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  • Friday, April 18, 2014 - 06:00
    Adafruit Bitcoin report #bitcoin #makerbusiness


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    We thought it could be interesting to someone out there to share how the orders placed at Adafruit using bitcoin was going. We launched mid November 2013 and the average amount of total bitcoin orders per day was about $1,572.14 USD, with an average order size of $231.20 USD. Peak orders was around 100/day using bitcoin, in the last 30 days it’s about 5 to 10 orders / day using bitcoin and average amount per order being $170.86 USD. Other online stores in the maker world started taking bitcoin too, if you have some coins to spend, head on over to EMSL (Evil Mad Scientist). The coolest part of this experiment for us was an Adafruit community member built a bitcoin miner and then used the coins they mined to buy Adafruit electronics with the mined coins. More bitcoin news here…. Oh, would we add bitcoin now if we didn’t have it, based on what we know now? Sure, the big spend-coin-rush is over, glad we added it when we did!

  • Friday, April 18, 2014 - 00:11
    Completed Cupcade – The mini Arcade with a Raspberry Pi @Raspberry_Pi #raspberrypi


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    egutting writes in…

    Just wanted to let you know I completed mine and it’s in working order. Didn’t have any problems at all as the directions were great and had experience with this “type” of case with the ice cube clock.


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    NEW PRODUCT – Cupcade: the Raspberry Pi-Powered Micro Arcade Cabinet Kit – Beta: Never be bored again with an adorable little arcade cabinet you can fit in your bag! This Raspberry Pi-powered kit combines our sharp PiTFT 2.8″ display, mini thumbstick, and mini arcade push buttons and a whole bunch of components to create the most adorable MAME cabinet in the known universe.

    Comes as a big kit with lots of parts including all electronic components, the laser cut case, power adapter, and a pre-burned SD card that is plug-and-play ready. You provide a Raspberry Pi model B, a soldering iron, solder, wire, basic electronic hand tools, tape, etc. This is the beta kit, which works great but is a little advanced and not good for beginners! We’ll be planning out a version with more of the circuitry pre-built in the future. For now we only recommend this project for people who have soldered before and even better, have a little Raspberry Pi/Linux hacking under their belt in case some configuration-file-editing is required. Give yourself a nice long Saturday afternoon to put together (about 4-6 hours altogether).

    We played a bunch of memorable old arcade games, like Ms Pacman, Galaga, Donkey Kong, Arkanoid, DigDug, etc with squee success but some games that are more advanced might be too slow even with overclocking the Pi. There are four buttons total, two next to the joystick for “fire” and “jump” and two in front for “coin” and “start”.

    Many details stand out here that show the love and care PaintYourDragon put into this kit.

    • First: you can configure it for either vertical (Ms Pac-man! Arkanoid!) or horizontal screen (Joust! Qix!). The controls can be set to either joystick-in-center or to the side. We include plastic for both configurations just pick which you want during construction.
    • Second: The SD card comes with a text-based MAME ROM selector screen that works in either V or H mode, with nicely printed out names and joystick/button selection.
    • Third: Pressing the two front buttons for three seconds simulates the Esc key, so you can quit games and safely shut down the Pi without use of a keyboard.
    • Fourth: To load new ROMs, simply plug in the SD card into any computer and drag the zipped up files into the directory, no need for WiFi, logging in or any other nonsense!
    • Fifth: What’s gaming without the noise? There’s a mono speaker and audio amp so you can relive all the bleeps

    Excited? You should be! And since you’re so interested, check out the ultra-detailed tutorial with build photos, instructions, and more!

    Don’t forget, a Raspberry Pi Model B is NOT included!

    In the Adafruit store!

  • Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 23:00
    DIY Replica of Joffrey Baratheon’s Crown


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    Joffrey Baratheon may be a despicable character, but the king does have nice threads. He wears richly embroidered tunics and an intricate crown – it’s understandable if you want to dress like him. Instructables user xeijix came up with a 3D model to print the crown on a PP3D printer. The printer worked on one half of the crown at a time; here’s what he did to assemble them:

    After removing the scaffolding, I needed to sand the the crown a bit.

    The crown from the show had a lot of textured marks on the crown, I opted not to add those textures. For my purposes, it wasn’t that important.

