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Resin Casting: Going from CAD to Engineering-Grade Plastic Parts

Synthetic polymers play a role in almost every single commercially manufactured item on the planet. Plastics are not just ubiquitous, but extremely versatile: some of them are incredibly stretchy, while some are hard as nails; some are crystal clear, and others come in all colors of the rainbow; …

How to build your own computer

<i>This is the third and final part of CNET's guide to building your own computer. Make sure you have read part one and part two before proceeding.</i><p>Having all these small and expensive parts sitting in front of you may look like a daunting task, but in reality the setup process, while long, is …

Infrared Pulse Sensor

Taking your pulse is as simple as holding a finger to your neck or wrist and timing the beats with your watch. But if you want to record the data or use it to trigger events, you need to turn that mechanical pulsing action into an electrical signal. This pulse sensor fits over a fingertip and uses …

Arduino

Google’s Coder Teaches Web Basics with Raspberry Pi

The folks at Google’s Creative Lab took the wraps off of Coder this week. It’s a “free, open source project that turns a Raspberry Pi into a simple platform that educators and parents can use to teach the basics of building for the web.” After booting off Coder’s custom Raspberry Pi SD card image, …

How To Build Your Own DIY Centrifuge

Get a lab-grade centrifuge (normally $2,000) for 50 bucks.<p>For any garage-ista ready to tackle molecular biology, the centrifuge is an essential laboratory tool. Its super-rapid spin supplies the right G-forces to neatly separate biological materials—including cells, proteins, and DNA—from a liquid. …

How to Learn Speed Reading

Whether you're hitting the textbooks in philosophy class or reading the morning newspaper, reading can feel tedious. Train yourself to speed read to …

Learning

Weekend Projects - Easy LED Color Organ

How to Become a Hacker

In computer security, a hacker is someone who focuses on security mechanisms of computer and network systems. There are communities and shared …

Weekend Projects - Pedal Power Phone Charger

How To Get Rid of PESKY MOSQUITOES!

OSH Stencils, a Prototype PCB Stencil Maker

A lot of electronics hackers I know use OSH Park‘s PCB manufacturing service, where you send in your files and for a pittance, they manufacture circuit boards based on your design and mail you the result. Now the same different folks are forming a solder stencil service, OSH Stencils:<p>We were …

DIY Hacks & How To's: Pocket Sized Power Supply

All About the Diode

Collin Cunningham explains what diodes are all about, describing the history of the component, the various types, and even touches on creating your own.<p>[M]aking this installment of the series taught me quite a few things. Prior to reading up on the diode, I wasn’t aware how closely its development …

Emopulse Smile SmartWatch goes up for pre-order

Basically a twin-display smartphone you can wrap around your wrist and wear like a bracelet, the working prototypes are reported to have made use of …

12 Tool Gifts for the DIY Dad

These are the tools that dads want and probably check out in catalogs or store shelves but might hold off on buying. They'll make his Father's Day. We started with the least expensive and worked up to the one that'll make you open your wallet a bit wider.<p>These are the tools that dads want and …

10 Tools Every Kid Should Learn to Use

Start 'em young. If you want to raise a self-reliant kid, get these tools into their hands.<p>Start 'em young. If you want to raise a self-reliant kid, get these tools into their hands.

Woodworking

Roundup: 10 DIY Garage Organization Ideas

Stuff. We all have it. Especially if we have a garage. And kids. And a yard. And are DIYers. BUT, <i>because</i> we're DIYers, we can easily whip up some of …

DIY