Bill Ball

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Sustainable Cities Need More Than Parks, Cafes and a Riverwalk

By Trina Hamilton and Winifred Curran<p>There are many indexes that aim to rank how green cities are. But what does it actually mean for a city to be …

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One String, One Print, One Harp

To exclude musical instruments in the overflowing library of possibility that 3D printing enables would be a disservice to makers and musicians …

Guitar

JST Is Not A Connector

When reading about cool projects and products, it’s common to see wiring plugs labelled “JST connector.” This looks fine until we start getting …

Arduino

Piezo Christmas Songs

Things used in this project<p><b>Hardware components:</b><p>Arduino UNO & Genuino UNO<p>×<p>1<p>Buy from MCM Electronics<br>• Buy from Arduino Store<br>• Buy from CPC<br>• Buy from …

Adjust Voltages with Boost or Buck Converter

When working with electronics, many times you’ll need to produce a voltage for some or all of your system that doesn’t align with your battery …

DIY 3 volt tesla coil MUSEUM QUALITY

micro:bit controlled Halloween Cloud

Things used in this project<p><b>Hardware components:</b><p>BBC micro:bit board<p>×<p>1<p>Buy from forthings.io<br>• Buy from Adafruit<br>• Buy from Micro:bit<br>• Buy from CPC<p>Adafruit …

Laser Smoothies At Maker Faire

This year at Maker Faire, laser cutters were all the rage. Dremel announced a 40W laser cutter, but it won’t be available for purchase until this …

How to 3D Print a Photo: Lithophanes 101

Introduction: How to 3D Print a Photo: Lithophanes 101<p>If you are looking for your next 3D Printing Project, you need not look any further. 3D printed …

Tutorials

Translate Songs to Be Played on Arduino

Introduction: Translate Songs to Be Played on Arduino<p>I wanted to create a way to play the Stranger Things theme song on the Arduino for a separate …

Adventures in Science: LIDAR

It’s been a while since the last Adventures in Science, and I wanted to take a break from the super basics of Arduino programming to discuss …

Arduino

Distance Measurement Vehicle via Websocket

Things used in this project<p>Hardware components<p>Arduino UNO & Genuino UNO<p>×<p>1<p>Buy from MCM Electronics<br>• Buy from Newark Element14<br>• Buy from Arduino Store<br>• Buy …

Arduino

MQTT to Connect Raspberry Pi to Internet of Things

Things used in this project<p><b>Hardware components:</b><p>Raspberry Pi 3 Model B<p>×<p>1<p>Buy from ModMyPi<br>• Buy from Newark Element14<br>• Buy from SparkFun<br>• Buy from CPC<br>• Buy from …

Annealing 3D Printed Plastics: Sous Vide Style

Posted on June 13, 2017 <i>·  19 min read · #3d printing #materials science</i><p>Yep, you heard it right. With all the craze surrounding cooking sous vide …

IoT Automatic Plant Watering System

Introduction: IoT Automatic Plant Watering System<p>Runner Up in the<br>Invention Challenge 2017<p>View Contest<p>Grand Prize in the<br>Internet of Things Contest 2017<p>…

Arduino

Dirty Now Does Cables

PCB makers Dirty made a name for themselves in the prototype PCB biz, with a convenient web form and numerous options for PCB color, thickness, …

Shenzhen

Turtlebot3, the Open Source Ubuntu/ROS-Based Robot Kit

The “world’s most popular open source robot for education and research” has received a major upgrade with two modular TurtleBot3 models from Open …

Raspberry Pi

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DIY Arduino based Bluetooth Biped Bob (Walking and Dancing Robot)

Welcome to another project in which we will build a small Robot which can walk and dance. The project aims in teaching you how to make small hobby …

Arduino

Multipurpose ESP8266 keychain

One of the best feature of the ESP8266 is its ability to self-host a web server, allowing for fairly complicated user interactions. The dEEbugger by …

Microcontroller

New technique turns anything into a touch sensor

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have created a new way to turn almost any surface into a touchpad with just a little conductive spray paint. The system, called Electrick, uses a technique called “electric field tomography.”<p>Created by CMU Ph.D. student Yang Zhang, Electrick uses small …

Nanotech

Temperature Sensors

As hobbyists, we are often faced with the decision of COTS (Commercial Off The Shelf) vs. CUSTOM, or sometimes known as the Buy vs Build dilemma.<p>But …

Construct a MagicMirror with a Raspberry Pi and inexpensive IKEA frame.

I'm assuming most readers of this blog already know what a Magic Mirror is. There are any number of tutorials on the web explaining how to make them. …

Raspberry Pi

Kerbal Space Program Controller:

This Kerbal Space Program controller is one that I built in my free time freshman year of college as a personal project. After its popular success on …

Arduino

Filament Friday: “Silk Like” Filament Gives Glossy Prints

So far over the corse of Filament Fridays, we’ve talked about filaments with better sustainability, different textures, and even flexibility. This week’s selection is all about looks. Silk Like from Beaver3D produces prints with such a high luster it will surely turn the heads of anyone you show …

Makerspaces

DIY Art Deco Analog Thermometer

Things used in this project<p><b>Hardware components:</b><p>Arduino Nano R3<p>×<p>1<p>Buy from www.newark.com<br>• Buy from Newark Element14<br>• Buy from CPC<p>Analog Voltmeter 0-5V DC<p>×<p>1<p>…

Customize Your Ratios with a 3D-Printed Gearbox

Small DC motors are easy to find — you can harvest dozens from old printers and copiers. You might even get a few with decent gearboxes too. But will …

3D Printing

Why buy a soldering station when you can build one instead?

As with many products, if you want the best, you’ll pay top dollar for it. After seeing that the supposed best soldering station on the market sells …

Printing