Project PiKon a 3D printed astro cam using RaspberryPi

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Designed by Mark Wrigley of Sheffield’s Alternative Photonics and staff at the University of Sheffield’s Department of Physics, the incredible PiKon astro-cam consists of 3D printed components and a Raspberry Pi, and can be used to take photographs of outer space at a x160 magnification factor. The device can be mounted on a standard camera tripod for stability, and images captured on it can be transferred to a computer with the Pi’s micro-SD card or to a cloud-based service such as Dropbox. According to the Wigley, the PiKon is capable of producing 5-megapixel images of the night sky and costs just £100 to build. Read more on

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Project Ultrascope a 3D printed, laser-cut telescope

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Ultrascope is a robot telescope and an Automated Robotic Observatory (ARO), Ultrascope was designed by Open Space Agency (OSA) to be a “useful citizen science tool for schools, makers, and amateur astronomers”. The open-source device, which uses a 3.5” mirror, can be controlled by a smartphone, and is able to conduct celestial photography and photometry. It has been optimized for lightcurve photometry, a form of measurement which generates useful data for many scientific applications, including planet finding and asteroid hunting.

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DIY 3D scanner with 3D printed parts

#DIY #3Dscanner with 3D printed parts

You can build this scanner With few off-the-shelf electronic components, with an infrared sensor acting as the main scanner. Aside from the sensor, it also contains two NEMA 17stepper motors, some motor plates, a threaded rod, two guideshafts, an IR sensor, and some electronics: an Arduino Pro Micro, a power connector, a push button, an infrared sensor, an SD card, and two stepper driver boards. + few male and female header pins and screw terminals.

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World’s Fastest Rubik’s Cube Solving Robot

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The robot uses four USB webcams, six stepper motors, arduino, and a 3D printed frame. The only modification to the Rubik’s cube are some holes drilled in the center pieces to allow the stepper motors to grip onto them with 3D printed attachments.

The software is running off a Linux machine which feeds the data into a Rubik’s cube algorithm for solving. In approximately one second the cube is solved.