Updating

Hello I am new to instructables and I wanted to know if it is possible to update an instructable after you post. Someone please answer. Thank you. 

Topic by mshbi 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


Update?

I noticed Instructables had an update. kinda glitchy for me. apparently my username is "you" and I have not made any Instructables... plz help me. p.s. kiteman i know your going to comment on this

Topic by benfoxg 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


? (UPDATED)

Topic by Keith-Kid 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


project update

Project updates blimp: standstill top secret:draft finished collecting materials S.S.A. crossbow: canceled D.P.C. canon: plans complete collecting materials remote control knex car with independent suspension:now building

Topic by Sun Gear 10 years ago


Updates/Additions

I live in the Denver CO area Why have I not been able to see any new additions to Instructables ???

Topic by dmhoke 1 year ago  |  last reply 1 year ago


Cosplay Updates

Hello Instructables! Right know i'm working on the Red Hood Cosplay and I'll be showing you what i'll make after the red hood cosplay. Their isn't much pictures to show but i'll post more soon! The new villain from the Batman Arkham Knight Video Game. Cosplay production starts after Red Hood Is finished! After Arkham Knight is Completed CW Green Arrow DeathStrike Helmet will start to be made! After The Green Arrow Deathstroke Helmet is completed i will start to work on The Arkham Origins Deathstroke Helmet. If you need to contact me you can contact me by PM me or email me at zomkings@gmail.com Thanks!

Topic by CosplayCreator 4 years ago


Instructables update? Answered

How often does this site update?

Question by Goalie1 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


ROV Update.

Just a small heads-up, I've updated a couple of the images on my ROV concept 'ible with something more useful.

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


Whistle update

I've updated my recent whistle instructable with a video and an extra note!

Topic by Kiteman 7 years ago


Website update

We made a few changes and updates to the website yesterday, the most notable being adding a Solr search server. More information is over here in the forums.

Topic by ewilhelm 12 years ago


project update

Project updates blimp: standstill top secret:draft finished collecting materials S.S.A. crossbow: prototype complete making finished product D.P.C. canon: plans complete collecting materials

Topic by Sun Gear 10 years ago


project update

NEW:project top secret II: building blimp: cancel top secret declassified true jet engine:on hold D.P.C. canon:on hold remote control knex car with independent suspension:cancel

Topic by Sun Gear 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


Major update

Hello all I just released a Major update to my sexy six axis robot arm go take a look.. https://www.instructables.com/id/6-AXIS-ROBOTIC-ARM/

Topic by sparten11 4 years ago


Updated Instructable

I've added a step to my Climbing Zoidberg instructable - a climbing heart, just in time for Valentines!

Topic by Kiteman 4 years ago


Discussions not updating

For the last week or so, my discussions tab hasn't been updating properly. I'm recieving emails alerting me to new comments, but they don't all show up in my discussions tab. It may be only forum commets that aren't showing up. Is anyone else experiencing this?

Topic by Brooklyntonia 3 years ago


Forums not updating

The forum topics are not rearranging according to the recent posts. I replied to https://www.instructables.com/community/Book-Giveaway/ , but the topic remains on the third page of the forum lists.

Topic by Kiteman 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


Updated Frisbee

Just in case you're interested, I have just added an extra step to my Cardboard Frisbee Instructable. You may not have seen it, since I published it almost two years ago, but  I've started using a modified version to help teach compass bearings and angles in my maths lessons.

Topic by Kiteman 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


The New Update

This forum topic is in the bugs section. I don't know... It's just my opinion... I wasn't online yesterday, but today, I came back, and (we) had a wonderful surprise... I like changes. I just like them, when they're the other way around... I've already written my thoughts here: https://www.instructables.com/community/Have-you-seen-the-update-to-your-profile-page/ I'm sure the staff has worked very hard on the new update, but why? What will Instructables earn from the new update? Why is it better than before? Am I confused and this is an April Fool's prank? There are many members that don't know what the forums are, and don't have a way of expressing their feelings about the new bug. It would be great if this was explained in an email. I know that Autodesk acquired Instructables a few years ago. The newsletter has changed and has become a bit more Autodesk-y. Does this has anything to do with that? This update might be better for viewers, I don't know. However, if it isn't comfortable for us, content producers, Instructables will just have to re-use old Instructables, because we will leave... Please take into account what we have written. Thank you. Maybe this is a Part oe for the update. I might be wrong. Thanks in advance for the replies?

