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  • Jeudi, Mars 27, 2014 - 11:00
    Soft Robot Glaucus Moves Without Spine, Armature, or Hardware #3DThursday #3DPrinting

    From the description for Super-Releaser Robotics‘s recent soft robot Glaucus:

    We’ve been developing methods for creating durable, inexpensive soft body robots. Fundamentally, the technology involves designing a robot in CAD, 3d printing molds for the interior and exterior of the bot, and casting it in silicone. 

    These methods offer a few advantages over traditional subtractive fabrication. First, iteration is fast and dynamic. It is simple to design a parametric bot in CAD and simultaneously print multiple experiments and prototypes to flesh out and understand new forms.

    Second, casting is inexpensive and incredibly repeatable. Once a successful design is fleshed out, creating an army of exact duplicates of this winning robot is as simple as casting the mold multiple times. The mold can even be duplicated for mass casting. This means stress testing never risks destroying one precious irreplaceable prototype.

    Third, the designs that are developed using these methods easily translate into a manufacturing context. Printing and machining high volume production molds based on the initial CAD follows the same tool chain as any other industrial casting process. If a project calls for thousands of identical silicone robots, HTV (high temperature vulcanizing) silicones can be injected into machined molds just like any mass produced plastic part….

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    Soft Quadruped Robot: 3d print your way to a walking quadruped with no hard moving parts. This robot may sound complex – a silicone robot with intertwining interior chambers that walks using air pressure – but the process to make it is relatively simple. Even though it’s got a lot of stuff going on all you really have to learn is how to mix and pour silicone and you’re well on your way to having your very own quadrupedal soft robot. (read more)

  • Jeudi, Mars 27, 2014 - 10:00
    Doctors Use 3D Printing To Help A Baby Breathe #3DxMedicine #3DThursday #3DPrinting

    Nicole Haley

    Doctors Use 3D Printing To Help A Baby Breathe:

    Ever since the day Garrett Peterson was born, his parents have had to watch him suddenly just stop breathing.

    “He could go from being totally fine to turning blue sometimes — not even kidding — in 30 seconds,” says Garrett’s mother, Natalie Peterson, 25, of Layton, Utah. “It was so fast. It was really scary.”

    Garrett was born with a defective windpipe. His condition, known as tracheomalacia, left his trachea so weak the littlest thing makes it collapse, cutting off his ability to breathe.

    …So the Petersons contacted Dr. Glenn Green at the University of Michigan, who specializes in conditions like Garrett’s. He teamed up with Scott Hollister, a biomedical engineer who runs the university’s 3-D Printing Lab, to create a remarkable solution to Garrett’s problem — a device that will hold open Garrett’s windpipe until it’s strong enough to work on its own.

    …3-D printers have been used to build jewelry, art and even guns. But Hollister is using the technology to create medical devices. He uses a 3-D printer that melts particles of plastic dust with a laser. He has already built a jawbone for a patient in Italy and has helped another baby with a condition similar to Garrett’s. But Garrett is a lot of sicker and his condition is a lot more complicated.

    “It’s just been issue after issue with breathing, and just trying to keep him breathing at all,” Jake Peterson, Garrett’s dad, says.

    At 16 months old, Garrett had never been able to leave the hospital. Every time he stopped breathing, it was a mad rush to save him. And the doctors weren’t sure how much longer they could keep him alive.

    “In some sense we were thrown directly into the fire,” Hollister says. “We characterized it as sort of a Hail Mary pass.” …

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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!

  • Jeudi, Mars 27, 2014 - 09:01
    3 DOF Open Source Robot Arm Is Just the Beginning

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    [Dan Royer] of Marginally Clever had a dream. A dream to build an open-source 6 DOF robot that anyone can make! To do so, he’s been learning robotics for the past two years, and has just finished the first step — he’s designed and built an open source 3 DOF palletizing robot!

    He’s based this little guy off of the commercial ABB 460 palletizing robot, which is a tried and true industrial robot. It features all laser cut parts, a few nuts and bolts, some stepper motors and an Arduino UNO for the brain. He’s released all of the design files on Thingiverse and the firmware on GitHub – yet another project we’d like to build if only we had a laser cutter!

