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Hi All, The homepage of Instructables gets a big makeover today, you may have noticed! If you're logged out, you'll continue to see the same rotator with huge, beautiful images that you know and love. If you're logged in, you're going to see your customized feed (if available) or "top picks" (if not). Top picks are the same projects that appear on the logged-out version of the homepage, so if it's the variety of fun projects that keeps you coming for more, there should be nothing lost. We've had terrific feedback on the "feed" related features -- people love the personalization of Instructables, and come back for more when we're able to show them exactly what they came for in the first place. Now, we're dialing it to 11. We know the homepage is a big driver of traffic for many new projects, so there may be concerns that projects on the homepage will get fewer views. We don't anticipate this will be substantial, since most visitors to the homepage are logged out. We hope you like it!

Posted by pseaton 2 years ago | last reply 2 years ago


Useless Machine was on The Colbert Report!

Make Magazine's editor-in-chief, Mark Frauenfelder was on the CR promoting his new book and he brought a few gadgets with him.  Imagine my surprise when he brought out the Useless Machine. After letting Colbert try the machine, Mark explains that it's only function is to turn itself off.  The audience laughs and Colbert says "I'll tell you what it does Mark...it breaks my heart." I guess I should mention that the machine will be featured in the next MAKE magazine and that was why Mark brought it on the show! My mind is officially blown. Mark had sent me a heads-up letting me know about this, but I didn't receive it until after watching the show.  I'm a regular viewer of the CR so for me this was especially sweet.  Thanks Mark! http://www.colbertnation.com/the-colbert-report-videos/311944/june-08-2010/mark-frauenfelder Cheers, Brett

Posted by Frivolous Engineering 8 years ago | last reply 8 years ago


Silhouette Designer Edition and Silhouette Connect Promotion!

From now through March 19th, both Silhouette Studio® Designer Edition and Silhouette Connect™ will be 35% off!! In case you don’t know, Designer Edition is the MOST POWERFUL design system out there to help you achieve all your crafty needs.  Some key features: Ability to open, manipulate, and cut .svg files Rhinestone tools to convert designs into rhinestone templates and create your own rhinestone designs Sketch tools to convert designs into several styles of sketchable art Creative knife tools to allow you to clip designs using different patterns Enhanced eraser set to modify designs with more precision Built-in ruler and guide lines for precise alignment and drawing If you don't know about Silhouette Connect™  it is a plug-in that allows you to cut directly from Adobe Illustrator or CorelDraw! Check out!  See what you think!

Posted by Penolopy Bulnick 4 years ago


How do you setup a router? Answered

 I have a 54M Wireless router here. It's a TP-Link with 5 ports at the antennae side. The first port is labeled "WAN" and it may mean "Wide Area Network" or "Wired Area Network" or "Wireless Area Network". The other ports are for wired connections. I want to use this router, but my problem is that I can't seem to secure the thing with a password (remember it's wireless). Also, the last time I tried to use it, the whole thing won't work. Well, sure the Network was setup, but the internet won't work. Where do you plug the network cable from the modem to the router, and the PC to the router.  Straightened out: How do you put a password on the router? How is it supposed to be connected? Could you disable the wireless feature? If so how? What does "WAN" mean?                                        - Thanks                                                                                                        

Asked by nutsandbolts_64 8 years ago | last reply 8 years ago


Homemade wax paper wrappings? Answered

Hello everyone! This is the first time I've used this feature on Instructables, so here goes. :) I'm trying to recreate vintage sweet wrappers for a friend who will use them in a film he's making for uni, and I wondered if I could somehow impregnate the wrappers in wax to make them "chocolate proof" so I could let a friend re-live times from long ago. :) I'd be using standard printer paper and inkjet ink, would this survive the waxing? Also how would I coat the paper in a layer of wax thin enough not to crack when the package is assembled? I was also planning on heat sealing the edges wsing a warmed metal tooling to first fold the paper into a tube, then crimp the edges. Thanks for any help :) (Sorry if this is in the wrong section, as its technically a wax and paper mess-afound i think it's closer to Art than anything else. :) )

Asked by Llamarama 6 years ago | last reply 6 years ago


Are Video Instructable Entries Not As Effective?

I recently created a video Instructable for a simple game you can play with your dog. I spent a great deal of time creating it, and making sure it was clear, entertaining and brief as possible. After originally posting it, I noticed that it was largely ignored. Aside from questioning if I created something of little interest, I pondered if the video might have appeared unoriginal, merely reposted from youtube. I learned through communication with one Instructable staffer that a step-by step breakdown was preferable for feature consideration, etc... The video is under a minute, and so a step by step breakdown seemed to me to be a less efficient, if not a redundant means to provide instructions. I'm now incredibly curious about the viability of videos as Instructables, or even included with an Instructable.  According to my social media feed, tightly-edited instructional videos are all the rage. The current stats for my example Instructable show about 1000 views, but less than 200 views (of any duration) for the video. I can't help but think that the step-by step instructions are diverting all the attention from the video, where I focused all my effort, but I suspect there's more to this:   Are videos as Instructables less appealing?   Has the (mute) auto-play function of other social media videos made click-to-play videos less appealing?  Is the availability of a video, no matter the length, interpreted as more time-consuming to glean the basics from than a step-by-step instructions with images?  Are videos not an ideal format for inclusion through the various formats of Instructables? (I had one person ask me for a link to the video that they somehow missed) I ask these questions because the effort to create quality videos is not insignificant. Creating a quality Instructable in general is also no insignificant task. It would helpful to have a dialogue to better understand the role of videos on Instructables so that it might be understood better when or if to create video content for the site. I created an even shorter video demo as a supplementary visual for another recent Instructable, and the views for it, are a teeny-tiny fraction of the total Instructable views, in spite of featuring it prominently and attractively in the intro. What are your thoughts? 

Posted by davidandora 2 years ago | last reply 2 years ago


Magpul PDR

Here's a project Trauts and I are working on. Trauts still has to fine tune my version. I was actually only going to build the back and firing mechanism and leave the front to trauts and have him mod whatever needed. I just added a front on for the heck of it. Here's what the PDR is http://www.magpul.com/pdfs/PDRtech_PR.pdf I had a video but it wasn't working so I'll just have to explain some of the features for now. This version wasn't made for looks but just to show off the trigger, magazine, and mag release. So understand that this is by far not the final version. Alright to explain some of the features now: - I made a quick adapter for rail accessories from airsoft and maybe real firearms. The adapter can then attach to my K'nex rail. I used this very low quality red dot scope for an example. I wish I had batteries for it so I could at least use it as something more than a viewfinder. -The trigger is complicated looking but it's pretty basic. I took my old bullpup trigger (could probably be used to all kinds of bullpup weapons) and modified it a little so that I wouldn't need such a long barrel. To do this I brought down what normally would be the part you'd pull and placed that early and then made a sliding trigger that pushes that part back. It's actually pretty reliable. -The magazine is a somewhat new design (that or hardly ever used) that is really close in size to real STANAG magazines. The real version doesn't used curved magazines but I decided to make a curved magazine anyways to demonstrate how to make a gently curving magazine for guns like the Magpul Masada. You can lock the mag pusher down if you're using a weak enough rubber band. -The mag release isn't what's used on the real one but it would be impossible to make one like that. This is pretty simple but very effective. It's just a little lever switch that you pull back and the magazine will pop out. You put the magazine in firmly and you should be able to hear it click. It's rock solid when locked into place. I'll show you pictures of it later.

