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  • Thursday, March 20, 2014 - 22:59
    Getting Started with the nRF8001 Bluefruit LE Breakout

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    Getting Started with the nRF8001 Bluefruit LE Breakout @ The Adafruit Learning System.

    Our nRF8001 Breakout allows you to establish an easy to use wireless link between your Arduino and any compatible iOS or Android (4.3+) device. It works by simulating a UART device beneath the surface, sending ASCII data back and forth between the devices, letting you decide what data to send and what to do with it on either end of the connection.

    Unlike classic Bluetooth, BLE has no big contracts to sign and no major hoops that you have to jump through to create iOS peripherals that you can legally design and distribute in the App Store, which makes it a great choice compared to classic Bluetooth which had (and still has) a lot of restrictions around it on the iOS platform.

    And now that Android also officially supports Bluetooth Low Energy (as of Android 4.3), it’s also — finally! — a universal communication channel covering the main mobile operating systems people are using today.

    We can get you started super fast with this BLE module which can act like an ‘every day’ UART data link. Send and receive data up to 10 meters away, from your Arduino to an iOS device. We’ve even made it easy to get started with our very own BLE connect app that has a “serial console” for sending/receiving data and also an ‘arduino pin i/o control station” to let you set pins on your Arduino to inputs or outputs, high or low logic or even PWM output, as well as read button presses and analog inputs. You can start prototyping your accessory and then use our open source Objective C code to base your new app on!

    Learn more!

  • Thursday, March 20, 2014 - 22:51
    Tutorial: Introduction to Bluetooth Low Energy #bluetooth #BTLE

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    Tutorial: Introduction to Bluetooth Low Energy @ The Adafruit Learning System.

    Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE), sometimes referred to as “Bluetooth Smart”, is a light-weight subset of classic Bluetooth and was introduced as part of the Bluetooth 4.0 core specification. While there is some overlap with classic Bluetooth, BLE actually has a completely different lineage and was started by Nokia as an in-house project called ‘Wibree’ before being adopted by the Bluetooth SIG.

    There are plenty of wireless protocols out there for engineers and product designers, but what makes BLE so interesting is that it’s almost certainly the easiest way to design something that can talk to any modern mobile platform out there (iOS, Android, Windows phones, etc.), and particularly in the case of Apple devices it’s the only HW design option that doesn’t require you to jump through endless hoops to be able to legally market your product for iOS devices.

    This guide will give you a quick overview of BLE, specifically how data is organized in Bluetooth Low Energy, and how devices advertise their presence so that you can connect to them and start passing data back and forth.

    Learn more!

  • Thursday, March 20, 2014 - 22:43
    NEW PRODUCT – Bluefruit LE – Bluetooth Smart, Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE 4.0) – nRF8001 Breakout [v1.0]

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    NEW PRODUCT – Bluefruit LE – Bluetooth Smart, Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE 4.0) – nRF8001 Breakout [v1.0] :Our Adafruit Bluefruit LE (Bluetooth Low Energy) nRF8001 Breakout allows you to establish an easy to use wireless link between your Arduino and any compatible iOS or Android (4.3+) device. It works by simulating a UART device beneath the surface, sending ASCII data back and forth between the devices, letting you decide what data to send and what to do with it on either end of the connection.

    Unlike classic Bluetooth, BLE has no big contracts to sign and no major hoops that you have to jump through to create iOS peripherals that you can legally design and distribute in the App Store, which makes it a great choice compared to classic Bluetooth which had (and still has) a lot of restrictions around it on the iOS platform.

    And now that Android also officially supports Bluetooth Low Energy (as of Android 4.3), it’s also — finally! — a universal communication channel covering the main mobile operating systems people are using today.

    We can get you started super fast with this BLE module which can act like an ‘every day’ UART data link (with an RX and TX characteristic). Send and receive data up to 10 meters away, from your Arduino to an iOS device. We’ve even made it easy to get started with our very own BLE connect app that has a “serial console” for sending/receiving data and also an ‘arduino pin i/o control station” to let you set pins on your Arduino to inputs or outputs, high or low logic or even PWM output, as well as read button presses and analog inputs. You can start prototyping your accessory and then use our open source Objective C code to base your new app on!

