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This summer I’ve been working on converting my old mountain bike to a fabulous Festival Mutant Vehicle with lights, fun fur, and gorgeous paint colors. (See Previous blog post).
This week, I’ve added a 6-foot tall fiber optic “tail” to the bike, with around 50 strands of fiber optics and light pipe, to make a very visible and lovely tail flag for the bike. I’m using a Feather M4 Express with a PropMaker Wing added, connected to a super bright 3W RGB LED. The fiber optics are easily removable for transport, and they’re really bright and easy to see, even in the daytime.
The RGB LED uses Circuit Python to slowly shift through a rainbow of colors, lighting the fiber optics with a lovely, buttery smoothness. The whole assembly is really well protected from the elements — I even dropped the battery pack, LED and microcontroller into the pool to test it and it kept working even underwater!
Here is my Doc Brown’s mind reading helmet from ‘Back to the future’. I absolutely love this film and I could find a lot of props for 3D printing but not this helmet, so here it is.
I’m not going to lie to you, it’s not easy project, but for a massive geek and movie fan like me it was totally worth it. On the 3D model all parts fit perfectly, but it’s difficult to put all the parts symmetrically exactly as in the model, so I had to use good old hair dryer technique for couple of connectors. (For those who are new in 3D printing, you can use hair dryer to warm up the plastic part and then reshape it slightly).
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!
Festival season is upon us! And I just got a new bike. That means it’s time to take my old Trek mountain bike to the next level and turn it into a fancy, pretty, silly mermaid bike with blinky lights and lots of style, so I can stand out this summer while I’m getting where I need to go.
It’s already mid June, so I’m already feeling behind. I want to have this bike ready by late July at the very latest, which gives me a month to plan, paint, decorate, build, program, and stress-test. It’s definitely time to get started.
My focus is going to be on durability first and style second. I do not want to have to repair any LED strips while camping, but I’m going to put together a repair kit anyway just in case. But my mantra for the build is going to be all about robust-ness. I’ve made a light-up mermaid tail that swims underwater, so I’ll be using some of the same techniques to get this bike as break-proof as possible.
Building Iron Man
SEASON 1, EPISODE 1
Adam Savage teams up with a daredevil inventor to build an authentic Iron Man suit that flies and stops bullets just like Tony Stark’s.
Savage Builds is on Fridays at 10p E/P on the Discovery Channel (following the new Battlebots).
On to the review, is it worth watching? YES. Everyone is busy, the competition for 41 minutes in our lives is street brawl with no rules. If you like making things, how things are made, how they are “unmade” with explosives, this show has it all. The show premiered Friday night, however Limor and I watched it Sunday night since Friday to Sunday afternoon was electronics, coding, and prototyping. Our cable provider does on-demand now, so we were able to watch it any time, and skip (some of) the commercials. It’s also online. I feel this is important, it was not hard to watch this when we had the time.
Savage Builds to me seems like an evolution of Mythbusters: and then some… Mythbusters: tested something that may or may not be true, where Savage Builds celebrates the builder, the maker, the super-advance technologies that can make a Tony Stark functional Iron Man suit come to life, get shot (no damage), blown up, and fly.
What sparks any of us to decide to make something, or a kid who decides to take the life long journey of being an engineer? For some, it might be this show. Can we (humans, 2019) make something we see in the movies like an Iron Man suit? Yes, and wow – the build is as impressive as any special effects and CGI. The 3D printing of titanium, the flying, it’s all possible, just gotta have the skills which are obtainable with smarts, dedication, and working with other talented people.
If you are a young person now, watch this show, you can do this, you can make this, while it’s technically impressive, it’s not magic, or movie magic. It’s engineering. There has never been a better time to jump in. Imagine what you’ll be able to make in less than 10 years if this is possible now.
