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  • Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - 16:53
    Vitronics Soltec XPM3 – APEX EXPO #adafruitAPEX @IPCShow #IPCshow #apexexpo

    Vitronics
    We are at the APEX Expo and we are in the market for an additional reflow oven, we are checking out the Vitronics Soltec XPM3.

    The Vitronics Soltec XPM3 product platform is the latest evolution in a long history of reflow systems that have proven their capability worldwide and established a reputation for superior reliability. Robust design combined with a unique heat transfer system consistently deliver benchmark thermal performance, precise process control, and superior value for high production in a 24/7 environment.

    Key Standard Features:

    • Autoset_logo_mini_inline.jpg profile/recipe generator
    • 350°C maximum setpoint temperature
    • Lifetime warranty on heaters and blowers
    • Flux Flow Control™ flux evacuation system
    • Patented individual Cell Inlet and Exhaust™ enables optimized gas flow management
    • Active forced convection top and bottom cooling cells
    • Easy to maintain cooling zones

    Key Optional Features:

    • Advanced controlled cooling
    • Nitrogen atmosphere with true air switching and quick purge
    • CAMX host communication software
    • Stack filter
    • Dual lane with independent lane speed control
    • Condensing gas recirculation system
    • Bar code traceability system

    Adafruit 2800
    Learn morePDF here.


    What is APEX?

    Thousands of industry professionals from more than 50 countries attend this premier event— featuring advanced and emerging technologies in printed board design and manufacturing, electronics assembly, test and printed electronics! Find new suppliers with new solutions and connect with colleagues from around the world.

    There is even a hand soldering competition on Weds 1pm to 4pm at booth 2713 (more special events here).

    Adafruitapex
    This year’s show brochure is here follow along our coverage on Twitter @adafruit with the tag #adafruitAPEX here is the mobile version of the schedule, directory and more.

  • Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - 16:48
    littleBits Projects: Remote Control Anything With Wireless Modules

    This is part of an on-going series of posts about littleBits projects. littleBits is available in the Adafruit store – Starter Kit, Extended Kit, Base Kit, Deluxe Kit, and Synth Kit.

    Feel like you need a little space? Gather up your favorite littleBits inputs and outputs, connect ‘em to the wireless receiver and wireless transmitter and your world of [project] possibilities opens waaay up – up to one hundred feet! Never before have two little modules had such a huge impact on your inventions.

    The combination of the wireless transmitter and wireless receiver acts as a very long wire module (without the wire!). A signal that passes through the wireless transmitter on one circuit and comes out though the wireless receiver on a second circuit. So, to enable wireless capabilities, you always need two circuits – one to send signals and the other to receive them. For those who are interested in how the signal is transmitted via 2.4GHz radiowave, check out this link.

    Check out the following awesome projects made using the wireless modules:

    Remote Controlled Parachute Deployer

    This parachute bag opens when its servo is triggered by littleBits wireless modules. Throw the parachute bag from a high place (be careful!) and with the push of a button, deploy the parachute in midair. Go from freefall to floating wirelessly!

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    Remote Control Facetime Car

    Using a pair of wireless modules, a couple DC motors, a servo, and 2 smartphones, you can explore the unknown — like Mars or under the couch! Here is a solution for a future astronaut or a person desperate for a quarter. Set up a videocall between two smartphones and place one on the vehicle and one in the controller. Slide dimmers on the controller to steer the vehicle and control the gripper arm. Drive your vehicle wherever you like and feel like you are riding along.

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    Wireless Doorbell Synthesizer

    Turn your doorbell into an interactive wireless instrument! Let guests play a tune on the keyboard from the outside, wirelessly transmitting signals to the inside, where you are able to modify the sound from the speaker using oscillators and an envelope. This combination of synth and wireless modules adds a whole new level of fun to ringing a doorbell.

    large_wireless_synth_doorbell_2

  • Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - 16:46
    RPS Automation Selective soldering – APEX EXPO #adafruitAPEX @IPCShow #IPCshow #apexexpo

    Rps
    We are at the APEX Expo and we are in the market for a selective soldering station, we stopped at RPS Automation to check out their machines!

    What is selective soldering?

    Selective soldering uses traveling flux and miniwave technology to apply a precise amount of flux and solder to select through hole components terminations on a printed circuit board (PCB). RPS uses several types of XYZ axis configurations to articulate the soldering miniwave beneath the circuit board.

    RPS designs and manufacturers a complete line of high precision automated selective soldering systems. All RPS systems perform precise dip, drag and dip soldering using innovative RPS Gaussian MiniWave Nozzles™ and high durability spray, jet and ultrasonic flux nozzles; both nozzles articulate below the PCB. Solder management systems can be hot-swapped for lead and lead-free processing in the same system.