Topic by Yonatan24 2 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


Instructables not updated

Last night, about 2300 PST, I posted an Instructable I've been drafting for a couple weeks now.  It has been over 15 hours, and the Instructable still fails to show up in my profile feed, and in the main page under recent Instructables, It also shows it as being a draft in the summary view of the menu. But inside the profile there is a link to it as an Instructable, it just does not show up on the feed. My other Instructables each showed up almost immediately after publishing. Is there some kind of problem with the system, or did I hit an update cycle just after it finished or something?

Topic by jumson 1 year ago  |  last reply 1 year ago


Health Update

A few sundays ago, I fell asleep at the wheel of my car mid-day (thankfully Ellen my wife was with me and I swerved and unnerved her enough to wake me).  Of course I scheduled a follow up sleep study to be done (amazing how booked up they are) and that is taking place this coming Monday - Tuesday.   It will probably result in my "pressure" being upped to around 15-18 on the machine; which is getting high.  Just wanted those of you that know me why I wouldn't be posting Monday afternoon in case anyone noticed :-)   

Topic by Goodhart 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


contest update

Im just wondering what happened to change the end date of the contest. i was trying to look to see where there was a post or something and couldnt find anything. does this mean it will be judged on the 10th instead judgeing announced today? im just confused how it the contest is changing its making it hard for me to keep up. thanks in advance - Nate

Topic by DjProToJeeX 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


Header update

A change up top, and a bunch of cleanup under the hood!  We've been working on the header bit by bit to try and make it clearer without taking up too much page space.  I think it's going well... We've also been cleaning up code underneath, so please let us know by posting a bug category forum topic, if you find anything we broke.  Most of the invisible changes are javascript and CSS.

Topic by rachel 8 years ago


Instructables update

Monday night we did a major upgrade to Instructables. The bulk of the changes were under the hood making the site faster and making it easier for us to build cool new features. I'm sure you've noticed that Instructables now have categories, but also check out the fun ways to combine categories, the new sorting and organizing features of your library, and the increased control over commenting (ability to delete, or remove and leave a stub, if there are responses). If you find a problem or want something new, please submit a bug.Have fun!

Topic by ewilhelm 12 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago


Instructables update

Monday night we did a major upgrade to Instructables. The bulk of the changes were under the hood making the site faster and making it easier for us to build cool new features. I'm sure you've noticed that Instructables now have categories, but also check out the fun ways to combine categories, the new sorting and organizing features of your library, and the increased control over commenting (ability to delete, or remove and leave a stub, if there are responses). If you find a problem or want something new, please submit a bug.This also appears here.

Topic by ewilhelm 12 years ago


Updated Revolver

Updated pictures. I tried an 8 turret afterwards and it was too heavy and big, so I stuck with a 4 turret, which keeps it light. My picture quality is crap, I hope to get my hands on a camera that actually works soon, but here it is. 1. A picture of the whole thing. Things that have changed: - 4 Turret has been added. - Iron sights have been added. - Charging handle has been added. - Handle has been improved. - Fore-handle has been replaced with a grip. 2. A picture without the stock. 3. Looking down my original (and very effective) sights. 4. The gun at an angle. Notice the charging handle sticking out and the size of the grip. 5. FPS shot. Not much to say here. This is ighly improved, I hope to be able to make detachable clips soon.

Topic by DB2016 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Site Update

So maybe I've got the right spot for this comment this time (Thanks, Kiteman, for the wake up), but here goes..the last time the site had an update wasn't too bad. Things were relatively easy to see and find, and the previous style had been a little cumbersome--now it's a big mishmash and confusing as hell. What is it with geeks who can't leave what works well enough alone, but have to try and fix it? (I'm looking at you here, too, Firefox.) Pay attention here folks! The project of the day humongous header at the top of the page--it's frickin' annoying!! It was good to be able to see all the projects in a row, very neat and organized, and then go to the one I'm interested in. Surely I'm not the only one? I can't get here everyday and now the different projects are extremely hard to catch up on. I'm not trying to be mean, nor am I against constructive change or fixing problems, but changing something just to be different doesn't always work. People come here to see the projects, etc., To connect on ways to do things or build things, not to see a website where someone wants to show off their building skills. Please take a poll of your readers or something and see what everyone else thinks. If I'm a minority opinion I'll just learn to lump it, but I still won't have to like it!

