Category Archives: Projects
Makeathon 0.0 – Commander Keen Paddle Wars!
Team FamiLAB has been hard at work planning, shopping, and prototyping their interactive game for the Maker Effect Foundation’s Makeathon 0.0. The event is a charity ‘makeathon’ much like a walkathon but with making, caffeine, and friendly competition. We’ve already raised the minimum to compete, but if you’d like to help support the foundation’s efforts in the maker community please donate to our team at: https://www.classy.org/team/240126 We made a video introducing the team, and posted our plan — granted, the plan was a thumb dancing to the Commander Keen theme. […]
Wood CNC Fun
The local chapter for Gliding Stars is having a annual show May 2019. Using a Space Theme we needed an astronaut, Saturn, Moon, the sun, a satellite, and a rocket. Using foam board, the outlines were cut using a ¼ drill bit. Thanks to Mechalich, I was schooled once again on the Wood CNC machine. This project had me ready to throw the CNC out the door! Side note, keep using machine regularly to retain skills. V Carve Settings: One problem I had was that it was not cutting into […]
Building a Remote Control Lawn Mower
Every since the movie ‘Honey I shrunk the Kids’ I’ve wanted a remote control lawnmower. Even more so during July in Florida when the temperature and humidity compete for the high point. I always thought about it but never moved on it until a friend gave me a half finished project before he moved out of state. I’m not sure what he was going to build but he kept all the suspension for from the Jazzy mobility scooter (that’s my best guess as to where these parts came from). Since […]
Making a Power Wheels Racer at FamiLAB!
For this year’s Maker Faire Orlando, I decided to make a power wheels racer. It was an amazing adventure that anyone who can, should absolutely participate in! Keep scrolling to see a photo log of how it was made and photos from the event! If you have any questions about what was done or how it was done, feel free to ask in the comment section at the end of the post.
Last Minute Eclipse Viewer
So it’s the day before the eclipse, Amazon is out of stock on certified sun viewing glasses, but you still want to see the sun? Don’t try your sunglasses and hope for the best! You can make a pinhole viewer with stuff you have around the house, and see the eclipse without risking your sight. In these directions, I’ve used a handy cereal box, but any opaque box that you can cut into will do. (A Pringles tube would work great!) First, cut a hole in one end of the […]
Ikea Storage Rack Hack
Inspired by Adam Savage’s shop organization (As seen on Tested) I have been using these Stanley organizers for a while now for organizing my hardware, cutting tools, electronics, and robot parts, but they’re always had a fatal flaw; While they stack well, it’s really tough to get to the second-from-the-bottom one without removing the entire stack above it. I was thinking about making a rack out of wood, and while an elegant solution it would have cost $70 in materials and a whole weekend to make. I needed to […]
Machining Things With the HAAS
Here’s a quick demo video of FamiLAB’s HAAS VF-1 CNC Mill chewing up some aluminum for fun. If you would like to learn more about this machine and all of the other neat tools at the FamiLAB metal shop: Come out to the Open House on the first Tuesday of the month. Attend a Machine Shop night on Fridays after 6. Attend a Machine Shop 101 class, usually held once monthly. Join the lab and spend some quality time in the shop! Attend a Fusion 360 Class and learn how […]
3D Printed Stir Plate
One of the best parts of having a membership to Familab is the access to all of the awesome tools! As a homebrewer of craft beers, I found myself in need of a stir plate. Rather than purchasing one I wanted to make my own using whatever I already had on hand. I found this really cool and detailed build at http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:1887399. The details of the build gives you links to everything you need to build one. I, however, was able to find all of the parts I needed laying around […]
Chair-mounted Desk and Joystick
I play Star Citizen a lot. ( It’s a new space-sim online multiplayer game still in alpha with six degrees of freedom when piloting space craft and fully simulated Newtonian physics. It’s being made by Chris Roberts, the creator of Wing Commander. Check it out if you’re into that sort of thing. ) You can play it with just a keyboard and mouse, but other controls are much more fun and immersive. I needed a more ergonomic solution to using my Joystick and Throttle. Leaning over my desk wasn’t comfortable and […]