quarta-feira, 20 de maio de 2015



Por  motivo do Falecimento de minha Irmã, Maria Manuela, esta Semana, não haverão Posts.
Até à Semana que vem! 

quarta-feira, 13 de maio de 2015

Um Braço robótico para Fabbers! E a Samsung com Arduino, Ímanes de desligar, Espessura em 3D, e um actuador simples

Makerarm é um Braço Robótico, para Makers, o que dizer nós, Engenhocas! 
Esta gibajoga promete, pois pode ser a base para Impressão 3D, Corte Laser, Fresa CNC, Plotting, Montagem, e mais...
Vocês mudeam a cabeça do Bicho, de Impressão 3D para Corte Laser, por exemplo, e já está!


Makerarm is a complete personal fabrication system packed into a single, beautifully designed robotic arm that mounts on your desktop. Makerarmfeatures interchangeable heads for countless applications such as 3D printing, plotting, milling, laser engraving, electronics assembly and more. That way you can make more, for less.


A Samsung, deu-lhe para se meter no mundo do Arduino, para colaborar com a Internet de coisas, essa história de ter os aparelhos lá de casa todos ligados à Net...

Samsung Announces Their Entry into the Arduino Family
Matt Stultz
When you think about Samsung, the first products that come to mind are probably phones or televisions, not Maker-focused electronics. Today, with their announcement at Internet of Things World, Samsung has entered the Maker world with their ARTIK platform, an Arduino compatible family of devices targeted towards Internet of Things applications.
Currently there are three ARTIK devices: The ARTIK 1, ARTIK 5, and ARTIK 10. All are multi-core ARM processors with built in Bluetooth Low Energy. The ARTIK 5 and 10 also include Wi-Fi, BT, Zigbee, and Thread wireless connections.


Se sempre quizeram saber como funcionam aqueles Braços de Laboratório e Oficina, com os Ímanes na base, de ligar e desligar, está tudo aqui:

Magnets with an OFF Switch

Can neodymium magnets be turned on and off?
Generally, no. The neodymium magnets we provide are also called, “permanent magnets.”  The word “permanent” means they stay magnetized for a long time.  They are always on.
This is the opposite of an electromagnet, where you have to run an electric current through a wire whenever you want it to act like a magnet.  No flow of electricity, no magnet.
It's also opposite of a "temporary" magnet, like when you stick a (permanent) magnet to a steel paperclip, and that steel acts like a magnet as long as the (permanent) magnet is stuck to it.  Remove the magnet, and the paperclip stops acting so magnet-like.
When people ask us for magnets that can be turned off, we say it’s not possible.  Neodymium magnets, large and small, tend to stay ON.  That's part of what makes them so useful.


Eis como fazerem bem as paredes duma caixa ou outro Objecto ou Peça que queiram imprimir, explicado por quem sabe, dica da Imaterialize:

How to Choose the Perfect Wall Thickness When Turning Your 3D Model into a 3D Print

Since each printing material and 3D model is different, choosing the right wall thickness can be confusing. Yet, keeping these simple tips in mind will ensure that you won’t receive an unpleasant surprise and the walls of your object will have just the thickness they need.
First things first: it’s very important that every surface in your 3D model has been assigned a wall thickness. When using your 3D modeling software it is possible to design a surface without a wall thickness. However, our printers need the information about how thick you intend the wall of your object to be. Thus, when turning a 3D model into a real 3D print, wall thickness is needed.

Eis como fazerem um Braço actuador linear com muito pouco...
Usando Sucata, uma Seringa de cola e uns poucos outros componentes:

Build This Inexpensive Linear Actuator from a Glue Stick
Andrew Terranova

A linear actuator is a mechanism that pulls or pushes a load along a straight line. Pneumatic and hydraulic pistons are examples. So are the threaded rods on 3D printers.
Commercially available linear actuators can be quite expensive, but now you can build your own with just a few dollars worth of parts. Gareth from Let’s Make Robots explains the idea in this post.
The main mechanism is salvaged from a used glue stick. By using a modified hobby servo to drive it, this actuator even comes with positional feedback. It is both surprisingly accurate and surprisingly strong. Check the video to see the finished actuator lifting a 6 lb weight!

segunda-feira, 11 de maio de 2015

Soldar, sem solda? E um Computador a 9 Dólares(!), uma Injectora de Plástico para Fabbers, e Alívio para a Dor, mais uma Câmara de Infravermelhos

Eis como fazerem algo em Electrónica sem as chatices do Fumo e da Solda...
E ainda ficam com uma ligação à prova de àgua!
É bom!

