Community Corner: Projects Shared By A 3 Year Old Engineer and Dozens More

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There are people making amazing things around the world, are you one of them? Join the 53,900 strong! And check out scores of projects they shared this week after the jump!

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kapuzniak shared: “Thanks @adafruit for the fun lemon battery experiment, my 3 yr old future engineer loved it!” Wow! (read more)

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RaizzieN shared: “I made the case for transformable quadcopter robot with GoPro HERO3 black edition. Open the case, Pick up the robot, Transform into Walking form, Walk, Transform into flight form, and then Fly…..” (read more)


Sam Harrison shared: “Well I’ve looked into some arduino setups that connect to lcd screens so I think I’m gonna design an autopilot panel. I’d like to make a landing gear with lights that are controlled through the simulator…” (read more)


Heather Solvers shared: “Silver Shaz, the Robot Business Card Holder!”(read more)


Boyan Iliev shared some great Arduino projects! (read more)

james w shared: “An update on my Raspberry Pi – Point and Shoot Camera project, everything but the battery pack fits inside the standard RPi case. Details, pics and the simple Python file I am running are all listed on my blog post about it here.” (read more)


Rifle Creek shared: “the process of creating something unique;
best description… Modern basket weaving with architectural components in Sketchup with the purpose to build a 3D print of a reverse lamp shade” (read more)


omar lopez shared an illustration he made for Xhilo (read more)


Mike Vanderpool shared: “Just finished my Rpi laptop build! Time to take the Pi mobile! Thanks Adafruit Industries!” (read more)

Jeremy Cook shared: “My StrandBeest-style leg. Includes a time-lapse of the construction process as well as a video of it semi-functional.” (read more)

Matt Heilman shared: “Electroplating a Soldering Iron’s Tip.” (read more)

Jack Houweling shared: “Making a new light for my shop with ratchet and boom.” (read more)


Nikolaus Gradwohl (“Local Guru”) shared: “Today I got the “Radio” part of my Raspberry PI based car radio running.” (read more)

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sensei wu shared: “been working on my pan and tilt system. i am hoping to make a auto target tracking Nerf gun one day!” (read more)

Jaidyn Edwards shared: “The second robot I have made to help teach robotics to school kids. The idea is that I will disassemble him providing them with instructions as to his assembly and programming. Ben – A Light Following Breadboard Arduino Robot” (read more)


phenoptix shared: “A new bit of kit to help with our office brewing. The Blichmann Engineering Floor Standing Burner. 30lbs of stainless steel capable of delivering 72,000 BTU per hour (that’s 7.6 Million Joules!). Can’t wait to try it out!” (read more)


Michael Overstreet shared: “Not sure if I am going to do anything with this idea but that is what a 3d printer is good for, printing out ideas so you can play with them. I printed out a mock-up of a MX-106 and a extra large bracket. The bracket is very strong by the way. (read more)


Steve Spence shared: “Arduino Voltmeter and temperature sensor: New pics uploaded. System has been in use almost a week and working great!” (read more)

Mark Miller shared: “My continuing efforts in refining the X Y saga of slide mechanisms. I designed a rotary table using a stepper, worm gear combination….I have a larger platter that secures to the mount to provide greater table space. It is very torquey, and has almost no backlash. I also began making some slides that are stepper driven, and made another half dozen or so of these up to play with and try to find an app for. I am now making a Z axis that will span this mechanism for the upsy downsy thing….Or possibly a gantry crane…..Or both.” (read more)


Chris Young shared: “Previously I’ve shared on my blog a special mouse and keyboard emulator that I use to help me access my PC because of my disability. Now in the latest installment of my blog I show how you can create your own infrared remote control mouse device. It would be useful for home theater PC or perhaps when you’re showing that PowerPoint presentation on a projector monitor and you want to be able to walk around the room and not be tied to the computer during the presentation. Complete schematics and source code included.” (read more)


