DIY ‘Solar Pocket Factory’ can 3D print a solar panel every 15 seconds

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Solar Pocket Factory

Two young inventors based in the Philippines, Shawn Frayne and Alex Hornstein, are taking their passion for clean free energy and developing a way to make it accessible and cheap for everyone. These guys are working hard to provide a product that could be used by practically anyone to make homemade solar panels. (Videos)



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Why the Tiny Home Movement May Not be So Tiny


Tiny Homes – Redefining the simple life

Futurist Thomas Frey: Most of us hate feeling cramped. We hate being stuck on a crowded plane, stuck in congested traffic, and wading through packed concert halls. We like to be able to stretch out, get casual, and relax, but we can’t do that when people are invading our space.



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Mini Metal Maker: A $1000 3D printer that prints metal


The Mini Metal Maker prints 3D objects from digital files directly in precious metal clay, rather than in plastic. Once these clay objects air-dry, they are fired in a kiln to produce beautiful solid metal objects of high purity and precision. Using metal clay essentially replaces the entire wax-casting or lost-wax process ordinarily needed to do this. The Mini Metal Maker will add new capability for the DIY inventor or artist by making fabrication in metal easy and direct. It will be a boon for anyone interested in creating their own gears, miniature mechanisms, or printing detailed jewelry or metal ornaments. The Mini Metal Maker is built around the concept of using the minimum number of parts, reducing the cost to produce and also eliminating many chances for error during assembly.



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Make’s Roundup of DIY Radiation Detectors

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It may not be pretty but it gets the job done!

John Baichtal says: “MAKE’s interview with hardware hacker Akiba highlighted a fascinating trend: individuals and small groups taking their safety into their own hands by creating, modifying, and networking radiation detectors, a.k.a. Geiger counters, rather than relying on governments for information…

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Spider Boy Scales Walls Using Recycled Vacuum Cleaners


Spider Boy

Hibiki Kono had a dream — he wanted to be like his hero, Spiderman. Most little kids would have their parents buy them a costume that they could wear to school. Not Kono — the 13 year-old set to work making his dream a reality. He’s used two 1,400-watt recycled vacuum cleaners and a little bit of elbow grease to make a machine that allows him to scale walls — just like his spindly hero! (Video and pics)


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Homemade Snowmobiles

One Kick Ass Snow Sliding Contraption

You may be done thinking about snow, but English Russia has a gallery of snowmobiles made from scrap and repurposed materials.  The one above is arguably the most awesome:

This bulky machine constructed by one enthusiast retiree from the Russian city of Kirov is powered by the old Yamaha motorcycle engine and is entirely made of scrap….

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Build a Vortex Cannon

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If you’ve been sitting around all week wondering how you could combine smoke, speakers, and a love of novel physics experiments into an excuse to tinker in your workshop this weekend, building a smoke-shooting vortex cannon should cover everything nicely.

Over at Make, the DIY-centric magazine, they’ve put together a video tutorial on how to build your own vortex cannons. The first cannon is essentially a super size version of the DIY Airzooka  just bigger is better! The second model they create, however, is powered not by an elastic membrane stretched across the back of the tube, but by the kick of a big speaker.

Check out the video after the jump to see the construction of the vortex cannon and the cannons in action…

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