Solder Sleeves
Solder, heat shrink and waterproof your splices in one operation.

This is the easiest way to make soldered splice in your wiring. It is our favorite way to extend the wires on stepper motors.
This part combines a low temperature solder ring inside a piece of clear heat shrink tubing. It also has rings of hot melt glue at each end. You strip each wire, insert one from each end and cross the stripped ends inside the solder ring. You then heat the tubing with a heat gun. The solder and glue melts and the tubing shrinks. You get a reliable, insulated, waterproof and soldered connection in one operation.
It is also great when you need to fan out one wire to several wires. This often happens when you have one ground terminal, but four wires coming to it. Place the four wires in one end and one in the other end.

Um Computador por 9 Dólares? 
Com ligação Wifi, e gestão de Bateria?
Sim, se só precisarem de computadorizar uma Engenhoca, ou terem um Smartphone ou Tablet feito à vossa medida, porque este liga-se a um Televisor, ou Écran de Smartphone, com Monitor é mais caro.

Next Thing Co. Releases “World’s First” $9 Computer
David Scheltema

Snuggly situated in an industrial section of Oakland, CA is Next Thing Co. a team of nine artists and engineers who are pursuing the dream of a lower cost single board computer. Today they’ve unveiled their progress on Kickstarter, offering a $9 development board called Chip.
The board is Open Hardware, runs a flavor of Debian Linux, and boasts a 1Ghz R8 ARM processor, 512MB of RAM, and 4GB of eMMC storage. It is more powerful than a Raspberry Pi B+ and equal to the BeagleBone Black in clock speed, RAM, and storage. Differentiating Chip from Beagle is its built-in WiFi, Bluetooth, and the ease in which it can be made portable, thanks to circuitry that handles battery operation.

Ter a vossa própria Fabriqueta na Garagem, passará certamente, mais cedo ou mais tarde, por terem uma Máquina de Injecção de Plástico, para os vossos Projectos.
Pois aqui vai uma que podem fazer em casa, baseado no Ilustre trabalho da casa Gingery:

Make Your Own Injection Molding Machine
John Hannon

Tried, true, and totally doable. Start cranking out solid thermoplastic parts.

Sometimes there’s a tool you want to buy, but you can’t justify the cost. In that case, why not make it? For me, a plastic injection molding machine fell into that category — and it turns out they’re not hard to make.
I wanted to make solid plastic parts for some of my amateur science experiments. There are a number of ways to make things out of plastic, each with its advantages and disadvantages. Often just cutting raw material to the desired shape works best. Some plastics can be cast by pouring a liquid resin with hardener into a mold (see “DIY Rotocaster,” Make: Volume 41). Vacuum forming works well for making things out of thin sheets of plastic (see “Kitchen Floor Vacuum Former,” Make: Volume 11). I considered making a 3D printer, but for the few plastic parts I envisioned needing, it wasn’t worth the time and money.
Plastic injection molding has been around since thermoplastics were invented. It’s a great way to make many copies of a part quickly, and what I like best is that it’s easy to reuse old plastic objects to make new ones.
So I built an injection molder based on the plans in Vincent R. Gingery’s book Secrets of Building a Plastic Injection Molding Machine. David Gingery could be considered a forerunner of the Maker Movement — he and his son Vincent have written a whole series of books on building tools for the machine shop.

E aqui vai mais uma Engenhoca para os que sofrem com as Dores, uma máquina que vos alivia o Sofrimento...

LumiWave: A Breakthrough for Injury & Pain Relief

Campaign Highlights
If you want to feel better every day; move better every moment and compete at the highest level, support this crowdfunding campaign. We need your help. 
Your contributions will jump start our new manufacturing process to reduce our costs –costs which we will pass on to you as lower pricing. For a limited time, pre-orders are offered at $199. That’s 60% off our current price.
Your Pain may be after skiing, running, competitions or workouts. 100 million of you experience chronic pain – all day, every day.  Your pain may be an ankle, knee or shoulder. Some of you may have back and neck pain. Your pain may be caused by athletics, auto or work related injuries. Or it could be the result of Arthritis, Osteoarthritis, Multiple sclerosis, Shingles or Nerve damage (neuropathy).

Eis a FLIR C2, uma Câmara de Infravermelhos de Bolso, para a Construcção Civil, mas é claro que os Ẽngenhocas a irão usar para uma Miríade de outros fins...

FLIR C2 Thermal Imaging Camera, Temperature Measurement Range: -10 → +150 °C

The FLIR C2 is the world’s first full-featured, pocket-sized thermal camera designed for building industry experts and contractors. C2 features FLIR's unique MSX® that adds key details from the onboard visible light camera to the entire infrared image in real time.

