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Team Power Fist – Power Racing Series Update

At Maker Faire Detroit (July 31 – August 1 2010), the folks from Pumping Station: One have challenged hackerspaces around the world to participate in the Power Racing Series.

The idea is this: buy a Power Wheels car, mod it to make it MOAR AWSOME, and race it against teams from other hackerspaces. Very simple.

We got ourselves a used Extreme Dune Buggy, and let Jason go at it with the Sawzall.

There was much drilling, lathing, cutting, grinding, and welding.

The organising people announced the Early Bird Challenge a few weeks ago – post a video of your car driving 150 feet, powered by the motor you intend to race with. We didn’t quite get the points, but we did post a video:


Making Games at think|haus

The past few weeks have seen several members working on games at think|haus. Peter designed and made a lasercut chess set, I made some pieces for my travel Settlers of Catan, and JamesQ posted about his 3D chess idea below.

Peter took some really nice pictures of his chess set and posted them on the facebook. His pieces are really nice – very clean and sleek. Each piece is made out of two pieces of acrylic fitted together at 90°. Here’s the thingiverse link.

A few years ago, I bought travel Settlers of Catan so that I could bring it with me on trips. Even the travel set is fairly big though, so I just used the cards and port pieces out of the box, and made my own tiles and cardboard pieces. The cardboard pieces are pretty awkward though, and I’ve never really been pleased with them. Today, I made up a little gcode file to cut out tiny roads, settlements, and cities.

handmade settlers tiles with lazzored pieces

If you want to build your own, check out the thingiverse project.


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Filling laser etched acrylic: wax vs polymer clay

I made some business card holders for think|haus a few weeks ago. They turned out pretty well, but there was one problem: the etching isn’t really legible from any reasonable distance. I clearly needed to paint/fill the etching with something. I tried two different methods: wax crayon and polymer clay. Photos below the cut. Read the rest of this entry »

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3-D Chess pieces for 3-D printers

In response to the Maker bot industries giveaway, I had the idea of making designs for pieces. Not just ordinary chess pieces, but 3 dimensional (Space Chess) pieces. Anyone who has watched ‘Star Trek’ the original series has seen this ‘Three-dimensional chess’.

Unfortunately the contest closes tomorrow at noon, and I just started the project today. I don’t have any skill with using 3-D computer drafting programs, and I don’t think I will be able to learn Google sketchup proficiently in a matter of hours. So, I drew my designs out by hand and posted them here. Read the rest of this entry »

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MIDI + Mini Piano

Recently I came across an Electron Echo Mini Piano that my brother and I played with many years ago:

I have no idea who made it or where it came from. The interweb mentions it a few times, but there doesn’t seem to be any information about it.

A moment of inspiration hit, and I decided it would be neat/fun/educational to build it into a sort of glorious MIDI-controlled monophonic electronic tinny-sounding synthesizer.

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Peter’s 3D printer on hackaday

Peter and his dad designed and built a 3D printer which is got posted to hackaday: Cool beans.


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