Posted by TheDunkis 9 years ago | last reply 5 years ago


Hulu App For Iphone!

Big news for the iPhone and iPod touch owners! Hulu is finally developing an app for the iPhone.From cNet news...Silicon Alley Insider is reporting that a dedicated Hulu application is indeed on its way to the iPhone and should be here in just a few months.SAI says the application will work over Wi-Fi and AT&T;'s 3G network, meaning that users will be able to view programming anywhere with a fast data connection.Rumors suggesting that an iPhone-friendly version of Hulu swirled around this time last year, however, they predated the launch of the App Store, and Hulu flat-out denied that one was being worked on.This time around, though, it's far more plausible, with the upcoming iPhone OS 3.0 software update, which lets developers bake streaming media into their applications. For Hulu, this means that the advertising could be stuck into the mobile stream and that users would be able to watch videos without leaving the application.One of the things that keep this rumor from holding water is that Hulu is in direct competition with Apple's iTunes business. Users of Hulu can watch ad-supported, full-length television shows and movies on their personal computers for free, instead of paying Apple to download a copy for offline viewing.If such an app were available on the iPhone, it would also offer portable TV and movie watching, something not yet offered in Apple's own mobile iTunes app, which is limited to video podcasts. In past instances of this, the company has simply denied applications such as Podcaster from making it through the app approval process, only to launch it as a first party feature later on.On the other hand, some of Hulu's competitors have already gotten a foot in the door, including Joost and CBS-owned TV.com, which has its own iPhone application that streams in content in chunks. In addition, Google's YouTube, whose application comes preinstalled on the iPhone, has recently reached an agreement with major studios, including Sony Pictures, Lions Gate Entertainment, and CBS (publisher of CNET News), to offer visitors full-length TV shows and feature films.If Hulu can't manage to pull off getting advertisements in the stream, using this system, it would be fairly simple to force users to sit through advertisements between clips.Link.

Posted by Gjdj3 9 years ago


A new direction for "Total Views Count" group.

So the original purpose of this group has been made obsolete by the rather cool new update HQ have released. A user's total views are now displayed around their avatar meaning we can see up to date information by visiting our profiles. Now that there's no need to run a twice monthly script I was thinking that perhaps people would be interested in having their total views collected daily, then twice monthly I could release graphs for people tracking their daily increase. Similar to the /you/stats/ feature that HQ trialled briefly. I'd also be happy to continue giving patches for people reaching the views milestones we had for the group. Anyone interested in that? Or does anyone have any bright ideas that the data now available on profile pages could be used for? It's pretty trivial to scrape the data with Perl, and at 1 page load per group member it's much quicker and easier than the current script (which loads thousands of pages).

Posted by Jayefuu 8 years ago | last reply 6 years ago


Universal (adjustable) Rechargeable Battery Power Supply?

I would like to build a battery power supply that has these features: * holds some number of commonly available alkaline or rechargeable cells (AA or C since those are pretty common) * has adjustable voltage for 3V-18V (or whatever might be practical) * has adjustable current 100mA-3A (again, whatever is possible) * batteries can be recharged by plugging in to normal AC outlet * can still function as a power supply while charging (perhaps via AC?) Is such a thing possible? With phones, iPads and other items that are battery powered, it would be nice to be able to power a few accessories via battery and not need to recharge (i.e., be able to load fresh batteries) if on a remote recording session (for example). I don't know much about electronics, and would need a higher degree of hand-holding for parts selection and other stuff. I am good with a soldering iron and have done a few DIY projects and kits that have all worked fine.

Posted by stubbsonic 5 years ago | last reply 5 years ago


EGiR, Gift Exchange

My skills include: Electronics, woodwork, textiles, visual design. Here's a link to my featured Instructable: https://www.instructables.com/id/sundial-compass-spirit-level-All-in-one-time-pi/ What I'd like to make for someone: Something Novel. I'd be willing to make this size gift package for someone: Any! as long as postage doesn't break the bank I'd be willing to receive a smaller or larger size gift package from someone than the one I make for someone else: Definitely! What I like: rugged yet elegant, slightly useful What I don't like: things that break I absolutely can't have: antimatter (allergies) Type of thing I'd love to receive: blast-proof rubber gauntlets, USB icecream machine, dot-matrix waffle press, Igor. Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country? yes Confirm that are at least 18 years old or, if not, that you have the approval of a parent or guardian: Yes.

Posted by EGiR 8 years ago | last reply 8 years ago


Looking for a "trial" pro membership code

I am new to the site and was looking to see if anyone might be gracious enough to send along a pro membership code for a trial basis (was thinking a month or two).  I just had my first son back in July and I am really interested in improving my skills in a few areas (wood-working, electrical, and tech related to raspberry pi).  Looking to build a few cool projects for my boy and have the skills to pass along to him when the timing is right.  The pro features (downloading some of the project PDFs, specifically) look like they would be really helpful in getting my feet off the ground and I just have a pretty limited budget (as one might imagine with a new born). Just thought I would throw out a line and see if anyone is willing.  By the way - this site has some of the most amazing designs and DIY projects I have ever seen, hoping to stick around and contribute here when I can! Thanks!

Posted by andy5925 2 years ago | last reply 2 years ago


Drafts???

Someone please help me I've been trying to figure  out how to navigate to my drafts folder for some time and I cannot find anyone else who has had the same issue with a solution. I started and saved a few drafts and watched the little "Saved!" message pop up but how do I go back to edit it again? I'll take a screenshot of what my page looks like right now.  I can't tell if this site is just poorly constructed or if it's just not working properly at the moment.  Or maybe I'm just missing something obvious! I don't have any previous experience using this site, I'm just using it for a project for college. I tried using a different browser (I'm on Chrome but I also tried Firefox) but that didn't help. I also looked through some "how to make instructables" classes but it's all about how to like.. take good pictures and stuff and not how to use the website's features. :( I would really appreciate some instruction! Thanks in advance!