    And don’t worry, the Arduino UNO is only being used for this first prototype — he’s already started writing code for the RUMBA (Reprap Universal Mega Board with Allegro-driver) controller for revision 2.

    Stick around to see it write its first greeting with a marker — Hello World!

    It’s an exciting project and we can’t wait to see further development! Keep up the good work [Dan]!

    Maybe we can teach it manually in the future too!

     

    Filed under: Arduino Hacks, robots hacks

  • Jeudi, Mars 27, 2014 - 09:00
    3D Design Trends: “UpKit” Accessories and Add-ons for Quin 3D-Printable Fashion Doll #3DxToys #3DThursday #3DPrinting

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    3DKitbash created the Quin fashion doll originally for a crowdfunding project last year. Recently, designer Quincy has been creating and sharing a lot of exciting add-on printable content for the doll platform, including items they have been calling “UpKits” (like the hair and fist options here from Thingiverse) that they are posting all over the web where designers are posting 3D content for free or paid downloads. To my taste, the quality of these pieces are stronger than most of the paid 3D printables posted online so far, and speak to the potential strength of this marketplace.

    (ABOVE) Quin G1: Mop1: A Thingiverse Exclusive accessory for 3DKitbash’s Quin: 3D Printable Fashion Doll and Inventing Platform. Simply print (support-free) and snap to your pre-printed Quin Doll. (read more)

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    Quin G1: Fist1: A Thingiverse Exclusive accessory for 3DKitbash’s Quin: 3D Printable Fashion Doll and Inventing Platform. Simply print (support-free) and snap to your pre-printed Quin Doll. (read more)

  • Jeudi, Mars 27, 2014 - 08:30
    Here’s some tips, tricks, and techniques for using your Arduino in preparation for #ArduinoD14

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    Arduino Day 2014 is this Saturday and we’ll be posting our favorite tutorials, projects, and products for Arduino all this week. This tutorial from the Adafruit Learning System is useful to look over, especially for those just getting started working with Arduino. Get the most out of your Arduino! Here’s a little background on Arduino from our Arduino UNO FAQ page:

    There’s so many Arduino’s out there, it may get a little confusing. We wanted to clarify for people some of the changes in the latest version.

    But first…some history! First there was the serial Arduino (what’s the name of it?) with RS232 which was not used outside of the Arduino team & friends.

    The first popularly manufactured Arduino was called the NG (New Generation, like Star Trek, yknow?) The NG used the Atmega8 chip running at 16 MHz and an FT232 chip for the USB interface. The bootloader takes up 2KB of space and runs at 19200 baud.

    The next version was the Diecimila. The Diecimila updated the chip from the Atmega8 to the Atmega168. The great thing here is double the space and memory (16K instead of 8K). It still ran at 16MHz. The Diecimila also added two extra header pins for 3.3V (from the FTDI chip) and the reset pin which can be handy when a shield is covering up the Reset button. The bootloader takes up 2KB of space and runs at 19200 baud. Auto-resetting was also added which makes life awesomer for everyone.

    In 2009, the Duemilanove was released. This one also upgraded the chip again, to the Atmega328. Yet another doubling of space and memory! Another upgrade is now the power is automagically switched between USB and DC-jack which removed the previous jumper. This makes it easier and faster to move from programming to standalone and got rid of some confusion. The bootloader takes up 2KB of space and runs at 57600 baud.

    In 2010, we have the Uno! The Uno still uses the 328P chip and the power switcher. It has a smaller bootloader called OptiBoot (more space for users’ projects) that runs at 115K. So even though the chip is the same, you get another 1.5K of extra flash space that was previously used by the bootloader. The FTDI chip has also been replaced with a atmega8u2 which allows for different kinds of USB interfaces. Finally, there’s an extra 3.3V regulator (LP2985) for a better 3.3V supply. whew!

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    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.

  • Jeudi, Mars 27, 2014 - 08:00
    3D Printed Tape Measure #3DThursday #3DPrinting

    3D Printed Tape Measure by angrymonk55:

    Fully assembled, 3D printed, 4ft tape measure with 114 separate parts. Why do this?: Because its awesome. Is its useful?: Questionably.

