Category Archives: Cheap

Make molds for metal with Silicone

The author has a pretty detailed video on the steps he took.  Overall is a pretty nice build.  Not so sure where I would get a “pressure chamber” thought to get rid of air bubbles like he did. Silicone Molds … Continue reading

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Converting handwritten notes with OCR

I never thought about OneNote being a good OCR (Object Character Recognization) tool.  But apparently it is.  And best part, its free.  Some of the other ones in the article are note. http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/convert-handwriting-text-ocr/

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I actually like the design over the story

Interesting story how the author goves over some expenses and issues when building hardware with a short delivery time.  Overall I like the build itself too. Rushing the Design and Construction of LED Centerpieces

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Turn a Dremel into a simple centrifuge

I am a little leery about a tube slipping out and shattering somewhere.  But overall the concept is pretty good.  Cheap build too. https://www.instructables.com/id/3D-Printed-Dremel-Centrifuge/

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Another automated turret build

This one is a bit interesting since it seems to shoot bursts out instead of single shots.  The difference from past ones is no arduino involved (RPi and a hat for motor control), and no laptop to do image processing/etc. … Continue reading

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Pretty simple 2D CNC arm

Basically a simple plotter.  This one is a nice build cause you can move it around and it seems to cover a full 8×11 sheet of paper.  Could be worth checking out someday to build myself.  Oh uses an arduino … Continue reading

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Nice cable holder build

I like this build, only issue is I do not fully understand how the author attached it to the table, since it looks like its in mid air. https://www.instructables.com/id/Wire-Organizer-1/

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Convert a Fire Tablet to be more stock Android

Interesting set of tips on how to convert one to be more stock android without killing off athe Amazon extras. https://www.howtogeek.com/270382/how-to-make-the-amazon-fire-tablet-more-like-stock-android/

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Make a kid hovercraft

Cute build.  Pretty straight forward as well, just a bit time consuming. https://www.instructables.com/id/Hoverboard-1/

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Nice build for a motorized lazy susan

Pretty neat hack to convert a Lazy susan to be motorized.  Cheap too…well except the motor… https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2466993

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