Posted by M3lleee 1 year ago | last reply 5 months ago


Help with turntable decision?

I am trying to get into Vinyl and i need an entry level turntable.  I was looking at the two models below, but i don't know which one to buy.  I don't really need the USB output on the Itusb model because i can always record through my laptop's Mic input.   Besides the USB feature, I really dont have any wants or don't wants, just need a solid entry level player that I can use with my headphones, speakers, and as mentioned before, my laptop to record vinyl.   Any suggestions and comments are helpful, thanks! P.S. I use a pair of Sennheiser HD555's for listening, don't know if that makes a difference, but thought I'd add in my little audiophile bit. http://www.insound.com/AT-LP60-Automatic-Turntable-Turntable-Audio-Technica/P/INS70640/&from;=60603 http://www.insound.com/iPTUSB-Turntable-Vinyl-Archiver-Turntable-ION-Turntable/P/INS40042/&from;=60603

Asked by bobert610 4 years ago | last reply 4 years ago


Help wiring a toggle switch??

Hi there, i need some advice on how to wire a toggle switch between a battery voltage monitor and a battery so that I can switch the monitor on and off as required. My problem is that i need to pass 4 seperate wires through the toggle switch however I do not know enough about how a toggle switch works to achieve this. Here is a video that shows what I am trying to achieve; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YPLNywzmnAk&feature;=feedlik This is a voltage monitor for a lithium polymer battery for use on an Airsoft Electric Gun (AEG) the battery is stored inside a plastic box ,which is shown below, and i would like to insert the voltage monitor inside the plastic box with a toggle switch for turining it on and off I have some pictures attached to show what exactly it is I am using and to hopefully explain more clearly. Any advice at all would be greatly appreciated as I am at a loss about how to approach this.

Posted by dwelby101 7 years ago | last reply 7 years ago


TNKIT entry and FN SCAR H (Now with pictures)

This is my TNKIT entry, an F1 based car. It has built-in suspension (not independent, but on the axle), and realistic features. The last pictures are of my new assault rifle, an FN SCAR replica. The stock is different because of the internal ram mechanism, and it has Ironman rails top and bottom, with strange new rails on the sides, which hold a bipod at the moment. An ironman mag adaption allows for extremely quick mag changing, with the release lever an inch from the trigger at the front of the trigger guard. The flip-up iron sights have been modified since these pictures, and the barrel (area with the bottom rail, not the false barrel at the end) has been shortened by 2 units, making the weapon more realistic and easier to use. Uses lots and lots of y clips and hinges, and requires about 6 cut white rods (can get away with 5). The EGLM fires a large projectlie using a push trigger behind the mag (in front of and below the handle). Also for your enjoyment; my MP5 from May.

Posted by knexguy 9 years ago | last reply 9 years ago


The Last HOPE talks released online for free

I love this so hard. The fine folks at 2600 put up all of the talks from The Last HOPE (Hackers Of Planet Earth)  (all of them as far as I can tell, anyway) up as free mp3 downloads here: http://www.thelasthope.org/talks.html  The hacker* talk subjects range from escaping high security handcuffs, to cold boot utilities, to Anonymous, to Wikipedia's sleaziness to ballot hacking and everything in between. Featured speakers include such guys and gals as Adam Savage, Jello Biafria, Kevin Mitnick, Marcia Wilbur and many, many more. My mp3 player is filled with techy goodness for hours and hours of sweet listening. Both High quality/Large size and Lower quality/small size are available.  *Don't talk about the identity-stealing, male, trouble making criminal hackers and make me have to track you down and beat you to death with a length of CAT 5 cable

Posted by Lithium Rain 8 years ago | last reply 8 years ago


Replacing switch and extending them.

I have this extension cord from panther, http://www.panther.ph/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/PSP-0211.jpg. Now, I am planning to replace its rocker switches to toggle switches and extend it because of a wooden table project. This wooden table will have its power control panel mounted on its front and the power outlet will be hidden inside the table. My idea is just to copy its wiring for the new switches once I acquire the materials needed . Here is its inside btw. http://imgur.com/xOHhg5i.  My problems are I don't know if this idea of mine will work or if it will, what kinds or specifications of toggle switches and wires I'm gonna need. Once I thought that I could just make an ordinary multiple outlet/extension cord with individual switches but I need the panther's features. So that I wouldn't have problems in breaking the appliances connected to it due to some electrical problems. I have almost 0 knowledge when it comes to electronics.

Posted by l0rens13. 3 years ago | last reply 3 years ago


TVIKT entry: SKAK

Hey! This is my entry for The Very Important K'nex Tournament! The Small Knex Assault Kit!!!!!!! This gun features a variety of add-ons such as: 2 scopes, vertical grip, and a laser pointer.   First pic.-old stock              second pic.-new stock(sorry bout the blur)        which do you like better? Pros: small piece effeceint lightwieght comfy stock good range(35-40 feet) good accuracy(30 feet) removable mags Cons:  not the best accuracy/range   If you would like me to P0$T, just drop a comment below! See video for details. If you can't view the video, YOUR LOSS!!!!! I can not lose points for the video not being able to be viewed. I did make a video showing all the qualities of this gun. I can view it. Just because you can't doesn't mean I didnt make one! FYI: The mis shot in the video is only because of the wierd angle that I was shooting from.

Posted by chopstx 9 years ago | last reply 9 years ago


Photo upload stalls

This has been going on for a while now, back to when the new photo uploader was still being called a beta feature.  Sometimes when a photo is being uploaded, it stalls at 100%.  It stays there indefinitely (I've let it sit for up to 5 hours), preventing all the other photos in the queue from uploading.  This is very annoying when you're trying to upload 100 photos and leave to do something else, only to find it's been stuck at photo #5 (for example) the whole time you were away!  The only way to make things proceed is to cancel the photo that has stalled, then re-upload it once the others have finished. I typically upload larger files in the 2-3MB range.  I'm using Firefox (latest version) in Mac OS X.  Last time I tried, it did the same thing in Safari. Please take a look at this issue; having to "babysit" my uploads is one of the worst parts of writing an Instructable because it's such a waste of time!

Posted by jeff-o 7 years ago | last reply 7 years ago


Relay timer?

I asked this question in forums before i knew about this so sorry for the copy. i hope someone can answer this here. i am currently engaged in a project where i need to create a count down timer relay controller. i was thinking of using a digital alarm clock as part of my goal is to have the display visually counting down, but i don't know of any that have a count down feature. i want the timer to power a relay to turn a string of IR emitters on for several seconds. i have a digital kitchen timer that counts down, but im not sure if it will work. i would like to use the power to the buzzer to activate the relay but there is no stable current there, it only Emits several beeps in quick succession(when i meter it, it comes out to about . volts). this is why the alarm clock would be better. i was hoping to use an electromechanical relay but i don't think it will work. does anyone know of another relay that will trigger with this kind of input?

