Digital Fabrication: Learning to Doing

By Bill Ball | 3D printing, laser cutting, CNC, Arduino and other microcontrollers. Makerspaces and education technology. Internet of things, electronics, 3D design software, social entrepreneurship, and more. For home, school, and maker space. 

IoT Automatic Plant Watering System

Greetings, everyone. Now I am back with new project!!!This project inspiration came from my guinea pigs. Since I am too lazy to water their beloved …

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 it’s ability to self-host a web server, allowing for fairly complicated user interactions. The dEEbugger by …

Arduino

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 …

Inventions

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. …

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 …

DIY Art Deco Analog Thermometer Using Arduino

Things used in this project<p><b>Hardware components:</b><p>Arduino Nano R3<p>×<p>1<p>Analog Voltmeter 0-5V DC<p>×<p>1<p>DS18B20 Temperature Sensor<p>×<p>1<p><b>Software apps and online</b> …

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
Arduino

The Race to Affordable LiDAR

LiDAR technology is becoming increasingly competitive, and the race to produce an affordable LiDAR sensor is heating up.

Robotics

Configure ESP8266 Wifi with WiFiManager

There’s no doubt that the ESP8266 has made creating little WiFi widgets pretty easy. However, a lot of projects hard code the access point details …

Extract DNA at Home with a 3D Printed Centrifuge

Biotechnology is powerful, but only for those with the tools to experiment with and utilize it. The DIYbio movement seeks to put the tools and techniques used in well-funded laboratories around the world into the hands of ordinary people who have an interest but not the means to investigate biology.<p>…

Soluble Molds For Composite Parts

People have been experimenting with 3D printed molds for fiberglass and carbon fiber for a while now, but these molds really aren’t much different …

Carbon Fiber

Useless box

Things used in this project<p><b>Hardware components:</b><p>Arduino Nano R3<p>×<p>1<p>Solderless Breadboard Half Size<p>×<p>1<p>Servo (generic)<p>×<p>1<p>24-bit rgb led driver board<p>×<p>1<p>Jumper …

Pulse Oximeter is a Lot of Work

These days we are a little spoiled. There are many sensors you can grab, hook up to your favorite microcontroller, load up some simple library code, …

Arduino

3D Printed Engine Chugs Away on Balloon Power

So often, 3D printer owners buy their machines with the promise of freeing themselves from the shackles of commercial manufactured items, and making …

good luck

Welcome to HullPixelbot

The Hull Pixelbot is a little robot that was born in Hull. It carries pixels, so it is a pixelbot. It is designed to be simple to build, fun to play …

Making Laser Cutter Designs Work in a 3D Printer

The main mechanical tools in a hacker’s shop used to be a drill press and a lathe. Maybe a CNC mill, if you were lucky. Laser cutters are still a …

3D Printing

$10 Raspberry Pi Zero W Adds WiFi and Bluetooth

The Raspberry Pi was born on February 29th which means we’re only three years away from its second birthday, and a new hardware release from the Pi …

Raspberry Pi

Connect Your Dumb Printer To Your Home Network With a Raspberry Pi

If you wish your old, non-network printer could be accessible from anywhere in the house, PiMyLifeUp has a guide for turning a Raspberry Pi into a …

Raspberry Pi

Kaleidoscope Infinity Mirror

Things used in this project<p><b>Hardware components:</b><p>Arduino 101 & Genuino 101<p>×<p>1<p>Buy from CPC<br>• Buy from MCM Electronics<br>• Buy from Newark Element14<br>• Buy from …

Arduino

ESP8266 BASIC Sets Up a Web Remote in No Time

One of the sticking points for us with our own Internet of Things is, ironically, the Internet part. We build hardware happily, but when it comes …

Arduino

New Laser Cut Dress

I made a new dress using the same process discussed in this post.<p>As before, I started with a 3D model.<p>Here's the laser in progress. Managed to catch …

3D Modeling