- Inside a Flexible Circuit Board Factory in China (YouTube)
- Measurement of Galactic Neutral Hydrogen in Noisy Urban Environment Using Kitchenware
- Estimating the Nuclear Yield of the Davy Crockett Weapon
- A magnificent marble clock (YouTube): Pt 1, Pt 2
- John Cage – 4′ 33” Death Metal Cover by Dead Territory
- Understanding Quake’s Fast Inverse Square Root
- J. Kenji López-Alt looks at baked pasta made with soaking instead of boiling
- A Celebrity in Every Taxi: An oral history of NYC’s talking taxi program
- From Sky and Telescope: Hobby Killers: What telescopes not to buy
- Seeing the World through Your Eyes: Full scene reconstruction from eye reflections
- Scopin Sans: An open source typeface that renders text like serial data viewed on an oscilloscope
- A brief history of Nervous System’s puzzles
- McDonald’s Puppets teach how to cook Chicken McNuggets in in 1983 Training Video, via Laughing Squid
- From Lettering Guides to CNC Plotters: A Brief History of Technical Lettering Tools
- SparkFun now sells a Debugging Duck
- Trains designed to automatically break down, with hackers to the rescue.
Tiny product update: A new version of the pen holder for AxiDraw, with slots for quick adjustment between the vertical and 45 degree angle positions.
- Space Elevator (Also, from the same site: Password game)
- The Amazing Story of How Philly Cheesesteaks Became Huge in Lahore, Pakistan
- Early computer art in the 50’s & 60’s
- Maryland License Plates Advertising Filipino Casino
- My Benihana, Myself
- How much does animation cost? A price guide
- Cats apparently recognize their names
- A rubber block that can count
- SmarterEveryDay takes a tour of a Progressive die stamping facility (YouTube)
- From back in 2018: DOOMBA: Automatically generate DOOM level maps for your house from Roomba tracking data
- The mystery of the Bloomfield bridge
We’re pleased to note the release of AxiDraw software version 3.9 this week, with a couple of neat new features. One of them is that the “preview mode” button — which lets you simulate plotting to see how the results will come out — is now accessible no matter which function is selected. The other, the big one, is that AxiDraw now supports hidden-line removal as a standard feature.
There’s a full changelog up on GitHub, which also notes a few new features for users of the AxiDraw CLI (command-line interface) and AxiDraw Python library, including the ability to resume a plot a little before where it was paused.
But, let’s talk more about hidden-line removal.
Continue reading Hidden line removal for AxiDraw
- The CRUMB Circuit Simulator, a breadboard simulator
- Deep Fried Coffee Beans
- Conserve the Sound: “Your Museum for endangered sounds.”
- Furby source code
- What is the price of a Big Mac across the country?
- Floppy disk costumes for SD cards
- De visdeurbel (Fish Doorbell; Dutch language.) When a fish in the canals needs the lock opened, you can send the lock keeper a photo to let them know.
- Near infrared, in situ imaging of chips: An inexpensive method to see inside certain types of integrated circuits.
- An Aperiodic Monotile, and a talk about it, from the National Museum of Mathematics.
- The Tabloid Programming languate, and an implementation in Racket.
- The Electronics Flea Market returns to Silicon Valley this weekend.
Earlier this year, I wrote about my then-forthcoming book, Open Circuits: The Inner Beauty of Electronic Components, co-written with our regular collaborator Eric Schlaepfer.
Open Circuits is a coffee table book full of close-up and cross-section photographs of everyday electronic components. And, it’s now shipping! As of today, it’s available in hardcover from your local bookstore, as well as to purchase online and in electronic versions.
We also just launched a new website for the book, with links of where you can purchase it as well as lengthy galleries of images from the book and of outake photos.
I’m very pleased to announce my forthcoming new book, Open Circuits: The Inner Beauty of Electronic Components, co-written with Eric Schlaepfer.
Open Circuits is a coffee table book full of cross-section photographs of electronic components, along with photos of those components in context, and descriptions of how they work. It’s coming this fall from No Starch Press, and is available now to pre-order.
From the rear cover:
Open Circuits is a photographic exploration of the surprisingly beautiful design waiting to be discovered inside everyday electronic devices. Through painstakingly prepared cross-sections and stunningly vivid close-up images, the book reveals a hidden world full of elegance, subtle complexity, and wonder. From simple resistors and capacitors, to cutting-edge circuit boards and retro Nixie tubes, the authors’ arresting imagery transforms more than 130 electronic components into awe-inspiring works of art that will delight engineers, artists, designers, and photography enthusiasts alike.
Open Circuits is coming this fall in hardcover, and is available now with a pre-order discount and early-access PDF from No Starch Press.
- Inkarnate: RPG-oriented map building tool. (Via Elecia White)
- Unisexual salamanders perform kleptogenesis, stealing other species sperm packets
- Larson Camouflage is a pioneer in cell tower disguises
- Fossilized reefs in the Nevada Desert
- Ten years after the original, a new 555 Contest from Hackaday
- Dekay King’s Innovative Shop Furniture
- TinyNES: Classic NES games on open source hardware
- Animated Reconstruction of the 1915 Ford Model T Assembly Line
- Was NASA’s Historic Leader James Webb a Bigot?
- Using a Sharpie can make gummy metals easier to cut. And we’re learning why.
- Online Digi-Comp II emulator (via The Computer Museum)
- Analyzing Solorigate from the Microsoft Security blog
- Exploring with Microscopes + Drones: San Rafael Bay, part of a new video series by Ariel Waldman
- The story of a community cannery in Portland, Oregon
- Quickly Sketch Escher-type Repeats Using Inkscape
- Pompeiian snack bar with guard dog excavated
- Reverse Engineering the source code of the BioNTech/Pfizer SARS-CoV-2 Vaccine
- The Fighter Plane That Shot Itself Down
- Desktop Wind Tunnel (via The Prepared)
- Monitoring municipal water quality with clams
- A green flash while observing Jupiter at SpaceWeather
- CMYK Embroidery
Today we are introducing a major refresh of the smallest member of the AxiDraw family of pen plotters: the new AxiDraw MiniKit 2. The AxiDraw MiniKit 2 is our special compact DIY-kit version of the AxiDraw lineup.
Versus the original AxiDraw MiniKit, the MiniKit 2 has been redesigned for easier assembly, better precision, and higher performance. The key change is that the long linear rail that forms the base of the machine — a custom aluminum extrusion in the original — has been replaced with a solid bar of 6061-T6 aluminum, machined in the same precision process as our top-of-the-line AxiDraw SE/A3, and then anodized to a satin-silver finish. This change simplifies a number of the assembly steps, but more importantly has a cleaner overall look and tighter manufacturing tolerances for improved precision.
We’ve taken great care in designing a kit that is rewarding to build, own, and use.
The new version is also heavier than the old one, which helps it to stay stable on your desk at higher speeds and gives it a small boost in effective speed, in addition to the upgrades in precision. Small but sturdy, The MiniKit 2 is built with machined parts, just one custom aluminum extrusion now, attention to detail, and care.