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Zipitbot: Zipit based robot
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Tuesday, 22 February 2011 00:00

Authors: admin


Zipitbot robot uses some motors and a dsPIC microcontroller to move around. dsPIC board on top communicates with the Zipit over an I2C bus and client program is able to control the ZipitBot over a wifi link. There is also a USB webcam attached.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 February 2011 02:27
 
Printing … with science!
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Tuesday, 22 February 2011 00:00


The Science of Printing

The Science of Printing

There are two schools of thought when it comes to dialing in the best settings for a 3D printer.  The first is to start fiddling with Skeinforge, clicking buttons, changing numbers with wild abandon and print off a truckload of 20mm cubes.  The more rational way is to apply SCIENCE!  Recently there have been several Things uploaded to Thingiverse specifically designed to help you set the best feed and flow rates for your printer.

Read more: http://blog.makerbot.com/2011/02/16/printing-with-science/
Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 February 2011 01:20
 
3D Preview in your browser on Thingiverse!
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Tuesday, 22 February 2011 00:00

Tony Buser’s Thingiview.js is an in-browser 3D file viewer powered by WebGL.  If you have a WebGL-enabled browser, you can view 3D files in your browser almost as fast as viewing them with a desktop application.

Now, Thingiview.js is available on Thingiverse! Just look for the little  cube icon next to the thumbnails for any STL file.  For example:

Example of a Thingiview icon

As a bonus, and as shown above, you can embed Thingiviews into your own pages! Each Thingiview page has an “Embed This Thing” button, which gives you the HTML to copy-and-paste into your site. You can even customize the colors!

Thingiview embed code example

If your current web browser doesn’t support WebGL, you might want to try the latest Google Chrome, which has WebGL support built in, or check out the latest Firefox and Safari betas.

The ability to preview 3D files in-browser has been on our wishlist for a while so it is great to be able to get this feature into the hands of the citizens of Thingiverse!

Please keep in mind that Thingiview is an experimental feature. If you run into any files that don’t work, please let us know!

Read more: http://blog.makerbot.com/2011/02/17/thingiview-js-on-thingiverse/

Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 February 2011 02:14
 
Human-like Robot Heads by David Hanson
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Tuesday, 22 February 2011 00:00
Hanson Robotics Zeno Human-like Robot

Hanson Robotics Zeno Human-like Robot

Usually, human-like robots come from Japan or Korea, but Lately, Hanson Robotics (from the USA) has been working hard on producing remarkably accurate human-like heads for robots. These heads can express emotions through facial expressions, can talk and they even understand speech. The robots skin is made of  Frubber, a material they patented which is remarkably similar to human skin.


Although the uncanny valley is never very far when dealing with human-like robots, these heads are not as creepy as some others we saw in the past.

Below you can see Phillip, a reconstitution of writer Philip K. Dick.

imageRead more: IEEE Spectrum.



Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 February 2011 01:29
 
Ultimaker 3d printer goes Wireless
Written by Administrator   
Monday, 21 February 2011 02:32
Ultimaker 3d printer goes Wireless

A prototype brake out board for bluetooth. Designed to give the Ultimaker 3d printer a wireless connection. If you are thinking of using bluetooth on one of your projects this worth a read.

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