    After sanding, I glued the pieces together with superglue.

    I painted the crown with a can of Krylon gold spray paint.

    After it’s painted, you could add pre-made jewels from the craft store or you could cast your own with resin and pigment.

    Read more at Instructables.

  • Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 22:06
    NEW PRODUCTS – SMT Test Socket – TSSOP-16 and SMT Test Socket – Medium SOIC-8 (200mil)


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    You know those ZIF sockets we have for DIP chips? Well these are just like that but for SMT parts!

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    NEW PRODUCT – SMT Test Socket – TSSOP-16: Now you can program and test out your favorite new parts in TSSOP packages. This test sockets is good for any 4.4mm / 0.147″ wide TSSOP/SSOP with up to 20 pins. Simply press down on the top, place the chip in carefully and then release to latch the chip in. The chip is held securely against gold ‘fingers’ in the socket. Please note the body of the chip you’re trying to use and read the datasheet diagrams carefully – a chip with a body wider than 4.4mm not fit!

    The socket is soldered onto a pair of PCBs that turn it into, essentially, a 20 pin DIP with 0.6″ spacing that can be breadboarded fairly easily.

    In stock and shipping now.

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    NEW PRODUCT – SMT Test Socket – Medium SOIC-8 (200mil): And you can program and test out your favorite new parts in SOIC-8 or smaller packages. This test socket is good for any SOIC/SOP “Medium” chip in a 200mil wide body that has 8 pins. Simply press down on the top, place the chip in carefully and then release to latch the chip in. The chip is held securely against gold ‘fingers’ in the socket. 150 or 300mil wide chips will not fit, but we do have other sockets for narrow/wide SOIC chips.

    The socket is soldered onto a pair of PCBs that turn it into, essentially, a 20 pin DIP with 0.6″ spacing that can be breadboarded fairly easily.

    In stock and shipping now.

    Both of these test sockets are high quality, Japanese construction from Yamaichi

  • Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 20:59
    Several Techniques to Produce Laser Cut Helical Springs! #3DThursday #3DPrinting


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    Fascinating tutorial documents a few routes to produce working slinkies, from 3D printing to laser-cutting acrylic , and cardboard shipping tubes:

    I created the helical spring GIFified1 [below] by using the Trotec rotary attachment in a Speedy 300 to laser cut a 3D printed PLA plastic tube.

    It is one of many helical springs I’ve laser cut over the past three months2. The springs vary in design and material – so far, I have used 3D printed PLA, clear acrylic, and cardboard shipping tubes. Take a look at the [top] picture for a sneak peak of the whole collection.

    The 3D Printed / Laser Cut Spring concept is pretty cool, I think, and a decent lead in because it’s recognizable, but definitely not what I’m most excited to show in this Instructable. So before I lose you, scroll down to Step 1 and check out the wave springs. Lots more pictures and videos after that. Eventually, I’ll give an explanation of how they are made

    Check out the full details for how they are made and how they work at Instructables!

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  • Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 20:50
    NEW PRODUCT – PrintrBot Simple Metal 3D Printer – Black – Assembled


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    NEW PRODUCT – PrintrBot Simple Metal 3D Printer – Black – Assembled: New from Printrbot, the Metal Simple is a brand new rock solid, all metal, fully-assembled Printrbot Simple! As opposed to the Printrbot Simple Kit, all of the laser cut wood parts have been replaced by rock solid metal and assembled. In fact, the total number of parts have been reduced to just a fraction of the wooden model. The all metal construction combined with a GT2 belt pulley system produces a 3D print that rivals those of other manufacturers which cost thousands more!

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    The Printrbot Simple is an exercise in 3D printing minimalism. It includes only what is needed to get started in the world of 3D printing. With the All-metal Printrbot Simple you’ll have a fully-functioning 3D printer that weighs only 12 lbs and fits nicely on your desk!

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    In stock and shipping now.

  • Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 20:00
    3D-Printing Product DIY Hacking Off-the-Shelf Products with 3D Printed Parts @ Takt Project #3DxProductDesign #3DThursday #3DPrinting


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    3-Pring Product DIY Hacking Off-the-Shelf Products with 3D Printed Parts @ Takt Project:

    3-PRING PRODUCT is a new D.I.Y. idea proposal that can change the usage of the product, or pursue user’s own better usability by adding 3D-printed parts to ready-made products. This time we used ready-made products of MUJI as an example.