Asked by gedion4000 9 years ago | last reply 8 years ago


Knex MP5K review.

this is shadowninja31s MP5K review. comfort:6/10 - its quite uncomfortable at the back of the handle, but the grip is fine. power: 8/10 - for close range, its got alot of power. looks: 10/10 - probably one of the best replicas ive seen. innovation: 8/10 - nothing new, its got removable magazines and other features. accuracy: 9/10 - its very accurate at close range. piece usage: 8/10 - not to much pieces. strenght: 9/10 - very sturdy, the magazine is the only weak point if dropped or hit. reliability: 9/10 - nearly every time the bullet leaves the barrel, if you use a tight rubber band on the magazine pusher all the shots will leave the barrel. also, if the band is too tight on the trigger the rod may snap off every like 100 shots, just replace it. overall: 67/80 - if you want a great replica with power, make this! link: https://www.instructables.com/id/MP5K/

Posted by ~KGB~ 8 years ago | last reply 8 years ago


Windows 10 Mail

Recently I've been having an issue with the instructables news letter in the windows 10 mail application.  The links in the body of the news letter don't all work.  The larger featured links and the contest links allow me to click through tot he intructables site.  The smaller individual projects don't do anything. It's almost like there is no link associated with them.  This issue seems to be limited to the windows 10 mail application. If I open the e-mails on my android tablet, or in the MSN web mail application I can click through all of the links.   I don't have any problems with any other messages in the windows 10 mail application.  This is a recent development for the last 4 or 5 news letters. I used to be able to click through all of the links.  It could have something to do with an update to the app but why do only some of the links work? Has any one else had issues with windows 10 mail and instructables? Thanks Frank

Posted by FrankPosta 2 years ago | last reply 2 years ago


Help building Motorcycle Gyro Cam

This is what a gyro cam on a motorcycle looks like, great hey!, but they are currently too expensive for mere mortals to buy. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rCOt78MB5vM&feature;=player_embedded Ive been asking for help from my local RC club and a close friend who is a plane engineer & flies RC helicopters, all say this cant be done so im coming here for help cos I know Instructables members know how to do it. My Skills - No electronics or RC experience, but I do make lots of engineering parts on my garage mill and lots of stuff from carbonfibre. My Plan - Was to buy a RC helicopter gyro, servo's, gears & linkage etc and build a platform that could rotate a small bullet cam to be level with the horizon.  But my RC club says it cant be done, so now I dont know what to try. Can anybody help suggest what bare components I need to start experimenting?

Posted by ant... 7 years ago | last reply 3 years ago


Knex sniper rifle

HI. This is my new knex sniper rifle that i made. Here are some features. 1 the ram dosent fall out, the ram dosent stick out of the gun, begging true trigger, fires yellow rods, powerful, sturdy desine for minimum breaking, recoil is in the mid to balance it out, detachable tripod or bipod, and its longer than my paint ball gun. Here are some pics, if you like go to dannys fourum topic and vote on it.here is the pic order.1 as you can see this sniper is longer than my paintball gun2 Hahahahahah i got more knex than yoooouuuu!!! =P3 this is the trigger mechinisum when its not pulled. 4 Sorry for the blurry pic but this is the trigger when pulled.5 looking at the stock of the gun.6 The front7 The chamber where you put the rods in8 a last look at the trigger mech.9 the whole gun. Beuty eh?I hope you like this, dont forget to vote on this in dannys fourum.

Posted by knex hater hater 11 years ago | last reply 8 years ago


LED Blinking?

Excuse me Please: I would like to ask for some assistance in creating a circuit/project that will be for a plushy whose eyes would "blink" with on/off and/or/both the more creepy "blink" by dimming (down to 25% lit, back to 100%) of two LEDs I would guess a slightly more advance aspect of this project would be to put some randomness into the blinking. and the thought occurs to me that through the use of an ardrino, which I have zero experience with personally, would allow for the blinking, as well as sound reproduction too. {e.g. growls from the glowy-eyed wolf plushy} while I am trying to keep the plushy to a limited amount of complexity, and would like as simple a circuit to accomplish the blinking, the ardrino idea and the advanced features that could be given to the plushy I find very provocative,... but it is my ignorance which is not realizing what it is I am asking, so I would rely upon the collective experience here-in. Thank you kindly for the input and assistance. CAH

Posted by Ceyarrecks 3 years ago | last reply 3 years ago


Laser cutting projects?

Woah!! I just found a laser cutting workshop near my home! Give me some links of projects which "You Like The Most"! Is there any portal for laser cutting ideas, projects and ready plans and tutorials? *** UPDATE: I have made some 3D models in 'Autodesk 123D'. But I how can I convert the surfaces to 2D, so that I can use them in laser cutter. I am unable to figure it out. Please Help! *** UPDATE: 123D has now a very cool feature for all Laser-Philic folks! Now we can add 2D sheets in 123D for laser cutting. btw, I am now well aquainted with Google Sketchup and using it for all of my laser cutting work. To learn how to use Google Sketchup for laser cutting, see this cool Instructable from user 'flightsofideas': https://www.instructables.com/id/SketchUp-Inkscape-and-Ponoko-Laser-Cutting/

Asked by sarveshk 7 years ago | last reply 7 years ago


Can I get a good PC setup for filmmaking?

Hello, I'm a film maker and I am currently running Mac system which I can't get along with. I have Final Cut Express and Paint (creating 2D images for background, not animation) as my only film making tools. It's not enough so I decided I'm going to make a PC that would specialize in film making, and maybe feature one touch screen out of the two allowing me to do animation. Basically I want to know what programs I would need to get for serious film making. I'm thinking an editing system that would work well with special effects and maybe on for just cutting and moving clips (if the other program doesn't do that well) I also want a 2D animation system thats simple (don't go crazy) but I'm taking care of the 3D myself (suggestions will be considered) Any ideas?

Asked by Josh Seedorf 7 years ago | last reply 7 years ago


Lady Liberty, Ten Times Larger!

A maze featuring a recreation of the Statue of Liberty 10 times larger than the original has been unveiled in Yorkshire.Composed of more than a million living maize plants and covering about 18 acres, is one of the biggest mazes ever constructed.With a length of 1,300ft it dwarfs the real Statue of Liberty, which is just 111ft high. "As a 'new' York Maze it seemed appropriate to base this year's design on New York," Mr Pearcey said."I also wanted to mark the links between York and New York."The Statue of Liberty is an instantly recognisable image and makes a great maze." Stephen Briganti, president and chief executive of The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, in New York City, said: "We are so pleased to see that the Statue of Liberty is being celebrated in such a unique way in York."Lady Liberty stands as a symbol for all the people in the world but it is especially gratifying to see her linking Old York with New York." Various sources(This post quoted from Daily Telegraph )

Posted by Kiteman 10 years ago | last reply 10 years ago


Too all Instructablonians: Rockin an awesome lunchbox? I wanna hear about it.