Steve Anderson shared: “Whilst dismantling a scanner (destined for conversion into an axis of a laser etcher) I happened across a neat little lens which, when placed in front of my phone camera, makes a rather lovely macro lens…” (read more)


Markus Keil shared: “My first PCB’s that I routed by myself has been delivered. They look pretty good. They were made by PCB Center in Germany. Assembled pics later when I’ve put it together.” (read more)

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Zviad Sulaberidze shared: “some acetone and #inmoov printed parts” (read more)


Curtis Brooks shared: “Here’s a prototype for my new quad heating controller design. It has four separate thermocouple sensors, I2C I/O expanders, a RTC, SD card, USB, bluetooth or XBee wireless and a interface for a I2C LCD/keypad. I designed the controller for my reflow oven however, it can also serve as a brew-controller, smoker controller, etc. the board is programmed using the Arduino environment. More information can be found at” (read more)


Alex McNair shared: “Mr. Coffee timer and an outlet combined makes a handy timed outlet for almost anything you can think of. I use it to charge my Nexus 7 tablet so that it begins to charge two hours before I wake. The Mr. Coffee timer stays on for two hours whether you activate it directly or use the timer. I guess the thing is a clock, too.” (read more)


Chris Osborn shared: “So very close to getting the Commodore 64 communicating with the Raspberry Pi over the IEC serial bus. Right after I send back the first byte though the C64 quits and says “FILE NOT FOUND” and doesn’t let me send the rest of the data” (read more)

Community Projects from the Adafruit Blog

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The New Hobbyist shared his OpenSCAD setup, Using Sublime Text Editor, plus helpful plugins: “I just recently started using Sublime Text 2 as my primary editor and I’ve got to say it’s really a great addition to my work flow. Not only does it have a clean look and all the features you would expect from a modern editor, but it also has some pretty crazy stuff like a built in package manager! With just a few keystrokes you can search to see if you have syntax highlighting for a particular language installed, pull up the package manager, and install it. All in a matter of seconds. It’s pretty awesome.” (read more)


A maker dad sets to work repairing (and improving) a broken toy and shares his process of 3D printing replacement parts for it: “This is one of those really cheap toys that makes more noise that it actually does things. It has only 1 motor at the back, the front wheels don’t even touch the ground and to turn it actually goes backwards which blocks one wheel and allows only the other one to move, hence always turning in the same direction (this is sooooo annoying ! ). Anyhow, as any father that has nothing else to do and was looking for an excuse to do something with my underused 3D printer, I set up on fixing it….” (read more)

Chris Fenton shared an awesome 3D printed project: “Have you ever been sitting there, quietly computing something and thinking to yourself, “If only this process were somehow billions of times slower, less reliable, and involved lots of physical labor”? If so, the Turbo Entabulator is the machine you’ve been looking for! While I get to spend my days working on one of the world’s fastest computers, I like to relax when I get home . . . slow things down a little. You could say I like to enjoy both ends of the computing spectrum. After my success with the FIBIAC project, an electromechanical beast chugging along at nearly one micro-operation-per-second, I opted to go even slower with this one. I also wanted to try my hand at something a little more mechanical. The result is a nearly-entirely 3D-printed, entirely-mechanical computer (for the purists out there, yes, I used lots of nuts & bolts, a handful of springs, rubber bands, and a dozen or so tiny bearings). I even printed out the punch-cards!” (read more)


Nathan shared:”After going to the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California and seeing some there, I just had to incorporate it into a project. I designed the pattern in Illustrator and Photoshop, then uploaded it to Spoonflower for printing. I love that it’s an interesting enough abstract pattern on its own to still be attractive to someone who doesn’t know what it is, but if someone does recognize it then there’s a new level of geeky coolness.” (read more)


Amazing costume! The Golden Dragon – The Last Daimyo seeking Samurai.
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Check out the Earth Structural Layer Cake: “A little while ago, my sister approached me with an idea. She’s doing an education degree, and her and her friends had to give a series of lessons on the geological sciences to a class of primary school kids. One of their lessons involved teaching the kids about the structure of the Earth. One of her friends came up with the idea of presenting a model of the Earth made out of cake. So my sister asked me if I could make a spherical cake with all the layers of the Earth inside it.” (read more)

