New product: sponge rubber cord

We added a new small product to our product range: sponge rubber rectangular cord 5x5mm for MakerBeam (10x10mm), article number 104454. The rubber cord can be used to create surface protection. Or protection for something else like a tablet, see the tablet stand below.

The cord only barely fits the T-slot of MakerBeam (10x10mm). Part of the rubber will stick out and create a cushioning band.

The sponge rubber can be easily cut into the desired custom lengths. You have to stretch the rubber somewhat to fit the T-slot, see pictures.

The 5x5mm cord will only fit the MakerBeam (10x10mm) like this. We are working to introduce an alternative for MakerBeamXL and OpenBeam shortly.

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Ultimaker dust cover

Vincent Mensink of Studio Mensink is a regular customer. He works on product design and special props and effects. He has to come up with ingenious constructions to make these designs work. He loves MakerBeam (10x10mm), MakerBeamXL (15x15mm) and OpenBeam, especially the profiles anodised in black.

MakerBeam is used a lot in combination with items that are ready available and custom 3D printed items. To create these custom 3D printed parts he has a few Ultimakers lined up.

You will notice the dust covers on these Ultimakers. These covers were especially designed by Vincent to fit the Ultimaker. You can find the special designed brackets and the bill of materials on Thingiverse. You can also find the bill of materials below.

Dust cover designed for the Ultimaker 2+

The Acrylic lasercut plates slide into the MakerBeam frame.
The 3D printed brackets lock the cover into place.

Part list:
MakerBeam (10x10mm)
• 4x 200mm (b: 100090, c: 100180)
• 7x 300mm (b: 100102, c: 100191)
• 8x corner cube (b: 100988, c: 100270)
• 8x T-slot nut (101619)
• 8x M3 6mm bolts (100359)

Laser cut:
• 1x Top-300,56mm x 300,56mm (2mm acrylic)
• 4x Side-200,56mm x 300,56mm (2mm acrylic)

3D print:
• 4x DustCover Bracket (3 walls/100%fill)

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“Ryzen” PC with MakerBeam

On PCPARTPICKER.COM spawn01 shows the PC case he built himself. For the framework he used MakerBeam.

You can read more on PCPARTPICKER.COM, click here. Below are a few more pictures of the build.

And the last few pictures are from the start of the build with MakerBeam the most visible (click here to go to our website).

spawn01 ends his entry about the build that it is a great DIY project to take on. We could not agree more.

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Coupe de Robotique France

Good news for the team of Les Karibous (@LesKaribous). The Coupe de Robotique France finally could take place. It was already scheduled for 2020 but like with almost everything else it was rescheduled because of Covid19 restrictions.

The team of Les Karibous were awarded a jury prize. You can see part of the team pictured here above. For transportation purposes they built a special box. The box was equipped with light and sound effects so it could double as a good display case as well.

Below you can see the robots of Les Karibous in action during the competition.

For more information about the robots please visit the Twitter accounts of @LesKaribous and @barbatronic (French). For more information about the competition please visit Coupe de Robotique France.

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MakerBeam in the workshop: Simone Giertz

Still from: Building a Musical Instrument Out of Teeth

A lot of customers buy MakerBeam with a certain project in mind. Which is good, but MakerBeam is also quite handy to have around. Simone Giertz, inventor and youtuber, makes this clear in her video.

Still from: Building a Musical Instrument Out of Teeth

In this video Simone builds a musical instrument. She combines a number of teeth with a keyboard in order to create music. During the process she uses MakerBeam for a temporary framework to test opening and closing of the teeth.

Stills from: Building a Musical Instrument Out of Teeth.

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The Prophets – sculptures

Nicolas Sassoon is an artist based in Vancouver BC Canada. He makes use of early computer imaging techniques to render visions of architectures, landscapes and natural forces. Nicolas often uses MakerBeam to present his work.
The featured sculptures are part of a body of work titled “The Prophets”.

The Prophets is an on-going series of sculptures as poetic interfaces between computer technology and geological forces. Composed of small pumice boulders (volcanic rock) connected to LCD panels, the sculptures recall traditional viewing stones (Gongshi, Suiseki) from which electronic hardware and screens emerge to form heads and figures. The LCD screens feature pixelated animations evocative of flowing lava, suggesting a magmatic life silently contained within the stones. In The Prophets, technology becomes a vessel through which inert rocks appear to express another state of existence – a volcanic unrest hinting back at their chaotic origins. The sculptures bring about a singular experience, recounting a partial history of our relation with matter — a speculative geology of our digital condition rooted in volcanological processes and speaking to the connections between organic and inorganic materials.

Visit nicolassassoon.com for more information and more of Nicholas his work. Below are a few more picutures of his work.

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Micro Mars Rover

On Hackaday Ryan Kinnett introduced his micro Rover. It is modeled after the Mars rover designs. With Perseverance now on Mars a nice project to showcase here.

The suspension system modeled after JPL’s Mars rover designs was developed as a test platform for various control schemes. If you want to read and learn more please visit the page on Hackaday. Here is a link.

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Evan and Katelyn – Underwater Live Stream

Evan and Katelyn attempted the first fully underwater live stream and used MakerBeam to frame all their electronic equipment. The cube with equipment was placed in a waterproof casing so they could use it for their underwater live stream.

Evan and Katelyn love to make things and make a new video each week. In the video showcased here they attempt to make the first full underwater live stream. To hold all the electronic equipment they use MakerBeam (from 16:41). The MakerBeam framework with the camera, a screen and other electronics goes into a waterproof seethrough cube. Have fun watching!

Evan and Katelyn use MakerBeam to frame their electronics

MakerBeam is introduced as cute next to a bigger profile. Here are some pictures taken from the same video.

Naturally we agree, but MakerBeam is also very useful as you can see in the next few pictures.

All the electronics could be fitted nicely in the waterproof box and still be very portable.

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Voron 3D printer

Yesterday and today saw an influx of customers ordering 200mm and 100mm MakerBeamXL. Usually this means there is a project featured somewhere using these lengths. We searched the internet but could not find the project. We asked some customers and soon got the reply. VORONDESIGN is launching a new design of their 3D printer. The BOM and other information will be available soon. You can watch the video of the preview here.

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