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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!

  • Jeudi, Mars 27, 2014 - 07:00
    3D Design Software – Marius Watz’s Modelbuilder Processing Libraries – Parametric Design for Digital Fabrication #3DThursday #3DPrinting

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    From the workshop description for “ITP 2013: Parametric Design for Digital Fabrication” where Marius Watz shared the latest version of his Modelbuilder Processing libraries:

    We will use a range of tools to produce output in industry standard formats (PDF, STL etc.) Our primary platform will be Processing, a Java-based coding tool that facilitates experimentation with coded processes without the constraints of conventional CAD software or design tools.

    To describe 2D and 3D structures in code we will rely heavily on principles from computational geometry. An understanding of mathematical concepts like vectors and trigonometry is essential, as these are the atomic units of geometry. These topics are introduced as part of the course, along with strategies to simplify the math involved through helpful workflows and existing code. The real challenge is not math, but rather the translation of spatial ideas into code. Sharing of code and other resources will be done through Dropbox and Github.

    To this end we will use libraries like Modelbuilder, Toxiclibs.org and Hemesh. These libraries extend the core functionality of Processing, providing higher-level abstractions that aid in the articulation and manipulation of geometry. From the basic task of constructing a valid 3D mesh to more advanced concepts like physical simulation and kinetic behavior, most challenges will be resolved through a combination of hands-on code and knowing when to use an existing tool.

    Other possible tools include Rhino/Grasshopper, Meshlab, Netfabb and Pepakura, as well as any CAD or Open Source software participants may find helpful in their chosen projects.

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  • Jeudi, Mars 27, 2014 - 06:01
    Building a Network Controllable RGB LED Lamp from an Old Scanner

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    Being able to use one of your old projects to make a new one better can be quite satisfying. [Steve] from Hackshed did just this: he integrated an Arduino based webserver into a new network controllable RGB lamp.

    What makes this lamp unique is that the RGB LED bar comes from an old Epson scanner. Recycling leftover parts from old projects or derelict electronics is truly the hacker way. After determining the pinout and correct voltage to run the LEDs at, the fun began. With the LED bar working correctly, the next step was to integrate an Arduino based webserver. Using an SD card to host the website and an Ethernet Arduino shield, the LEDs become network controllable. Without missing a beat, [Steve] integrated a Javascript based color picker that supports multiple web browsers. This allows the interface to look quite professional. Be sure to watch the lamp in action after the break!

    The overall result is an amazing color changing lamp that works perfectly. All that is left to do is create a case for it, or integrate it into an existing lamp. This is a great way to use an LED strip that would have otherwise gone to waste. If you can’t find a scanner with a color wand like this one, you can always start with an RGB strip.

    Filed under: Network Hacks

  • Jeudi, Mars 27, 2014 - 06:00
    Netflix Picks Up Award-Winning SXSW Documentary ‘Print the Legend’ #3DThursday #3DPrinting

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    There have been a number of folks asking how they can see the startup desktop 3D printing documentary Print the Legend since it debuted at SXSW earlier this month. Here’s your answer: coming to the (small) screen near you!

    Netflix Picks Up SXSW Documentary ‘Print the Legend’, from The Hollywood Reporter:

    Netflix has acquired the rights to documentary Print the Legend after its award-winning debut at SXSW. 

    The film, which chronicles the rapid rise of 3D printing, will premiere exclusively on Netflix later this year and will be available to stream everywhere that Netflix is available. 
    Legend, directed by Luis Lopez and Clay Tweel, follows MakerBot Industries and Formlabs, two 3D printing startups as they compete with established industrial players Stratasys and 3D Systems.

    The film was produced by Steven Klein (Make Believe). The project was developed, produced and financed by Chad Troutwine (Freakonomics) and Audax Films. It took home the special jury prize for editing and storytelling in the documentary feature competition at the SXSW Film Awards earlier this month in Austin, Texas.

