Lesetip: Collision on the black hole superhighway

The jet seen shooting from galaxy NGC 3862 at the three o’clock position (left); and a sequence of Hubble images shows knots moving along the stream over a 20-year period. NASA, ESA, and E. Meyer… http://bit.ly/1EDXhwD http://cnet.co/1AC9pmQ


Lesetip: Lessons From One Year Around the World as Digital Nomad

365 days, 35 flights and 12 countries later, I officially completed a one-year trip around the world meeting makers pro !From Berlin to Istanbul, Casablanca to Tokyo, Goa to Bali and many many… http://bit.ly/1Hw2eKe http://bit.ly/1AxJSLx

Printing Photorealistic Images on 3D Objects



Hydrographic Printing is a technique of transferring colored inks on a film to the surface of an object. The film is placed on water and activated with a chemical that allows it to adhere to an object being physically pushed onto it. Researchers at Zhejiang University and Columbia University have taken hydrographic printing to the next level (pdf link). In a technical paper to be presented at ACM SIGGRAPH 2015 in August, they explain how they developed a computational method to create complex patterns that are precisely aligned to the object.

Typically, repetitive patterns are used because the object stretches the adhesive film; anything complex would distort during this subjective process. It’s commonly used to decorate car parts, especially rims and grills. If you’ve ever seen a carbon-fiber pattern without the actual fiber, it’s probably been applied with hydrographic printing.

print_tThe physical setup for this hack is fairly simple: a…

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Open Source, DIY Soldering Robot

OMG – genial!


After [Brian] starting selling his own Raspberry Pi expansion boards, he found himself with a need for a robot that could solder 40-pin headers for him. He first did what most people might do by looking up pre-built solutions. Unfortunately everything he found was either too slow, too big, or cost as much as a new car. That’s when he decided to just build his own soldering robot.

The robot looks similar to many 3D printer designs we’ve seen in the past, with several adjustments. The PCBs get mounted to a flat piece of aluminum dubbed the „PCB caddy“. The PCBs are mounted with custom-made pins that thread into the caddy. Once the PCBs are in place, they are clamped down with another small piece of aluminum. A computer slowly moves the caddy in one direction, moving the header’s pins along the path of the soldering irons one row at a…

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