I'm a returning member, but I have to say my hiatus was much longer than my initial stint with the group. I've decided to join back up because I have so many ideas bouncing around my head and most of them require expertise I'm currently lacking... and I really missed working with other folks. Anyway, here's my list of current projects/ideas if anyone is interested in weighing in or helping with the builds.
RepRap - Nearly finished but I still have the z-axis lead-screws, wiring and print bed to finish.
One-Wheeled Self-Balancing Vehicle - Early design stage. A one-wheeled vehicle similar to the Orbis concept but based on the Focus Design SBU V3. Uses the Golden Motors Magic Pie 2 hub motor with an Arduino. I need help figuring out how to run the motor with the Arduino.
Small Foundry - Final stages. I made a small foundry out of a large holiday popcorn tin, perlite and refractory cement. Fires really well with propane, just needs some final tweaks like a better blower, waste oil feed, and a good crucible. Need pointers on sand casting, too.
Raspberry Pi in-car theater system with arcade emulator - Design stages. Uses a micro-projector and a pull-down screen in the back of a hatchback. Might have an issue with lumens during the day, but at night.... sweet.
CNC Plasma Cutter - Because why not? Should be simple enough using EZCNC stepper drivers, a laptop and Mach 3.
Locost 7 kit car - Who never wanted to build their very own car? I have all the plans and instructions. Or I might just order the Factory Five Roadster kit, either way anyone that wants to can be part of it.
A Hovercraft - "It's the wave of the future."... And no brakes!
A mini-buggy - I have the plans and the motor, but I'm seriously lacking in time.
A Yurt/Gert made from recycled billboard vinyl for 3rd world countries and emergency shelters -I found a local dealer of recycled billboard vinyl, and not too badly priced. Need to find a good insulation material, unless I intend it as a 3 season shelter. Summers might get hot if I can't get white vinyl. May look into a pex based in-floor heat system using small solar panels and a backup stove.
The Entire Dave Gingery Workshop - I have all of his books to make the tools. I'll even loan them out if you're interested.
Electric Powered Paraglider - I want to try and build one for half the cost of the commercially available gas ones. I'd buy the wing, of course. Shooting for a total weight of around 60lbs.
Savonius style wind generator - I'd like to rig a small trailer with this mounted on top to create a small portable power system. I've seen it done with solar panels, but I think wind power would make a good demo.
That's my list of current projects/ideas if anyone is interested in working on any of these, let me know. I'll hunt around the forum and see if there are any similar projects but I thought I'd toss these out there.
Edit: Because I added some stuff.
Glad to be back,
Last edited by Gyvven
on Wed Dec 05, 2012 4:14 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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