    RPS offers the widest range of process capabilities in the industry. From space saving 12 x 12” (300 x 300mm) systems to the largest native processing range in the industry at 24 x 24” (600 x 600mm).

    We are considering the “Rhythm Slide”Learn morePDF here.


    What is APEX?

    Thousands of industry professionals from more than 50 countries attend this premier event— featuring advanced and emerging technologies in printed board design and manufacturing, electronics assembly, test and printed electronics! Find new suppliers with new solutions and connect with colleagues from around the world.

    There is even a hand soldering competition on Weds 1pm to 4pm at booth 2713 (more special events here).

    Adafruitapex
    This year’s show brochure is here follow along our coverage on Twitter @adafruit with the tag #adafruitAPEX here is the mobile version of the schedule, directory and more.

  • Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - 16:29
    MYDATA MY500 Jet Printer – APEX EXPO #adafruitAPEX @IPCShow #IPCshow #apexexpo

    Jetprinter
    Also at the MYDATA booth, the MY500 Jet Printer, this is a really cool machine, it’s like an ink jet printer but for solder paste, so no custom stencil required. This is perfect for companies like Adafruit because we have a lot of designs and we would not need to store or wait for stencils. Just load in a gerber and press print :) Very cool!

    Now you can take a customer’s order in the morning and deliver finished boards in the afternoon.
    Forget waiting for stencils. With jet printing, it’s now possible to prepare jobs in minutes instead of days. If you do 2-3 setups a day, using more than 50 stencils a year, you’ll quickly understand the benefits. If you also have customers calling for last-minute changes, you’ll understand even better.

    Completely software driven, a jet printer can easily apply solder paste or SMA onto complex and challenging boards with high precision. You can achieve perfect results for QFNs, pin-in-paste, package-on-package and other new applications – such as jetting into a board cavity. No more trade-offs due to stencil limitations. With jet printing, you never have to compromise on solder joint quality.

    Now in use in more than 25 countries worldwide, the MY500 Jet Printer is sparking a movement for change in the electronics industry.

    • 30 000 cph equivalent
    • Preparing a new job in minutes
    • Optimizing paste volumes for each solder joint
    • Quick last-minute revisions
    • No cleaning or manual adjustments
    • POP and 3D capability

    Learn more, specs and more.


    What is APEX?

    Thousands of industry professionals from more than 50 countries attend this premier event— featuring advanced and emerging technologies in printed board design and manufacturing, electronics assembly, test and printed electronics! Find new suppliers with new solutions and connect with colleagues from around the world.

    There is even a hand soldering competition on Weds 1pm to 4pm at booth 2713 (more special events here).

    Adafruitapex
    This year’s show brochure is here follow along our coverage on Twitter @adafruit with the tag #adafruitAPEX here is the mobile version of the schedule, directory and more.

  • Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - 16:15
    MYDATA 200DX – APEX EXPO #adafruitAPEX @IPCShow #IPCshow #apexexpo

    My200Dx
    We are at APEX Expo and considering adding another pick and place to our line, this year we visited the MYDATA booth and checked out their new MY200 series.

    The old days of predictable orders and uniform batch sizes are over. To succeed today you need to manage last-minute customer demands and disruptive peaks in production. In this environment, new opportunities depend on a solution that’s not just faster, but more agile. One that uses smarter material handling and information management to make you more responsive and get more jobs done, day after day.

    With the MY200 series pick-and-place machines, there’s no need to make the usual trade-offs between speed and flexibility. With the fastest changeovers in the industry and workcell solutions reaching speeds of up to 180,000 cph, you can have both. All in one complete solution, with one integrated set of data and one tracking system for all components. Because the race to get ahead is no longer about machine cycle time. It’s about responding to your customers’ needs with the fastest, most agile solution on the market. Period.

    • Top speed 40 000 cph
    • Feeder capacity up to 160
    • Reliability for 24/7 production
    • Fast set-ups and changeovers
    • All-in-one platform
    • Reconfigurable to MY200HX

    Adafruit 2799

    Learn morefull specs here.


    What is APEX?

    Thousands of industry professionals from more than 50 countries attend this premier event— featuring advanced and emerging technologies in printed board design and manufacturing, electronics assembly, test and printed electronics! Find new suppliers with new solutions and connect with colleagues from around the world.

    There is even a hand soldering competition on Weds 1pm to 4pm at booth 2713 (more special events here).