    “It’s so rare for a film to capture history in the making, and Luis Lopez and Clay Tweel have done just that in their skillful presentation of the elation and betrayals experienced by young entrepreneurs, detailing the groundbreaking technology of 3D printing,” said Lisa Nishimura, Netflix vp original documentary and comedy. “This is a compelling glimpse into a game changing technology as it nears an inflection point going from the fantasy world of a few obsessed visionaries to a must-have technology that may enter every home.”

    …Lopez, Tweel and Klein said in a joint statement: “To premiere in front of the most tech savvy and entrepreneurial festival crowd in the world and partner with the Netflix documentary team — who work brilliantly at the cutting edge of distribution — is truly a dream come true.”

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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!

  • Jeudi, Mars 27, 2014 - 03:01
    Electric Scooter MK 1 — Tundra Upgrade!

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    After discovering his all-terrain snow scooter was terrible on ice — [Dane] decided he needed to do some upgrades.

    In case you don’t remember, we first shared [Dane's] project back in December, where he zipped around city streets covered in snow. The scooter used a big knobby tire and a front ski to slide around on. To make it suitable for ice, he had to redesign it a bit to handle slippery surfaces; he needed to give it skates.

    He had originally hoped to find figure skates at a thrift store (where he originally found the classic scooter), but had no luck — so he made his own. Some 1/2″ x 1/4″ steel bar later, a bit of welding, and he had a rather rugged front skate to work with!

    After he was content with his upgraded front-end, he started adding studs to the back tire. He’s using plain old 3/8″ self tapping screws, and a whole lot of epoxy to make sure they stay in.

    So does it work? Oh yeah.

     

     

    Filed under: transportation hacks

  • Jeudi, Mars 27, 2014 - 00:56
    The Amazing, Blazing El Pulpo Mecanico

    01:48 - El Pulpo MecanicoThe one and only El Pulpo Mecanico will be coming to Maker Faire Bay Area this year!

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  • Jeudi, Mars 27, 2014 - 00:00
    Piezos For Haptic Feedback

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    The most common way to put some sort of haptic feedback in an interface hasn’t changed much since the plug-in rumble pack for the Nintendo 64 controller – just put a pager motor in there and set it spinning when the user needs to feel something. This method takes a relatively long time to spin up, and even the very cool Steam controller with voice coiled directional pads can’t ‘stick’, or stay high or low to notify the user of something.

    [Tim]‘s day job is working with very fancy piezoelectric actuators, and when an opportunity came up to visit the Haptics symposium, he jumped at the chance to turn these actuators into some sort of interface. He ended up creating two devices: a two-piezo cellphone-sized device, and a mouse with a left click button that raises and lowers in response to the color of the mousepad.

    The cellphone device contains two piezo actuators with a 10 gram weight epoxied on. A small microcontroller and piezo driver give this pseudo phone the smoothest vibrations functions you can imagine. The much more innovative color-sensing mouse has a single actuator glued to the left button, and a photosensor in the base. When the mouse rolls over a dark square on a piece of paper, the button raises. Rolling over a lighter area, the button lowers. It’s all very, very cool tech and something we’ll probably see from Apple, Microsoft, or Sony in a few years.

    Videos of both devices below.

     

    Filed under: hardware

  • Mercredi, Mars 26, 2014 - 23:03
    New Project: Raspberry Pi Car Computer

    Screen Shot 2014-03-26 at 1.36.13 PMForget expensive, complex car computers — Raspberry Pi is the perfect solution.

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  • Mercredi, Mars 26, 2014 - 22:18
    Tomorrow’s Galileo Maker Session: Connectivity

    fig05Thursday night's Intel Galileo Maker Session focuses on Internet-connected projects with the Arduino-compatible board. Join us via Google+ Hangout On Air!

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  • Mercredi, Mars 26, 2014 - 22:00
    Glowing Oogie Boogie Costume

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    Oogie Boogie is one of the scariest Disney villains as far as I’m concerned. He’s cruel and manipulative, but he does have a cool costume. Instructables user kristylynn84 fashioned the entire costume from burlap and because the costume is loose and lumpy, it meant she could take some liberties (she didn’t use a pattern). She took the extra awesome step of making Oogie glow in the dark. Here’s how she achieved that with glowing spray paint:

    We used about 6 cans. You may want to buy 7 or 8, just to be safe, and return the last one if you don’t use it. But remember, the suit will need numerous coats, and so will the mask.

