building one. Cheers, Devon

Posted by Devon 11 years ago

Amplifier mod

My old DVD/amplifier's DVD is broken so i thought i would convert it to a portable amplifier with some more inputs and stuff, anyone know where i might find blueprints or something so that i might easier figure out what's what? it's a Centrum Triton 110, (sucks, but then it doesn't matter if i mess with it) thanks

Posted by brunotheman 10 years ago

bren gun carrier plans

I'm making a model bren gun carrier ( ) out of chipboard. I'd really appreciate it if someone could post some blueprints of plans in the comment section below. I'm really looking for a detailed outline of the main body that holds everything together. (By the way, I DONT WANT TO BUY A PLASTIC MODEL).

Posted by wenpherd 6 years ago

Newbie Stuff

I very much enjoy this site but am completely new to the building stuff thing. I don't even know enough to know where my lack of skills to begin. Is it possible that someone with more experience could create a daisy-chain list of basic building/electronics/etc. that I could use as a blueprint for my development? If possible I would like this to include Instructable lists thanks in advance Shamus

Posted by captainshamus 10 years ago

Shell says "Peak oil in 7 years."

In a recent e-mail to Shell employees, Shell CEO Jeroen van der Veer writes:"Regardless of which route we choose, the world's current predicament limits our maneuvering room. We are experiencing a step-change in the growth rate of energy demand due to population growth and economic development, and Shell estimates that after 2015 supplies of easy-to-access oil and gas will no longer keep up with demand."2015 is seven years away and with limited resources and an expanding population we are sure to see more and more limitations on resources we take for granted. Water, cooking oil, and food are also in that list.The e-mail goes on to say that little will likely be done about this situation by any governments until the poop has really hit the fan and by then it will probably be too late. Two scenarios are laid out in the e-mail, Scramble and Blueprints. One is a mad dash towards a solution as we hit the problem head-on and the other is to make a plan now for the inevitable.Personally, I hope for the Blueprints scenario, but I feel like the Scramble is likely what we'll be doing. link

Posted by fungus amungus 10 years ago

Ausfailia, where buy Capacitor

Hi, so I'm building a coil gun; as I'm sure many physics students do. I have blueprints set out and I have some circuit diagrams going, but I live in Ausfailia so I'm not entirely sure it's possible to buy remotely dangerous electrical equipment, such as a 450v capacitor, over the counter. Every common retailer only has shit-house miniscule ones for small circuits. Can someone who's overcoem this problem help me out?

Posted by Evanator1234 6 years ago

Where to find plans ideas? Pm me if u got some

Ok, by now everyone is talking about how to build a quadricycle? The only problem is no one can find any plans or blueprints on how to build this machine. If u hvae any i mean ANY ideas on how to build a quadricycle just pm me or comment here and i will get back to u as soon as possible. Or u can email me at DONT BE AFRAID TO EMAIL ME I WILL TAKE ANY AND ALL IDEAS!!!!!

Posted by Howtobuild 10 years ago

belt fed

Does any one know anything about belt fed guns. I have looked at one site called how stuff works but that gives me sort of an idea but i need something a lil more. does anyone have blueprints or plans for a belt fed gun. If you do that would make a great instructable. I know some of the basics of the belt fed guns, but not much more than that. I am wanting to make a 9mm belt fed LMG. Basicly from one of P.A. Lutys designs, only change them up a lil bit to use the belt feed.

Posted by 6Rea6per6 11 years ago

Help with altoids tin interior lighting?

I am currently planning out an altoids tin accordion- style wallet and I want it to be lit up with led lights on the inside. I figure one light will do so it with stay simple. I was hoping to wire it in a way that it takes up little room and the light would turn on when the tin opens rather than hitting a switch or button, however, I can't for the life of me think of a way to do this. If anyone could give me ideas or blueprints for a small led circuit that is completed by opening the altoids tin housing it sits in, it would be so greatly appreciated. Thanks!

Posted by adam72 5 years ago

I'm getting seriously frustrated with this DIY iPod projector.

I am trying to make a video projector for my iPod touch using a cardboard box, mirror and a magnifying glass lens. When I put my iPod over the mirror, it projects onto the wall but I can JUST vaguely see the picture. It's not clear at all. What do you guys suggest? Smaller mirror? Moving something closer or farther to the lens? Smaller lens? It's really starting to p*ss me off. I want to know what some of you might recommend. Below are the blueprints I roughly sketched up on MSPaint.