    Adafruitapex
    This year’s show brochure is here follow along our coverage on Twitter @adafruit with the tag #adafruitAPEX here is the mobile version of the schedule, directory and more.

  • Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - 16:06
    29th of March Arduino Day: we are ready to celebrate with more than 240 events #ArduinoD14

    ARDUINODAY

    Arduino is having a worldwide anniversary event on March 29th bringing together the people and projects that have helped it grow to where it is today. This celebration of Arduino and its community is a day of official and self-organised gatherings, encouraging people to meet and share their interest with neighbors and friends.

    More than 240 user groups, makerspaces, hackerspaces, fablabs, schools, studios, and educators around the world have planned unique activities designed for a wide range of audiences and skillsets.

    We have created a map to identify all the community events going on throughout Europe, North and South America, Asia, Africa, and Australia. Find an event near you at http://arduinoday.tv

    The official events

    Starting the evening of friday March 28th, IDEO New York is hosting PopUpMakers, a monthly event started in Milan that catalyzes connections and collaborations in the local Makers’ movement.

    On Saturday the official Arduino Day events are the following:

    Arduino Day will end with a special edition hangout on Air from Adafruit offices with Massimo Banzi, Arduino co-founder.

    Other online events:

    - Enter to Win the Maker Faire Rome Arduino Challenge at Make
    - Join the Arduino Anniversary “Give Me 10!” Contest & Win an Arduino Uno at Element14

    To make this event a truly connected experience share your pics and comments using the hashtag: #ArduinoD14

    UPDATED!

    Are you streaming from your Arduino Day Community event? Add the link in the comments!

    Community LiveStreams:
    - Portugal (Lisbon): MOSS – Mestrado em Open Source

  • Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - 16:00
    Whistle Dog Activity Monitor Teardown #WearableWednesday

    The Whistle is an activity monitor for dogs. It clips onto the collar and tracks your dog’s motion throughout the day. The Whistle joins your home wifi network to report stats to the iOS/Android app even when you’re not home.

    whistleteardown

    The Whistle also has bluetooth, and reports on who your dog was spending time with if you’ve added multiple owners to the device. It’s also waterproof. So we wanted to get inside to see all the tech crammed into such a small space.

    whistleteardown-olive

  • Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - 15:30
    More information on Arduino Day 2014 #ArduinoD14 @mbanzi

    Adafruit industries blog

    Arduino Day 2014 is this Saturday March 29! Adafruit will be doing a LIVE hangout on air with Arduino co-founder and CEO Massimo Banzi so be sure to tune in here at 7 PM EST. Here’s a some more info on Arduino Day 2014:

    About Arduino Day

    Arduino Day is a worldwide celebration of Arduino’s first 10 years. It’s 24 hours full of events – both official and independent, anywhere around the world – where people interested in Arduino can meet, share their experiences, and learn more.

    Who can participate?

    Arduino invites all Arduino user groups, makerspaces, hackerspaces, fablabs, associations, teachers, pros, and newbies to participate. Let’s make this the biggest birthday party yet!

    What can you do during Arduino Day?

    You can attend any event or organize one for your community.

    It doesn’t matter whether you are an expert or a newbie, an engineer, designer, crafter or maker: Arduino Day is open to anyone who wants to celebrate Arduino and all the things that have been done (or can be done!) with it.
    The events set up by independent organizers will offer different types of activities, tailored to local audiences all over the world.

    Visit the Arduino site here to see a map of all the events planned so far and to submit your organization’s event to the site.


    Arduino adafruit industries blog

    March 29th is Arduino Day 2014! Arduino day is “a worldwide event bringing together Arduino people and projects. It’s 24 hours full of events – both official and independent, anywhere around the world – where people interested in Arduino can meet, share their experiences, and learn more.” Adafruit will be celebrating with 24 hours of Arduino posts on our blog as well as a special Saturday night LIVE show with Massimo Banzi, co-founder and CEO of Arduino. Join us Saturday, March 29th at 7 PM EST to celebrate Arduino Day 2014! Be sure to check out our extensive learning system tutorials on Arduino as well as our Arduino blog coverage and products.

  • Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - 15:00
    The Mostly 3D Printed Violin

    violin

    While Thingiverse is filled with Ocarinas, there’s little in the way of printable instruments for more serious musicians. [David Perry] hopes to change this with the F-F-Fiddle, the mostly 3D printed full-size electric violin.

    The F-F-Fiddle is an entry for the LulzBot March 3D Printing Challenge to make a functional, 3D printed musical instrument. Already there are a few very, very interesting submissions like this trombone, but [David]‘s project is by far the most mechanically complex; unlike the other wind and percussion instruments found in the contest, there are a log of stresses found in a violin, and printing a smooth, curved fingerboard is quite the challenge.