DIY Working Infinity Gauntlet From Cardboard( Gesture Controlled Lamp Switch) || Avengers: Endgame - YouTube
More cardboard projects please! From Ikhsan Ismail on Hackster.io:
I was Inspired by Avengers Movie, I started making Thanos Infinity Gauntlet from cardboard. In this project I used NRF24L01+ 2.4GHz Wireless RF Transceiver Modules to communicate between two Arduino boards wirelessly. The Infinity Gauntlet is the transmitter and Servos(Light Switch) are the receiver.
Check out this great new tutorial from Erin St. Blaine: Create a parasol that contains a couple hundred UV BlackLight NeoPixels and a Circuit Playground Express. Carry it around and you’ll have your very own black light spotlight wherever you go! From the guide:
Most parasols are designed to keep UV light out. This one is designed to bathe you and your snazzy outfit in ALL the UV light, and make you glow like the Rockstar Candy Raver you are.
This guide details how to work with UV NeoPixels and make a very sturdy and festival-proof prop. It will still keep the harsh rays of the sun away during the day, but flick the switch at night and let the UV pixels underneath light up and put you in the spotlight.
UltraViolet NeoPixels are a relatively new invention and we can’t wait to play with them! This tutorial makes great use of the pixels, spreading out the light to give maximum glow power to whatever you’re wearing under the parasol.
Inspired by a resin kit designed by Hui Zou Art and produced by R-one Studio, a low-poly model was constructed in Blender. The finished Anubis armor is assembled from pieces of Sintra (foamed PVC) — a light and strong type of sheet plastic — then covered with reflective vinyl and accented with a few solid cast resin bits.
(Image credits: R-one Studio and Polygon Forge Cosplay)
You can scroll back through the Facebook or Instagram timelines and watch the progress unfold…plenty of inspirational work-in-progress photos, videos and how-tos for this and other projects!
Some of Polygon Forge’s other projects (and Anubis in the prototype stage) used straight-up paper craft methods…an approachable and relatively inexpensive way of constructing armor and cosplay items (often brushing on a layer of epoxy resin for strength). Pepakura cosplayers frequently then pour money and time into lots of Bondo filler and sanding to cover for the technique’s boxy nature. So it’s exciting to see this instead being made a desirable stylistic choice.
Blair Ondrla (@ChaosCostumes) has made waves in cosplay circles before with her Creature Feet — stilt-like shoes that upgrade humans to a beastly digitigrade (walking-on-toes) stance.
Blair’s latest project, seen at last month’s Monsterpalooza convention in Pasadena, CA, is a werewolf that blurs the line between cosplay and Hollywood.
(Photo credit: Chaos Costumes)
It’s a kitchen sink of costuming skills. Most impressive is the mask — cast and painted silicone (gloves as well), with individually-punched hairs and a moving jaw mechanism to make the lips snarl (Instagram video). She’s foregone the usual plaid flannel werewolf trope and instead completed the outfit in a distinctive Egyptian-inspired motif, along with furred accents, an airbrushed leotard and faux-digitigrade feet.
Check out the newest tutorial by Erin St. Blaine: make a jeweled necklace light up and glow.
From the tutorial:
Create a stunning addition to your wardrobe in minutes with this light up necklace. Impress all the Glitterati at your next fancy dress event, or give this as a gift to someone special to light up her night.
This is about the simplest LED wearable project I’ve ever made, but its impact is tremendous. I want to wear it everywhere! It’s a perfect addition to Playa or Festival wear, and is classy enough to wear to that charity ball I’ve been meaning to throw.. for, you know, AGES now.
An Adafruit Pro Trinket microcontroller drives two grids of NeoPixel strip sandwiched in a pair of goggles, while a few buttons and some Sugru make a discreet, palm-able controller. A USB phone charger provides enough power to run the show through a whole convention weekend.
I appreciate the fact that this isn’t super bleeding-edge technology…there’s no facial tracking (though many assume that at first)…rather, it’s a mix of traditional puppetry, misdirection and lots of practice with a sprinkling of modern tech. The result is exceptionally emotive and captivating, and highly approachable as a cosplay or Halloween project! And then sharing all that makes it 500X better.