Posted by Zachintosh 6 years ago

Belt feed

Does anyone have some kide of blueprint on how to make a belt feed MP. I have seen the examples of ones on but that isn't helping me much right now. I'm not really sure how I can belt feed it through. I am working with a P.A. Luty's 9mm. Can some one help me on this. If you have been able to make a belt feed system can you show me yours in photos. I think that would also be a great instructable too. I'm not to sure how to make a belt for 9mm rounds either. Instead of sticking with his design on the magazine I think it would be great to have a belt feed system on this weapon.

Posted by 6Rea6per6 11 years ago

The Etch-o-matic process

I found this website for the etch-o-matic and thought how cool. I also thought that this has to be something really really easy to make myself if I knew a little more about it. So I'm wondering if anyone knows how to build one of these or if there is already an instructable that for this that I just couldn't find, or if someone knows of another source for further info. If anyone even just knows the generic term for this process that would be a help.I'm also wondering about the stencil, is there another, more generic product out there that does the same thing? The development is no problem because I have an old blueprint machine that will do that part nicely. thanks a millionC

Posted by astro347 9 years ago

Modding a clock to run at half speed (resolved)

I want to make a clock that runs at half speed, or atleast is slowed down. Is this possible to make with resistors or do I need to make twice as large gears to make it slow?Obviously, the first idea is to prefer over the ladder. I've managed to get my hands on the circuit board that produces the hertz pulse, and also a blueprint that shows that if you put a 1k resistor on the input, it still beats at 1hz. Should you maybe put a resistor on the other end, the output? And how big of a resistance should I use?(It also shows two diods, which are added, which is used to light up a LED)Pictures from JosePinoI appreciate the help, thanks!RESOLVED:

Posted by isudoru 11 years ago

Cheap DIY space savers.

So I'm in the middle of converting part of our basement into a new room to serve as my room.I'm looking for a way to make the most out of my space. My first ideas were utilizing a drawbridge style system to make a foldout table or something like that. the ceiling is entirely exposed.There are cords and beams and pipes everywhere up there.I thought perhaps some sort of drop down storage could be made. This is all I have come up with so far.I'm not too keen with drawbridges,so any help and ideas would be appreciated. the picture is me at age 15 .it shows part of the basement.Not much help. The furnace is behind the door.The door that we have sitting here for no apparent reason. Note: there is large closet already built in against the wall.That should store all the clothes I'll ever need.I'm thinking of purchasing a cheap futon for a bed,as the mattress I currently use is far too big.Does anyone know where I can find some blueprints for simple foldout tables.

Posted by Bando_Red 9 years ago

electric ultralight cri cri (mc-15)

i know ultra lights nomaly use gas , but i was thinking in one total eletric . why? cuz its green , easier to make , easier to control, easier to repair  , and several others things. but it have a problem(of course it have a problem why air companys dont use eletric planes) . so i get to the conclusion it have to be light (that means small to), and the electric motor would have to be efficient. so i think what plane i use ...... the aswer is the mc-15 or cri cri if u like that name is light allready have a eletric version(a crap flights for15 minutes only , but faster than the gas one) .(UPDATE) ok to power the motors 4 of 24 volts i was thinking in a fuel cell aka hho cell. how i make thata fuel cell i already see instructables but it have to make 24 volts and turn upside down . im searching 4 a good fuel cell blueprint.(UPDATE)

Posted by pedroxl 7 years ago

Help with stage props

Hello Instructables community users, My name is Jezen Thomas and I'm here to ask for help with designing and creating some stage props to be used during a music performance. I'm not necessarily asking for free blueprints, although I'm clueless as to where I should start and I'd appreciate being pointed in the right direction. The first prop I need to produce is a giant telephone. I'm not 100% sure yet if I want it to be a modern styled mobile phone, or a vintage circular-dial type phone. I know aesthetically it's a big difference, but I'm sure thematically either would be just as effective on stage. I would like the phone to be similar in size and design to the giant mobile phone used on the old British comedy show, Trigger Happy TV. If you're not sure what I'm talking about, you can see exactly what I mean here: Again, any help is much appreciated. Thanks in advance, and best regards, - Jezen Thomas

Posted by jezenthomas 9 years ago

How do I make a Headphone/Microphone hub...