    The nRF8001 is nice in that it is just a BLE ‘peripheral’ (client) front-end, so you can use any micrcontroller with SPI to drive it. We have example C++ code for Arduino, which you can port to any other microcontroller, but some microcontroller is required – it is not a stand-alone module!

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    Please note: There is not an Android version of the Adafruit Bluefruit LE App available (our native BLE application) at this time,however you can use Nordic’s Android nRF UART application with the nRF8001 Breakout on BLE capable Android devices (Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 7, etc.) for sending/receiving data. This is a product for ADVANCED USERS – At this time we recommend this product for people who are either OK with using the apps available (Nordic’s UART demo or our Bluefruit LE Connect) or are comfortable with writing iOS apps (and can refer to our App repository). We do not have a tutorial for writing your own iOS or Android BLE app at this time, don’t worry we’re working on one :)

    We have a guide to help you setup your nRF8001 Bluetooth Low Energy breakout, and start using some of the sample sketches we provide with it to connect to an iOS or Android device. If you’re new to Bluetooth Low Energy, be sure to check out our Introduction to Bluetooth Low Energy learning guide as well!

    In stock and shipping now!

  • Thursday, March 20, 2014 - 22:43
    NEW PRODUCT – Bluefruit LE – Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE 4.0) – nRF8001 Breakout [v1.0]

    1697 LRG

    NEW PRODUCT – Bluefruit LE – Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE 4.0) – nRF8001 Breakout [v1.0] :Our Adafruit Bluefruit LE (Bluetooth Low Energy) nRF8001 Breakout allows you to establish an easy to use wireless link between your Arduino and any compatible iOS or Android (4.3+) device. It works by simulating a UART device beneath the surface, sending ASCII data back and forth between the devices, letting you decide what data to send and what to do with it on either end of the connection.

    Unlike classic Bluetooth, BLE has no big contracts to sign and no major hoops that you have to jump through to create iOS peripherals that you can legally design and distribute in the App Store, which makes it a great choice compared to classic Bluetooth which had (and still has) a lot of restrictions around it on the iOS platform.

    And now that Android also officially supports Bluetooth Low Energy (as of Android 4.3), it’s also — finally! — a universal communication channel covering the main mobile operating systems people are using today.

    We can get you started super fast with this BLE module which can act like an ‘every day’ UART data link (with an RX and TX characteristic). Send and receive data up to 10 meters away, from your Arduino to an iOS device. We’ve even made it easy to get started with our very own BLE connect app that has a “serial console” for sending/receiving data and also an ‘arduino pin i/o control station” to let you set pins on your Arduino to inputs or outputs, high or low logic or even PWM output, as well as read button presses and analog inputs. You can start prototyping your accessory and then use our open source Objective C code to base your new app on!

    The nRF8001 is nice in that it is just a BLE ‘peripheral’ (client) front-end, so you can use any micrcontroller with SPI to drive it. We have example C++ code for Arduino, which you can port to any other microcontroller, but some microcontroller is required – it is not a stand-alone module!

    1697top LRG

    Please note: There is not an Android version of the Adafruit Bluefruit LE App available (our native BLE application) at this time,however you can use Nordic’s Android nRF UART application with the nRF8001 Breakout on BLE capable Android devices (Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 7, etc.) for sending/receiving data. This is a product for ADVANCED USERS – At this time we recommend this product for people who are either OK with using the apps available (Nordic’s UART demo or our Bluefruit LE Connect) or are comfortable with writing iOS apps (and can refer to our App repository). We do not have a tutorial for writing your own iOS or Android BLE app at this time, don’t worry we’re working on one :)

    We have a guide to help you setup your nRF8001 Bluetooth Low Energy breakout, and start using some of the sample sketches we provide with it to connect to an iOS or Android device. If you’re new to Bluetooth Low Energy, be sure to check out our Introduction to Bluetooth Low Energy learning guide as well!

    In stock and shipping now!