    I took him outside and made him do some slow spins as I painted him up. It’s transparent, so you can’t see what you’ve done until you hold a black light to it, once it’s dried it will activate. Yes, the paint went through and I ended up painting my husband LOL, it made a cool effect. (The can says to not get it on your skin. But he lived.)

    I would say….10-12 coats of spray paint and between those, you need to go over it with a hand-held black light to see where you’ve missed any spots.

    Read more at Instructables.

  • Mercredi, Mars 26, 2014 - 22:00
    New Project: Arduino Rotary Phone

    IMG_20131204_205243Modify a retro phone to create strange, interactive conversations.

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  • Mercredi, Mars 26, 2014 - 21:42
    DiResta: Paper Letters

    Screen Shot 2014-03-26 at 1.29.41 PMArtist and master builder Jimmy DiResta lets us into his workshop, to look over his shoulder while he builds the Make: logo out of paper.

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  • Mercredi, Mars 26, 2014 - 21:07
    NEW PRODUCTS – 2.8 TFT Display with Resistive Touchscreen and 50-pin 0.5mm pitch top-contact FPC SMT Connector

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    NEW PRODUCT – 2.8 TFT Display with Resistive Touchscreen: This is a screen for advanced hackers who like the look of the TFT screen we’ve put into the PiTFT, TFT shield v2 and 2.8″ TFT breakout. This display has 320×240 pixels and is driven with the ILI9341 chipset. This is just the display module! No PCB is included! You can talk to this chip with SPI (4 or 3 wire), 8 bit parallel, or 16 bit parallel. It also can be put into “dot clock mode” for raw TTL signal in but we have never done this ourselves so there’s no example code for that.

    We’re selling this module bare for those who want to integrate it into their own project. If this is your first time working with this TFT we suggest our breakout board which makes it easy to use SPI or 8-bit interfacing and also has mounting holes, level shifting, etc.. Otherwise you can pick up one of our 50-pin FPC breakouts and an 50-pin FPC connector and solder it up by hand. For the TFT command set, the data sheet is very complete, but we also have some Arduino code you can refer to here to get started.

    A 50 pin, 0.5mm pitch, top-contact FPC connector is required to connect to this screen. We show one in the photos but it is not included! You cannot solder this connector directly to a PCB – a matching connector is required, you can pick one up here.

    The resistive touch screen is a classic ‘analog’ touch screen which requires either a micro controller with analog inputs OR the use of a touch screen controller such as this one

    In stock and shipping now!


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    NEW PRODUCT – 50-pin 0.5mm pitch top-contact FPC SMT Connector: This 50-pin FPC SMT top-contact connector fits perfectly with our 2.8″ TFT display with resistive touch screen. It is fine pitch so it is not so easy to solder! This is for expert SMT solderers.

    We suggest soldering this component to our FPC breakout board to break out all of the pins.

    In stock and shipping now!

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  • Mercredi, Mars 26, 2014 - 21:00
    WS2812b Ambilight Clone For The Raspi

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    For how often the Raspberry Pi is used as a media server, and how easy it is to connect a bunch of LEDs to the GPIO pins on the Pi, we’re surprised we haven’t seen something like Hyperion before. It uses the extremely common WS2812b individually controllable RGB LEDs to surround the wall behind your TV with the colors on the edges of the screen.

    One of the big features of Hyperion is the huge number of LEDs it’s able to control; a 50 LED strip only eats up about 1.5% of the Pi’s CPU. It does this with a “Mini UART” implemented on the Pi running at 2MHz.

    There’s only one additional component needed to run a gigantic strip of RGB LEDs with a Pi – an inverter of some sort made with an HCT-series logic chip. After that, you’ll only need to connect the power and enjoy a blinding display behind your TV or monitor.

    Thanks [emuboy] for sending this one in.

     

    Filed under: led hacks, Raspberry Pi

  • Mercredi, Mars 26, 2014 - 20:50
    Five Fully Functional 3D-Printed Cameras

    P6*6_3Ranging from pinhole to digital, these cameras are all printable on desktop machines.

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