Hello, I'm a tabletop gamer and I have a problem. My problem is that sometimes I play at gaming rooms and there's usually a lot of noise there. What I was wondering is, is there an easy way of making a Headphone/Microphone hub that players at the table can plug in their headsets and thus ignore most of the ambient noise from the other people around them? I have an understanding of electronics and how to work with them. I just don't have the finer knowledge of how to actually make stuff from scratch unless I follow a blueprint with listed components to use. What's needed is something the "host" (be it a Gamemaster or the one who's running the game) can plug his microphone headset into and the players at the table as well (let's say 10 players, so that's 11 headphones and 11 microphones). And the host needs to have a means to talk to just some players at various times, and each player must in turn have the ability to speak to the host as well.  I'm certain this gadget or something similar is or has been made at some point in time, kinda like the conference tools corporations use for their meetings, just a little lower tech than that, and it needs to be easily transportable. I would be grateful for any help on this matter.

Posted by hnakkabuff 5 years ago

Free CAD software

Back in college we used to work with SolidWorks, so I'm used to making some simple work in that. Problem is they do not have trials anymore, and I can't afford such a program. So I'm looking for a nice free CAD program to replace it. - It should have 3D capabilities, to make it easier for me to understand what I'm doing. - Constraints, so I can define dimensions and features and have the other features adjust to it - Boolean and Splines support, but no need for fancy tools. - Drafting, to make the finished blueprint. It doesn't need any simulation, rendering, analytics, or management tools, and should, before anything else, be easy to learn. Right now I have found a number of programs, but I have no idea about how to figure out which is "better" for me. I will be testing them while waiting for a possible reply, so maybe I'll be the one to find a nice one :) But PLEASE don't hesitate to reply if you have any suggestions! The ones I have found are: BRL-CAD, the US Army's open-source CAD Program PowerSHAPE-e Kompas 3D T-FLEX CAD Student Edition Anyway, hope we can get a dialog going and find the best free hobby starter's CAD software for tech and craft :)

Posted by ELF 8 years ago

I need to make fake hipster glasses

Hello.  In two weeks, I need to look something like this guy: I've already got someone doing Jamie Hyneman.  The only problematic bit for me is the glasses.  See, I already wear glasses, and my frames aren't that thick.  So, in maximizing authenticity, I'd like to do a DIY-conversion for my glasses to make them look like Adam Savage's hipster glasses.  Here's my working hypothesis.  I get some kind of thick, lightweight, cut-able material and cut it into two parts, with a groove lining the inside.  Then I glue the two halves together, fitting around the frames of my current glasses. I'm thinking my best option for a material is thick posterboard - the stuff that's sort of foamy in the middle, with card paper on either side.  The foamy bit would make it easy to carve a groove and fit it around my glasses. Here are my current blueprints: Would love to fish for a few more ideas, though, before I dive headlong into this.  Are there any other materials that might do me better, or a better method altogether?  Input of any sort is appreciated!

Posted by Histidine 5 years ago

Floor Plans

I own a house in one city, and work in another.  In order to avoid driving back and forth everyday, I have bought a small lot and plan to build a small house there.  I am severly limited by the size of the lot and the money I have to fund the project.  Therefore I have decided not to exceed a 20 foot by 20 foot design. I'm looking for your help.  Attached is a photo of a couple of post-its that I laid out a quick floor plan on.  I've re-arranged it several times, and finally have something I think really maximizes the space available to me.  I'm simply asking if you guys see more ways to do so. Some quick notes- this is far from a final design.  The first post-it is the second floor, and the second is the ground floor.  I'm not sold on the upstairs restroom, it just depends on the slope of the roof I decide on if that will be possible.  In the kitchen, I alloted 2 feet per appliance, but will need a bit more, so it's nine feet wide which should fit.  The doors on both sit rooms will swing out, not in as shown on the second one.  I will base the electric and have a tankless water system based out of the pantry with the washer and dryer.  I would also like to possibly remove the wall that encloses in the the kitchen, but  not sure how that would effect stability. Any thoughts on any aspects of the design are welcome, except for making it bigger.  Thanks!