  • Thursday, March 20, 2014 - 22:15
    Kinematics Bodice: First Piece of Kinematics Clothing from Nervous System! #3DThursday #3DPrinting #3DScanning

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    Kinematics Bodice: First Piece of Kinematics Clothing from Nervous System:

    The first piece of Kinematics clothing, a 3D-printed nylon bodice, will be debuted in New York City this week at the opening of the exhibition “Coding the Body” at apexart. The bodice is composed of 1,320 unique hinged pieces and was 3D-printed as a single part. In order to fit the bodice into the printer and minimize the space it took up in the machine, the design was printed in a flattened form that was designed with Nervous System’s “Kinematics” folding software. The bodice was wearable straight out of the printer; no pieces were manually assembled and no fasteners were added. The back features integrated 3D-printed snaps for fastening the garment.

    The bodice was produced from a 3D scan of Jessica Rosenkrantz, one of the designers. It serves as a proof of concept for Nervous System’s “Kinematics” design system which pairs a constructional logic of hinged panels with a simulation strategy of folding and compression to produce customized clothing designs that can be fabricated efficiently by 3D-printing. The system is an example of the developing field of 4D-printing where 3D-printing is used to create objects that transform in shape. Background information on our “Kinematics” project can be found here….

    More details of the “long road to printing a kinematics dress” here!

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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! We also offer the MakerBot Digitizer in our store. 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, March 20, 2014 - 22:00
    Game of Thrones Kingsguard Armor

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    Being the King of Westeros comes with perks and one of them is having your own Kingsguard. The elite group of knights will keep you safe from assassins, family members, you name it. RPF user teranmx created this armor set based on the Kingsguard armor seen in Game of Thrones. It looks beautiful and fit for knights serving the throne. The maker explained the build process at the RPF:

    I carved all of the patterns with my dremel. I used pvc glue to fuse it together. I used Bondo to fill gaps. I did add a few rivets for attaching tough areas and for comparison to other rivet marks. I do know from some more recent photos there are more details on the chest that I missed. I would like to fix that on the next one I make. On the shoulder pauldrons I took a bowl and vacuum formed the pvc over it, cut it mid way and then attached the two pieces together with the other part of the bowl pointing outward. I fused it with pvc glue, extra support with rivets, to fill big gaps i used window screen as a fiber for the bondo to hold onto extra along with the pvc. It allowed me to get those corners sharp since there was like a 1 inch gap in between the top and bottom. If I could’ve afforded it I would gone the next step further and made molds of all of this and cast them in another material so they would be solid.

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    Read more at The RPF.

  • Thursday, March 20, 2014 - 21:00
    Full-sized, 3D-Printed Kayak! #3DThursday #3DPrinting #3DScanning

    If the honor of being the first 3D printed full-size boat would probably have to go to the Washington Open Object Fabricators (WOOF) team’s 3D printed milk jug race project back in Seattle in 2012, this is one of the more successful larger-than-a-human scale objects I’ve seen yet!
    Full-sized, 3D-Printed Kayak! Created by Grass Roots Engineering:

    I have completed construction of a completely 3D printed, customized Kayak. The Kayak measures 16ft 8in [5.08m] long and cost around $500 to make. It is made of ABS plastic, machine screws, brass threaded inserts and a little bit of silicone caulk. That’s it. And it floats. And I can Kayak around in it. In order to print such large, solid sections of Kayak, I had to modify my home-built, large scale 3D printer to print the parts inside a heated chamber so they would not warp or crack.

    The Kayak

    The Kayak is comprised of 28, 3D printed sections. Each section has brass threaded thermoplastic inserts so the next corresponding section can be screwed into it. Silicone caulk is only used between the sections to ensure it is watertight. This design was initially based on the Siskiwit Bay kayak by Bryan Hansel, but heavily modified for 3D printing. The shape of the kayak was tweaked to optimize performance based on my height and weight. To reduce print time and material usage, the kayak is printed at a 0.65mm layer height. It features a 6mm thick hull with a built-in, internal rib/support structure to give it strength, yet be lightweight and use less ABS plastic. On the bow and stern of the Kayak I added attach points for cameras, handles and future add-ons….

