Community Corner: This Week in Adafruit’s Community

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Whoa! Check the new look for that Adafruit G+ Community “Makers, hackers, artists & engineers“! There are people making amazing things around the world, are you one of them? Join the 51,229 strong! And check out scores of projects they shared this week after the jump!

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Mark Miller shared: “I have made my scraps of acrylic and lexan(3/8″) into torque amplifiers(aka pulleys) and bushings by rough cutting them into circles on the band saw then spinning them down in the lathe to whatever size and bore I need for the project. I make a small hub for each one, drill it for a setscrew and fuse it to the pulley itself. You can make simple or compound pulleys this way. Combine that with a 2$ bag of rubber bands and you can have a party!(making stuff that is) It only takes a few minutes to make a pulley this way, and you get exactly what you want/need. I currently made a bunch in various ratios to produce the clock shown(in progress, still have to paint and finish) all from scraps of plexi, added a stepper motor and calibrated for correct time(now called the DAM clock, for digital and mechanical). It has hour and minute hands so far. I am thinking on clever ways to finish it up.” (read more)

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Jay Doscher shared: “Check out my project that uses a Raspberry Pi and PiFace board to turn a PC on and off remotely. The PiFace is very powerful, and leaves rooms for even more mods in the future. Gotta love the +Raspberry Pi” (read more)


Erik Kringen shared: “The ATTINY84 and L298N both fit nicely on this 4X3 PCB board. I even had room for a switch and a programming header.” (read more)


Kris Kortright shared Deidre’s latest project: “Deirdre’s new Lioness/Cat costume using Adafruit FLORA electronics to light it up! We’re still in testing, the whiskers and eyes will be aligned and have additional electronics to make the eyes and ears move, and the whiskers twitch. Only so many hours after work to put into it, hoping we’re 100% done for the next Ask An Engineer show!” (read more) Awesome!

Citadel Bottom Right

Jeremy Veleber shared 3D renderings of his first PCB project in progress: “So far, so good… so what! How did Megadeth get in here? Just some 3D models of my current project.” (read more)

Co2 soldering

Oleg Mazurov shared an experiment: “Experimenting with reflow soldering in inert atmosphere. Got incredibly good results – wetting is again as good as in old days of leaded solder and there is no real need to heat up higher than 215C. The joints look like they were hand-soldered. On the down side, the process eats quite a bit of CO2 and the setup is not very convenient. Will try with N2 as well to compare.” (read more)

BeagleBox 1

phenoptix shared a couple of awesome hybrid case he designed from Adafruit projects he had enjoyed: “Spent some time this afternoon combining two +Phillip Burgess designs from the Adafruit catalogue to create a clip together Beagle Bone Black case Think it still needs a little tinkering to get the port entries right since I don’t currently have access to a Black to test them out on but I’m pretty pleased with the work so far.” And check out his RasPi + Camera case here! (read more)


Matt Morgan shared: “My first arm” (read more)


Matt Heilman shared a number of projects, including: “My custom Wheelbarrow (the art of combining 2 broken things)” (read more)

Robert Svec shared: “Check out my rover. You can control it via and use it to find points by driving close to the RFID tags in the arena! (Since it’s Mother’s Day the bot will not be live until tomorrow but check out the video)” (read more)


Nick Johnson shared: “Just finished building my Objective2 headphone amp. It’ll have to wait until I get to work with my decent headphones to give any sort of proper assessment, but based on my listening so far, it seems pretty good!” (read more)

RossPotts 2

Ross Potts shared a quick PSU mod project: “My power supply: from desktop to benchtop. Mocking up the Final shape: not soldered up, though, and the terminal on the left will be painted Yellow or Blue and will be higher than 12v. *I CAN just combine a 12v and 5v for 17v total, right? * I liked Someone’s idea to paint it that “Danger!” yellow and black stripe scheme, but that can wait for when I do one up with a voltmeter.” (read more)

Jaidyn Edwards shared a new robot: “So many people know me as the thrifty robot maker, turning anything into a robot if I can, this time the box that Ferrero Rocher chocolates come in. Hope you like it! Arduino – ‘Ferrero’ obstacle avoiding robot” (read more)

Jon Sanford shared a project in progress: “I have been working on a new project. It is turning out to be more difficult than it should be. Ha Ha what else is new! This just a short howdy then.” (read more)

XbeeThermHumid 1

Bruce Lowther shared a project in progress: “I finally got my thermometer / humidifier mobile. It probably doesn’t look like much, but it is working. The receiver side is in my basement. Just using serial AT mode for now. Next step is to see if I can do this in API mode with the #xbee and drop the #Arduino.” (read more)


Sam Harrison shared several stages of his BO design: track upgrade parts, technical drawings, and 3D renders. (read more)


Matthew Arlauckas pulled apart an old effects pedal and shared photos: “Just found this old project in a box. Simple distortion stompbox built around an LM833 (circa 1991). Going to have to reverse-engineer the board on this one. #goodtimes” (read more)

Jeremy Cook shared some first experiences working with the open source parametric 3d design tool OpenSCAD, from a CNC router perspective: ”
Thought this program was pretty neat” (read more)

Saikat Basak shared an experiment with opencv: “Moving mouse using computer vision.” (read more)

Community Projects from the Adafruit Blog


Check out the winners and many participants from our community challenge: #adafruit6sec Electronics Film Festival! (read more)

Eric and Bret shared: “We took a metal pie late and connected it to MaKey MaKey so that when you touch it, it triggers a hi-hat sound. Then we added masking tape, so that as you slide your finger around it, it plays a rhythm. We also added some copper tape on top of the masking tape, to trigger a bass drum and a clap sound.” (read more)

Check out Pedro J. Arroyo’s ‘LED belt on steroids’ project video. Double-wide LED belt kit with Arduino Esplora. Shared on the Adafruit Forums! “Finally got some spare time to put this together and I got it to work like a charm. Got the sample code to run 64 LEDs. So Stoked! Now I just need to figure out how to address the LEDs with the Esploras varied sensors. Thanks for the help, and for providing such neat things to tinker with!” (read more)

Here’s a great Internet Radio project: “How cool would it be take a vintage 1940′s or 1950′s wooden radio and rebuild it as a modern Internet Radio? That’s the premise I had in mind when I started out on my first Raspberry Pi project. I used the Adafruit Occidentalis Linux distribution and Adafruit python class for the 32×2 LCD display. I found a great YouTube tutorial by MeisterVision that covered the basics of the MPC/MPD Linux Music Player really well.” (read more)

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