Topic by beatyruth 7 years ago


Preview is not updating

I am in the process of drafting a new instructable. I make changes, hit save and they seem to be saved. But whenn I go to preview, I'm not seeing my changes. I'm not sure if I should publish the instructable or not since I'm not sure it will publish the most recent changes. Again, when I'm in edit mode and editing my steps it seems to save the changes there. But when I hit the preview button it opens the new window and most recent changes are not showing. At first, I thought there might be a time delay, so I waited several hours. But last time I logged in, I'm still not seeing the most recent changes to my draft showing up in the Preview. Any suggestions on what I should do? Thanks in advance!  Also, I'm doing this on my iPad. Are there any issues with creating instructables from an iPad?

Topic by FourOaksCrafts 3 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago


BBSS **UPDATED**

It's done. I decided to scrap the shell idea because it didn't benefit the gun at all. It can be easily modded for shells though, it still has the open breach type thing. I finally made a trigger, loosely based off of spider massacre. So now, it's a single shot. It's very powerful. Right now I have it shooting 60+ feet with 2 #64's. It fires grey or red rods. I prefer grey. I'll post it sometime soon. New stuff - -New barrel that uses oodammo (oodalumps' ammo). I call this the lumpy barrel.-Ammo holder for oodammo.

Topic by bakenbitz 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


Updates and junk

Howdy. It's that guy who posts like once every 5 months and says he'll make something but never does. I try, I really do, but then I lose interest in whatever I'm working on, forget about it, and get back into class work. Just to reiterate, I'm on my last semester of college and I just had a job interview, so crossing my fingers that I'll get the job. It's for an associate software engineer position if anyone cares. Programming and crud. Woo. But it'll pay quite handsomely, enough so I may invest in more K'nex in the future. Anyway, once I finish college and get the job (I'm like 85% sure I have it already) I'll pretty much be free to my hobbies after work. I'll have moved out and be living with my friend's parents (awkward) until he moves out and gets a house, in which then I'll live with him until I'm ready to get my own. The point of mentioning this is that other than playing games with him, I won't really have much to do so I'll probably get back into K'nex and do a lot more than I have been since starting college. Hope the community hasn't died off yet. I'm working on a capstone project to graduate, a website that hosts an IRL game of sorts that I came up with. I don't want to link to it yet, but just be on the lookout for when I do. I plan on getting a demo of the game up within the next two weeks or so.  So, here's the last thing I was working on before I went on another hiatus. I basically wanted to make a just for fun, but still decent gun that'd perform better than the UMP. I call it the Ninjato, going along with the SMRI theme. The ninjato is often portrayed in Hollywood as a small, katana-like sword wielded by ninjas. So I considered this gun in a similar relation to the SMRI, something based more on compactness and stealth rather than a signature weapon. The idea is that if it were a real firearm, it'd be a compact, internally silenced SMG. There are some obvious resemblances to the SMRI (I'm really liking the rail system and sights I developed)  and the UMP. It was haphazardly thrown together in many ways, such as a really cruddy trigger guard I meant to be temporary and no trigger system yet. I was also meaning to get a stock on it and get it firing before I showed any pictures, but of course I never did and I've left it to sit unnoticed for too long. The magazine was meant to have an internal pusher and of course attach UMP style, though it had broken pieces so I was iffy on it. I thought about using it to make a horizontal-mag weapon, though. Overall, the gun looks weird I admit, especially without a stock, but I figured I'd show it anyway. I don't plan on finishing it. Anyway, my next project I'm thinking is to go even simpler than the Ninjato. I thought that I'd more easily complete a smaller weapon and apparently and SMG-esque weapon still wasn't small enough to keep my attention. Well, my natural calling is pistols so I figured with the revival of essentially the sidearm fad, I'll have a go at making a version 2 of my TDSS, again mostly just for fun. And also considering that Instructables somehow lost my old TDSS instructable, it seems fitting. I'm very busy, so I really hope I can dish this one out ASAP.