    Read more.

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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! We also offer the MakerBot Digitizer in our store. 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, March 20, 2014 - 19:25
    Embedded Software Engineer Needed / Adafruit Jobs Board

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    Embedded Software Engineer Needed / Adafruit Jobs Board

    SUMMARY:
    BioLite is seeking a software engineer to join us in developing our next generation of cutting-edge clean energy solutions. In this role you’ll develop firmware for a range of exciting new products, and work on challenging data analysis, research and productivity questions.

    TITLE: Software Engineer
    HOURS: Full-time
    LOCATION: Brooklyn, New York
    REPORTS TO: Director of Engineering
    COMPENSATION: Salary is competitive with other early-stage companies, including benefits, bonus plan, and equity stock options.

    OVERVIEW:
    BioLite is a for-profit social enterprise that develops, manufactures and markets distributed energy solutions for off-grid communities around the world. Our business serves two distinct markets, 1) developing-world families living in energy poverty, and 2) outdoor enthusiasts seeking fuel-independent cooking and electricity.
    This is a unique opportunity to join a fast-moving startup with both a technical and creative environment in the heart of Brooklyn. If you are looking to work with a growing product development team with a passion for the outdoors and a powerful social mission, we’re your company. You’ll have the opportunity to work on a range of products and research programs funded by both our product stream and research grants.

    KEY ACTIVITIES:
    • Firmware development for new energy-related products; will include firmware architecture design, code development, documentation, rigorous testing and debugging, and manufacture support.
    • Data analysis, scripting and research support for internal technology development, funded research, and product development; will include test automation, data gathering and analysis, presentation of results, and support of other team members in this process.
    • Development of internal systems and processes for productivity, information security, etc; will include general software engineering support, management of software processes, and development of software solutions to facilitate collaboration and productivity within the company.

    KEY ATTRIBUTES:
    The ideal candidate for this position
    • has a excellent academic and technical background in software engineering or computer science,
    • has 2-5 years of development experience in a range of languages and domains, including low-level embedded systems, scripting and data analysis,
    • is comfortable in a fast-paced, agile work environment and excited to tackle new challenges,
    • can work independently and take initiative while remaining a productive part of an interdisciplinary and collaborative product-development team.

    EXPERIENCE AND SKILLS REQUIRED:
    • experience with C for embedded microcontrollers/DSPs
    • experience with general-purpose scripting, preferably Python
    • experience with data analysis in MATLAB, R, or similar
    • experience with modern web frameworks desirable
    • some hardware experience preferred, e.g. basic circuit design, control systems, etc.
    • enthusiasm for new technology, a passion for collaboration and a sense of humor!

    Learn More

  • Thursday, March 20, 2014 - 19:00
    The 3D Printer Experience @ Chicago, Illinois – #3DxRetail #3DThursday #3DPrinting

    [3DxRetail: This week for #3DThursday, I'll highlight the recent explosion in desktop 3D printer brick-and-mortar retail stores -- sharing a scattering of these unusual locations from all across the world. Only time will tell which particular version of this phenomena will be sustainable and hold the interest of the public. There appears to be enough interest and pioneering spirit that solving the 3DxRetail mystery could still be anyone's game!]

    The 3D Printer Experience @ Chicago, Illinois:

    Experience 3D printing first-hand! You may have read about it in the media or heard about it in the President’s State of the Union address. Now you can see what all the buzz is about!

    With over twenty 3D printers in-house and exciting new applications for you to explore. We are here to introduce you to a very bright future of personal, desktop manufacturing. We are dedicated to helping you navigate the path to greater creativity and freedom.

    This technology will dramatically alter our lives in the coming years so come visit and take part in a more imaginative and promising world….

    Read More.

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  • Thursday, March 20, 2014 - 18:00
    Another Step Closer to a Living Tissue 3D Printer #3DThursday #3DPrinting

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    Another Step Closer to a Living Tissue 3D Printer, from Txchnologist.:

    Harvard bioengineers say they have taken a big step toward using 3-D printers to make living tissue. They’ve made a machine with multiple printer heads that each extrudes a different biological building block to make complex tissue and blood vessels.

