Monthly Archives: February 2014

The true cost of 3D printing with the Makerbot

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Earlier this week we walked through the design of a plastic replacement part for a snowblower, and someone asked the question: “Couldn’t you just buy a replacement part for much less cost and effort?”. First, in some cases this would

Posted by Matt Chiste
February 28

Designing 3D Parts with Autodesk 123D Design

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The MakerBot 3D Printer is a pretty cool piece of technology that we’ve covered before. 3D printing technology continues to advance, as seen in this excellent infographic on ComputerScienceHub.org. While it still has a long way to go before we’re

Posted by Matt Chiste
February 24

Insteon Door Lock Sensor

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I wish Insteon would give us a tiny, wireless, DIY module (like Arduino) to allow us to build our own input/output devices for an Insteon network that are more compact and modular than the IOLinc. Until then, we’ve got to

Posted by Matt Chiste
February 14

Set up a personal VPN server with DD-WRT

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A Virtual Private Network “extends a private network over a public network, such as the Internet”. You may already use one for work to connect to your company’s network, but you can also set one up to easily connect to

Posted by Matt Chiste
February 11

Provide indirect lighting anywhere with an LED light strip and Insteon

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I’m a huge fan of LED lights, whether the application is to save electricity, run Christmas lights, or provide indirect pathway lighting. Today’s project is along the same vein as the pathway lighting, but with LEDwholesalers‘ color-changing LED strip. This

Posted by Matt Chiste
February 7

Create a personal domain name to access home systems

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Your ISY-994i is set up, and now you want to be able to access it remotely over the internet with MobiLinc. By far the easiest and most cost-effective way to do this is via MobiLinc Connect, a $30/year remote access

Posted by Matt Chiste
February 3
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