    Just like ‘Sampling Techniques’ in music industry which creating a new track by quoting tracks or sounds in the past, create an original product with adding own made parts while quoting ready-made product. In this instance, We treat a 3D printer as a music instrument that can enhance the prospect exponentially for this ‘sampling’ process.

    With making joint parts for plastic product, or parts which utilized size that is peculiar to ready-made product by 3D printer, it expand the possibility of incubate a new kind of customizing at this 3D printer generation.

    From this perspective, the products in stores are not so much completed product but semifinished product, in another words, we can retake them as a material for new creation. This kind of changing perspective is that we wanted design through this project, and we also think there are possibilities for new creation regarding products in intermediate region where connect between ‘consumer’ and ‘manufacture’, not a choice between the two of them….

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  • Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 19:44
    Women Techmakers: Make your passion – features @adafruit Ladyada!



    Women Techmakers: Make your passion (video).

    We’re all driven by passion. Hear from innovative women leaders as they share their personal stories, solutions, and impact on the technology industry. Featuring:

    Suzanne Xie (Founder and CEO of Hullabalu)

    Jeannie Yang (Chief Product and Design Officer at Smule)

    Kelly Ellis (Software Engineer at Google)

    Brynn Evans (Design Lead at Google)

    Limor Fried (Lead Engineer and Founder at Adafruit Industries)

    Ashley Gavin (Director of Curriculum at Girls Who Code)

    Shannon Spanhake (Deputy Innovation Officer for the City of San Francisco)

    Joanna Smith (Developer Programs Engineer at Google)

    Mary Lou Jepsen (Head of Display Division at Google[x])

    Megan Smith (Entrepreneur at Google[x])

    Jay Wong (UI Designer and Prototyper at Google)

    Bandana Malik (Student at The Flatiron School)

    Jenny Young (Owner of Brooklyn Robot Foundry)

    Heidi Zak Spector (Co-Founder at ThirdLove)

    Aminatou Sow (Founder of Tech LadyMafia)

    Cassandra Dixon (Support Engineer at Fastly)

    Natalie Gordon (CEO and Founder at BabyList)

    More @ Women Techmakers & Google+

  • Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 19:30
    Iron Man Mk 3 by RoboGenius #eggbot


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    Iron Man Mk 3 by RoboGenius @ Thingiverse:

    Designed for The Original Egg-Bot Kit.

    Colors are Sharpie Ultra Fine unless otherwise noted.

    4 Color-Layer Plot

    1. Banana Clip Yellow
    2. Rose
    3. Red
    4. Black

    Read more.

    Source for Eggbot Trace

  • Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 19:30
    What happens if you expose a Peep to vacuum?





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  • Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 19:10
    Updates – Alternatives to ULINE shipping supplies – shipping boxes, packing materials and mailing supplies #makerbusiness #manufacturing @uline


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    Some maker biz folks sent some suggestions for ULINE packaging alternatives, here are some more resources!

    Here are our reps for the companies we use.


    Cornell-Robbins Paper and Box Company
    http://www.cornellpaper.com/

    Phil Robbins
    probbins@cornellpaper.com


    Staples Industrial
    http://www.staplesindustrial.com/

    Joe Berardi
    Joe.Berardi@staples.com


    BagBarn
    http://www.bagbarn.com/

    1-800-720-1215


    Newark / element14
    http://www.newark.com/
    orders@newark.com

    1-800-463-9275


    Global Industrial
    http://www.globalindustrial.com/

    1-888-978-7759


    Do you have a favorite supplier? Remember, post up in the comments here or on Google+ !

  • Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 19:00
    60 NeoPixel Ring Camera Mount


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    You can build this massive camera light with our 60 NeoPixel ring. This camera ring update works with ANY DLSR and ANY lens.
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    Perfect for macro photography, this light gives a signature ring around your eyes, making an awesome lighting effect.

    A 3d printed light ring adapter holds the electronics and mounts to any dslr hot shoe.

