Community Corner – June 26, 2015: The Featured Projects from this Week
Featured Adafruit Google+ Community Project
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Mark Miller shared his awesome home made generator from lawn mower engine project this week in our community!
Earlier in the year I reported on a hydrogen on demand fuel system I had created called the binary fuel tank which produces hydrogen gas on demand by chemical means(calcium hydride & water). To test the system I made this 900 watt portable generator using my old worn out lawn mower(motor worked OK but deck was rusted out). Since the mower engine was a vertical shaft I had to build a custom mount, coupling and enclosure. The results are shown in the first photo. I tested the unit, worked out mechanical issues, then added my custom hydrogen adapter. The engine is just as it came off the old mower less some grime, grease and funk. Because the engine has a tank/carb setup, I did not remove those parts, but made the adapter fit onto the air cleaner.(read more)
Featured Community Project from the Adafruit Blog
This week on the blog, we shared a not so average LED project. We’ve covered Bryan’s awesome LED trenchcoat project before and recently he sent in his latest work. We’ll let him explain about his LED fig leaf project:
I’d like to introduce you to someone who has been part of my artistic journey for a few years now. His name is Bob. Bob is my mannequin. He’s a handsome one, and he knows it. He lives in my studio, where he often holds up the wearable art pieces I create while I’m working on them, and sometimes does long gallery stints, tirelessly modeling my creations.(read more)
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