Deskbreeze on Kickstarter

Deskbreeze is a lightweight and simple wind tunnel for teaching aerodynamics to children and adults.

Last summer, Gerhard’s daughter attended a sailing course for children. She was six years old and would enter school the following autumn. She could not read and write and therefore had trouble understanding the written course materials and the graphics. So Gerhard thought about a vivid method to explain to her the basics of aerodynamics for sailing.

Gerhard built a wind tunnel of cardboard and straws, attached to a little fog machine. It worked well, but wasn’t perfect. Through several iterations he developed a stable and simple wind tunnel, into which you can put different objects. With a simple turntable and wires you can change courses and the position of sails, for example.

Deskbreeze uses fans and honeycomb cores to create a laminar flow, and dry ice for the visualization of the airflows.

For more information please visit the Kickstarter website: Link to Kickstarter video

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Hurdy gurdy

Hurdy gurdy

Music with MakerBeam. Zach made an electronic music instrument and used MakerBeam. Find out more about his Electronic Hurdy Gurdy Loch Lomond.

Zach Capalbo shared this with us through Twitter (@makerbeam) on April 22, 2016. Thanks for sharing this MakerBeam project!!! You can hear the Hurdy Gurdy play in the video.

On his website you will find more information about the hurdy gurdy being build. And what a hurdy gurdy is… 😉

Check here:

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TinkerForge at CeBIT

CeBITTinkerforge it’s RED Brick is great with MakerBeam. RED bricks will spark your imagination. These bricks offer you easy functionality in sensors and electronics.

With MakerBeam you can create the perfect framework to match your idea.

Here is an introduction of RED bricks by Tinkerforge on CeBIT. Enjoy!

CeBIT TinkerForge video Introduction with RED Brick








TinkerForge cameraslider

camerasliderYou can move video and photo-cameras on a slider to make attractive recordings. Moving time-lapse recordings with a DSLR or arbitrary video-camera movements are the main applications of the kit. The kit can also be used for completely different purposes where linear motion is needed (see end of the video below).




Selfmade custom lengths

CR80_1Max made this project with selfmade custom lengths. The beams were 200mm and then cut to 185mm.

Max his tools: clamps and a hack saw.





So I ordered another lot from and when this lot arrived they were the new version where the centre holes goes all the way through. Excellent! I cut them to length using clamps and a hacksaw in my kitchen. Then tapped the threads using an M3 tap, a power drill and some bicycle chain oil. It all worked perfectly so it is possible without proper tools 🙂

If you want to know more about Max his project please visit the fanlesstech website:

Thank you Max!


Distorted OpenBeam discovery

Unfortunately we discovered some 1000mm OpenBeam that have distorted ends. The tips were squeezed together as if they were handled by strong pliers on that end. Leaving the tips twisted and the holes oval instead of round.

We quickly inspected some packs and indeed found other beams that were distorted this way. This inspection also gave us the insight that it was a production failure rather than us packing the beams the wrong way. There were packs with distorted and non-distorted beams wrapped together. These tips should have been cut off in the production process.

Upon a closer inspection we have come to the conclusion that the distortion appears almost exclusively in the longer lengths OpenBeam. This means the beams of 600mm, 750mm, 1000mm and 2000mm.

Last week we sent an email out to the OpenBeam customers who possibly have bought affected beams from this batch. This way we can work out some form of compensation for  these customers or simply replace the affected beams with good beams.

We are very sorry for this to happen. Naturally we are in contact with out manufacturer as to make sure this does not happen again.

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PCB and component holder project

We would like to share with you a work-in-progress, but still an inspiring project: creating a PCB and component holder, which is designed to make soldering easier.

The project is running in the hands of Mark Swinhoe, and he shared with us a little background about it.

“This little tool was inspired by how expensive professional PCB holders are, and how they immediately reminded me of MakerBeam. The holder allows you to angle the component, and use the mounting holes to keep it in place.

The vertical beams can be easily loosened for different width of components and the PCB standoffs slide up-and-down the vertical beams for height adjustments. If you need more space from the vertical bars, then you can add another set of standoffs on top of the existing ones, or just attach longer standoffs. The components are held really well with MakerBeam, and it has a very solid base.” – (by Mark Swinhoe)

Mark, thanks for sharing it with us. We wish you more fun with it and a successful result. We hope, that we can see your robot running-around soon.

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Prototyping a Dynamic Wifi Antenna Rig

Wandy is designing an antenna rig with the capability to track its wifi AP via GPS and motion sensing. This rig is designed to be installed on maritime vessels in order to provide a high quality wifi link to shore based access points. The built-in GPS receiver will give the rig its current position and heading and calculates its angle towards the shore based AP.
The shore based AP locations are hard-coded into the rigs software, and compared with the rigs current sector in order to allow several different AP’s to be registered according to location. This current model has not got the gimbal system installed yet. This will counter wave movement of the ship by motion sensing and keep the antenna levelled with the AP.

This prototype was built using Makerbeam. Makerbeam gave us the flexibility to quickly change the design in order to develop new features. The first housing, was 10 x 10 cm and turned out to be too small to fit the embedded router-board. Changing the dimensions was as simple as changing your socks, and in no time we had a larger base.
One of the things that makes Makerbeam so well suited for this project is its aesthetic properties.The black anodised beams have a beautiful finished look to them. With a couple of black polystyrene sheets and a Stanley knife, the prototype looks the part in a matter of minutes.

The threaded beams enabled us to use the corner cubes and this gives the prototype a real design look. Makerbeam enabled us to make a prototype we can actually show to potential customers without having to make too many excuses.

In the video you will see the device waiting for a GPS lock and doing a calibration by the flick of a switch. Note the awesome design lights on the bottom of the rig.


Ammer van Bussel
Netwerk engineer