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22 Jun 2015


by Mircea Daneliuc:

An electronics enclosure with HMI ( I2C LCD and keypad) for projects with sensors and relays. Good for any MCU, Arduino, Beaglebone,AVR

I have searched the net high and low to find a professional looking enclosure with an HMI (Human Machine Interface) that I could use in my project involving sensors and relays, but I wasn’t able to find one. Not for a decent price, that is… Most of the Arduino cases or enclosures were nice little boxes with slots for USB and power adapter but with no real functionality, not enabling the microcontroller to relate to the outside world in any way.

Arduino, Beaglebone, MCU enclosure with HMI (LCD & keypad) – [Link]

9 Jan 2014

Making it easier to assemble electronics. Holds everything in place while providing full access to the work. Open source flexibility.

PCBGRIP is an electronics assembly system designed to make it easier to assemble electronics. Completely customizable, with open source flexibility, it holds printed circuit boards (PCBs), components, and stencils securely, improving both the quality and speed of assembly. It solves the challenges of hand electronics assembly and testing faced by hobbyists, makers, and assemblers.

Unlike other products that just hold PCBs, PCBGRIP holds PCBs and everything else. The open source aluminum extrusion and standard 3mm hardware allow you to build and share whatever you need to help you with your electronics project.

PCBGRIP: Electronics Assembly System – [Link]

8 Jun 2012

As Wago products are of a top quality, neither a “package” in a form of a cooling box can´t be a usual no-name product. It is the product of company Ezetil, type eco Cool Energy E32 12V/230V EEI with thermoelectric cooling (Peltier), microprocessor control and a quality PU insulation.

In comparison to common portable cooling boxes, it consumes up to 70% less energy and belongs to an energy class “A“. A big advantage is, that it can be supplied from a 12V DC socket of your automobile or form a 230V AC mains. 29l inner space allows to place inside common 2l Euro PET bottles. If you buy this Wago profi set, in the cooling box you´ll find in total 800 pcs of favourite installation push-wire terminal blocks 2273-xxx and 222-413 series. In detail – 50 pcs “222-413″, 400 pcs “2273-203″, 300 ks “2273-205″ and 50 pcs “2273-208″. In a price convenient set, you have a chance to gain terminal blocks, together with the quality modern cooling box with an ergonomic design, universally usable for example at installation or measuring outside, at servicing, company activities and other journeys in a summer time.


Exchange terminal blocks for cooled beverages! – [Link]

31 May 2011

The MTM Snap was designed by Jonathan Ward of MIT’s Center for Bits and Atoms. It costs about $500, runs off an Arduino, is CNCed out of HDPE, and can mill a 5″ x 3″ x 1.75″ area. Design files and BOM are available if you want to make your own. [via]

MTM Snap, a Snap-Together CNC – [Link]

29 Apr 2011

If You’re Going To Kill It, Open Source It! @ MAKE… [via]

Another week, another company killing off a giant product after spending millions of dollars and years developing. Back in 2009 Cisco bought Pure Digital Technology’s Flip. Gadget fans and makers were puzzled by this; phones were just about good enough to start beating the Flip. Now, it’s heading for the landfill.

Some companies fail, some kill off product lines that are not profitable, but in the end, where does all the knowledge go? Nowhere, usually. In a world of disposable everything, is it time that we demand companies do what’s good for humankind in addition to the bottom line?

If companies are going to just kill something off, why not open source it? Some companies do just that, and others, like Nokia, will promise open source (Symbian, dead product) and then quickly reverse itself, locking it up. Pictured above, a Nokia coffin.

In this article I’m going to share my collection of products that no longer exist but should (or could) have been released as open source projects. Part of the goal is for you to post the ones you’d like to see “open sourced” as well. My list includes some familiar favorites, like the Sony humanoid robots, to some old timers like Ricochet wireless cards.

If You’re Going To Kill It, Open Source It! – [Link]

29 Oct 2010

Follow this wiki to learn how to build your own CNC milling machine with cost less than 100$.

3-axis CNC milling machine for 100$ – [Link]

9 Aug 2010

In this website “Frank Pirz” documented the build of his CNC machine which is based on these plans. He used 80/20 Aluminum to build the frame and the result appears to be solid. Check construction details on the link below. [via]

CNC Build using 80/20 Aluminum – [Link]

5 Jul 2010

This project shows how to build a star-tracker. A star-tracker is a device used to help amateur astronomers to take clear pictures of the sky by following the earth rotation. Using a tracker, sky appears steady. Check construction details on the link below. [via]

Build a star-tracker for your camera – [Link]

9 Jun 2010

David Carr build a 3-axis CNC milling machine on the cheap. His machine is build on wood, costs around 90$ and can mill wood, steel or even small PCBs. Project schematics and drawing can be found on his website below. [via]

Build a 3 axis milling machine for under $100 – [Link]

29 Oct 2009


Prepare your drawing on your favorite software -> Upload your files -> laser does the job -> get your package. That’s how easy you can obtain your own acrylic parts.

MiniCuts: low cost acrylic laser cutting service for small size jobs – [Link]





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