Tag: Projects

Adventures in Rapid Prototyping: Banner Stand

by on Apr.17, 2012, under Projects, Prusa

We have a banner stand that is starting to fail at work. The plastic collar is starting to crack. Rather than simply replacing the whole stand, I figured I could make a quick replacement clamp. 10 minutes later thanks to TinkerCAD we have our replacement part model.

3D model for the replacement clamp

Once the stand was disassembled, I ¬†switched out and replaced the collar. It’s a bit brighter than the stock part, but the stand is repaired!

Replacement rod clamp for collapsible banner stand

Once I saw how easy it was to create models in TinkerCad, I decided to get caught up with some of our other needs. This is a replacement clip for a hanging banner.

TinkerCad render of the replacement banner clip model

The original clip slides into a channel, the replacement slid right in!

Replacement clip for a hanging banner

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A Very Maker 3D Valentines Day

by on Feb.13, 2012, under Projects, Prusa

I’ve been wanting to print some of the geared items on Thingiverse for a while. With Valentines day coming up it seemed like an excellent opportunity to try out the Screwless Heart Gears by Thingiverse user Emmett. After reading the assembly instructions the heart came together quite nicely with the help of a hot air gun to help let the printed pins slide in easily.

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Memphis Area Hackerspace working to restore 1981 Ms. Pacman arcade cabinet

by on Jan.12, 2011, under Electronics, Projects

A week ago we saw a good condition non-working Ms. Pacman arcade cabinet come across craigslist. After some frenzied emails we had an appointment to pick up the machine. Claudio and I went out and purchased it and donated it to the group. Sonny offered up to take a look at the machine for us, found a prom that wasn’t acting right, so he borrowed a replacement part and low and behold! It WORKS! So now our task is to secure our own replacement part and work on getting the video sorted out. The display has some pretty bad burn in, but it’s playable. We still need to tweak the color a bit. The art and the marquee are going to need some work too. But we’re going to keep working to make it functional and we have some plans down the road to add more functionality! Wiki Project page for this project. Here are some pictures:

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