    While there are a few non-printed parts, namely the strings, a drill rod used as a truss rod, some awesome looking tuners, and of course the piezo pickups – the majority of this violin, including the bridge, is 3D printed. It’s an amazing piece of work, and after listening to the video (below), sounds pretty good too.

    You can grab all the files on Thingiverse and read up on the build at Openfab PDX.

     

    Filed under: 3d Printer hacks, musical hacks

  • Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - 15:00
    Out partying with my @adafruit ampli-tie! #WearableWednesday


    LED Ampli-Tie

  • Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - 14:54
    REMINDER – No LIVE shows this week! Wearable electronics with Becky Stern, Show-and-Tell and Ask an Engineer are all taking a 1 week break!

    Noshows
    REMINDER – No LIVE shows this week! Wearable electronics with Becky Stern, Show-and-Tell and Ask an Engineer are all taking a 1 week break! We will be back on Wednesday, April 2nd at the usual times!

  • Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - 14:44
    Adafruit is at the APEX EXPO #adafruitAPEX @IPCShow #IPCshow #apexexpo

    Adafruit 2795
    Adafruit is at the APEX EXPO, we’ll be doing live coverage from the event, what is APEX?

    Thousands of industry professionals from more than 50 countries attend this premier event— featuring advanced and emerging technologies in printed board design and manufacturing, electronics assembly, test and printed electronics! Find new suppliers with new solutions and connect with colleagues from around the world.

    There is even a hand soldering competition on Weds 1pm to 4pm at booth 2713 (more special events here).

    Last year we stopped in and picked up a pick and place and hung out with Pololu & Sparkfun!

    Adafruitapex
    This year’s show brochure is here follow along our coverage on Twitter @adafruit with the tag #adafruitAPEX here is the mobile version of the schedule, directory and more.

  • Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - 14:00
    Arduino Microcontroller Transforms Man Into One Man Electrical Parade

    electrical parade costume

    If you’ve been to a Disney theme park over the last few decades, you probably know of the Main Street Electrical Parade. It’s filled with dazzling lights, floats, and infectious music. Instructables user brokenpipe decided to create a one man version of the parade in a costume, and he hacked it together in just three weeks. He used an Arduino Microcontroller, LEDs, ping pong balls, and more and then programmed away. Here’s how he began preparing the base for the LED matrix:

    In Illustrator, I made a template to mark out all of the holes that I’ll need to drill to mount each ball [ping pong ball]. The balls I ordered were 38mm in diameter. Apparently, in 2000 it was decided that the “official” size of a ping pong ball would increase from 38mm to 40mm. It doesn’t matter whick size you choose, as long as you know what you’ve got. In my template, I added an extra 2mm between each ball just to allow some room for error when mounting the balls.

    I needed a firm base which would be large enough for the matrix so I went a local Target to see what I could find. I ended up getting a black plastic drain board. As you can see from the image, the size worked pretty well.

    See it in action:

    Read more at Instructables.

  • Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - 13:00
    Natalia’s Chameleon Scarf #WearableWednesday
  • Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - 12:00
    Shapeoko 2 Mods: Dust Mitigation and Limit Switches

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    Not long ago the Shapeoko 2 came out. In case you missed it, the Shapeoko 2 is the 2nd generation bench-top CNC Router of the namesake. All axes roll on Makerslide and v-wheels. The X and Y axes are belt driven, power is transmitted to the Z axis by lead screw.

    As with most products, there will be people who must hack, mod or upgrade their as-received item.  If you are a regular Hackaday reader, you are probably one of those people. And as one of those people, you would expect there have been a few individuals that have not left this machine alone.

    CNC Machines are dumb, they do what you tell them. Sometimes us humans ask them to do things that result in the machine trying to travel past its physical limits. To protect his machine from human error, [Zorlack] decided to make limit switch brackets for his Shapeoko. They are 3D printed, accept standard limit switches and bolt directly onto the Makerslide rails of the machine. These types of switches are used as travel limits, where if triggered, the machine stops moving in that direction. If you’d like a set, they are available for download at the above link.

    so2-homeswitch

     

    We’ve discussed recently how much dust a CNC Router creates and how to manage that dust on the cheap. [Jason] blew away the ‘on the cheap’ record with this Dust Shoe for his Shapeoko. It is made only from an old tennis ball can. The lid is removed and a hole is cut in it just a bit smaller than the outer diameter of the router. The lid is then press-fit onto the router. Next, the plastic portion of the can is trimmed to length and slits are cut into the plastic to create flaps similar to brush bristles. These flaps were straight when cut but [Jason] used some heat to create a permanent outward curve. The newly created skirt snaps into the lid previously installed on the router and can be removed easily for tool bit changes. We’d like to see the next version have an outlet for a vacuum to collect the contained dust.

    so2-dustshield

     

     

    Filed under: cnc hacks, how-to

  • Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - 12:00
    Open Source Soft Robots!

    softrobotsA new, open-source soft robot called the Glaucus Atlanticus.

