It's not perfect, it only goes 2-3 meters, and it's always failing in one way or another. Getting these things to work is harder than it looks.
Posted by Spl1nt3rC3ll 10 years ago
Given away to the Instructables HQ - can't think of a better place for it. I originally bought these to create mousetrap-powered cars, but I decided to scrap the project because preparing the mousetraps is too difficult for my students. I thought about selling them over craigslist, but in the end I decided that I do not want them to be used to kill mice. So if you would like these (and you live in the SF bay area) please message me and I'll be happy to give them away for creative purposes. I hope someone out there can use it! Lance
Posted by LanceMakes 6 years ago
Hi! ive been working on a mousetrap car for my physics class and i was looking into the idea of pulleys to get more power to pull on the axle to rotate it. Ive noticed that alot of the Pulleys I see all rotate on an axle which I can not acheive due to the small space on the car. So my thought would be to anchor these small wooden pucks (small like 1 cm diameter) and have notches in them so that the fishing line wouldnt slip. (picture) Can I get some help on wether or not this would work? If it works can I get some input on how i could make it better? ex. different pulley designs that dont require moving parts. Thanks in advance!
Posted by noobiefied 7 years ago
I'm part of a club at school, SECME (Science, Engineering, Computer, and Mathematics Enrichment). We do a lot of things like water bottle rockets, mousetrap cars, egg drop, website design, and more. I'm part of the webpage design team, and I need some page ideas for the website. So far I have the homepage, what we do at SECME at our school, pictures, videos, and external links. What else could I add to the website? There is a maximum of 10 pages. Thanks!
Posted by BrianKT 10 years ago
For some while I've had a pile of ball bearings sitting here on my lounge room table, and without knowing what on earth to do with them, I now ask you. I have found uses such as adding to my "mousetrap racer," a small car, run by a mouse trap, that can go up to 15 metres. With ball bearings it goes twice as far as it used to, so I have become curious... what to do now though? All ideas would help, and an instructable would be even better. Cheers
Posted by Kryptonite 9 years ago
Really.Really. Big.So I was bored. So bored, in fact, that I decided to Google myself. I clicked the text box of my Google search bar and typed in Labot2001. Just to see what comes up, what web sites I've forgotten about, who spies on me, etc. It wasn't until I Googled myself that I realized how big the Internet actually was.For example, my mousetrap car showed up on MAKE. And about 50 million other places. Same with a handful of my other ibles. It's weird to think that the Internet just loops around, through, and under itself a million times. Sometimes without even realizing it.So try it. Google yourself. Share what you find.
Posted by Labot2001 10 years ago
The San Mateo Maker Faire is coming up in just a couple of days! The Instructables crew will be there - will you?From the press release:Sebastopol, CA (March 19, 2008) - Last year, over 45,000 people from all across the country (and beyond) came to the Bay Area to celebrate the world's premier event for DIY (Do It Yourself) creativity - Maker Faire! This year, May 3rd and 4th, the event returns to the San Mateo Fairgrounds once again, for what will be the biggest and wildest Maker Faire yet! Put together by Make Magazine and Craft Magazine, Maker Faire celebrates things people create themselves - ÃÂfrom electronic gizmos that would make James Bond jealous, to "slow made" foods and homemade clothes that would make Martha Stewart swoon. The event is a non-stop "wow-fest" where surprises and inspiration are as ubiquitous as the festival air."At the surface, Maker Faire is a fun event for people of all ages," explained Event Director Sherry Huss. "But more than just a weekend of creative entertainment, we want people to leave feeling inspired - "that they too can create things, express themselves, and engage the world around them. Our goal is to resuscitate the spirit of American innovation!"Named "Best Special Event" at the 2007 FOLIO FAME Awards, the 2008 Bay Area Maker Faire will put a special emphasis on "Green" living. There will be a huge exhibit featuring Farm