Posted by yokozuna 7 years ago

Summer Camp seeks proposals for ambitious collaborative project

Calling all Engineers, Designers, Sculptors, Builders, Videographers, Architects, Artists and Makers of all descriptions and disciplinesSUMMER CAMP SEEKS PROPOSALS FOR AMBITIOUS COLLABORATIVE PROJECTSBeam Camp requests project ideas for 2009 and future summers.You supply the plan and vision. We'll supply 100+ energetic campers and staff and 700+ acres of forest, mountain and lakes as studio, canvas and workshop. Submit your proposal to be Beam's 2009 Project Master. THE PROJECTEach summer Beam commissions a Project Master to design a unique large-scale collaborative endeavor that campers produce and enjoy. The Project can range from the conceptual to the structural. We are looking for big ideas that will challenge and excite our campers and staff. Our Project Management Team will work with the Master to "translate" the Master's project blueprint into the camp context.THE CAMPBeam Camp is a 4-week summer program (July 18-August 16) for boys and girls aged 7-17 in Strafford, New Hampshire. Beam Campers cultivate hands-on skills while exploring innovative thinking, design and the creative process. They transform ideas into artifacts and personal achievement into community success. Teams of campers work on different aspects of the Project each morning. In the afternoons, they participate in Domains, mini-courses in arts, athletics, science and nature studies.Project CriteriaMake it big.Don't limit yourself to "camp-y" themes.Construction can be a central component, but doesn't have to be.Past Projects:2005 The Nexus Canopy: a raised, 42' x 36' grid of wood and fabrics that the campers transformed from shelter to maze to movie theater to art installation to banquet space. Project Master: Fabian Jabro/Standard Architects2006 The Beam Fleet: seven wooden vehicles, designed, and built by the campers, equal parts kinetic sculptures, simple machines and rolling canvases. Project Masters: Steve Gerberich & Nathaniel Leib2007 The Beam Micro/Macro Domes: five geodesic domes based on the forms and structures of virus proteins, that became shelters, sculptures, playspaces and activity centers. Project Master: Caitlin Berrigan2008 Jungletopia: three tree-houses ring a 16-foot armature to form a play/contemplation space that bridges (metaphorically and physically) Beamers' imagination and craft with the forest environment. Project Masters: Jan Drojarski & Jon BockselFAQsHOW DO I SUBMIT A PROPOSAL?Go to to fill out the Project Proposal form or send an email to'S THE PROJECT BUDGET?We generally spend $10,000 on Project-specific materials including any necessary new tools/machines.WHAT ARE THE MASTER'S TIME REQUIREMENTS?Upon selection of a Project, Masters have until May 1st to create a blueprint or working plan for the project. We ask that the Master be available for at least two pre-camp planning meetings and join us for at least three days during the camp session.DO I GET PAID?Project Masters receive a $2,500 stipend plus reimbursement of travel costs. Proposals due: March 1, 2009.For more info on Beam: http://www.beamcamp.comFor further inquiries contact: Brian Cohen:

Posted by Brian Cohen 9 years ago

How to Make a precision metal tube?

I recently bought a mini metal lathe. I'm making an airsoft gun on it, and i need to make a barrel. The particular gun I'm making is the ppsh-41 (for all of you guys that play cod5, you know what i'm talking about! and for those who don't know, it's pronounced peh-peh-sha), which requires a barrel length of 270mm (found from the blueprints). This is just under a foot, and about the max my lathe can handle (but mind you it can still handle it! ). For an airsoft barrel, the inner diameter should be 6.01mm (as BB's are 6 mm in diameter and you want a tight seal for max accuracy). How can i create a precision barrel like this? My plan for the most part is to take a brass tube with an ID slightly smaller than this, and put it on my metal lathe and then fine tune the inside. The only problem is is that i would need a 1 foot long (or i suppose 6 inch long if I go from both ends, but it might affect the bb where the 2 cuts meet at the center) cutting tool that's less than 5mm (leaving some room for error) in diameter, and won't flex pretty much at all along it's 1 foot length. Or does the flex part not matter because it would flex a consistent amount the whole way? Anyone ever do something like this before?

