Proof that no piece of technology is ever truly outdated, maker Ryan Pourcillie has converted an Epson C86 inkjet printer to print PCBs onto copper clad boards positioned on a modified metal print tray. Armed with a Dremel, and making many clever modifications to the printer chassis, his printer has been converted to print using a special ink that resists etching chemistry, all the while fooling the sensor into believe it is printing on paper! After several printing tests, and failures, Ryan achieved success and can now print an even-coated PCB without worrying about doing a thermal transfer of the etch mask.
Now instead of throwing out his antiquated printer, Ryan has entered his mod in the Project Remake Contest, which asks makers to submit functional or simple beautiful projects built from would-be landfill fodder. Ryan is now entered to possibly win one of five MakerBot Replicators and has a shot at an all-expenses paid trip to World Maker Faire in NYC this September! Submit your project to Project Remake today for your own chance to win these prizes!
See Ryan’s entire project instructions here.
The countdown to our 7th annual Maker Faire Bay Area marches on, and we are less than a month away from the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth! Taking place on May 19 and 20 at the San Mateo Fairground, this year’s Faire is guaranteed to be a whirlwind of inspiration. One of the fine young makers who will be showing projects at the Faire is 16-year-old Cameron Mira (CamDAX), maker, artist, club organizer. We chatted with Cameron about the projects he’s bringing to the Faire and how he developed his maker chops.
1. Tell us about the audio-modulated full-bridge Tesla coil you’re bringing to Maker Faire.
When the Young Makers program came around, I joined and decided to make an audio-modulated full-bridge solid state Tesla coil. We haven’t finished it yet, but we plan on having it done in time for Maker Faire. It’s going to have a cool light-up control panel with an RGB LCD screen, a big red button, metal pushbuttons with LED rings, and some other light-up components. The buttons have to light up so you can see them in the dark. We hope to play songs no one else has tried, like the Quantum Leap theme song, Scooby Doo theme song, and maybe a Beatles song. Our demonstrations will include music playing through the coil and lightning sculptures made out of metal and glass.
3. You’ve attended Maker Faire in the past. What was your experience like and why did you decided to participate as a maker this year?
4. You have such a wide range of interests, from electronics to music, photography, and painting. Tell us about yourself. How did you get started making things?
Another time, when I was six, I was playing with a little toy phone and I got some AV cables. I somehow stripped them and plugged them into a VCR. I shoved the two leads into the toy phone where a watch battery was, and the musical phone went off.
I got to where I am now in making because me and my mom decided to start a model railroad. I did all the electrical work and my mom did most of the scenery. One day I was going to Barnes and Noble to look at a Model Railroader magazine. I liked to gaze at the other hobby magazines like Maximum PC. My eyes got stuck on this one very colorful magazine, MAKE; it had all kinds of DIY projects and made it seem like even I could do them. There was an article on the very first Maker Faire. One year, a friend of mine invited me to go to Maker Faire with him, so I went, and that was like a slingshot for my brain. I bought a few things at the Maker Shed and put them together. Later on I got more stuff off the internet from places I had just found. I had been hosting my own website at the time so I made a device that beeped and blinked whenever someone visited my website. My website wasn’t known at the time, so it only went off when I went to my site. But I kept going to Maker Faire, getting stuff from Maker Shed, and making things for school projects. Eventually I got enough knowledge to know what I would need to make anything I want.
5. Who/what are your inspirations? Heros?
6. You founded the Bay Area Teen Electro Club (BATEC). How did that come about and what types of projects do club members work on?
7. Your Kickstarter project just got successfully funded. Congrats! Was this your first experience with crowd funding? How was it?
8. You’re currently 16 years old, correct? What is your dream job at this point?
9. What advice would you give to other young makers out there just getting started with hands-on projects?
10. If you could use your skills as a maker to create one great invention or solve one big problem, what would that be?
Awesome Cameron! We’re looking forward to checking out your builds at the Faire.
A project by Chris Bell, Liangjie Xia, and Mike Kelberman called Rotobooth is a hacked rotary phone that takes your picture as you’re calling your own cell phone, then sends a link of the photos to you by SMS.
The rotary phone was hacked using Arduino, the photos were collected on a Flickr page, and finally the SMS notification is sent using Twilio. The exterior design is clean (dig the orange phone!) and recently took 3rd place at Twilio’s Photohack Day 2.
Sweet find by our own Rachel Hobson over on National Geographic: A zoomable high-resolution panorama of Discovery’s flight deck, by photographer Jon Brack. I swear I’ve found at least one stripped screw head. [Thanks, Rachel!]
Tomorrow, Saturday, April 21 from 10am-2pm, we will enjoy the final Open MAKE at the Exploratorium before Maker Faire. In fact, it’ll be our last Open MAKE at the original site of the Exploratorium before the museum moves to the piers. (Sniff!) So you have many reasons to “dump” everything else you are doing and put yourself at our “disposal” for a day that would make even Oscar the Grouch smile.
That’s right, this fourth of four “T” themed Open MAKEs will be on the tremendous topic of TRASH. It’ll be a Saturday full of activities in which you can Re-mix/Re-assemble/Re-create/Re-MAKE. The Tinkering Studio has put together another inspiring collection of makers.
Headlining the event is viral video star Caine Monroy, creator of Caine’s Arcade, and filmmaker Nirvan. Caine will display his cardboard arcade in the Tinkering Studio and you can meet him! He and Nirvan will also be there for the film screening of Caine’s Arcade at 3pm.
Here are a few glimpses at what else is in store:
You can read more about who is coming here
How could you “refuse” such a day? Any other activity would “pail” in comparison.
If you’ve ever wondered how to use the potentiometer on the MakerShield (available in the Maker Shed) to control a servo with an Arduino, wonder no more. Now there is a simple tutorial to show you how on Make: Projects!
All the parts you need are available in the Ultimate Microcontroller Pack. There’s just something fascinating about seeing a servo rotate to a position dictated by your fingertips!
Make: Projects is ready and waiting for your tutorial, with open arms. Give it a try!
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Last week, MAKE ran a post on creating 3D models of buildings using an UAV. I wondered if the same thing could be done using an AUV (autonomous underwater vehicle). So I ran some experiments using our OpenROV! We took a waterproof digital camera to the touch pool at the aquarium in SF and shot a few videos of a starfish. We extracted some stills and used 123D Catch to generate the model seen here.
A longer explanation of the process can be found on the OpenROV blog.
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