Our maker this week is Kyle Machulis, a hardware and software hacker who led the team in making the reverse engineer drivers for the Microsoft Kinect. Kyle is also an avid self-tracker, which means he uses technology to measure different aspects of his health and biology.
Here’s what we talked about in this episode:
Sugru for bones
Color 3D printing allows one to make beautiful objects that are pretty much impossible to fabricate by any other technique. Here is a 9-inch diameter sculpture I designed and built on a 3D Systems Zprinter 450. The underlying geometry is based on one of the well-known stellations of the icosahedron, but I modified it, punctured it, and colored it to suit my taste.
If you are lucky enough to have access to a color 3D printer, you can make a copy for yourself using the data file available here. Below is a closeup shot of another example in this series, which emphasizes curves and gradations of color. You can see the rest of it and a series of related 3D printed color forms see here.
Cool4cats has the kit for sale on its site with detailed instructions on how to make one of these yourself.
Chris Locke from Heartless Machine
If you have already been watching MAKE’s alt.SXSW livestream, stay tuned today until 3:30 CST and you’ll catch MAKE’s official SXSW podcast. We are doing a SXSW Maker Show and Tell, profiling local Austinites and makers here for THE FESTIVAL. (If you have a SXSW badge, the panel is 3:30 at Driskill Hotel’s Maximillian Room, 6th and Brazos.)
Some of the fun we’ll be having:
See all the #MakeSXSW coverage at http://www.livestream.com/oreillymake
ALSO at SXSW: The MAKE and O’Reilly booth is hopping! Learn to solder, meet makers, see the new MakerBot Replicator, shop O’Reilly publications, MAKE, and O’Reilly special swag and free MAKE Kits Special Issue. Come say hi; we’re booth #510 in the Convention Center Trade Show.
Do you want to learn what makes an Arduino tick? Check out the MintDuino, available exclusively in the Maker Shed! It’s an Arduino in its most simple form and it’s perfect for anyone interested in learning or teaching the fundamentals of how microcontrollers work. Everything you need to build the Mintduino is included in the reusable mint tin. Just follow the extensive online build documentation, add a 9V battery and FTDI programmer (neither included), and you’ll be up and running in no time. After you build your MintDuino, hone your wiring and programming skills with the MintDuino Maker Press book. It will take you from lighting an LED to building a 2 player game!
DIY physics guru David Prutchi coveted one of the expensive professional-grade gyroscopic camera stabilizers made by Kenyon Laboratories. “These devices,” he observes, “don’t seem to have changed much since Kenyon’s founder filed the following two patents in the 50′s: US2811042, US2570130.” Referencing those patents, David reverse-engineered the basic geometry of the Kenyon stabilizer using a pair of inexpensive precision gyroscopes from Glenn Turner of gyroscopes.com. These are really beautiful machines, in and of themslves, each of which costs a bit less than $100US as of this writing. Positioned on a bracket suspended below the camera in use, the two gyroscopes are driven by electric motors and mounted on gimbals with their axes crossed on symmetrical oblique angles that provide both horizontal and vertical stabilization components. [Thanks, David!]
Thanks to masakiishitani on flickr for the above photos of Fab Café.
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