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. 

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 …

Arduino

DIY 3 volt tesla coil MUSEUM QUALITY

Tesla

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 Adafruit<br>• Buy from Micro:bit<br>• Buy from CPC<p>Adafruit Breadboard-friendly RGB …

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 …

Maker Faire

How to 3D Print a Photo: Lithophanes 101

This is probably the most important step! Converting your Image into a lithophane is where everything can go wrong! If the correct settings aren't …

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 …

Robotics

Distance Measurement Vehicle via Websocket

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

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 Newark Element14<br>• Buy from CPC<br>• Buy from Adafruit<br>• Buy from SparkFun<br>• Buy …

Raspberry Pi

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

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

WordPress.com

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 …

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 …

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 …

Internet of Things

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

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 …

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 …

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 …

Arduino

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>…

Arduino

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 …