Ultra MegaMax Dominator (UMMD) 3D printer

new extruder carriage

has a nice write-up about building his Ultra MegaMax Dominator (aka UMMD) 3D printer:

Ultra MegaMax Dominator (aka UMMD) is my third 3D printer design/build.  I used much of what I learned from its predecessors, and tried a few experiments, resulting in a very high quality machine that produces very high quality prints.  Time will tell if it meets my reliability goals.

See the full post on Mark Rehorst’s blog.

3D printed stirling engine gas burner and flywheel

Stirling Engine

The 3D printed Stirling Engine with its new gas burner and heavier flywheel from Do It Yourself Gadgets:

Take a look at my upgraded Stirling Engine with its new gas burner and flywheel!
If you take a look at my previous post you’ll see how I built a 3D printed holder for my Stirling Engine kit. Since I needed a constant heat source I added a small gas burner salvaged from an old BBQ lighter and attached it to the engine.

See the full post on Do It Yourself Gadgets blog.

Check out the video after the break.

Creating custom 3D printed LED bar graphs


Glen Akins has a nice build log on his 3D printed LED bar graphs:

While building my zombie containment unit, I decided I wanted some LED displays or bar graphs to complement the containment status video running on the smaller secondary video monitor. Some other containment units used LED air pressure gauges from eBay. I wanted to achieve a similar look, but I also wanted my gauge to be software controllable so I could change the number of segments lit in response to events in the playback of the two videos. I decided it was time to build my own LED bar graphs.

More details at Glen’s blog.

Build your very own drink mixing robot

Yu Jiang Tham designed and built his own bartender robot named Bar Mixvah, that is available on Github:

I built a robot that mixes drinks named Bar Mixvah.  It utilizes an Arduino microcontroller switching a series of pumps via transistors on the physical layer, and the MEAN stack (MongoDB, Express.js, Angular.js, Node.js) and jQuery for the frontend and backend.  In this post, I’ll teach you how I made it.  You can follow along and build one just like it!

Check out Yu Jiang’s 3-part blog post here: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3.

3D scanning like a pro

3D scanning like a pro

Saulius Lukse writes, “Almost any sensor yields more interesting results if mounted on a moving platform. It’s time to mount TOF LIDAR on two precision rotary stages arranged for pan and tilt operation. Rig provides real-time position data along with distance to an obstacle. Using simple math we can calculate position in Cartesian coordinate system. Data is collected point by point to reconstruct 3D object model. After 3D reconstruction and colorizing in MeshLab I got amazing result of my room.”

More details at Kurokesu blog.

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Make Use of Your Drone Video with WebODM

If you ever watch the original Star Trek, Captain Kirk and crew spend a lot of time mapping new parts of the galaxy. In fact, at least one episode centered on them taking images of some new part of space. It might not be new, but if you have a drone, you probably have accumulated a lot of frames of aerial imagery from around your house (or wherever you fly).

WebODM allows you to create georeferenced maps, point clouds and textured 3D models from your drone footage. The software is really an integration and workflow manager for Open Drone Map, which does most of the heavy lifting.

Getting started with WebODM or Open Drone Map is simple since they provide preconfigured Docker images. You don’t have to worry about assembling a bunch of dependencies to make everything work. There are other mapping applications in use, too. You can see a comparison of five popular choices in the video below. WebODM isn’t complete yet, but they intend to include mission planning and integration with mobile apps.

We’ve seen other mapping drones, but this has a lot of features and potential for growth. If you are interested in what people do with maps like this, we talked about how it is changing agriculture, although that’s not the only use, of course.

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