Electric skateboards typically go for at least $600 (USD). But with his maker skills Instructables member comsa42 was able to convert a normal skateboard for around $350. That said, his project will give you an idea why these things cost a lot.
Last month we saw how you can reuse a DVD-RW’s laser diode to make a small laser engraver. But if you’d rather buy something like it instead, check out the MicroSlice.
Made by Instructables member SilverJimmy, MicroSlice has a 405nm laser module, similar to the ones found in Blu-ray drives.
The Apple Watch is causing quite a buzz these days. And while reviews have been mixed, I’m still planning on ordering one, since I feel that I wouldn’t be doing my job if I didn’t at least try one for a few weeks.
I’ve always enjoyed playing with the Etch-a-Sketch. Sure, it’s nearly impossible to draw circles or triangles, but that’s part of the fun. Instructables contributor Jon-a-tron decided to make his own sort of line drawing tool, but this one draws in a zen garden.
When he was a kid, Instructables member Andrew Hannay had a 1980 Nintendo Game & Watch game called Vermin, which was also released by Time Out under the title Exterminator. He sold the handheld on eBay, but lately he’s been itching to play it and other Game & Watch games.
When I first saw this metal T-Rex lamp, I thought it was pretty awesome. Then I realized that it’s actually a heat lamp, which is about as close as you can get to a fire-breathing dinosaur without it actually breathing fire.
If you build it, he will come – and then build a LEGO version of it. So goes the quote from the classic non-existent drama Brick of Dreams. Today that “he” is Instructables member W1ll14m. The alphanumeric boy wonder recently shared his progress on a 3D printer made of LEGO Technic and Mindstorms EV3 pieces.
Like millions of children around the world, Instructables member Tez_Gelmir’s son is a big LEGO fan. And like millions of families around the world the father and son often end up spending a lot of time sorting through their piles of LEGO just to get the parts they want to use.
Instructables member Mister M loves to convert old gadgets into their newer incarnations. For his latest project, he turned a 1981 Sharp VC-2300H portable VCR into a media center powered by the Raspberry Pi. Thanks to its tall boombox-like shape, Mister M was able to add a 15″ HD screen on the back of the VCR.
A couple of years ago we featured Amanda Ghassaei’s 3D printed records. Here’s another one of her 3D printing projects. She made a Processing script that turns greyscale image files into 3D files. When printed, the resulting piece looks and works like a lithophane – an uneven surface that only reveals the image when illuminated from behind.
A few years ago we featured I-Wei Huang aka Crab-Fu’s remote-controlled steam-powered tank. Instructables member Ian aka steamhobby is a big fan of Crab-Fu and also makes steam-powered toys in his spare time. His recent project is a nod to Crab-Fu, mixing a steampunk frame with the gritty look of tank treads.
Here’s a slick hack for makers. Instructables user TSJWang made a small radio transmitter that fits inside a Zippo case. He went to great lengths to ensure that his device still looks exactly like a lighter.
I love old pinball machines. I love to play them and I wouldn’t mind having one for a desk. That’s what Tim Sway, an artist in Wallingford, Connecticut, has done here. He has turned an old pinball machine into a desk.