    Check out the circuit diagram and full tutorial on The Adafruit Learning System

    Macro Photography with Adafruit NeoPixel Ring

  • Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 19:00
    3D Printed Frog Dissection Kit – Printed Curriculum Unit #3DxEducation #3DThursday #3DPrinting



    After the MakerBot Frog Dissection Kit launched on Thingiverse in early March, a number of variants were produced by the community including the Flexy-Frog (video above) printed by Gyrobot. It was printed at 80% scale in 1.75mm using Filaflex from Recreus. “Adds that extra bit of flexible realism.” Check out details from the original kit launch below!

    The MakerBot Frog Dissection Kit is the first 3D printable curriculum unit for teachers and their students to download and 3D print in the classroom. Now you can teach students about basic anatomy without having to deal with the yuck factor of dissecting a real frog!

    This Frog Dissection Kit includes a lesson plan for teachers, digital files to 3D print a large, life-size frog body, and six 3D printed organs that fit together like puzzle pieces. Download the files, let us know how it prints, and stay tuned for more enriching educational experiences from MakerBot Academy.

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    Every Thursday is #3dthursday here at Adafruit! The DIY 3D printing community has passion and dedication for making solid objects from digital models. Recently, we have noticed electronics projects integrated with 3D printed enclosures, brackets, and sculptures, so each Thursday we celebrate and highlight these bold pioneers!

    Have you considered building a 3D project around an Arduino or other microcontroller? How about printing a bracket to mount your Raspberry Pi to the back of your HD monitor? And don’t forget the countless LED projects that are possible when you are modeling your projects in 3D!

    The Adafruit Learning System has dozens of great tools to get you well on your way to creating incredible works of engineering, interactive art, and design with your 3D printer! If you’ve made a cool project that combines 3D printing and electronics, be sure to let us know, and we’ll feature it here!

  • Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 18:00
    A Viral Marketing Gag Uses 3-D Printers and Rubber Chickens #3DxMarketing #3DThursday #3DPrinting



    A Viral Marketing Gag Uses 3-D Printers and Rubber Chickens. From Wired:

    When was the last time you talked about your favorite cracker on Twitter? It’s a dry subject and the marketing team responsible for promoting Nabisco’s new Belvita brand crackers knew that their key selling point, “Nutritious sustained energy all morning,” wasn’t going to light the social web on fire without a little help. Instead of following their traditional strategy of minting coupons or, God forbid, coming up with a strategy involving QR codes, Belvita decided to embrace 3-D printing in a crassly commercial, and wildly successful, ad campaign.

    Creative agencies Droga5 and Fake Love took on the challenge of making this vision a reality by turning to Twitter and encouraging people to share their greatest morning accomplishments—say nailing the perfect pour-over or starting their commute just as a fist-pumping anthem came on the radio. Cracker enthusiasts the world over started responding with their stories, encouraged by celebrities like Jane Lynch and Mario Lopez, using the hashtag #MorningWin.

    The agencies hired actors, complete with props ranging from spatulas to rubber chickens, to act out the best scenarios. Each tableau was scanned, 3-D printed, spray painted gold, affixed to a trophy, and mailed to the person who inspired it. Virtual trophies were awarded on Facebook and people were delighted to receive validation of their life’s minutiae in miniature plastic form.

    Belvita’s brand managers imagined the printing happening on a sterile soundstage and shooting footage for a commercial, but the creatives at Fake Love had an idea that would expand the campaign’s reach into the real world. They rented a store front in New York City and set up a shop that was equal parts art gallery and bakery. Inside the store, visitors could observe actors clad in fluorescent green unitards pantomime tweets from followers across the globe. Passersby could watch a bank of printers transform the outlandish ideas into objects in the store’s window….

    Read more about the background to the campaign and how they executed it here.

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  • Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 17:49
    NEW PRODUCT – Small Enclosed Piezo w/ Wires


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    NEW PRODUCT – Small Enclosed Piezo w/ Wires: This small (14mm diameter) piezo element is nicely enclosed so you can attach easily. Piezo elements convert vibration to voltage or voltage to vibration. That means you can use this as a buzzer for making beeps, tones and alerts AND you can use it as a sensor, to detect fast movements like knocks. You can also use it under a drum pad to make a drum/crash sensor

    It’s rated for up to 9Vpp use but you can also use 3V square waves and its plenty loud. For music use with an Arduino, check out the Tone tutorial. For sensing, the Knock tutorial is your guide! There are thin wires attached, we plugged them into a solderless breadboard, but they might too thin to plug in directly into the Arduino socket headers.