    Their work represents a significant advance toward producing living medical models upon which drugs could be tested for safety and effectiveness.

    It also advances the ball in the direction of an even bigger goal. Such a machine and the techniques being refined by researchers offer a glimpse of the early steps in a sci-fi healthcare scenario: One day surgeons might feed detailed CT scans of human body parts into a 3-D printer, manipulate them with design software, and produce healthy replacements for diseased or injured tissues or organs….

    Read More.

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    649-1
    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, March 20, 2014 - 17:15
    MakerBot Retail Store @ New York City – #3DxRetail #3DThursday #3DPrinting

    [3DxRetail: This week for #3DThursday, I'll highlight the recent explosion in desktop 3D printer brick-and-mortar retail stores -- sharing a scattering of these unusual locations from all across the world. Only time will tell which particular version of this phenomena will be sustainable and hold the interest of the public. There appears to be enough interest and pioneering spirit that solving the 3DxRetail mystery could still be anyone's game!]

    One of the very first to launch a retail store and now with locations in Greenwich and Boston, the MakerBot Retail Store is one of the first that comes to mind when people are wondering what a 3D printer store looks like. Check out the video from a visit from Tested.com above for a chance to see how the store looked and functioned when it first launched — with the amazing MakerBot Marble Run that people still talk about today, created by Adam Fontenault and Chris Boynton (video below of them installing it in the space)!

    MakerBot Retail Store @ New York City:

    Come visit one of our retail locations to get the full MakerBot experience. You can watch MakerBot Replicator Desktop 3D Printers make new objects; see the MakerBot Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner turn objects into 3D models; attend fascinating classes and workshops; buy cool 3D printed gifts; and even purchase a MakerBot Replicator 3D Printer on the spot!

    Read more.

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  • Thursday, March 20, 2014 - 16:00
    3D Printed Resin Molds and Rotocaster for Fast Hollow Casting @ MRRF #3DxMoldmaking #3DThursday #3DPrinting

    Here’s a great use-case for flexible filament — rotocasting! There was a strong push for affordable DIY rotocasters in the maker scene back in 2012, particularly with projects from Matt Stutlz and others — I’m looking forward to seeing renewed interest now with flexible filament and projects like the RotoMAAK!

    3D Printed Resin Molds and Rotocaster for Fast Hollow Casting @ MRRF:

    …A slightly more interesting find at this year’s MRRF was a lot of resin cast parts from [Mark VanDiepenbos]. He’s the guy behind the RotoMAAK, a spinny, ‘this was in the movie Contact‘-like device designed for spin casting with resins. At the festival, he’s showing off his latest project, 3D printed resin molds.

    With the right mold, anyone with 2-part resins can replicate dozens of identical parts in an hour. The only problem is you need a mold to cast the parts. You could print a plastic part and make a silicone mold to cast your part. The much more clever solution would be to print the mold directly and fill it with resin.

    [Mark] printed the two-part rabbit mold seen above out of ABS, filled it with urethane resin, and chucked it into his RotoMAAK spin casting machine. Six minutes later the part popped right out, and the mold was ready to make another rabbit….

    Read More.

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    649-1
    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, March 20, 2014 - 15:44
    Homecaster – Using the @adafruit WiFi shield to send messages from the web to @arduino #cc3000 #IoT

    Homecaster – Using the @adafruit WiFi shield to send messages from the web to @arduino.


    Featured Adafruit Product!

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    Adafruit CC3000 WiFi Shield with Onboard Ceramic Antenna: The CC3000 hits that sweet spot of usability, price and capability. It uses SPI for communication (not UART!) so you can push data as fast as you want or as slow as you want. It has a proper interrupt system with IRQ pin so you can have asynchronous connections. It supports 802.11b/g, open/WEP/WPA/WPA2 security, TKIP & AES. A built in TCP/IP stack with a “BSD socket” interface. TCP and UDP in both client and server mode, up to 4 concurrent sockets. It does not support “AP” mode, it can connect to an access point but it cannot be an access point. We carefully wrapped this little silver module into an Arduino shield. We also added a microSD socket and a reset button. It has an onboard 3.3V regulator that can handle the 350mA peak current, and a level shifter to allow 3 or 5V logic level (read more).