Posted by guyfrom7up 8 years ago

Insanely Cool Multitouch

So now all I need is $100k and I'm ready to rock. watch the videoJefferson Y. Han likes big computer monitors. If a screen is large enough, four or five people can work at it together, rearranging blueprints, say, or editing photos. But they can't do that if they're taking turns at a keyboard and mouse. The answer, which Han demonstrates on a 3 x 8-ft. monitor in his lab at New York University, is multitouch input. It allows any number of users to lay hands on the screen as if they were manipulating real objects. On the monitor, recently dubbed the Media Wall, Han uses his hands to spin a virtual globe and then zoom into the canyons of Manhattan. "A mouse is an indirect pointing device," Han says. "You're working with an object that's not on the screen. Multitouch computing is direct manipulation."Han, the son of Korean immigrants, drew inspiration from the way light diffuses when you touch a glass of water. It's a phenomenon known as "œfrustrated total internal reflection." Han attached LEDs to the side of a piece of clear acrylic ”his screen" and mounted an infrared camera on the back. Light traveled through the acrylic. When Han touched the screen, some light diffused out and was captured by the camera. He then designed software that allows the screen to be used for operating mapping programs, handling photos and drawing animated figures. Perceptive Pixel, the business Han started with an NYU colleague, builds custom multitouch computers for private industry and military clients (and, now, to anyone with $100,000).Multitouch computing isn't new: the concept has been kicking around since the 1980s, and two Breakthrough Award-winning products, Apple's iPhone and Microsoft's Surface, use versions of it. Han's special contribution: Beyond his varied applications for multitouch computing lies a broad vision of how it can empower people to work together in new ways.

Posted by fungus amungus 10 years ago

Building Battery Packs?

Hello all! I am currently in the process of designing an (increasingly) large project using LED light strips. These are the strips I intend on using. Expensive? Yes. Worth it? It should be. The other thing is that this is a portable project, one that I want to be able to use without being tethered to an outlet. Basically, what it comes down to is that the project involves using about 8.25 meters of light strip. I say about because I haven't done precise measurements, but I'm buying ten meters which should be plenty. This adds up to 264 LEDs total (for the 8.25, not the 10). Each LED can draw up to 60 mA at full brightness, so all of them at full brightness would draw almost 16 A >_< I am thinking that the best way to go about this would be to build four smaller battery packs, each powering about 2 meters of strip. I was looking at using these Li-Ion cells. The only problem is that I do not know how to accomplish what I am trying to do. I am still befuddled by the relationship between a battery's "C" rating and its mAh, and I am quite unsure of what kind of circuit these batteries need to be used with to prevent killing them, or worse, fires. What I really want is to be able to run the entire thing for 3-4 hours on a single charge of all four of the battery packs. But I also want to have the possibility to run all the LEDs at full brightness (albeit for a fraction of a second) without damaging the circuitry. Another problem I am encountering is that these batteries are 3.7V, and the strip needs about (but no more than) 5V to run. I appreciate any advice, help, references, etc. you can give me. I don't need a full blueprint or schematic of how exactly to do this, but I do not even know in which direction to start looking. Thanks again.

Posted by SteamEngenius 5 years ago

Homeowners go greener with do-it-yourself jobs

Michael Davis and his 60 Watt DIY Solar panel were mentioned in SFGate's Homeowners go greener with do-it-yourself jobs.Like a lot of Bay Area homeowners, Alissa Hauser and husband Steve Brown have already done the small things to save on utility bills and pursue a green life: lower the thermostat, install energy-efficient lightbulbs, use old T-shirts for rags instead of paper towels.But earlier this month, the East Bay couple took a longer stride into the do-it-yourself green home improvement era by spending a Saturday afternoon routing gray water pipes from their laundry machine to their garden. Now, each time they run a load of dirty clothes, the excess H{-2}O runs through a filtering system that waters their apple, plum and lemon trees. "In many ways, environmentalism has become an expensive, consumer-driven effort," Hauser, a director at a nonprofit, said. "But this kind of project proves environmentalism can be a money-saving lifestyle, too."...Michael Davis, a Florida inventor who owns property in the Arizona desert, became a minor DIY Internet sensation on the environmental Web site last month when he posted a step-by-step guide on building a homemade solar panel system for $105.Davis said he needed the free electricity to power tools and equipment on his property near Arizona's Painted Desert, where he relies mostly on a generator. He bought used and blemished solar panels off eBay for about $30 and strung together a bootleg unit that managed to power 60 watts of free juice, enough to recharge his drill overnight - a small but important step in the DIY quest to corral solar energy on the cheap.Davis' panels also received high attention on, the San Francisco-based Web site that has become a popular destination for do-it-yourselfers looking for detailed instructions. Since the site added a green section last year, users worldwide have contributed more than 120 blueprints on green home improvement projects, everything from contraptions to convert attic heat into hot water to tinning a roof with aluminum cans.More news and press about Instructables here.

Posted by ewilhelm 9 years ago