IR Sensor: 80 ´ 60 (4,800 measurement pixels)
Field of View: 41° x 31°
3" Display (Color) 320 x 240 pixels
Auto Orientation
Touch Screen
Object temperature range: -10°C to +150°C (14 to 302°F)
Storage Media: Internal memory stores at least 500 sets of images
Image file format: Standard JPEG, 14-bit measurement data included
Digital Camera: 640 x 480 pixels
Size (L x W x H): 125 x 80 x 24 mm (4.9 x 3.1 x 0.94 in.)
Weight: 0.13 kg
Supplied with

Infrared camera, battery (inside camera), lanyard, power supply/charger with EU, UK, US, CN and Australian plugs, printed getting started guide, USB memory stick with documentation, USB cable.

    Application    Building
    Best Temperature Measurement Accuracy    ±2 °C
    Detector Resolution    80 x 60pixel
    Dimensions    125 x 80 x 24mm
    Display Resolution    320 x 240pixel
    Display Size    3in
    Field of View    41 x 31°
    Focus Type    Fixed
    Height    24mm
    Horizontal Detector Resolution    80pixel
    Horizontal Display Resolution    320pixel
    Horizontal Field of View    41°
    Length    125mm
    Maximum Temperature Measurement    +150 °C
    Minimum Focus    0.15 (Thermal) m, 1 (MSX) m
    Model Number p    FLIR C2
    Refresh Rate    9Hz
    Storage Media    Internal Storage
    Temperature Measurement Range    -10 → +150 °C
    Thermal Sensitivity    <0 .1="" br="">    Vertical Detector Resolution    60pixel
    Vertical Display Resolution    240pixel
    Vertical Field of View    31°
    Visual Camera    Yes
    Weight    0.13kg
    Width    80mm

quarta-feira, 6 de maio de 2015

Besta simples e eficaz, trabalhem Alumínio com Ferramentas de Madeira, Knex e CyberKnex(!), e ainda, um Quadracóptero em Lego!

Avança a minha QuatroBesta, de funcionamento simples, mas com Puxador.
Apenas 7 peças na Besta, mais 4 varetas, e cabo de aço  de Bicicletas.
E os Dardos vão ser simples Nerfs, com uma vareta em plástico, e uma chapita de plástico como aletas.

A 1ª versão...

E como vai ser, agora:

Planos e Instrucções, em breve, à venda...

Ora aqui está uma boa dica de Dan Gelbart, e agora, encontrei a tal Cera a que ele se refere na sua érie de Vídeos...
Têem um Torno de Madeira, uma Fresa de Madeira, uma simples Serra de Madeira? Usem isto para trabalhar Latão e Alumínio!


Tap Magic Aluminum is the cutting fluid of choice for any work on aluminum (and other soft metals). Unlike some other fluids on soft metals, it will not stain the surface of the work. Precision is always excellent and the finish is always superb.

Eis um Instructable porreiro, que vos vai ensinar uma data de coisas sobre os Motores e as Rodas Dentadas do Brinquedo de Coinstrucção Knex, e do seu último produto, o Cyber Knex!

K'NEX Motor & Gear Guide

This instructable will be about the use of K'NEX Motors and gears. The last part will focus on a the K'NEX cyber system.
Summary of steps:
  1. Gear characteristics
  2. Some gear connections
  3. Motor characteristics
  4. Cyber K'NEX explained - Intro
  5. The Processor
  6. The Motors & Battery Packs
  7. The IR-Controller
I hope you will learn something about the different k'nex motors there are or see new gear connections.
! This Instructable is taking part in the K'NEX contest, Please vote for it if you like what you see !


E não haverá nada, que eu saiba, ao mesmo tempo mais fácil e barato que isto, um Quadracóptero feito em Lego!

Cheap flying Lego quadcopter

Ever needed an excuse to start building Lego again? Now is the time! Turns out Lego bricks can be used to build a perfect symmetrical frame for your quadcopter! And... it's super cheap.
I used Lego Technic because it has holes in the bricks. You can mount the motor's with tie wraps through the holes and it's an ideal weight reduction. For the motor's and flight controller I used parts from the famous Hubsan X4.


segunda-feira, 4 de maio de 2015

Façam uma mesa de Plasma CNC! E/ou uma Impressora 3D por menos de 200 dólares, cortar madeira em espiral, uma cadeira de rodas para Cães(!), Joalharia, e um abre-garrafas com um Prego!

CNC Plasma, oh, Yeah!

