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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MakerBeam and the ‘Coupe de France de Robotique 2020’

In France we have two resellers: Lextronic and Génération Robots. The last one sponsored a team that is working towards the ‘Coupe de France de Robotique 2020’.

Estia system (@EstiaSystem) is a robot and mechatronic association that is affiliated with ESTIA – École Supérieure des Technologie Industrielle. They send @GenerationRobots a tweet to thank them for their sponsorship and added some nice pictures of their work aimed at participation at the competition.

The competition was set to take place at May 20-23 this year. Due to the Corona virus this date will probably not be met. Hopefully the competition will be rescheduled to a later date.

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3D Andy’s starter kit 3D printer/plotter/CNC – CNC video 3/3

This is the third and last video showing the CNC based on the content of a starter kit in action.

If you are interested in building this multfunctional device out of MakerBeam profiles you can contact Andy (3d.andy@gmx.net). He also has files published on Thingiverse (https://www.thingiverse.com/3DAndy/designs) with more to come.

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3D Andy’s starter kit 3D printer/plotter/CNC – CNC video 2/3

This is a second video showing the CNC based on the content of a starter kit in action.

If you are interested in building this multfunctional device out of MakerBeam profiles you can contact Andy (3d.andy@gmx.net). He also has files published on Thingiverse (https://www.thingiverse.com/3DAndy/designs) with more to come.

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FPV drone

An FPV drone is a drone where the user has a first-person (FPV) view of the environment where the drone flies. Stefan from ConstrAct (Austria) made one and created a MakerBeam and Carbon based self-constructed FPV-Drone.

Stefan wanted to build a stable not to expensive drone to fly with a first person view. The chance to have this first person view from high up was the most exciting reason for him to start the build. He used MakerBeam for the arms and carbon for the frame.

The MakerBeam arms are connected with T-slot nuts to the carbon frame – this is a very strong and reliable connection. It survived a couple of crashes, according to Stefan.

It was created for freestyle flying only. For racing it is too heavy. He already had to remove GPS and other parts.

The carbon was cut on his CNC mill. The body was designed on fusion 360.

The electronic parts are:
– Omnibus F4 flight controller (holds the copter stable in the air)
– M8N GPS module (for return to home and Position hold)
– 4 in one ESC, (drivers for the motors)
– Runcam micro eagle camera and runcam sender (for first person view)
– Taranis receiver
– Inav Software

Team MakerBeam with Stefan Gschroefl from ConstrAct