It's definitely out of season but I had a request from someone for the svg files for the Fett and the Clone snowflakes which made me realise I never actually posted them. As the 365 blog finishes in Oct I guess I should post them now. (svg here)
This is a vertical lift for a rube goldberg machine that Nottinghack will be assembling shortly. Working in much the same way as the gauss guns this turns all the motion vertical. Each stage is placed just far enough so that the ball still reaches it and triggers the next stage. 4 Stages lift the motion 1m up into the air. Video after the break
Many people came through the Nottinghack tent looking to borrow tools or materials but these guys really stuck with it and decided to make their whole thing with us. When they asked if I had something pulley like I suggested we laser cut the whole deal. I wish I had a video of the final item but hopefully someone can link me over to it.
They were using an app on an I phone that could calculate the distance to a laser dot. They built this turret which would turn the laser dot and the iphone together and shine about waist height. The Iphone fed data back to a laptop which played a note based upon the distance. It worked really well and was very cool when people gathered around it to see what they were doing creating a tune (or at least a not that irritating noise)
The guys setting up the big sky writing signs for the weekend wanted to place a shadow caster in front of the beam and project their logos up onto the clouds. The first port of call was obviously the batman sign and they came to Nottinghack to see if we could laser the appropriate gobo. I made them a rather fetching sign but turns out they couldn't get their lights to focus into a single beam so no luck with it. Keep an eye out for EMF 2014 though, the suggestion was to cut logos to demand and get them up in the clouds for 30 minutes a time.
I went to EMF Camp at the weekend and we took our laser cutter along so I ended up making a few things while I was in the field. Sadly I couldn't find my camera cable so I couldn't blog from the field but I can add them for you now. KateMonkey wanted something a bit more solid to for the body of her Nyan Cat so she supplied the files for the outline and I laser cut one out of mdf for her. It was then placed at the top of a 10ft pole and we got to wave it around maniacally. (svg here)