Aid's Homegrown Village, a local farmer's market, Swap-O-Rama-Rama's giant used clothing swap, DIY workshops and fashion show, Bazaar Bizarre's crafts fair, a live Prius plug-in car conversion from Bay Area's Calcars.org, and much, much more.Along with the hundreds of Makers displaying their unique creations, specific event highlights from this year's Maker Faire include:Greg Leyh's 19 foot Tesla Towers - live performances dailyWedding Bells! "The Neverwas Haul," a self-propelled 3-story Victorian House, will host the first-ever Maker Faire weddingSaturday Evening Fire Spectacular (extended hours, 6pm - 10pm) - Power Tool Drag Races, Steampunk Spectacular, musical performances, The Flaming Lotus Girls, and moreElectronic Music Fest - an orchestra of musical toys, LIVE bands playing instruments you've never seen before, The Tarantulas Jug Band and much moreThe Life-Sized Mousetrap - a giant re-creation of the popular board gameLUNAR (Livermore Unit of the National Association of Rocketry) will help parents and children build and launch Estes-Cox rocketsThe Electric Giraffe - our huge, 17 foot tall, 1-ton walking robot giraffe will once again patrol the grounds of Maker FaireThe founders of ROBOEXOTICA present the "MindReadingMartiniMaker" and other award-winning cocktail-robotsEducational Robots - robotic demonstrations for two youth robotic competitions: FIRST LEGO League (5th through 8th grades) and FIRST Tech Challenge (7th through 12th grades)"Like Father Like Son" - a local father/son team will be converting a 1967 Honda S90 motorcycle into a state-of-the-art plug-in vehicle"ArtGolf" - the 3-hole artgolf course makes its Bay Area Maker Faire debut. Fore!The Village Blacksmith - new to this year's FaireDiet Coke & Mentos - Las Vegas' famed Bellagio can't match this DIY display - shows both daysThe Institute of the Future Pavilion - what will Maker Faire look like in 2018?Experimental Aviation - The Oshkosh Experimental Aviation Association (eaa.org) will be taking Maker Faire aviation to new heightsCyclecide Pedal Powered Bicycle RodeoMany more headlining activities to be added in the weeks ahead..."This is going to be the biggest and best Maker Faire yet," said Dale Dougherty, editor and publisher of Make magazine. "If you want to see the future of American innovation, this is the place to be."The Details:When: Saturday, May 3, 2008 (10am - 10pm) Sunday, May 4, 2008 (11am - 6pm)Where: The San Mateo County Event Center and Fairgrounds 2495 South Delaware Street, San Mateo, CAAdmission: Adults: $25/$20 in advance; Students (13-21): $15/$10 in advance; Youth (4-12): $10/$5 in advance; and children under 4 are freeFor the very latest information and updates, please visit: [www.makerfaire.com]
Posted by Patrik 10 years ago
Sad pup eh? Me too. World Maker Faire 2013 in New York City. I am dissapoint. Only noteable for us is trying out the augmented reality system by Jeri Ellsworth. Instructables did not represent. Autodesk did not represent Instructables. @carlbass The assimilation is complete. #SADROBOT #NOSHIRT. We went to Maker Faire today, I took along Caitlin and her two school buddies. I knew to input the GPS the coordinates of the offsite parking lot entrance where you get the shuttle bus to the actual Faire entrance. 10 clams at the door. Driving around the park is like GTA. They seemed to have the parking lot better organized with more people to direct cars to open spots and the efficient school bus lady who counted off groups of people to load the buses as soon as they pulled in. I suggest more speed bumps/potholes and sharper turns for the bus drivers to negotiate. Entry was quick and simple with preprinted tickets - still that extra surcharge for getting them online though. It was a pleasant surprise that there were some vendors giving out free food samples today. An applesauce in a resealable space-food pouch and an iced tea drink. On the return trip, the shuttle bus driver begged you not to leave behind litter like those green applesauce pouches and kids. Which by the way, all in good to set up recycling stations to throw out trash, but why not mark the one for trash, trash, soiled paper cups were thrown in the paper because the one I think for trash had a big list of other things and not trash. Food vendors seem to have been spread out on the periphery of the grounds so they don't create that big logjam in the center to impede flow to the rest of the