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The Treadmill Bike

The Treadmill Bike

The Treadmill Bike by Bicycle Forrest is cracking me up. Yes, it’s a viral video to ever so subtly introduce you to their Bicycle CAD software, but that’s not going to stop me from writing about it. Besides the fact that there’s CAD software geared towards building bikes, which is cool by itself, I think it’s great that they had an itch and decided to build a treadmill/bike mashup to scratch it.

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CNC Milling a Mobius strip

CNC Milling a Mobius strip

This video shows the manufacture of one of three 2011 MobiPrize awards, designed by a firm called rvtr. The MobiPrize “recognizes enterprises that demonstrate innovative and replicable solutions to local and global transportation challenges.” The award itself features a prominent Mobius strip motif, which is machined out of a piece of recycled aluminum on a 5-axis mill.

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Choosing Fasteners for 3D Printed Parts – Part 4

Choosing Fasteners for 3D Printed Parts – Part 4

Earlier this month, we linked out to the first three posts in the I Heart Robotics team’s ongoing series about choosing hardware for the fused-filament parts that come off your RepRap-type 3D printer. On Sunday, they published the fourth installment, this time focusing on the best way to make a rotating pin joint between two printed beams.

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Fab Academy and “How To Make Something That Makes (Almost) Anything” Are a Wrap

Fab Academy and “How To Make Something That Makes (Almost) Anything” Are a Wrap

The third year of the Fab Academy wrapped up last week, with the 70 odd students giving their final project presentations at 13 Fab Labs scattered around the world. The Fab Academy is a distributed education platform built on top of the Fab Lab network; at the core is a curriculum of weekly projects and […]

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Re-Blowmolding Turns Pop Bottles Into Piggy Banks

Re-Blowmolding Turns Pop Bottles Into Piggy Banks

[viddler id=1409630 w=580 h=330]   In this video from Core77, designer Taylor McKenzie-Veal uses a toaster, a two-part wooden mold, and a bit of compressed air to turn an empty sports drink bottle into a plastic piggy bank.  So much win.  [via adafruit] This Little Piggy — Taylor McKenzie-Veal Design More:Homemade Blow-Molding Gun

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Jeffrey Lipton of Fab@Home on 3D Printing

Jeffrey Lipton of Fab@Home demonstrates their 3D printing system at Maker Faire Bay Area 2011. This open source personal manufacturing machine can print with many different materials from plastic to cookie dough. When used in a classroom, Fab@Home furthers STEM education by making students comfortable with the software, hardware, fabrication, and materials.

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