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An Introduction to Astrophotography: Shooting Stars for Beginners

Shooting the night sky can produce amazing images of endless starry skies, but it can be challenging to those used to working with plenty of light. …

Timber Framing Portable Drill Press (home-made)

200 Years of The Stirling Engine

In the early years of the nineteenth century, steam engines were at work in a variety of practical uses. However, they were still imperfect in many …

UC Berkeley researchers built a wall-jumping robot

Meet SALTO: a powerful new wall-jumping robot built by researchers at UC Berkeley. According to SALTO's makers, the diminutive, one-legged hopper not only has the "highest robotic vertical jumping agility ever recorded," but also the ability to link together multiple jumps in quick succession.<p>SALTO …

Primer on Servos Hits All the Basics

Servos are pretty basic fare for the seasoned hacker. But everyone has to start somewhere, and there’s sure to be someone who’ll benefit from this …

Arduino

How to Sculpt a 3/4 Monster Mask for Casting

On this episode of <i>Monster Lab</i>, Ed Edmunds shows you how to sculpt a very cool-looking alien zombie head to be cast as a 3/4 Halloween mask. A 3/4 mask fits farther over your head than a half-mask, so no elastic string or tie is needed.<p>First off, Ed goes over the sculpting tools you’ll need, most of …

Star Trek

RaspiBoy, Raspberry Pi Gameboy, SuperPiBoy: a RaspberryPi Inside a Gameboy

Introduction: RaspiBoy, Raspberry Pi Gameboy, SuperPiBoy: a RaspberryPi Inside a Gameboy<p>About: Software Craftsman, Clean Coder. Possible is …

Beeduino : Homemade Arduino Uno for $6

Introduction: Beeduino : Homemade Arduino Uno for $6<p>About: I am a 21 year old DIY ist and Tinkerer with a deep interest in the field of robotics, …

How to Hack a Power Wheels Car in 4 Weeks

In April, I convinced Fictiv to give me $500 to hack an electric Power Wheels car for the 2016 Maker Faire Bay Area. The faire hosts an annual Power Wheels Racing Series, which challenges makers, builders, and hardware enthusiasts to take those tiny cars for kids, and hack them until grown adults …

Understanding Types of Servo Motors and How They Work

Servomotors are used in everything from toys and drones to household items like DVD players. They come in a variety of configurations (the most common types are listed below); understanding the differences is the trick to figuring out which is right for your project.<p>In simple terms, servos are …

PIR SENSOR WITH ARDUINO ACTIVATE STEPPER MOTOR

Introduction: PIR SENSOR WITH ARDUINO ACTIVATE STEPPER MOTOR<p>ACTIVATE STEPPER MOTOR USING MOTION SENSOR<p>Add TipAsk QuestionCommentDownload<p>Step 1: PIR …

Computer Controlled Arduino

Introduction: Computer Controlled Arduino<p>About: I just love making stuff...and working out! More About Red_ »<p>Have you ever wanted to control the …

Color Sensors and Arduino Serial Communication for Beginners

Introduction: Color Sensors and Arduino Serial Communication for Beginners<p>About: Animation and CG enthusiast. Computer engineer in the free time. …

Arduino Servo Motors

This instructable and many more can be found in my Arduino Development Cookbook available here. :D<p>If the servo motor is connected on another digital …

The Comprehensive Guide to Building a Realistic R2-D2 Replica

Join a club of Makers sharing CNC and 3D printed parts, to construct your very own, full-size astromech droid. You know you want to!<p>If you’ve been to a Maker Faire you’ve probably come across one or more full-size R2-D2s roaming about or partying with the DJ, chirping and bleeping like the real …

Maker Faire

Turning an HDPE Milk Jug into a Motor Pulley

I’ve seen a lot of these videos where HDPE milk jug or other trash plastic is broken down and turned into new stock. We’ve run such videos and projects right here on <i>Make:</i>. But I’ve never seen the plastic turned on a lathe, as in this video by YouTuber The Small Workshop, and turned into a useful, …

Power Tools

Explore the Venturi Effect with a DIY Vacuum Pump

Rediscover the phenomenon that gave us carburetors, paint sprayers, scuba regulators, and your gas barbecue grill<p>Giovanni Battista Venturi was an 18th-century Italian polymath who did a remarkable number of things extraordinarily well. He was an ordained Catholic priest, a university-level …

How to Build a Cheap Wi-Fi Controlled Water Valve

One day a co-worker of mine asked me if I knew of a way to control an irrigation system from a smartphone or computer. We did some research and quickly found that it was very expensive to purchase a system with this capability, so we wondered if we could build it. This happened to be right around …

Build Your Kid a Drivable Electric Tank

My dad and I used to build things in our Florida home’s 2-car garage. Our neighbors always kept watch for the next “Bunnell project,” and we were rarely without a crowd when we unveiled a new construction.<p>When I was 4 years old, my dad built me a train that I could get in and drive; it was the …

Woodworking

Want to Make a Topographical Map? This Artist Will Show You How

Most topographical maps show 3D geographical information in a 2 dimensional way. This layered, laser cut map, however, is an object that directly reflects the elevation of Portland, Maine. Scott Shambaugh created this map of his hometown as a gift for his parents. Hills and ocean depths that would …

Making a Captain Phasma Chrome Helmet

As you <i>might</i> know, there’s a new Star Wars film in theaters. Shawn Thorsson had told himself that he wouldn’t make any props from <i>Episode VII</i> until he’d actually seen it. For better or worse though, as he puts it, “When images of the chrome stormtrooper started popping up online, I started getting …

Create Stunning Illuminated Art from Rasterbated Images

One of the great things about the holidays is seeing all the cool gifts Makers create for their loved ones. Mike Becker created this eye-catching illuminated wall art for his father-in-law. This project worked for him because it wasn’t very expensive, but still looks very cool.<p>Becker used a free …

Wall Art

Preparing Images for Laser Etching Isn’t That Hard

Sometimes we forget how awesome laser cutters really are. After all, they’re essentially giant plotters that shoot infrared lasers to cut and engrave …

Boom Stick: The High Powered PVC Air Cannon

The super-loud Boom Stick is a PVC air cannon that delivers maximum bang for the buck. It assaults the startle reflex of any nearby victim, adding an instant rush of physical terror to haunted houses, art pieces, pranks, and performances.<p>I work in haunted houses during the Halloween season, as an …

How to Design and 3D Print Your Own Custom Gaming Miniatures

Make Your Own Miniatures<p>There is a huge market for miniatures for Warhammer and other games. Even for table top and role playing games that are not strictly miniature-based, players often use minis to enhance game play. Some people love to paint minis and build their own action scenes.<p>Whatever your …

Graphics

Create Eye-Popping 3D Posters of Your Favorite Comic Book Covers

I love comic book covers, and I’m sure many of you do too!<p>In the realm of pop-culture, comic book covers are an amazing medium to tell a story and entice people’s interests with a single eye-catching image. With comics, you can and should judge a book by its cover.<p>Comic book covers are timeless. …

DiResta: Package Design

I teach at the NYC School of Visual Arts, and each year I give a lesson in package construction design. This is the design of the box or package itself, not the graphics. There are several factors that must be decided when designing a package. Most importantly is the die cut line (AKA die line).<p>In …

Know Your Screws: An Intro to Thread Pitch

When you look at a screw, the most obvious dimension is the outer diameter of the threads. Most of the time a ¼″ screw fits into a ¼″ tapped hole or nut. Sometimes, however, this doesn’t hold true as the male (screw) thread doesn’t match up with the female threaded nut or hole. Most likely they can …

Woodworking