Category Archives: construction

Electric Trading Company

that sells used motors from A/C units, refrigerators, and so forth? It’s called Electric Trading Company, and the URL is blowerwheel.com.
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Tinsel Trading Company

LEah Buechley sent a note about Tinsel Trading Company: “I got a lovely package from Tinsel Trading company today & this reminded me to email you about them. They’re on 38th St in manhattan & they have an amazing cache of vintage metal fabrics, threads, & trimmings, many breathtaking.
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RepRap and Using Friendly Plastic

The RapRep project is an open-source rapid prototyper. Seems like a very nifty thing to build in one’s (well-equipped) basement. Continue reading

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BatchPCB and OpenCircuits

Sparkfun has started two new spin-off sites recently, BatchPCB and OpenCircuits…. It’s slower than other PCB fab sites, because they manufacture them in batches, but it’s one of the cheapest I’ve seen.
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D.Tools

D-Tools is Stanford Design School’s entry into the microcontroller module market. D-tools is based on the Atmel microcontrollers, like Wiring and Arduino.
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Make your own OLEDs

Dan Mikesell sent this link to a site explaining how to make your own organic LEDs (OLEDs).
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Toaster Oven Soldering

So we tried a few experiments in toaster oven soldering this weekend, and had limited success. In the end, it was easier to do the job with a soldering iron, because our surface mount chips were fairly big. But here’s a few tutorials on others’ attempts at it
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