Podem fazer esta Mesa de corte por Plasma CNC, que vos abrirá um sem-fim de possibilidades, corta chapa de Metal, faz tudo o que uma mera cortadora Laser CNC não faz...

CNC Plasma Table
So , you've bought a plasma cutter and you wish you could accurately cut your designs in metal. Tracing lines by hand gives disappointing results and CNC Plasma tables are way out of your budget. Sound familiar? Well, that's what I thought anyway!
If you have not bought your plasma cutter yet - there are a few things to bear in mind!
  1. The cutter must have 'HF Start' (Cheap cutters sometimes use 'scratch start' where you have to touch the torch on to the metal to strike the arc. Sadly, these will not work with CNC, least not this one!)
  2. If you have the option (can afford it) buy one with 'Pilot Arc'. If the torch moves over a poorly conducting area of metal such as rust, paint or a hole, the arc can go out and it will stop cutting. A Pilot Arc, like the pilot light in your boiler re-lights the arc if it extinguishes. It means you can cut pretty much anything no matter how grotty the surface looks.
  3. If you can, go for a branded cutter. Hypertherm are probably the best - or at least best known. They will give you the best cut quality and cut thickness for a given quoted power (some of the cheaper ones are a bit optimistic with the quoted power and cut thickness!). I started with a cheap cutter (which was actually pretty good) then upgraded to a used Hypertherm 40A machine which was cheaper than a new 'no-brand' machine.
  4. Go for the highest power you can afford. My original 30A cutter claimed to be able to cut 12mm thick - but the most it could realistically cut was 6mm. My new 40A Hypertherm claims 19mm cut thickness - and can indeed cut it (not very tidily though). It will cut nicely at 12mm thickness though.
This plasma table has been designed to work with whatever plasma torch
you have whether hand-held or a full blown CNC Torch. The mounting plate has been designed to be adaptable as possible. You can either attach the torch with zip-ties or U Bolts depending on how often you need to take it off.

E, ou, podem também construír esta Impressora 3D por menos de 200 Dólares, o que é muito bom para as Finanças domésticas!

Building a 3D Printer Under 200$

Hello everyone
In this instructable I will show you how to make a 3d printer under 200$.
This 3D printer -Tower Simple XL, Maybe I should call it 3D printer of Sauron, lol.
This 3D printer have 6* 6* 6 Inches build volum and you can build it without any 3Dprint part.(*Laser cutting needed*)
You can follow my Twitter to get the latest information @AlmusYang.
If you like this instructable, please vote me on “3D Printing Contest” , comment and share this project with your friends who might like this instructable.
#10k views a day,it's awesome! "Place for filament roll" added on step 22 and step 23.

Eis uma habilidade bacana de Carpintaria, que bem pode ser convertida para o Plástico, cortem as vossas varetas em Espiral:

Spiral Cut a Wooden Dowel Using a Table Saw

My imagination was recently captured by an Instructable by a user named Seamster on how to build a wooden marble coaster. Since it looked like it was within range of my very limited woodworking abilities, I decided to attempt building one of my own. The only real sticking point was the spiral screw used to bring marbles to the top of the coaster.

Seamster used a Dremel to hand-carve the screw from a rounded piece of 2x4. I initially tried this with a store-bought wooden dowel, but quickly lost patience with the process (it turns out that I'm far lazier than I thought). I decided to see if I could figure out a faster way to carve out a wooden screw. I quickly hit upon a very simple method. This has probably been done before, but I'll document it here, just in case.
Step 1: Equipment and material
Picture of Equipment and material
The only woodworking equipment you will need to do this is:
- a table saw with a decent blade
- a miter gauge (pictured)
- a drill
- a suitable drill bit for your screws
- a clamp
- a screwdriver
- a pencil
...and that's it!

E para os nossos amigos de 4 patas, que podem ter perdido o uso dalguma delas, eis esta ideia meritória, uma Cadeira de Rodas para Animais!

Adaptable Wheelchair for handicapped Dogs
A few months ago we discovered Luisa, a handicapped puppy who was born without forelegs on the website of an animal protection organisation (www.pro-tier.de) and decided to build a 3D-printed wheelchair for her. In the meantime we finished the wheelchair and have adopted Luisa. This project is open-source and we want to give everybody the opportunity to help a handicapped animal with this instructable and the 3D-Files we uploaded with it.
The Wheelchair comes in two sizes (The bigger size consists of several parts, so that it can be printed on smaller printers as well) and is adjustable in every possible aspect (width, height,camber,...).
All printed parts were printed by my company (www.multec.de) on our biggest 3d printer (Multirap M420). Of course the files can be printed on any printer, as long as the print area is big enough.