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    In stock and shipping now.

  • Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 17:00
    3D Printer Builds Ten Affordable Homes in 24 Hours #3DxArchitecture #3DThursday #3DPrinting


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    3D Printer Builds Ten Affordable Homes in 24 Hours:

    …in Shanghai, WinSun Decoration Design Engineering Co. has been using a monstrous printing device to build homes at a breakneck pace — 10 homes in 24 hours.

    Measuring out at roughly 105 feet long, 33 feet wide, and 21 feet tall, this clearly isn’t your average retail printer. Unlike most 3D printers, this printing giant is fed with cement rather than plastic, making it especially well-suited for home construction. The best part is the houses are super cheap to make and they’re made almost entirely of construction and other industrial waste.

    When it’s all said and done, the houses are roughly 650 square feet and cost only $4,800 to make, which is why they’re being considered as a housing solution for China’s poor. It’s not the first crack at 3D home building, but it is definitely the fastest, most economical, and environmentally friendly way we’ve seen to date….

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    Every Thursday is #3dthursday here at Adafruit! The DIY 3D printing community has passion and dedication for making solid objects from digital models. Recently, we have noticed electronics projects integrated with 3D printed enclosures, brackets, and sculptures, so each Thursday we celebrate and highlight these bold pioneers!

    Have you considered building a 3D project around an Arduino or other microcontroller? How about printing a bracket to mount your Raspberry Pi to the back of your HD monitor? And don’t forget the countless LED projects that are possible when you are modeling your projects in 3D!

    The Adafruit Learning System has dozens of great tools to get you well on your way to creating incredible works of engineering, interactive art, and design with your 3D printer! If you’ve made a cool project that combines 3D printing and electronics, be sure to let us know, and we’ll feature it here!

  • Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 16:20
    Seige of Intelari Stronghold by Dan Hernandez


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    Dan Hernandez – Kim Foster Gallery.

    Seige of Intelari Stronghold, 2013. Mixed media on panel, 44 x 40 inches.

  • Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 16:00
    Highend Custom Automotive Prototyping Using 3D Printing: Titanium, Carbon Fiber, & The One:1 @ KOENIGSEGG (VIDEO) #3DPMetal #3DThursday #3DPrinting



    Highend Custom Automotive Prototyping Using 3D Printing: Titanium, Carbon Fiber, & The One:1 @ KOENIGSEGG (VIDEO):

    The world of 3D prototyping and printing has changed the automotive industry. Christian von Koenigsegg explains how his company takes advantage of the new 3D Printing technology, with where he feels the future of the industry is going..

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  • Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 15:09
    Adafruit light painting with TRINKET!
  • Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 15:01
    Holden Observatory – 3D Scanning a Full Size Building with Drones! by ibudmen #3DThursday #3DPrinting


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    Holden Observatory – 3D Scanning a Full Size Building! by ibudmen @ Thingiverse.com.

    After scanning a few people, some art, and even my cat I was approached by Arland Whitfield, founder of Skyworks, with the idea to put our heads together & scan something BIG.

    The building we decided on was Holden Observatory on Syracuse University’s campus, being one of the oldest buildings in the area and at a little over 2 stories tall it was the perfect sized challenge to try and bite off.

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    Every Thursday is #3dthursday here at Adafruit! The DIY 3D printing community has passion and dedication for making solid objects from digital models. Recently, we have noticed electronics projects integrated with 3D printed enclosures, brackets, and sculptures, so each Thursday we celebrate and highlight these bold pioneers!

    Have you considered building a 3D project around an Arduino or other microcontroller? How about printing a bracket to mount your Raspberry Pi to the back of your HD monitor? And don’t forget the countless LED projects that are possible when you are modeling your projects in 3D!

    The Adafruit Learning System has dozens of great tools to get you well on your way to creating incredible works of engineering, interactive art, and design with your 3D printer! If you’ve made a cool project that combines 3D printing and electronics, be sure to let us know, and we’ll feature it here!

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