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May 23, 2016

Carbon M1 Printer Demo

at 1:41 pm. Filed under Insane Equipment


Tested got a look at the new Carbon M1 3D printer. They are still a bit secretive on some of the special sauce that differentiates it from the competition but their technology allows the system to print very quickly. It looks almost magical since the part grows out of the media dish. This is because the projection system is at work in the base and works by interacting with the media at the bottom of the transparent media container. The build platform lifts the fused 3D part up and out of the dish as it is created. The materials that they can print range from rigid to very soft and flexible. The idea is that the machine could be used to make production parts on demand, instead of warehousing a large number of parts a company could have the design files and a printer that can print on demand.

HARNESSING LIGHT AND OXYGEN TO PRODUCE OBJECTS FROM A POOL OF RESIN, CLIP is a photochemical process that eliminates the shortcomings of conventional 3D printing by harnessing light and oxygen to rapidly produce objects from a pool of resin. From everyday products like tennis shoes and electronics, to industrial components, to highly customizable medical devices, CLIP makes it possible for creators to design the parts and products of the future.



Name the Thing Contest – 296

at 11:21 am. Filed under Contests




The prize this week is a HMC5883L Triple Axis Compass Magnetometer Sensor so you can add some directionality to your next project. This contest will run for one week (May 23 – May 27, 2016). Ending time is based on central standard time. To enter, identify the item above and what it can be used for.

Please do not give the answer in the comments.

Send an email to contest @ hackedgadgets.com with “Name the Thing Contest” as the subject, and the message body consisting of:

  • The name of the item in the above picture
  • An example of what the item pictured above can be used for

The winner will be chosen at random from all of the correct entries.

Below is a picture of the prize.




May 22, 2016

Spring 2016 Cornell University ECE 5760 Advanced Microcontrollers Final Projects

at 8:09 pm. Filed under Cool Gadgets, DIY Hacks, Educational, Electronic Hacks



It is that time again! There is a new batch of Cornell University ECE 5760 Advanced Microcontrollers Final Projects. If you have done any PID work in the past the FPGA controlled Magnetic Levitation by Gautham Ponnu, Ryan Land, Nathan Spallone should be of interest. They are using a Altera DE2-115 FPGA board to monitor and control a steel ball about 1mm above the position sensor with great accuracy.
“The LDC1000 inductive sensor from Texas Instruments. This device acts as a mini “metal detector” and tells us, albeit in a nonlinear fashion, the height of the ball. The output is nonlinear because it is measuring the presence of metal through inductance, not the direct elevation of the ball from the sensor.”




May 17, 2016

SOLAR Powered Plane

at 8:15 pm. Filed under Complex Hacks, DIY Hacks


Prometreus has a great concept here. This plane has autopilot and a camera to capture the trip. With a 6 hour 200km range you can certainly cover a huge area.

“A SOLAR powered RC plane flies over 6 hours, only powered by the sun. The plane travels a distance of over 200km. It is self sufficient like the solar impulse system. ”



May 16, 2016

DIY Spotwelder

at 3:51 pm. Filed under DIY Hacks



If you do any metal work projects there will come a time when you would like to bond some metal together without using mechanical fasteners. Easiest way to do this is by welding, a spot welder is a type of welder that is simple since there are no welding rods needed. Make it Extreme built this great looking DIY unit. A high current is simply passed through the two metals in one spot allowing them to heat up and fuse together. Best of all the main component that is used is a MOT (microwave oven transformer), these can be scavenged from a discarded microwave for free. The main portion of the build is the structure that allows the unit to be free standing and operated by a convenient foot pedal.

May 14, 2016

Drawing To Laser Engraving System

at 8:04 pm. Filed under Computer Hacks, DIY Hacks

Drawing To Laser Engraving Program_4


When it comes to converting something drawn to a laser etched image there are often quite a few steps needed. Martin Raynsford has built this Drawing To Laser Engraving System to allow him to easily go from drawing to laser etched images by using a bit of hardware and some custom software. Of course you can do this type of thing manually like was done in the Halloween Hanging Mobile Project many moons ago but there is something great when the process is automated.

“The third and final project from this years maker faire was a webcam capture program that would easily digitize children’s drawings and then send them down to the laser cutter for engraving. The webcam holder with led lighting to illuminate the drawing. I used a c# wrapper for the open CV library to capture images from the webcam, a little bit of filtering to remove pixels that weren’t black enough. The image was then converted to G Code, and transferred to a GRBL controller that was wired into the Greyfin laser cutter. The G Code simply drives the laser to the next black pixel and burns a single dot for each pixel, repeat for each black pixel in the image.”


May 11, 2016

Concrete Creations to Inspire

at 8:02 pm. Filed under Crazy Hacks



When you think of concrete you probably think about parking garages and and house foundations. Here are some projects that might cause you to add a few bags of concrete to your next DIY project. In the first video you will see that by using a simply mold and a simple jig you are able to create some wonderful bends in concrete. The concrete in many of these projects need additives to allow it to set fast, bend without cracking and not slump when bent.







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