Topic by TheDunkis 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


Only see my instructable updates when logged in...

I published my instructable, then went back to update a few things, and when I went to post it to facebook, I noticed it was using the wrong picture...so I tried logging out of instructables, and looking at my instructable, but it was an earlier version, not the updated one. When I look at it while I'm logged in, the updates are all there. What's going on here? Is this intended?

Topic by darktoad 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


PDF download document is not updated with changes when Instructable is republished

I made a few edits to an Instructable and when I republished it the changes where not updated in the PDF download document.  If I create a customer PDF I see the edits I made but not in the default PDF.

Topic by johnhaddad 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


Modifying an existing instructable or posting a new one

So I have an instructable for a Lego table I'm in the process of building a new one with a better method for the legs and also a track to hold some storage bins should I just modify the existing one, make a whole new instructable with all the steps, or just a new instructable with just highlighting the changes I did

Question by Itsatrav 3 months ago


project udates

Project top secret II: canceltrue jet engine:on holdD.P.C. canon:on holdnew: knex crane;buildingi wish to add a side note for those who don't know. the reasons for this post is to show my progress on instructables. oh the three main reasons for my projects to be canceled arenot enough money most of the times(please don't send donations. i'm just listing the reasons not begging for money)to hard to make sometimesto lazy to make it rarely

Topic by Sun Gear 10 years ago


Hey guys!

Hi people! As you may have (hopefully) noticed, I haven't been around as much. Well, I've been swamped lately in between some family sickness, internet troubles, my laptop going poof, and Swine Flu hitting us over here, as well as an exaggerated wave of panic (we tend to have at least triple the panic in any other place!), I haven't been able to use the computer much.AND I HAVE MISSED YOU PEOPLE!!I just wanna catch up for a bit. What have I missed? Who's gotten famous? What did Kiteman do now? Whats the latest KNEX feud? (like I really care...) and most importantly, how has Pro been working for the site so far?Please update me, I wanna be up to speed again and start building.I hate myself, I have not managed to make anything lately. On the plus side, I've been writing a lot. I have so far: 6 anime concepts in the works, 2 screenplays in the works, and 6 sci-fi concepts.I have blogs about these, so my little internet time has been spent working on these.

Topic by Keith-Kid 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Logged-In Homepage

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!

Topic by pseaton 3 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago


How to make the best gun in the universe even better.

Sorry for the extremely braggy title, I just needed something to grab attention, because these mods are MANDATORY. I have made some mods to the bolt, ram and barrel that are required for my AR-4 v3 Picture 1- Ram mod.  Add these spacers in there.  This keeps the ram from breaking the bolt when you fire. Picture 2- Bolt mod.  I change the number of 1- slot connectors that hold the bolt from 2 to 3.  I also mod the ram so that the part that goes before the bolt is 1 orange connector, and 2 blue caps. Picture 3- 2 barrel mods.  There is a third mod, but I will go ahead and explain this first.  The top of the barrel is changed a little bit.  Note it.   The second barrel mod was actually made by makers of my AR-4 v3.  It required  me to remove the white connector from the front of the barrel.  This somehow increases the power to a staggering 45 feet with 1 rubberband, around 70 with 3 (doubled up), making this the most powerful bolt action gun ever posted. Picture 4- Bullet lock mod.  Sorry for the crappy picture, but it has too much shadow.  Anyways, where the new ram sticks out, you place the ball joint socket.  This also increases the power, and gives you the ability to point it down. With all the mods I made, you can load and fire the gun sideways.

Topic by DJ Radio 9 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


Account email not updating....

I've changed my account email address and updates are still being sent to the old address even though it shows that it's been updated in the account info.

Topic by drseuss 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


No update for contest forum

This is something that has bugged me since the new contests forum section was added. Why is it that when I go to the forum main page, I can see how many posts and replies are in each section of the forum along with when the last post was made and who made it, but the contest section always says that there are no posts and no replies even though there are a number of posts there.

