• Linear PCB Motor

    06/12/2018 at 20:32 0 comments

    Open Source Linear Actuator from Carl Bugeja on Hackaday.io:

    Inspired from my pcb motor project, this project is aimed to make a very thin low-torque linear pcb actuator.

    The coils of this motors are made from 5/5mil coreless pcb windings. A 3d-printed rig with magnets is used to slide across the pcb and is actuated by the winding’s magnetic field.

    All design files for this project are also open source\

  • Open Source Turtle Robot Kit

    06/12/2018 at 06:20 0 comments

     writes on the Tindie blog about this robotics kit from The Maker’s Box: 


    Open Source Turtle Robot Kit Teaches Beginners & Creates Beautiful Art

    The Open Source Turtle Robot (OSTR) was created as the basis for a two-day workshop where high school students could gain hands-on experience with engineering concepts. The finished robot even creates interesting pieces of art via pen plotting with Turtle graphics.


    The project is Arduino compatible for ease of programming and powered by 4 AA batteries to make it cost effective. Stepper motors were chosen for accurate motion, and the parts were 3D printed for easy customization.

  • Teardown hardware hacking restrospective

    06/05/2018 at 16:57 0 comments

    CrowdSupply shares a look back at Teardown hardware hacking con last month in Portland:


    Teardown Retrospective

    Whew, Teardown 2018 is over! Over 150 attendees from ten states and three countries were treated to a whirlwind of talks, workshops, presentations, and demos of all manner of unique, amazing, beautiful hardware projects, from art works to industry-changing technology. Held over three-days, May 11-13, in Portland, Oregon, we were lucky enough to partner with Pacific Northwest College of Art’s Make+Think+Code program, who let us use their spectacular main building, a renovated 100-year-old Federal Post Office. From Friday to Sunday, the event featured:
    Teardown PCB portrait workshop by Andrew Sowa.
    In between events, attendees were entertained by the form, light, sound, and, in one case, mustaches from seven different interactive installations, including a sculpture that illuminated using your own heartbeat and a couple of rogue “payphones” that actually received calls throughout the event. Naturally, we also had robot sumo wrestling.
    After hours, we enjoyed eating, drinking, scheming, and laughing while taking in the view at Autodesk’s amazing new office building and their rooftop deck, sharing Chinese food at Crowd Supply’s new headquarters and our rooftop deck, searching for (and finding!) a new hackerspace deep under Portland’s bridges, and feeding quarters into our favorite vintage arcade games, among other things.
    Of course, the very best parts of Teardown were simply the result of having a great group of people together at the same time and place. Whether over lunch or after a workshop, the air was always thick with the exchange of knowledge and ideas. Seeing so many creative people come together to share ideas, designs, and projects openly with each other was a beautiful thing to behold. The future of open source hardware looks bright – it’s a great time to be a hacker, maker, and creator.
    Going into it, we didn’t really know what to expect from Teardown. Coming out of it, we’re sure of one thing: we’re definitely going to do this again. If you attended Teardown, thanks for sharing your time and talents to make it such a great event. Within the next few days, you will receive a survey to gather your feedback. If you weren’t able to attend, or missed a particular talk you wanted to see, keep an eye on Teardown updates as we post video recordings of many of the sessions.
    We can’t wait for next year (though we might need a day or three to recover from this year). The future looks bright for Teardown