Category Archives: Manufacturing

Hello VinylCutter

Recently, the tool fairy brought me a consumer grade vinyl cutter.A feature that attracted me to this model is that it can cut paper. Making intricate cuts in paper is much easier with a tool like this, and much less expensive than with a laser cutter. The Silhouette Cameo is an interesting machine. It’s extremely affordable, and probably best for light personal use. As a classroom tool, it might not be durable enough. It definitely isn’t made for commercial use, but there appear to be plenty of things you can do with it. Continue reading

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Replacing a Smartphone Screen

When my phone slipped out of my pocket and landed on brick, the shiny touch screen shattered instantly. In a second, it gained new textures. I got sad. I got even sadder when I remembered that I had rejected the broken screen coverage offered by my carrier.

Eventually, I realized that it wasn’t the end of the world to break the screen on a phone, for a few reasons:
The screen replacement coverage seems to have a deductible, of perhaps $100 (Since I didn’t have the coverage, I didn’t look into it too carefully)
Taking the phone to a store and having it done would cost about $100, and would take a day or two for it to be returned.
Buying a replacement screen online is possible, at a fraction of the replacement service cost.
Replacing the screen yourself is possible, at a cost of $0 Continue reading

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Decorating with the EggLathe

Decorating with the EggLathe allows your egg to turn, while you can draw on it with a pen, or paint brush.

This EggLathe was built of laser cut corrugated plastic, and is an early iteration of the design. The first parts were cut of cardboard, but future parts should be cut from either acrylic or baltic birch plywood. Continue reading

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Threading a Sewing Machine

Getting started with sewing is a bit easier if you know how to thread the machine. My friend Gina came by to help me with a machine I picked up at a yard sale. First we threaded the top of the machine, then we threaded the bobbin in the lower part of the machine.

If your machine is already threaded when you start, you won’t have to do this immediately, but if you want to change color, or when you run out of thread on the top or in the bobbin case, this step will become important. Continue reading

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Didgeridoo Mouthpiece Making

After attending a workshop on playing the Didgeridoo, I decided to try my hand at making the instrument.
In this round, I made the mouthpiece for two of the drone instruments, using this process: Continue reading

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The Development of 3Doodler

As 3Doodler’s Kickstarter campaign was taking off, I had a chance to chat with Peter Dilworth of WobbleWorks at Artisans Asylum.

We talked about how the new product works, and a bit of how it was developed. As an experimenter with 3D printing, most of these systems are familiar. The 3Doodler is a bit different from a 3D printer in that it doesn’t come attached to a robot that moves in three axes. Being able to create solid designs while using hand motions seems like a simple, yet empowering technology. Continue reading

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Custom Baking Pans

You can use metal forming to create a mold for baking little cakes. These pans were developed for baking lots of Twinkies.

The technique for this project came from an Instructable. This showed how to make the pan, but didn’t go into the process for producing many of them. It also gave a good recipe for baking the cakes. In a separate session, I experimented with an angel food cake mix, which was not as good as the yellow cake mix indicated in the instructable above. For a baking instruction that does not use any mixes, see Hilah Cooking’s version of the project. Continue reading

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