  • Thursday, March 20, 2014 - 15:20
    Evil Mad Scientists, now accepting Bitcoin #bitcoin @bitpay

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    Evil Mad Scientists, now accepting Bitcoin.

    Just a little note to say that our Evil Mad Scientist shop is now (“finally?”) accepting payments in Bitcoin. Our Bitcoin payments are processed through BitPay, one of the largest and most trusted processors for Bitcoin-based online payments.


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    Greetings programs! Adafruit is pleased to offer BitCoin as a payment method for Adafruit purchases. We’re using BitPay as our payment processor. BitPay is an electronic payment processing system for the bitcoin currency. BitPay enables online merchants to accept bitcoins, as a form of payment like payments from Visa, Mastercard, Amex, Google Wallet and Paypal.

    Here’s a video from BitPay that explains their service. And below is the Bitcoin.org overview of Bitcoin and video.

    Bitcoin uses peer-to-peer technology to operate with no central authority or banks; managing transactions and the issuing of bitcoins is carried out collectively by the network. Bitcoin is open-source; its design is public, nobody owns or controls Bitcoin and everyone can take part. Through many of its unique properties, Bitcoin allows exciting uses that could not be covered by any previous payment system.

  • Thursday, March 20, 2014 - 15:00
    3DiTALY@ Rome, Italy – #3DxRetail #3DThursday #3DPrinting

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    [3DxRetail: This week for #3DThursday, I'll highlight the recent explosion in desktop 3D printer brick-and-mortar retail stores -- sharing a scattering of these unusual locations from all across the world. Only time will tell which particular version of this phenomena will be sustainable and hold the interest of the public. There appears to be enough interest and pioneering spirit that solving the 3DxRetail mystery could still be anyone's game!]

    The first 3D printing store in Italy, now looking to become a franchise! 3DiTALY@ Rome, Italy:

    3DiTALY Store  is a place dedicated exclusively to the technology of 3D printing, the first 3D printing store in Italy! Lo Store offers 3D printing services, sales of printers, 3D scanners, filaments, service modeling, 3d printing on courses, events, a real maker space. exhibition space is located in the Pigneto, one of the most culturally vibrant and active in the capital. Attracted by the lights and installation of the store passers-by can access the location to experience and touch technology of 3D is changing the world. [Apologies for mistakes from Google Translate]

    Read More.

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  • Thursday, March 20, 2014 - 14:00
    Battlestar Galactica Viper Pilot Flightsuit Costume

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    The modern Battlestar Galactica has launched a thousand cosplays. The dress uniforms, crew jumpsuits, and Viper Pilot flightsuits worn by the cast all make awesome costumes. RPF user Felgacarb did a wonderful job re-creating one of the pilot costumes from textured vinyl, foam, and more. It looks close to screen accurate. Here’s how he made the shoulder pieces rigid enough to stand on their own:

    I used heavy suede, with vinyl piping on the edges and backing, plus the dot-material sewn on. All that together was pretty stiff- so I ‘trained’ it by putting heavy objects to hold the shoulder parts folded until they took a set. They seem to stay in shape on their own pretty well now.

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    Read more at The RPF.

  • Thursday, March 20, 2014 - 14:00
    New Flexible Filament Extruder for LULZBot Taz 3 Launches @ Midwest RepRap Festival

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    New Flexible Filament Extruder for LULZBot Taz 3 Launches. Great for Ninjaflex!

    A lot of the big names in 3D printers were at the Midwest RepRap Festival showing off their wares, and one of the biggest was Lulzbot with their fabulous Taz 3 printer. This year, they were showing off a new filament, a new extruder, and tipping us off to a very cool project they’re working on.