Eis uma ideia que pode ser uma maneira impecável de arranjar Fundos para as vossas Engenhocas e Projectos, como fazerem cráchas, medalhões e o que quizerem, com este aspecto:

How To Make Pierce Work Jewelry

This is how to make jewelry items out of sheet metal with decorative holes. I will show you how to make a pin with the piece I cut out. There is almost no limit to what you can make with enough thought behind this process.
I am using a .80mm thick plate of sterling silver to demonstrate. I will be cutting out a rose design. I will be making this into a pin so I will need the clasp, hinge, & pin parts as well. I am also going to add color epoxy to this later on, you don’t need to do that. I will talk about finishes & other options later. Last but in no way least you need a design to cut out. I went to Google & looked for line art flowers to get my design.

E isto cai na Categoria da Magia de Cabeça e Mãos, como se faz um Abre-Garrafas só com um Prego, uma tábua, e um ímane de Neodímio:

Nail Bottle Opener

I've seen these nail bottle openers online, and thought I would make one. They are super simple, but still very interesting, it can basically be a block of wood and a nail. I also wanted mine to be a little bit smaller and look better.

For this project all I used was:

- Scrap 1x4
- Scrap Nail, I used the biggest one I could find laying around
- Neodymium Magnet
- Special Walnut Colored Stain
- Epoxy
- Shellac Finish
- Template
- Black Spray Paint

quinta-feira, 30 de abril de 2015

3D prá criançada! E MakerSpace, mais um Guia para o Engenhocas Empreendedor

Eis algo de encantador à Maneira Geek, um Site de Impressão 3D para as Crianças!

3D printing & Children

Sharing, discussion about 3D printing & Children

Poderão lá encontrar artigos como este, encontrado por Lam Lee :

Kids can now design and 3D print their own Mattel toys 
Alex Heber

“One of the best ways for children to learn is through play. Through this collaboration we can engage kids in design thinking and fuel their creativity with digital tools and toys that fit effortlessly into their everyday lives".


E a MakerFaire vai ter um espaço na Net só para nós, Engenhocas, o Makerspace, inscrevam-se:

MakerSpace.com is the online community from Make: and Maker Faire that connects makers to collaborate and share projects


Querem vender as vossas Maquinetas e Engenhocas, fazendo-se Empresários?
Ora eis como aprenderem tal Arte...

So You Want to Be a Hardware Entrepreneur?

Jon Christian

As Oculus Rift, Jawbone, and Spark have increased the stature of hardware startups over the past several years, a dizzying number of resources have sprung up to support new ventures. In the no-nonsense “Hardware Incubators, The Guide,” now available as an eBook, MakingSociety founder Mathilde Berchon sifts through the specific spaces now available to hardware entrepreneurs.


segunda-feira, 27 de abril de 2015

Inventarium na FIL

A Inventarium Science, que dá no duro pelos Inventores Portugueses, esteve presente no Festival IN - Inovação e Criatividade.

Na foto, da esquerda para a direita, a adorável, e incansável, Drª Cristina, esposa e braço direito do Presidente, a seguir, o Eng. Francisco Banha, da Gesbanha, o Eng. Fernando Lopes, o tal Presidente da Inventarium Science, o Eng. Cordovil, Vice-presidente da Inventarium, e o Inventor Francisco Pinto.

Várias personalidades ligadas à Inovação receberam este galardão, a Medalha de Mérito Científico e Criativo:

Tais como o Presidente Honorário da Inventarium Science, o grande Vitorino Moreira Fernandes, co-fundador da extinta APC a antiga Associação de Inventores, 

o Eng. João Marcelino do INPI, e autor de vários livros sobre Patentes.

 , e vinda da Hungria, Roxandra Pamukova, representante da Federação de inventores da Bulgária.

Estiveram expostas as Medalhas e Invenções de vários Inventores, dos quais espero material para aqui postar, e as minhas!

Da esquerda para a direita, da mais recente para a mais antiga: Medalhas de:
Ouro, para o meu Invento triosk, o Veículo quiosk para paraplégicos;
Prata para o BusStopper, aparelho para a paragem de números específicos de Transportes Públicos, para Cegos;
E outra de Prata, de Genebra, e de Bronze de Nuremberga, ambas para o meu primeiro Invento, o Desenhador de Elipses.
E também mais abaixo, a medalha de Homenagem Esportiva de São Paulo.

Duas Invenções, 

A Besta Nerf:


E o Canhão Gauss de Repetição:

Foi apenas um Primeiro Passo...