Topic by Twinmum 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Site Updates: 1/22/2018

Greetings! I'd like to give everybody heads up about some big changes happening on Tuesday (1/23) at 9AM (PST). First off, the Instructables pages are getting a major update. Aside from a sparkly new look, they will now have a section for Questions and Tips. This will provide a place to ask questions when you get stuck, or provide a tip for doing a project better. Secondly, the Community pages (i.e. these forums) are getting a very long-needed makeover. Finally, we are updating our search software, which should improve search results on our site in general. These changes will require a period of downtime on the site of about half an hour. Please check @Instructables on Twitter for updates. Stay tuned for more great changes to come in 2018!

Topic by randofo 1 year ago  |  last reply 1 year ago


Replies not showing up

I am sure someone already noticed but anyway.... The replies in the forum section no longer show up in the overview. Before I could see how many replies were made or who made the last reply. This seems no longer to be updated. Using Win7 64. Tested with the latest Firefox and Chrome browsers. And just becuase I got reminded by the garble below: When making a reply or new topic there is the upload section below. The text "Tip: select multiple files....... Try the old uploader" is still garbeled with the two lines printed with a slight overlap.

Topic by Downunder35m 1 year ago  |  last reply 1 year ago


New Member Page, New Groups Page

Hey Everyone! We just had a release that was over a month in the making! We totally redesigned the member page (take a look http://instructables.com/member/frenzy). We also did a much needed update to the groups page which will make them more focused, more on that in the coming weeks. We fixed carriage returns on PMs so those work again, improved image processing so your images should be a bit more clear. This is only the beginning, expect some great things coming from HQ this summer! If you see any bugs, let us know! Thanks! Gregg Horton QA Engineer Instructables.com

Topic by frenzy 6 years ago


Subscription Updates . . . and updates . . . and UPDATES!

Starting this morning, I have received Subscription Update email notifications from Scoochmaroo.  I have received approximately 50 of these - all of them old guides. I enjoy updates from Scoochmaroo, but it's just disappointing to open an old update.

Topic by Hello Kitty 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Summer 2014 Updates

The site is always undergoing changes as we work continuously to make Instructables easier and more fun to use. Sometimes these changes can go lost or unnoticed, so I thought it might be time to post here more often. If you're interested in seeing more frequent updates here, please comment on this topic directly so that I know it's worth taking some extra time. This summer there have been a number of significant changes: iPad support for our iOS App Live in the app store now! We're especially proud of our beautifully redesigned app for iOS7, with full iPad and iPhone support. We were featured in the app store once the app released, and we hope everyone enjoys the new editorial presentation of Instructables, complete with large images beautifully assembled. Social Login You can now use your Facebook, Google+, Twitter, or Autodesk accounts to sign up for an Instructables account. It's easier than ever to get involved at Instructables! While we were at it, we redesigned the flow and the associated UI, and made in-context modal login work more smoothly. Fusion 360 Integration  For those interested in 3d modeling, the Fusion360 Viewer is a great way to show off your projects. Ultimately, they'll be supporting a wide variety of file formats, and using the Fusion360 viewer will ensure that your project looks its best as people browse the site. Click the link to learn how to embed your 3d models. Fluid Homepage, Contest Page, and Explore Page Designs As screens get larger and higher resolution, we're trying to make sure you can get the most of the screen real estate that's available. To this end, we're gradually making our pages fill up more of the available space on screen. The contest page was updated at the beginning of summer, and the homepage and explore page have been updated in the last couple of weeks. And... around the corner: Much Improved Search Results We'll be testing and rolling out greatly improved results when you are looking for something in particular. We've been serving our own internal results for a long time, but through your feedback we've heard these aren't good enough. We're in the final stages of testing a new much-more-intuitive provider of search results, and we should have those working shortly. Mobile Web More and more people find Instructables first on their phones, and we don't want you to have to download an app to have a good experience on the site. Big changes to mobile web are on their way, stay posted.

Topic by pseaton 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


Why am I not getting email updates?

I just published my first Instructable this morning (here), and for some reason I'm not getting the email alerts I signed up for in my settings page.  Any ideas why this is? I also get the newsletter that informs me of new projects, if that is relevant, and I checked my spam folder. Thanks so much! If I'm posting this in the wrong place, please let me know.