I currently don a teenie-tiny plastic brown-bag shaped lunch tote that barely fits an 8oz water bottle, sandwich, chips, and ice pack. I need something with a bit more room for food. At an impressive 5'3" and 105 lbs, I'm a growing man, and I need my fuel. But I don't want just some clearance-rack generic latest-movie/pop icon plastered lunchbox, no sir. I want an bullet-proof, high-capacity, industrial-strength lunch transportation system. Something that will make people say "Holy crap, that guy's a MAKER."  I want a lunch box that scores major cool points. Something that has character. Something that has features, like extreme insulation or something. Bottom line: it needs to be big, look cool, and last a long time. Price isn't an issue, Christmas is coming up :D So, ibles, how cool is YOUR lunchbox?

Posted by Labot2001 9 years ago | last reply 8 years ago


September Instructables Pro Memberships Giveaway

Hello everyone! My Summer Braid Bracelet with Beads tutorial I got featured  at the Instructables homepage! I was also granted with 2 Pro Memberships codes. So I have decided to give enyone who loves Instructables community a chance to enjoy the benefits of Instructables Pro Membership.   I`m hosting another Pro Membership giveaway in my blog The Things We Do. So if anyone of you guys is interested - you are welcome to join. I`m using a Rafflecopter form to except giveaway entries and choose the winner. Update: Thank you everyone for taking part in September giveaway. The 1-Year Pro Membership goes to MIRANDA WARD Miranda, we will send you the membership code within 2 days per your e-mail And The 3-month Pro Membership goes to RICHARD HICKS Congratulations, Richard! Wait to get your membership code per e-mail. Giveaway page is here Good Luck!

Posted by Lucy Choe 6 years ago | last reply 6 years ago


Power Banks vs. ac wall outlets

I've observed in many power banks, that they charge up my phone a LOT quicker than a conventional ac adapter plugged into a wall socket. Why is this so? Many of my friends share the same observation. I'm building a simple power bank myself, and I want to make sure I can enjoy this feature when I use it too. I plan to use this instructable as a guideline with some modifications: https://www.instructables.com/id/Rechargeable-homemade-Power-Bank-super-Easy/ I'll be using four 3.7V batteries in parallel and stepping it up with a step up converter, so that the mAh value gets added up (forgive me if I'm wrong, but I believe mAh adds up when batteries are in parallel). Will this arrangement give me faster charging times like the power banks available in the market? Is it a safe circuit? Please suggest as I am eager to build this :) Thanks in advance :)

Posted by AshwinN3 3 years ago | last reply 3 years ago


why don't you remember me? how to login and stay logged in at instructables.com

Hey gang! I only poke me head in here once in a while, so forgive my ignorace. The ability to view all steps of an instructable is a nice feature, but you always have to be signed in to make that happen. Multiple browsers at home as well as browsers on my mobile phone remember my credentials, but I find that even though I always check off that little Remember Me box, this site never, ever remembers me, and I'm always logging in manually. It's not so annoying when I'm at my computer, but when I'm at the shop and I only get 1.5 bars on Tmobile's Edge network, it's a good 5 to 10 minutes spent logging in every time I need to double check some minor detail. Is there anything I can do to log in and *really* stay logged in?

Posted by beefsupreme 8 years ago | last reply 8 years ago


Want to make a "BioBrite Sunrise Clock" (clock that wakes you by a gradually brightening light)

Hello, First message to this board. I have to wake up most mornings with sun still sleeping. I would like to try waking up with a gradually brightening light, rather than a jolt-inducing beeping sound from an alarm clock. I have seen http://www.foxnomad.com/2006/08/20/how-to-build-your-own-sunrise-alarm-clock, but I was wondering if we could add the "gradual-light" feature to his "instructable". PLease help. Also, please note that I am not usually one to use my hands to make stuff. I usually buy stuff  that I need and I usually don't fix stuff with my own hands. In short, I hope your instructable would be something a newbie can do.  Thank you so much. 

Posted by JcJc 8 years ago


Robot troubles.

I am trying to build a mini-sumo edgebot, as featured in Junkbots, Bugbots and Bots on Wheels. Below is a quick scan of the schematic I'm following. It is supposed to drive forwards until the edge sensor closes, at which point it will reverse and turn before carrying on.Trouble is, it doesn't work.The symptoms:I have breadboarded the circuit, and when I connect the battery, it runs. But when I make the connection to simulate the edge sensor, both motors kick into reverse, but only for a fraction of a second, and then never again - further touches of the edge sensor elicit no reaction at all.When I disconnect the battery, and trip the sensor, the LEDs light and the relays click, showing that the capacitor is still charged.The only things in the breadboard not to "spec" are the motors - I haven't bought my intended motors yet, so I am trialling with a pair of un-geared 3V motors (these are the motors I intend to buy: http://www.ebay.co.uk item number 5855781458 )How can I fix it so that it will react to the edge more than once in a combat?

Posted by Kiteman 11 years ago | last reply 8 years ago


New Website

**....nevermind. I just found out its a 30 day trial and once it ends I have to pay to keep my website. Stupid false advertising -.-** Hey everyone, I just managed to make my own website! It features all of my completed projects as well as upcoming project "prototypes" and ideas. If anyone would like to subscribe please click here. And there's no need to worry about my emails taking up all your time, as I will only be releasing them every other month. However, my website will allow a much more well organized way to display all of my completed projects as well as ideas I have, so please take a look and subscribe. :) *note* I will still be using Instructables for the complete instructions and I even have a link from my website to Instructables, so if you decide to subscribe to my newsletter you should also subscribe to me here.