    The new products Lulzbot is carrying are Ninjaflex filament and the extruder to go with it. Ninjaflex is the stretchiest filament we’ve ever seen, with the feel of a slightly hard silicone rubber. Straight off the spool, the filament will stretch to a little less than twice its original length, and in solid, printed form its a hard yet squishy material that would be perfect for remote control tank treads, toys, and 3D printed resin molds. With all the abuse the sample parts received over the weekend, we’re going to call Ninjaflex effectively indestructible, so long as you don’t try to pull the layers apart.

    Also from Lulzbot is word on the new 3D scanner they’re working on. The hardware isn’t finalized yet, but the future device will use a webcam, laser, and turntable to scan an object and turn it directly into an .STL file. Yes, that means there won’t be any point clouds or messing about with Meshlab. Lulzperson [Aeva] is working on the software that subtracts an object from its background and turns it into voxels. The scanner will be low-cost and open source, meaning no matter what the volume of the scanner will be, someone will eventually build a person-sized 3D scanner with the same software.

    Read More.


    Featured Adafruit Product!

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    LulzBot TAZ – Open source 3D Printer: The evolution of desktop 3D printing continues with TAZ 3, LulzBot’s top-of-the-line, highest quality printer to date. Merging technical expertise with design sensibilities, TAZ is for inventors, entrepreneurs, design engineers and prototypers — bring your ideas to life with TAZ. (read more)

  • Thursday, March 20, 2014 - 13:00
    Bone Conductor Amp

    Turn almost anything into a speaker with a bone conductor transducer and a TPA2016 Stereo 2.8w Class D audio amplifier.

    A 3D printed enclosure will house the components and turn our breadboard prototype into a mini portalable sound system. The files are on thingiverse. All of the components and wiring tightly fit in the casing of the enclosure making this an elegant tight little package.

    Check out our guide on the adadfruit learning system for complete circuit diagram and full step-by-step instructions.


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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, March 20, 2014 - 13:00
    PROTOSHOP @ Paris, France – #3DxRetail #3DThursday #3DPrinting

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    [3DxRetail: This week for #3DThursday, I'll highlight the recent explosion in desktop 3D printer brick-and-mortar retail stores -- sharing a scattering of these unusual locations from all across the world. Only time will tell which particular version of this phenomena will be sustainable and hold the interest of the public. There appears to be enough interest and pioneering spirit that solving the 3DxRetail mystery could still be anyone's game!]

    Paris is for (3D) Printing! First France-based fab shop appears in Paris, and apparently offers snacks for those visiting to shop for 3D printers. Via 3Ders.org.

    Opened by MULTISTATION, a france-based industrial equipment distributor, this 3D print shop PROTOSHOP is located near Montparnasse station in downtown Paris.

    The shop officially opened in October 2012. Different kinds of 3D printers are presented, and your design can be printed on site on different machines with material of your choices.

    “We focus mainly on selling machines.” says Clément BOUTET, manager of the store.

    Customers will have a large choice of machines, including fully assembled EXTRU 3D printer and printer kit, the 3,000 euros TOUCH PRINT and professional high precision Solidscape 3D printers. Solidscape uses Drop-on-Demand (“DoD”) thermoplastic ink-jetting technology and can be used for printing complex wax objects, ideal for lost wax investment casting and mold making applications.

    Also displayed in the shop are 3D scanning devices with different levels of precision. A silicone vacuum casting machine is presented as a demo. Different specific CAD software are available including 3D-Doctor software, An imaging, rendering and visualization software for MRI, CT and microscopy.

    …The PROTOSHOP of MULTISTATION is the first 3D print physical store in France where people can walk inside and talk/work with staff. Protoshop is opened from Monday to Friday 10:00-18:30 at 14 Rue d’ Armorique Paris 15.

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  • Thursday, March 20, 2014 - 12:01
    “Printing dinner for two” and “Printing ideas into 3-D reality” (VIDEO) @ PBS NewsHour – #3DThursday #3DPrinting

    “Printing dinner for two” and “Printing ideas into 3-D reality” (VIDEO) @ PBS NewsHour:

    A.J. Jacobs and his wife Julie tried to live off of 3-D printed objects, including food. Their printed dinner-for-two was “weird,” A.J. Jacobs said….

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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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