Question by lopuz3 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


Updates/corretions to my Instructables not showing when logged out

I've made some corrections to my Instructables. While I can see them updated while I'm logged in, the contents go back to the original version when I log out. I suspect that pages are cached. Is there a way to override/refresh the cache, so that my corrections can be seen by the general public? Thank you, Aki

Topic by ledartist 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


OodAst Update 3.5 *Further updated to 3.6*

Well I still didn't feel up to making an entirely new weapon so I tried improving the oodast...again. The main concern with everyone last time was reliability so I fixed that. It's a lot more reliable. I'll spare you the rest of the details until the movie so just watch it. For those who don't want to or can't want watch the video for some reason here's what I did. I changed it to a yellow rod magazine. Tan was alright but really big compared to the rest of the pistol and it left a lot of room for reliability errors. Blue is simply too small for my tastes. This is a nice average. I changed the mag pusher a little so that an extra part extends around the guide rod and it helps keep the pin locked more securely using a "weaker" connection to keep it compact. The magazine was actually moved forward a bit. I'm not sure how much of an increase to range this gave but I guess every few inches can make a difference. The mag "tilter" is now a straight pull back mechansim instead of a push up. I find this a little more comfortable. I also made another minor mod that stills somewhat nice is that I finally made a new safety to work with the version 3 series entirely. It's pretty simple. There's a black hand and a blue cap on the trigger guard bottom facing in opposite directions (don't get in the way of your fingers at all) and when the gun is cocked you can turn the trigger guard so that the blue cap fits in between one of the gaps on the trigger. The black hand provides a fast way to turn off safety by just pushing it back from underneath the guard to the side again. It doesn't get in the way of the tilter slide so you can load the gun while it's cocked without shooting yourself in the face. Sorry no pictures yet. The video should suffice until I get home from school.

Topic by TheDunkis 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Status update (Update: Barackuda soon to post)

Hey, peoples. I'm rather sad to see the community dying but I figured I'll cling on a little longer, try to spark some more activity if possible. I see people still posting instructions, so that's good. Just wish we'd keep more discussion going on the forums. Anyway, a couple things: Just to show what I have around, I tried to make something after my Barackuda but didn't end up going anywhere. I just wanted to have something around, so I remade and improved my SMRI model. This version was designed solely for looks based off my last version. I couldn't really be bothered to try making this one shoot. It still uses Red's stock because I couldn't think of a better design at the time. Anywho, this wasn't meant to be the impressive bit, just something to show while yabbering. =P With the Barackuda and the SMRI, I realized that I'm still limited in a few pieces. I desperately need more dark greys, oranges, and black hands. I also realized I feel bad destroying guns and never keeping them around so that I can build new ones. I figure I might as well build my collection up so I can keep more guns around. So I've ordered more pieces. I'll get them probably some time early next week. I'm hoping to build something right away. I'm thinking of revisiting my Barackuda to see if I can improve the trigger and feed ramp. I might redesign it entirely. I'm hoping to attempt a repeating slingshot of some form at some point too. But it's an area I've never worked in before so I might get discouraged pretty quick. I dunno, I need to try actually building these ideas I have sitting in my head for years. I'll post more in here once I get the pieces and start building something. Update 2/19/16: I'm mostly finished with my new version of the Barackuda. I filled in the empty gaps on the rods of the magazine to make it fuller looking. The trigger -should- work better now but I just noticed it struggles to set when it's still pulled back while cocking. I suspect I just need a better band setup to resolve this, otherwise it works fine when you manually push the trigger forward. Last, the stock was changed entirely to give the bolt a rail to glide inside of with a solid bolt stop right after the trigger engages, allowing for a quick and smooth action. The handle connection is also more sturdy, so the stock is surprisingly rigid. Overall I'm much more pleased with this version, as long as I can figure out the trigger bands this might be posted. I'll begin working on yet another remake of the UMP soon. Update 11/9/16: Man, the year sure flew by. I apologize for never really getting around to posting the Barackuda before. This time I think I've finally gotten over my perfectionism. I've adjusted the stock to keep the same track design but attached it differently and otherwise made the rest of the stock use less pieces. I've figured out a (I think) new pair of K'nex sights more precise than our usual chunky ones, not that it'll help much. The trigger and back of the gun has been adjusted to block the pin further back, hopefully improving range slightly. The front of the gun was made more compact and flat at the bottom to allow potential changes to the front of the magazine in the future. It also makes muzzle loading much easier in tandem with the new ramp. The ramp is also simpler, more consistent, and hopefully offers better range than my other ones. Finally, the magazine has been adjusted to be easier to load and hopefully more reliable. I'd finally say this is a practical war weapon alternative. I'll post this...hopefully sooner rather than later. This time I mean it.