Posted by Electroinnovation 7 years ago | last reply 7 years ago


Transistor get's really hot and doesn't seem to work. Answered

I'm trying to turn on and off a 12V dc motor/pump (it's one of the motors that squirts the water on your windshield to clean it). Just hooked directly up to the power supply it draws about 1.5A. When I turn on the switch, my transistor gets super hot, to the point I can smell it burning, and the motor does NOT turn on. It's an IRF510 transistor. I copied this circuit from a YouTube video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-g0Q0e1mhIY&feature;=iv&src;_vid=nYjhYKeOOgI&annotation;_id=annotation_856844) and this guy seems to have gotten his version to work fine. I cannot figure out what's going on here. The wires in my picture that go off the table are connected to a 13V power supply on the ground. The diode attached to the motor is a 6A rectifier to handle the emf surge from turning the motor off. Let me know if you have any questions for me! IRF510 Datasheet: http://www.kitsandparts.com/IRF510.pdf

Asked by Zamperweenie 3 years ago | last reply 3 years ago


Light-activated lamp, cries out "Me too!" when other lights are turned on

Disclaimer: I have little-to-no electrical experience, but want to use this rather involved project as a starting point to hone my abilities and technical know-how. Any non-basic terms I use are based purely on assumed naming schemes. I only have fuzzy notions of what things like photovoltaic cells or flux capacitors are, but I'll write as if I know them perfectly, just in case I'm actually using the terms properly. If this post starts a thread that can answer all aspects of how to get this done, I'll update it as an instructable for others to learn.IntroI'm looking for some guidance. I have a plan to modify one of my lamps to brighten and dim based on the amount of light hitting it: Essentially, if I turn on a larger light, this lamp will turn on as well. As this is still simply an idea in my head, though, I plan to make it rather complicated and feature-rich.FeaturesTwo main settings for the light: Absolute and Relative. When in Absolute mode, the lamp will turn on and off based whether or not the amount of light hitting its photosensor surpasses the necessary threshold energy level (TEL). The TEL will be adjustable by the use of a small dial, so that as the TEL approaches 0, the lamp turns on regardless of any additional light, and as the TEL approaches Infinity (or, at least, the maximum amount of light the photosensor can detect), the lamp turns off. Of course, I'd plan on primarily keeping the TEL at the level at which the lamp only turns on when I've turned on another light in the room, but there are times when I'd want the lamp to be independent of other lighting.When in Relative mode, the light would brighten and dim based on the relative amount of light hitting its photosensor, so that the more lights I have on around it, the brighter it gets. I'd like to be able to use the same dial from Absolute mode to calibrate the relative brightness of the lamp, but that may be overly complicated for the amount of benefit it provides. Additionally, it would be interesting to invert this relationship, so that as less light hits the photosensor, the brighter the lamp gets. A next step could be to layer the exterior of the lamp with solar cells so that it can not only activate based on its environment, but actually power itself (at least partially) based on its environment. This is not as important as any other features.IssuesI plan on developing this post with a diagramed model of how this would work, but first I'd like to iron out a few issues:-How does a photosensor detecting light export information? -Assuming the photosensor exports electricity, what does the sensor need to be hooked up to in order to become meaningful? -How would I set TELs, and how could I set TELs with a controllable dial?-How would I swap between Relative and Absolute modes? How could I add a switch in to do this easily?-How would the lamp's own light effect the photosensor if the photosensor was positioned on an opaque lampshade?-Has anyone else done this, or something similar, so that I could look to those projects as a model?-What else do I need to know?I'm not specifically asking for someone to answer every question for me, but I would greatly appreciate it if I could be pointed in the right direction towards resources that would help me figure out the technical aspects of this project. With the small amount of experience I have, I'd expect to have to do a lot of reading.Thanks for any responses!

Posted by nckswt 9 years ago | last reply 9 years ago


Pro Members? What about the features we already have? [UPDATE]

Ok, so far these are the incentives for becoming a pro member: Pro Member: PDF Downloads, Allsteps Preference, Rich Media Version, Pro Badge, Digital Patches, Less Advertising, Private Projects, Members-only Forums, Favorites List.BUT I already have the available: PDF Downloads, Allsteps Preference, Favorites List.I love these options, and really it's the main reason why I signed up for instructables. If this continues, will I lose those options? Because using the site would become a whole lot less user friendly. Maybe make it for only new members, but it still bugs me that you would remove options, rather than adding more. I guess the main question is, do I have to start bookmarking my 251 favorites on the site, or are we safe from these changes?All in all, I think it's a mistake to remove options from the users who have helped to make this site what it is today. Also, I would hope that user comments for new enhancements to the site don't just add up to the incentives for going pro, but are made for the people that suggested them. Don't get me wrong, pro versions are what can keep websites afloat, but sometimes it can go to far to the pont that only hard time members will stay.If you have any thoughts, please comment below.UPDATE: Well, this was the final nail in the coffin. The preview time is over. They took away the option to see a larger image that wasn't the main one for the instructables. This was the reason why I signed up, not realizing the other benefits, and it's what makes it possible to proof read my own instructables, and follow others. This has taken the site to a point that it doesn't seem worth it to even log in. I'd say that there really isn't a point for me to make an instructable now if I can't even view it all together, make a backup in case something happened to the sight, or view all of it completely. Thanks instructables. FIX: This happened to me, but now after a few hours it doesn't anymore. It must be sporadic. Instructables is looking into it as a bug, so it's not supposed to happen yet. Sorry for the false alarm.Lukethebook333