    Read more on MAKE


  • Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - 12:00
    Words of caution to wearable device startups from @BoltBoston

    jawboneonwrist

    Words of caution to wearable device startups from @BoltBoston:

    We’re in the middle of a major surge of wearable consumer electronic products. Originally, these devices were purely for fitness: Nike, Fitbit, Jawbone, etc use basic sensors (like accelerometers) to track activity throughout the day and motivate healthy behaviour. As the wearables market matures, there are an increasing number of startups building wearable devices with more specific (and frankly, more useful) sensors and use cases. Bionym (Nymi), Quanttus, Ringly, Novasentis, Narrative (Memoto), Telepathy, etc are all seeking to differentiate themselves by addressing more specific problems.

    Wearables are a highly interesting new product category that will attract lots of new entrants. But young startups should proceed with caution. These products are exceptionally hard to build. I mean really, really hard.

    6. Business Dynamics
    In addition to all the technical challenges of wearable products, the business dynamics add a new element of complexity for young startups. Large, well-funded companies have entered the market with strong brands and experienced teams. Many of the existing products’ core technology is quite simple and has little to no protectable competitive advantage. For example, Apple’s new M7 motion co-processor could easily dislodge all existing fitness tracker products if the developer community embraces it. Companies like Nike have massive marketing caché, cash flow, and distribution networks. As a small, venture backed startup it’s exceedingly difficult to compete in this kind of business landscape.

  • Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - 11:00
    FLORA in @FastCompany Magazine #WearableWednesday

    flora-plush-controller-fastco

    fastcoapril2014

    The FLORA plush game controller‘s getting some ink in this April’s issue of Fast Company magazine! Goes along nicely with the video story they did on the FLORA controller back in October.


    Flora breadboard is Every Wednesday is Wearable Wednesday here at Adafruit! We’re bringing you the blinkiest, most fashionable, innovative, and useful wearables from around the web and in our own original projects featuring our wearable Arduino-compatible platform, FLORA. Be sure to post up your wearables projects in the forums or send us a link and you might be featured here on Wearable Wednesday!

  • Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - 10:00
    Great Goggles by Larry #WearableWednesday

    Larry Stouder is a big Adafruit fan and recently completed these goggles straight from our tutorial. In his own words, things went well.

    It wasn’t too difficult, except that you need to be comfortable soldering small connections and you are a bit on your own in figuring out how to route the wires in the goggles. The red coil across the front is purely decorative.

    He made them for his grandson, who will probably find some new inspiration for Halloween. What do you think he will be? We are thinking a Minion from Despicable Me. Larry’s next project? He’s shooting for our more recent tiara tutorial. This one is a beauty, but the real question is who will Larry be giving it to? Make sure you post a video with the wearer, Larry!!


    Flora breadboard is Every Wednesday is Wearable Wednesday here at Adafruit! We’re bringing you the blinkiest, most fashionable, innovative, and useful wearables from around the web and in our own original projects featuring our wearable Arduino-compatible platform, FLORA. Be sure to post up your wearables projects in the forums or send us a link and you might be featured here on Wearable Wednesday!

  • Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - 09:01
    Copper Oxide Thermoelectric Generator Can Light An LED

    On Hackaday, we usually end up featuring projects using building blocks (components, platforms…) that can be bought on the market. We however don’t show many hacks that rely on basic physics principles like the one shown in the picture above.

    In the video embedded below, [nylesteiner] explains that copper oxide can be formed when heating a copper wire using a propane flame. When two oxidized wires are placed in contact with each other, an electrical current is produced when one wire is heated much hotter than the other. The trade-off is that the created thermocouple generates a small voltage but a ‘high’ current. However, when you cascade 16 junctions in series you can generate enough voltage to light up an LED. Even though the complete system isn’t particularly efficient at converting heat into electricity, the overall result is still quite impressive in our opinion. We advise our readers to give a look at [nylesteiner]‘s article and blog to discover his interesting adventures.

     

    Filed under: chemistry hacks

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