Thursday, July 31, 2014

Mysterious Holes in Siberia

Checkout this weird hole that has appeared in Siberia.

More info and video can be seen here:

Mysterious Holes in Siberia

and here:

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Dip Your Car

I just found out about a new (to me) trend in car customization - Dip Your Car.

Basically, people are taking Plasi-Dip, which has historically been used to put a plastic coating on the handles of tools (like pliers), and using it to spray paint their cars.  If you get tired of the color, or don't like it, you can just peel it off and spray it a different color.

It's a pretty cool idea.

The main drawback I see is that the result is usually kind of a matte finish and, in some cases, your car winds up looking like a pencil eraser.  Some colors are worse than others about promoting this effect.  Looks to me like this process would work best for black, white, and gray.

Still, it's a cool option to have.

The clear coat on the roof of my 2000 Honda Civic is starting to separate.  I may have to sand it down and experiment...

Check out the video and link below.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Shapeways and 3D Hubs

Shapeways is like Caf├ęPress or Zazzle, only instead of producing a customized tee shirt or coffee mug that they sell for you, they 3D print your custom creation and sell it for you.

Also, see the below video from CNN Money:
Shapeways on CNN Money

And here's a link to one of my favorite things you can purchase on Shapeways.
The Theo Jansen inspired Animaris Geneticus Parvus...

3D Hubs

In a related vein, I just found out about 3D Hubs, a website that connects people who want to 3D print something with people in their area that have a 3D printer.  You just go to, put in your zip code, and a list of individuals in your area who have 3D printers comes up.  You upload a .stl file of the item you want print (which allows the website to then quote a price) and select a person to print it for you.  This is an amazingly cool idea and handy for both parties.  It allows the person with the idea to get their idea printed and allows the person with the 3D printer to put this cool piece of technology to work earning a little cash for them.

For those of you new to 3D printing and .stl files, you can download Google Sketchup for FREE from  You can use Sketchup to quickly and easily design a 3D object, save it as a .stl file, then have someone with a 3D printer use that .stl file to print the object.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

The Solowheel

My last post was about the Elio 3-wheeled car.

If 3 wheels seems too complicated, maybe you should try the SoloWheel.  It's similar to a Segway, but with one wheel instead of two.  It also does away with all that security-inducing handlebar nonsense.

My favorite thing about it is that it reminds me of the caveman that invented the wheel from B.C. comics.

The main website for the Solowheel is here:

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

The Elio. 3 Wheels, 84mpg, $6800.

Very interesting.  Very inexpensive (for a new car).  Great gas mileage.

The main problem I see is that all these traits are TARGETS for the end product that haven't been met yet.  It's what they're shooting for, not what they've already done.  They're HOPING they can get the car to 84mpg and HOPING they can get the retail price down to $6800.

But it's still cool.  It looks like a Messerschmitt from World War II.

See video of the Elio at the link below.

Elio on CNNMoney

And for comparison, here's a Messerschmitt.

Monday, July 7, 2014

The Cars of MakerFaireKC 2014

The KC Chuggers Model T Club had some of their cars on display at Maker Faire KC.

I love Model T's, so I'm sharing some pics.

Friday, July 4, 2014

$199 3D Printer - OneUP Classic

One of the most noteable things I saw at MakerFaireKC was the OneUP Classic.

It's a 3D printer for only $199 (in kit form).  

The cheapest 3D printer I had previously seen was the Printerbot Jr.  If memory serves me correctly, you used to be able to get the Printerbot Jr. in kit form for around $300 .  I last saw it about a year ago.  However as I search for the Printrbot Jr. now, I can't find it.  Not even on the Printrbot website.  So it looks like that's no longer an option.

With shipping to my house included, the total cost of the OneUP Classic (for me) would be $215.45.

Long live the OneUP Classic!

Check it out at