Patrick Schless shared: “I bought an antique telegraph sounder a while back, and I’ve been working on a project that will click out emails from my Etsy store when I get an order. I’ve gone through several generations, and come up with something I really like. What follows is a description of my process for going from concept to finished piece. The code & PCB are open-source, and can be found on my github.” (read more)


talk2bruce shared Groovin’ Grover: A Microcontroller-based Marionette: “Groovin’ Grover is a marionette manipulated by four hobby servos and a Pololu Maestro microcontroller-based servo controller. You can control each of Grover’s limbs independently and make him walk, wave, and most entertaining – make him dance. Groovin’ Grover is easy to assemble and wire up. The Maestro Servo microcontroller is easy to program using free software from Pololu.”(read more)


Check out this great project shared by Paul in the Adafruit Support Forums: “Thanks for all the help. I ended up using the 24v DC converter/power supply. It worked very well with the solenoid pulling on one end of a stick holding the door open. I had to work on the door to get it to close and latch properly. Here are pics of the final rig (overview, & control center), plus a pic of my cat Stella, safely at home.” (read more)

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Kevin Cuzner added a Pi SPI driver to his AVRdude fork! “My hope is that things like this will allow the Raspberry Pi to be used to explore further embedded development for those who want to get into microcontrollers, but blew all their money on the Raspberry Pi. Also, in keeping with the purpose that the Raspberry Pi was originally designed for, using it like this makes it fairly simple for people in educational surroundings to expand into different aspects of small computer and embedded device programming.” (read more)


Bob Snyder shared his RPi controlled electric gate build: “We thought we could allow the opening and closing of the gate from a web page served up on their LAN. We added the ability to automatically lock open the gate (this requires you to press the remote control button before the gate is fully opened.) We add the ability to turn on and off the light at the gate. We also added a fan to the box to help keep the Pi as cool as possible during the hot summer months.” (read more)

john biehler shared: “After seeing this Instructable about controlling the Eggbot with a Raspberry Pi, it seemed like a great thing to bring to MakerFaire. I had a small LCD screen handy (although it’s pretty low res) so it should work perfect for computerless demos and not take up too much space.” (read more)


Dave Akerman put together a high altitude camera set up using a hot air balloon and custom RPi camera enclosure: “Back in March I built a lightweight Raspberry Pi tracker comprising a model A Pi and a pre-production Pi camera built into a foam replica of the Raspberry Pi logo. The aim was to send images from higher than my record of just under 40km, so the tracker was pretty much as light as I could make it. A launch was planned in April but but the wind predictions back then were poor for such a flight with a “landing” out to sea. That was the flight with Eben and Liz from the Raspberry Pi foundation, so rather than lose a precious slot in their over-full diaries I decided to launch a “floater” which was eventually lost over Switzerland and is probably still in hiding somewhere in France. For that I made a more suitable payload box, keeping the original for a later date.” (read more)

NYC Resistor shared: “1930′s Teletype USB interface. Both the high voltage and the custom baud rate issues are a bit cumbersome, so I thought there must be a better way. USB ports will output about 5 W, so I figured that would be close enough to drive the magnet if I could produce sufficiently high voltage. Using Adafruit’s boost converter calculator, I came up with some rough numbers and built a circuit that handles both the slow baud rate and voltage required to interface with the teletype” (read more)


From our friends at Ambro! “We ran well this weekend. Finished 5th overall out of 16 racers in the class. Jack was the youngest. Age bracket was 10 years – 17 years. Happy to have Adafruit on board!” (read more)


slickstreamer shared: “The new CSI camera module for the raspberry pi make it posible to stream high-definition video without having problem with performance. Streaming with ffmpeg will use about 2-4% and raspivid 1-2% of the CPU.” (read more)

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