Thursday, December 04, 2008

The Best of Instructables means lasers

This post is proud to have been syndicated to the Ponoko blog.

Instructables publish their first compilation in print this week, with 300 pages of top instructables voted for by the community and selected by the website editors. I got an advance copy, having an instructable in there, and have been devouring the book at every opportunity. Somehow instructables are even better suited to book form (or maybe its testament to the work of the publishers, O'Reilly). The book is easy to navigate and lucid yet still packed with both the original instructables plus selected comments and interspersed commentary from the website creators.

Best of Instructables Volume 1

The book is available from Amazon and the Maker Shed - a fine Christmas pressie for any maker I'm sure. The great thing about the book is it is much more manageable than the website for the viewer - its all too easy to get lost among the 10,000 projects that have been uploaded, and the book seems to be a good representation of the variety of projects on the site.

One instructable that I had never seen before opening the book but that blew me away is the Universal Lamp Shade Polygon Building Kit. Steven blogged about this project way back - it's a great candidate for laser cutting and indeed the author, Dan, (of Squid labs, incidentally), provides a .dxf for doing this very thing. Even better are the responses in the comments however, including this corker from Travis:

Ball based on the Universal Lamp Shade Polygon Building Kit

1 comment:

Green Tips Compilation said...

Action Call: Love Indonesian Forest

Awareness of the importance of the people have rights in the control of natural resources to encourage the return of the movement of people on the management of natural resources for the sustainability of life, is the starting point of populist forest system movement in Indonesia. Underpin efforts to maintain and restore the resources of the population can develop strength of the people is very urgent to do. KpSHK Forest - Consortium of the support agreement, such as NGOs working with the vision of the realization of personal autonomy in the control and management of natural resources in a sustainable property. During the activity, KpSHK has published various publications, such as a media campaign against the populist regime of the forest as a source of life based on local wisdom and traditional.

As one of the dissemination of information, poured into an "sympathy action" with the theme of "love of forests in Indonesia", 14 February 2009 at Tugu Kujang, Bogor volunteer involving KpSHK, network support NGOs in Bogor and the involvement of the medias. The technical implementation of the action is attached in the order of events.