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Oliver Allaux started playing the violin at age 3, so when he took the course Methods and Materials with Mark Parsons, director of production and technology in the School of Architecture, building a violin was an opportunity for Allaux to indulge in a lifelong interest while testing the skills he had gained after four years at Pratt. Allaux crafted two full-size violins using a CNC miller, laser cutter, and 3-D printer, as well as traditional wood and metal shops. First, he found two-dimensional plans on the Internet for a violin modeled on the Stradivarius. Then he transferred the design into the software program, Rhino, and created the templates. Next, he used a CNC miller to cut out the large pieces of wood that compose the body of the violin. Finally, using a large-scale 3-D printer the smaller parts were formed out of plastic silicate powder. Production for each violin took two days. Small design tweaks in the second violin made for a slightly different sound.+ More details
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This is the promotional video for the PiMios project. PiMios stands for "Propel Innovation. Make It Open Source." We provide financial incentive for hackers, makers, and hobbyists to develop open source products in an online platform. Check out our indiegogo campaign.+ More details
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The hot dust desert that is Black Rock City, Nevada, third largest city in the state for one week each year. This is where you bring delicate equipment for the torture test. Here are folks from two of the camp that did just that. The video is also in Stereo 3D if you prefer. Shot with a Panasonic z10000 and edited with Sony Vegas 12 Pro, leave comments. Thanks, Hyker+ More details
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The world's only $500 electric motorsport finished its fourth round of the season in Maker Faire Fort Wayne! We competed on September 14-15. Here are just some of the thrills and spills that went down. I'd like to thank Make Magazine, Milwaukee Makerspace, Sector 67, i3 Detroit, Pumping Station: One, Area 515, Big Red, KillaWhat, Cartastrophe and Phantom Power Racing for their entries this weekend.+ More details
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This video shows the process of prototyping Arduino-powered fireflies for a special project The Hacktory is doing this September with SecondMuse, Schuylkill River Development Corporation, and Public Workshop. The fireflies are programmed with code that makes them blink in a way similar to real fireflies. With a light sensor, these fireflies "see" the lights around them, and respond to them by flashing a green light. Over time, they will try to synchronize their flashing pattern with other lights nearby. More info at: http://www.thehacktory.org/?page_id=4183 #discoverthecrescent+ More details
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