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Epilog Laser contest

Postby jmengel » Fri Mar 06, 2009 9:48 am

I am sure many of you participate on or have heard of http://www.instructables.com, a website for sharing DIY and maker-type projects.

They have held several contests over the past few years for a variety of prizes (some of which I have won. w00t!), including several Epilog desktop laser cutters. I have been jonesing for one of these laser cutters but have come up short every time. These big-time contests are being won by two kinds of folks. 1. Individuals who have been working on an incredible project for years and now take the time to write it up for the contest, and 2. Groups like TCMakers who get together and complete an amazing project working together. For example, the last winners were a group out of San Francisco who have built a wood-gas powered car and sell a gassifier kit based on the years of work put into the project.

http://www.instructables.com/id/Convert_your_Honda_Accord_to_run_on_trash/

Link to current laser cutter contest.

http://www.instructables.com/contest/epilogchallenge/

I propose that we pool our know how and ideas to make an entry, with the idea that the prize would be property of the group if we win. The deadline is April 19th, so we need to get our act together. The subject is wide open, but some kind of "green" aspect is required which could be a simple as using recycled parts. I have some ideas that we could try but I am not sure they have the zing or scope required to capture the imagination and votes of the public and the judges.

For example, a food dehydrator built into a forced-air furnace register. Not sexy or difficult enough to win I think, but we can enter multiple times.

For example, a thermoelectric balaclava cell phone charger for MN winters. Has some zing but practicality may be questionable due to power output being in the mW range.

Any interest?

-Jon

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Re: Epilog Laser contest

Postby metis » Fri Mar 06, 2009 11:08 am

we were talking about putting the spoonapult in for this since the majority of the materials for it were reclaimed stuff we had around..... although we've ended up buying epoxy, rope, metal and a cutting board.

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Re: Epilog Laser contest

Postby Theo » Fri Mar 06, 2009 11:27 am

metis wrote:we were talking about putting the spoonapult in for this since the majority of the materials for it were reclaimed stuff we had around
Um... yeah, we were talking about it, but c'mon. Do you honestly, pragmatically think there's the slightest chance that our little spoonapult could win us a $7K laser on the merits of its "green"-ness? Think of it in terms of grant-writing. What practical use does it serve? What problem does it solve? Is it, in any way, a better mousetrap?

Don't take this to mean I'm cutting it down, mind, because I'm not. It has significant worth to us, as a starting point for building a working group with diversified talents, both technical and artistic. It's a creative inspiration. It's fun. It will attract folks' attention and make them smile. It inherently, visually places us on the map. It will fit right in on Make Day at the Science Museum.

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Re: Epilog Laser contest

Postby metis » Fri Mar 06, 2009 1:46 pm

they only want to see a green twist, not that the design is fully sustainable.

reusing scrap is quite green :P

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Re: Epilog Laser contest

Postby Nicholas Lee » Fri Mar 06, 2009 1:57 pm

i think seed-bombing (with compostable cheries filled with seeds?) is still a good idea.
nothing greener than making MORE green right?

guerilla gardening, spoonapult style?

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Re: Epilog Laser contest

Postby metis » Fri Mar 06, 2009 3:09 pm

we can add it to the list of things to do saturday...

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Re: Epilog Laser contest

Postby paulsobczak » Fri Mar 06, 2009 4:38 pm

guerilla gardening!!!!

Spoon-a-pult + This + this

wouldn't that be awesome?

I wonder if it could be done somehow, where the moss payload would explode in a pattern. (perhaps a pattern isn't needed)

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Re: Epilog Laser contest

Postby metis » Fri Mar 06, 2009 5:16 pm

sure, just have it roll out... probably easier to do with seed laced hand made paper with some rolled pieces of thin corn plastic....

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Re: Epilog Laser contest

Postby Theo » Fri Mar 06, 2009 5:20 pm

I want to keep the cherry form intact, though. Cherry bombs! Maybe beet dye?

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Re: Epilog Laser contest

Postby metis » Fri Mar 06, 2009 5:44 pm

it'll have to be roundish if it's rolled up...


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