Posted by lukethebook333 9 years ago | last reply 9 years ago


I wonder who makes the best instructables... redux

Wondering now who's the best [https://www.instructables.com/forum/I-wonder-who-makes-the-best-instructables.../ of the best]? Well, here are those 50 users sorted by highest ratio of featured instructables to total:Ratio (featured) - [user] 1.0000 ( 11 ) - [/member/RealSimple.com RealSimple.com] 1.0000 ( 5 ) - [/member/nemomatic nemomatic] 1.0000 ( 5 ) - [/member/unknownuser2007 unknownuser2007] 0.9000 ( 9 ) - [/member/nativewater nativewater] 0.8750 ( 7 ) - [/member/iwilltry iwilltry] 0.8571 ( 6 ) - [/member/J_Hodgie J_Hodgie] 0.8333 ( 5 ) - [/member/gmoon gmoon] 0.8333 ( 5 ) - [/member/fstedie fstedie] 0.7778 ( 7 ) - [/member/technoplastique technoplastique] 0.7500 ( 9 ) - [/member/KaptinScarlet KaptinScarlet] 0.7143 ( 5 ) - [/member/turkeytek turkeytek] 0.7000 ( 7 ) - [/member/jesse.hensel jesse.hensel] 0.6154 ( 8 ) - [/member/Honus Honus] 0.5769 ( 15 ) - [/member/Kipkay Kipkay] 0.5556 ( 5 ) - [/member/BicycleTutor BicycleTutor] 0.5556 ( 10 ) - [/member/rachel rachel] 0.5385 ( 7 ) - [/member/Senseless Senseless] 0.5294 ( 9 ) - [/member/zieak zieak] 0.5172 ( 15 ) - [/member/threadbanger threadbanger] 0.5000 ( 57 ) - [/member/canida canida] 0.5000 ( 5 ) - [/member/woofboy111 woofboy111] 0.5000 ( 8 ) - [/member/babblin5 babblin5] 0.5000 ( 10 ) - [/member/indymogul indymogul] 0.5000 ( 5 ) - [/member/jessyratfink jessyratfink] 0.4615 ( 12 ) - [/member/msolek msolek] 0.4615 ( 6 ) - [/member/degroof degroof] 0.4310 ( 25 ) - [/member/fungusamungus fungusamungus] 0.4286 ( 15 ) - [/member/Tetranitrate Tetranitrate] 0.4118 ( 7 ) - [/member/T3h_Muffinator T3h_Muffinator] 0.3864 ( 17 ) - [/member/randofo randofo] 0.3750 ( 15 ) - [/member/samnoyoun samnoyoun] 0.3684 ( 7 ) - [/member/bofthem bofthem] 0.3659 ( 15 ) - [/member/ToolUsingAnimal ToolUsingAnimal] 0.3617 ( 17 ) - [/member/noahw noahw] 0.3571 ( 5 ) - [/member/Mr.RigIt Mr.RigIt] 0.3493 ( 51 ) - [/member/TimAnderson TimAnderson] 0.3333 ( 6 ) - [/member/matseng matseng] 0.3182 ( 7 ) - [/member/ian ian] 0.3143 ( 11 ) - [/member/joe joe] 0.3125 ( 10 ) - [/member/dan dan] 0.2872 ( 27 ) - [/member/ewilhelm ewilhelm] 0.2857 ( 8 ) - [/member/neelandan neelandan] 0.2273 ( 5 ) - [/member/prank prank] 0.1860 ( 8 ) - [/member/Brennn10 Brennn10] 0.1707 ( 14 ) - [/member/Kiteman Kiteman] 0.1667 ( 6 ) - [/member/radiorental radiorental] 0.1638 ( 19 ) - [/member/trebuchet03 trebuchet03] 0.1613 ( 10 ) - [/member/saul saul] 0.1316 ( 5 ) - [/member/leevonk leevonk] 0.0676 ( 5 ) - [/member/stasterisk stasterisk] Now think about that!

Posted by zachninme 10 years ago | last reply 10 years ago


Converted 1990 Ninja ZX-6 Electric Motorcycle

Hi, I'm cross posting this here as I know this is a community of folks who might appreciate something like this project.  I've recently converted a sportbike to electric power.  It was a grad school project but since I'm in the Active Army, I have to PCS (move) to Izmir, Turkey for one year.  Since I don't want to let it sit for a year in my garage, I'm selling it on ebay.  Please check it out and spread the word to anyone interested. It would make a great bike for a college student to ride around campus or the local town.  Or a great starter bike for someone beginning to learn how to ride motorcycles as there's no distracting engine noise or clutch work.  I live in Kansas City, Missouri but have a flexible schedule so I can work with different shipping methods that you use. here's the link and some features: http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Kawasaki-Ninja-ZX-6-All-Electric-plug-in-Motorcycle_W0QQitemZ300369654215QQcmdZViewItemQQptZUS_motorcycles?hash=item45ef6d31c7 Specifications: -Top Speed: about 52 mph as geared depending on windspeed and terrain -Range: about 15 miles depending on terrain and riding habits -Acceleration: adequate for traffic -Charge time: 5-6 hours -Motor: 72volt GE series wound DC -Batteries: 6 x 12volt 35ah Power Sonic AGM (Absorbent Glass Mat) -Controller: Alltrax AXE-7245 (Programmable and with data logging capability via USB cable) -Charger: 72volt 8amp, plug comes out of gas cap and can be plugged in any standard outlet -Contactor: Kilovac EV200 by Tycho Electric -Main Fuse: 400 amp -Battery cage and motor mount: welded angle and tube steel -Weight: 422 lbs  (47 lbs lighter than the factory weight) -72v to 12v converter to run factory wiring harness Features:   -PakTrakr display to show total pack voltage and individual battery voltages -Motor controller can log data via USB cable for battery pack voltage, Motor current, Battery current and throttle position (the graph picture was made by importing the data to microsoft excel) -Factory key switch enables contactor -Neutral dash light wired to show contactor status -Manual switch enables controller -Sidestand switch linked to "interrupt" relay in contactor circuit -Street legal, registered and insured in Missouri thanks -chris

Posted by kcsimcoe 9 years ago | last reply 8 years ago


Yet ANOTHER K'nex Gun!

Before commenting, be aware that i got rid of this. hahaha Sorry, no pictures yet. The rest of my family (all of the girls in the family) went on vacation down in SC while us manly men went to manly places like tool shops (hahahottopic jk) like home depot and water country usa. And sadly, they took the only camera with them. Their coming back tonight so I should be able to get some PICS of this ttly 1337 gun. Enough of this talks about my life onto the gun. Like I said, I can't take pictures, yet, so I'm just going to list the features from the butt of the gun to ze top. 1. Comfy, buttstock, and a stick type stock w/ ram guide 2. New 2-position realistic angled handle (one position for m16 series standard grip, and another a bit more angled) 3. kinda weird for-grip thing but it's good I guess 4. easy to use scope mount and blade sights 5. around 10-15 round blue rod mag 6. and my favorite part of the gun, the Hop-up! 7. I wouldn't consider this a feature but it looks a b s o l u t e l y bad***. You'll see. just wait... A hopup is basically a bump in the barrel causing the bullet to curve up thus making it hop up. Originally from airsoft guns it presses down on the BB as its leaving the barrel creating a backspin so when it leaves the barrel it curves up increasing range and making it more accurate. Except this doesn't apply to knex bullets since they tend to move MUCH slower and the barrels are their are dents in the middle of them. So with knex you'd have to just put a small dent type thing on the bottom of the barrel instead of backspinning it (which is impossible with knex since their not in a sphere shape). If you really want to know more about hop-up heres a link http://ezinearticles.com/?Hop-Up-in-Airsoft&id;=589601 And finally, sorry I have been so inactive lately, I have been extremely busy more then normal.

