Put On Your Drinking Dress [Maker Update #07]

Put On Your Drinking Dress [Maker Update #07]


This week on Maker Update: a dress that gets you drunk, a new tool for modeling projects in your browser, an Arduino project from the upside down, two Teensys, one Gonk and an intervention for your junk drawer. It’s Wednesday October 19th I’m Donald Bell and welcome to Maker Update Episode 7. Now this is going to be straight up and down episode with lots of cool stuff to cover so let’s jump right in, starting with the project of the week. No doubt many of you are familiar with the work of Anouk Wipprecht. She did that super cool 3D printed spider dress for Intel. This week she shared a new version of a dress design on Instructables that is a cocktail dress that actually dispenses cocktails. The project uses an Arduino compatible Teensy board as the brains, along with a peristaltic pump for precisely dispensing booze and an RC style LiPO battery for power. Best of all the project includes Anouk’s own design files for the heart shape 3D printed front piece, which unlike your actual heart includes a convenient drip tray. If you don’t have a 3D printer or just want to have the print professionally done there’s also a direct link to have Shapeways print and ship it to you. Now, there are a lot of unfamiliar elements here — pumps and tubes and 3d printed harnesses — but don’t mistake that for difficulty. I love projects like this that make it easy to explore different technologies and techniques that I can incorporate into other projects. It’s also just a great peek into Anouk’s world and everybody should check it out. And now for news. This past week the 3D modeling software SketchUp (which some of you still might remember as Google SketchUp from Google owned it) they’ve opened a free public beta version of SketchUp that works in your browser. If you go to my.sketchup.com you can jump right into designing in 3D. There’s nothing to download and there’s no registration and from my time with it so far there’s also nothing else out there that is as easy to jump right into. I mean I love all the free Autodesk tools like Tinkercad and the 123D apps, but only a few of them work right in your browser. Also SketchUp has two things that really set it apart: one is that it defaults to human scale. It literally pops a person in your design for reference. A lot of other free tools out there default to a smaller scale, geared more for making little 3D printed things. But if you’re sketching up like a workbench or tiny house or a go-kart — that kind of work feels a little bit more home to me on SketchUp. The other thing I like about it is their design community 3D Warehouse, which is kind of like their Thingiverse. There is a deep well of content here that stretches all the way back to their Google days. It’s easy to upload files and also really easy to embed them on other sites. Anyway if you’re curious go check it out it’s my.sketchup.com and they also have a free desktop app called SketchUp Make which has a little bit more import and export features. And for printing out those 3D models, this Tuesday Ultimaker announced their new Ultimaker 3 line of 3D printers. There are two models: there’s the Ultimaker 3 and the Ultimaker 3 Extended which has a larger build volume. Now there are some neat new features like Wi-Fi and active leveling and a progress camera, but the really big deal is the new dual extruder. This can let you print two colors, but more importantly two materials. A lot of their example prints they show off designs where the second extruder lays down a water-soluble support material for the main extruder, which is a really neat idea. Now before you get too excited, the base price on this is around 3,500 dollars. It’s really geared for more of a high-end market. Too rich for my blood, but it’s cool to see where the technology is going. Alright, now for some other quick projects. Check out this Stranger Things inspired alphabet wall from user BXL4662 using an Arduino and a strand of individually addressable LED string lights. The Instructable includes resources for the font used for the alphabet, as well as the Arduino code itself, which loops through a few routines including glowing up and going down and spelling out “I’m Here” or “Run”. It looks like a good beginner project for Arduino and a nice way to get familiar with WS2811 LED strips which seemed like they could be an inexpensive alternative to Neopixels. Another project that caught my eye this week is this quick and dirty Star Wars Gonk prop from PsyFrog. It’s just two plastic storage bins, some scrap wood, flexible dryer vents, old plastic water bottles, and whatever greeblies you might have in the garage. Paint it up, maybe add an Adafruit sound effects board, and you’ve got a Gonk. Speaking of Adafruit, I noticed three cool products that they added to their catalog this week. The first is this breadboard battery power supply called the BooSTick that offers a switchable 3.3 or 5 volts of power from a single AA battery. Definitely a cool accessory for tinkering on the go They also stocked the new line of Teensy project boards: the teensy 3.5 and teensy 3.6. These were Kickstarted back in August but are now shipping and making their way into retailers. I noticed Sparkfun is also stocking them and have a nice little video demo. The two boards are similar but the 3.6 offers faster processing — which is good for driving LED displays — and more memory and can be had for $30. The 3.5 is five dollars less and still runs rings around an Arduino Uno at the same price. I also really enjoyed this piece that round up a bunch of solutions for small parts storage. It’s by Gareth Branwyn on Makezine. He runs through a ton of options including this custom routered table insert that’s just for sorting resistors. As a nice companion read Jenny List has a great piece on Hackaday about combating her instinct to hoard electronic components or what she calls “Her boxes of stuff that might be useful someday”. I’m pretty sure every maker I know can relate to this piece and as I’m standing here right now I have a box exactly like this next to my foot There are so many comments on this piece, it’s practically a support group at this point. This weekend we have 8 Maker Faires happening around the world including Derbyshire, Fredonia, Shreveport Orlando, Oakland, Shenzen, Bengaluru India and Jerusalem. And as you probably heard me say already, I’ll be hanging out at the Oakland Maker fair on Sunday — this Sunday — giving two talks: one on Arduino and one on Maker software. So if you make it out, come say hello. I’d love to see who’s actually watching the show. Plus, I’ve got some Maker Project Lab stickers to give out. Alright, so that’s Episode 7 of Maker Update. As always I really appreciate your feedback. Leave me a comment and let me know what you liked about this video or what you’d like to see differently next week. I also super appreciate your shares. I’ve got around 400 subscribers on YouTube right now and that feels really great, but I want to build this up into a Legion of Makers and I need your help to do that. So if you can find an excuse to share this video with your friends — and I think that cocktail dispensing dress is probably a great excuse — please do that and you’ll help me build this thing up. Okay? I’ll see you next week, thanks for watching

8 Replies to “Put On Your Drinking Dress [Maker Update #07]”

  1. The cocktail dress is amazing, if you want to see more cocktail robots check out roboexotica.org, the roböxotica is the de facto world championship for cocktail robotics, it is held from 8th- 11th December 2016 in Vienna,Austria. I will participate this year with my own robot!

  2. Great mix! Totally agree – you need a quick cut list for a new dog kennel or workbench, you fire up Sketchup every time. Have fun in Oakland!

  3. I'll be at the East Bay Mini. Looking forward to your talks, and honestly those stickers too. There's something unexplainably awesome about stickers.

  4. Just found your channel, excellent content so far! For the 800 pound gorilla of the browser based 3D tools check out OnShape, it's a complete CAD system from the same folks that created SolidWorks. I can highly recommend it (no affiliations just a fan)

  5. Another great vid! My wife is a fashion stylist and got a drink out of that dress at an event 2 weeks ago. She said it was the highlight for sure. So many awesome projects here!

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