Topic by TheDunkis 3 years ago  |  last reply 1 year ago


Broken Scope Update: Transistor testing? Replace blown ones with commonly available equivalents? or BER?

So in a previous question, https://www.instructables.com/answers/My-oscilloscope-died-How/ I have stated that my oscilloscope died, and listed the symptoms. Since then, I have popped the cover off, had a look inside, and was I found inside what certainly appears like a "mod," it goes off to the 3 by 3 connector I have mentioned also. I forgot to mention a small blueish purplish wire was next to it, similarly just sticking out the scope. I figure it is a MOD because it is: A) precariously mounted to the transformer with only one small nut on the transformer B) Has so many bodge wires crawling around on it, that it looks more like a cobweb (and w/o silastic or hot glue for vibrations/stress) C) Sloppy soldering and flux residue left behind indicating hand soldering D) The PCB has a very different appearance than the rest of the boards inside; No solder mask, greyish white, and no silkscreened values, parts, or numbers. I traced both the wire and the connector and ribbon cable to the same mod board, which clearly got toasted. There was a small orange wire tangling off that board, it it broke off before I even realised it. Luckily the pictures show roughly where it was connected. Tracing the blue wire back to the board, I discovered it is connected directly to one of the cooked resistors, and I think the other cooked one was in series with it. The only connection found to the main board is the orange wire, and there are ceramic capacitors in series on that crappy looking PCB, indicating it is capacitively coupled. I was Hoping that what had happened was the blue wire came into contact something it was not supposed to, and shorted the output of that chip causing it to catastrophically fail, knocking out power to some of the boards. Unfortunately did not appear to the the case, and the supply voltages seem OK. Nothing appears obviously burned out on any of the other boards from what I can tell. However, just today I have discovered that some driver transistors, which are mounted to heat sinks, are getting unconfortably hot to touch. I suspect they may be blown, by the blackening and discoloration around them on the PCB.They themselfs do not appear to have any physical damage. I will desolder them and connect them to a transistor tester I have to see if they register as operational. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ As for some additional questions, can I replace those weird looking obscure transistors with standard ones? I am not sure of their exact specs, the only datasheets I can find for "2SA818" and "2SC1628" are some scanned PDF datasheets that are not in english, and I certainly could not find replacements online for them. I have the gut feeling radioshack is not going to carry them either. :P I hope this is not Beyond Economical Repair (BER), but used analog scopes can be bought used for around $30-$70, and of course I am on the verge of getting something better than that.

Question by -max- 3 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago


Another visible change unannounced -- GONE

Another minor update appears to have been rolled out without a post to Site Updates.  In this case, it's the new "view raters" capability in the INFO box. UPDATE 13 May 2010:  According to Staff, this "feature" is for Admins only, and was not intended for public release.  The bug has been fixed. When it was being tested (I presume) a couple of days ago, it got the immediate attention of the K'nex community (who are, as you'd expect, inordinately preoccupied with status among their peers).  Now that it seems to be "permanent," they continue to debate their tribal concerns about the information now available. I'd be very interested in a "view from the top" posting about this feature (which I think is actually useful and interesting for data-mining), and how Instructables authors can benefit from it.

Topic by kelseymh 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


New Explore, Instructable, and Home Page

Hey Everyone! We had some down time earlier to release some awesome stuff, a new explore page, a new instructable page and a new homepage. We also did some site wide code changes to make things look more consistent and make it easier to make changes in the future. To prepare for this we've been processing all of our images (over 2 million!) to be of higher quality and to be new sizes for layouts as always, if you see any bugs post them in the forums. if you like the changes, desserts can be sent to the 82 2nd st office. Thanks!

Topic by frenzy 6 years ago