Entries in Category ‘Projects’

This past weekend, we had a 3D printing workshop at LVL1.  I built a Mendel Prusa i2, along with 9 other folks in the LVL1 community. Sonny Mounicou came up from Memphis, TN, while Jon Oly of SeeMeCNC came down from Goshen, IN to help us build 3D printers.  One guy had his printer up and running [...]

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There has never been a better time to get into hobby electronics. Unfortunately, the tools required can be daunting for a newbie, and can quickly make the hobby look expensive and unappealing. I’m getting ready to move into a house where I’ll have my own electronics workbench, so I’ve been devoting a lot of attention [...]

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4 months ago, I read about Johan’s Nanino on Hack-A-Day, and thought it would be a great way to teach some folks how to etch their own circuit boards.  Although I’m increasingly shipping PCBs off to China, being able to etch your own boards is a valuable skill to have.  I’ve taught workshops on it in [...]

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I’m not dead.  I switched jobs back in September, and it’s seemed like an impossible task to catch up to everything until now.  But I’m working on some cool stuff! For example, I’m building a 3D printer: This is the start to my Rostock 3D printer.  I started printing the parts for this way back [...]

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My friend Jon has been working on Laser Taser tag, modifying perfectly ordinary toy laser guns to provide an electric shock when you get hit.  As he was working on this game for Makerfaire Detroit 2012, I noticed that these guns are really freaking cool.  10 years ago, I paid good teenage summer job money to [...]

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This post is cross-posted from the White Star Balloon Blog Flying across the ocean is no small feat.  It takes the concerted efforts of dozens of people, working hard at lots of difficult problems, from modeling balloon volume and flight dynamics, to planning interactions with air traffic control.  The diagram above gives a little bit [...]

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Lately, most of my free time has been devoted to the White Star Balloon project.  One of the parts of the project I have become involved with is the tracking page.  This was a major portion of the project a year ago, when we still had lots of buzz and momentum going.  Unfortunately, it was [...]

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Introducing a useful SOPA- The Stop Online Productivity Avoidance box. After having an extremely productive day on January 18th, I had a thought: What if every day were January 18th? Well, at the push of a button, now it can! The button, switch, and display are wired to an Arduino.  The Arduino communicates with a [...]

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Another PCB design gets shipped off to China for manufacture! This is a tiny balloon computer.  Without battery or GPS, it weighs less than 40 grams.  It can transmit RTTY or CW at 25 mW on the ham 2M and 70cm bands, and will last up to 16 hours on a single AA. This board [...]

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LVL1 has a small rivalry with a few of the regional hackerspaces.  Back in October 2010, when we were but a fledgling space, we hosted a Sumo Bot tournament.  Hive13 and Bloominglabs came by, and we kicked their butts.  Hive13 held the rematch a few months ago, and I started work on my SumoBot.  Unfortunately, I didn’t finish in time, but the effort itself is worthwhile, and my bot will live to see the next match.

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