Here’s a handy technique that I haven’t seen covered anywhere lately: DIY friction/spin welding. While welding pieces of plastic to other pieces of plastic (in this case specifically styrene, notable because of all of the hobby supplies used in model building at your local craft store) might not sound extremely exciting until you starting thinking about — 3D printing, tiny electronics enclosures, armatures and jigs. I have a feeling that Fran is definitely onto something big for your workshop, office, or hackerspace!
Citizen! New opportunities await you in the exciting field of Friction Welding….. At Home! Yes – you too can enjoy the countless wonders of permanently attaching some plastic things to other plastic things – at will. Amaze your friends! In this video you will learn how to make your own friction welder, and I demonstrate just how amazingly strong a spin-weld is. Have fun, be safe, and enjoy!
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Stop breadboarding and soldering – start making immediately! Adafruit’s Circuit Playground is jam-packed with LEDs, sensors, buttons, alligator clip pads and more. Build projects with Circuit Playground in a few minutes with the drag-and-drop MakeCode programming site, learn computer science using the CS Discoveries class on code.org, jump into CircuitPython to learn Python and hardware together, TinyGO, or even use the Arduino IDE. Circuit Playground Express is the newest and best Circuit Playground board, with support for CircuitPython, MakeCode, and Arduino. It has a powerful processor, 10 NeoPixels, mini speaker, InfraRed receive and transmit, two buttons, a switch, 14 alligator clip pads, and lots of sensors: capacitive touch, IR proximity, temperature, light, motion and sound. A whole wide world of electronics and coding is waiting for you, and it fits in the palm of your hand.