Posted by Owenmon 8 years ago | last reply 8 years ago


I'm getting tired of these EasyEDA promotions masquerading as Instructables projects

Seems there are at least 5 Instructables projects recently that are obvious promotions rather than true maker projects.  I'm disturbed by this.  I have no problem with someone recommending a company or product that played a role in a successful Instructable.  I do this all the time.  But if compensation was provided (free PCBs from JLCPCB because they are offering a fee order to anyone that promotes their service, for example) that needs to be clearly stated up front.  That is the ethical thing to do. But, the Instructable needs to be meaningful!  Not, "Here's how to build a 555 timer circuit using JLPCB".  That's completely bogus.  At least TRY to make something useful like a guitar stomp box or a multi-channel audio mixer or an Arduino relay I/O project.  Not some crappy 555 timer circuit, or basic transistor circuit, or a project that has no other redeeming feature than it looks cool when assembled on a JLCPCB circuit board.  Please.  Raise the bar.  If you are going to promote a vendor, don't be lazy, make it an interesting project that is worth my time to read. NetZener

Posted by netzener 11 months ago


Mission Bazaar

Tis the season for the holiday craft bazaar. And no one does it up like SF. W00T!Mission Bazaar the self-proclaimed "Shopping Spectacle" will host tons of artisans exhibiting their creative works, products, fashion and accessories. There will be over 20 hours of live performances on three stages featuring live music, circus and dance acts, performance artists and DJs, including gypsy jazz, bellydance, spoken word, beatbox, choral ensembles, fashion shows, puppetry, flamenco guitar, and much more.And it's totally in a castle!"...full of period detail including cavernous dungeon-like basements, stone staircases, sweeping corridors, and a gigantic drill court spanning almost an acre..."It's the Armory Community Center, and the Mission Bazaar is the first public event to be held there in over 30 years!! So take the chance to come check it out!Saturday, December 6th from 10am-6pm and Sunday, December 7th from 11am-6pm at The Armory Community Center at 14th & Mission in San Francisco, which is right around the corner from my house, so I will totally be there.Scope it! MISSION BAZAAR

Posted by scoochmaroo 10 years ago | last reply 10 years ago


Universal Nut Sheller

Today's feature is the awesome Universal Nut Sheller. Designed by Jock Brandis of the Full Belly Project for a women's coop in Mali, this tool dramatically increases peanut-shelling speed from 2 lbs per hour (hand-shelling) to 110 lbs per hour.  Since roughly half a billion people in the world rely on peanuts as a primary protein source, this nut sheller has the potential for serious impact. The machine is simple to make, relatively inexpensive, and can shell pecans, pine nuts, neem nuts, shea netus, Jatropha, and other nuts as well as peanuts.  Molds and metal parts can be ordered from the Full Belly Project. Check out the 2005 video introducing the machine to Uganda: Check it out, and get inspired.  What can you do to help people in developing countries?  We need more ideas, the simpler the better. This post has been sponsored by Pepsi. The Pepsi Refresh Project celebrates the people, businesses, and non-profits with ideas that will have a positive effect on our world.

Posted by canida 8 years ago | last reply 8 years ago


Reduced Instructable Pages!

We need to be able as a community reduce the amount of pages each project uses. This kind of goes against the stub philosophy, but imagine if you could reduce an Instructable to a single page or even multiple projects per page. If not 1, why not 2, or 3? I see some projects that are overwhelming with information at times. This could also add even more features such as un-selecting the steps that you don't need and poof, gone! There is also the potential for yet more ad views (which means everyone wins) with this service | 1. ads on the service page, 2. ads on the finished page. I've been considering this for years in all documentation that I do, how to reduce pages. However, this will be impossible without the staff at Instructables support and willing to adapt and grow. I also know paper is not the issue it used to be, but that isn't exactly the point I'm trying to reach; for instance sometimes more is really too more. Also, I know I'm new but focusing on that goes against my belief in working agile. Hi everyone!

Posted by philandy 5 years ago | last reply 5 years ago


Idea- Instructables Awards

Everyone's posting ideas for instructables, so I thought I'd post one of my own- The Instructables Award. At the end of every year, the community will vote and pick winners for a category. There doesn't have to be a material prize. It could perhaps be some sort of badge, that is displayed on the winner's page ( example: Best something 2007)The categories would be something like this:Most productiveMost comments - (or the Goodhart award)Most innovativeMost featuredMost helpful (GMiko could be...)Most thoughtful...or somethingMost commentedMost resourcefulCommunity member of the year (The kiteman award)Most beloved (its a tight race between Ible Robot and Kiteman)Most random (*cough*Cough*)Most controversialRising star - New guy that's becoming popularRandom winner - no reasonMost funMost pyromaniac?Most greenBest techie (techie of the year)Best Artist (artist of the year)Longest running member (nonstaff)Best avatar?Best comment (the single best comment of the year?)Best forum topicwell? what do you think? Ideas for categories are welcome!

Posted by Keith-Kid 10 years ago | last reply 10 years ago


How do I properly power my electromagnet?

I just purchased an electromagnet from Amazon for a small prop for an upcoming play I am directing. Now my problem is... I do not have a clue as to how to supply the power to it. It needs to be able to run steady for roughly 3 hours.  What size batteries would I need -the smaller the better in terms of size since the prop itself is not that large,  ut will do whatever is necessary to function properly. Here is the only information the electromagnet had attached to it: 'Feature: Electric lifting magnet Powerful and compact Smooth and flat surface Low consumption and reliable Applications: assembly line, sorting machine, mechanical arm, experimental facility, etc Specification:Material: Metal Input Voltage: 12V DC Lifting Force :20N Overall Size : 15 x 15 mm /0.6 x 0.6 inch(Dia. *T) Thread DIA : 3mm Lead Length : 24cm/9. 5 inch" Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advanced!

Asked by DeanB77 1 year ago | last reply 1 year ago


What do you love about Instructables?

I am a huge fan of Instructables and am curious why other people enjoy it so much. I believe it is important to tell others, how their hard work has been appreciated. Most of the time we tell people what we don't like about something. I have been a member of other sites like utube and blogs but I have stuck with Instructables because it has offered me an outlet to share what I make and connect with others. I like the fact that if we publish a good Instructable we get featured and that is a great way to get exposure. Their contest can be challenging as well as fun. I believe they try very hard to listen to their readers and authors. It is not just the Instructables team that make this such a great place but our readers are important as well. I have found most of the people here are kind and respectful. Please share your positive comments with me about why you love Instructables. Thanks for sharing your thoughts! Sunshiine   

Posted by sunshiine 7 years ago | last reply 1 year ago


BUG & IDEA: Problems with the Instructables Analytics/Stats

Random Instructable that was chosen: https://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Unscrew-a-Nut-Thats-Stuck-From-a-Bolt-witho/ If I click on stats, as shown in the screenshots that I posted in the comments section, I can see the amount of comments, which I think is a great feature. If I scroll down, I can see the websites that brought people to my I'ble. Pinterest, for example, is a big one, but why does it show from which country? I'd prefer having a "Total from Pinterest" instead of 5 views from France, 10 views from Australia, and 3 views from Russia, etc... Also, why does it matter if a view came from Android, iPhone, or iPad?  Is this possible? Also, instead of so many different ones, it would be interesting to have something similar to the analytics that are on YouTube. For example: STATS:  2207 views from Google 1381 views from Instructables search 458 views from Pinterest 197 views from Facebook 48 views from my Instructables Page

Posted by Yonatan24 2 years ago | last reply 1 year ago