areas of the fairground. Prices were still at tourist levels considering the captive audience. Not too many posted prices and if you have to ask, you can't afford it. They did have some vendor kids throughout hawking cold drinks. The Beer Garden seemed to be the centerpiece of the Faire. The play/activity area geared for the younger/toddler set seemed to be expanded and set more apart from the more advanced maker stuff. We did the inside tour first since it was nice weather to spend the rest of the day outside. There was the esoteric mix of individual projects. Art and game machines from mounds of electronic discards. Projects and kits looking to launch on kickstarter. And the always hidden in the back room e-textile projects. The upper floor gallery room is always the best because it contains the light up projects, usually from NYU ITP. Jeri Ellsworth had a prototype of her augmented reality glasses. An interesting project was having cross polarized glasses to see the image on a matched LCD display which no one else can see without the special glasses. One project used the light output from the laptop display to "burn" the secret message image onto one of those glow-in-the dark phosphor sheets. I'm not sure if the pancake-bot made it to the Faire this year. The performance space was closed off. I guess they couldn't book Arc Attack which was there first two years of World Maker Faire. No real Burning Man kind of stuff or major steampunkery. Outside, 3-D printers galore, everyone has one, way too crowded. Hackerspaces showing off their stuff. Giant tent if you want to line up to learn to solder. Coke/Mentos show late in the afternoon. Giant mousetrap show and circus aerial acrobat training rig going on. Giant tent if you want to make a stomp rocket that they shoot off with a compressor.Giant line too. Didn't the Disney imagineers tell them a zigzag snaking line is better for crowd control and keep the customers happy? Didn't see any quadcopters in the air. Maybe all flights grounded with the recent local fatal accident with an R/C helicopter. Some kind of go-kart racetrack. Usual stalls of handmade jewelry, t-shirts, soaps, candles, someone had a more detailed ugly doll. Guy with his found object stringed instruments played them well. Maker Shed shop was the usual. Dark and expensive. No real discount there. But it brings us back to this. After what seemed like miles of walking around back and forth. I had to ask information if Autodesk had a booth presence at Maker Faire. They said yes, back by the 3-D printer village tent. I think we missed them going through the tent and found them on the outside end. The plywood hut sponsored by Sketchup didn't seem like where the Instructables people were. I was looking for the orange Instructable banner. Looking to see there were no Robot shirts around, I asked the Autodesk people there, any Instructables people around? No, confused, do you work for Instructables? No, they are not part of my group. Jessy and Camille are not here and will be back soon. Well, okay, maybe they sent Jessyratfink out as part of her Autodesk peer-recognition award. that would be cool to meet her, Caitlin thought the same, they sent Jessyratfink to Maker Faire? We wander around to check out the other stuff and come back. Still no sign of Robot shirts. I ask again and I get sent to a guy who I think is named Jesse. I think he just happens to be in the Consumer Group who says the other guy Andy is more familiar with Instructables. They thought they had a box of some instructables stuff, who knows what happened to it. He did thank us for wearing our Robot shirts though. Gee, I was hoping there would be some Robot shirts for Caitlin and her friends, at least Robot stickers. We came to Maker Faire this year as redemption for last year when that Autodesk henchman kicked the crate of shirts under the table when he saw us get close to the booth. Caitlin uses that as an example of "Not nice, Mr. Moustache-man." It disheartens me Instructables seems like some corporate step-child. I can feel the that vibe going on. I don't think Robot carries brand recognition anymore. No one asked about our Robot shirts as we walked around. Some hackerspace also uses a yellow robot as their logo. We may pass on Maker Faire next year if there is no need to see any real Instructables staff. Doesn't Randy need to go visit his mom or something?
Posted by caitlinsdad 4 years ago