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Archive for the ‘Projects’ Category

Howto: burn an .iso image on a MAC using Burn

Posted by stevencombs on January 5, 2007

I frequently have folks ask me how to take an .iso file and make a usable CD/DVD from the file. They generally all make the the same mistake, they copy the .iso image directly to media and press the burn button. I recorded this screencast to demonstrate the proper method using a MAC and the free Burn software. Short and simple, but effective.

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Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories – Build a Lego Trebuchet

Posted by stevencombs on January 4, 2007

Medieval Lego at it’s best. Enjoy and learn how to terrorize your Castle AFOLs!

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Make sure your Christmas photos are memorable

Posted by stevencombs on December 22, 2006

The digital Photography School just posted 16 good tips to help ensure your Christmas photos will make Santa and all his little elves proud.

16 Tips Digital Photography Tips for Christmas

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Can’t afford a PicooZ minature helicopter?

Posted by stevencombs on November 29, 2006

Build your own following the directions in this Make article.

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MAKE: Blog: Rubber band powered helicopter made from a business card

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More SketchUp fun

Posted by stevencombs on November 20, 2006

I’ve been at it again with SketchUp preparing a project for my students. Here’s a sneak peek:

See the remaining pics in my Flickr SketchUp C-Clamp set.

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More SketchUp Models

Posted by stevencombs on October 10, 2006

I had to prepare a mid-term exam for my students and put together a SketchUp model to test their ability to quickly create a simple accurate assembly quickly using SketchUp. I dimensioned the drawings using the rudimentary dimensioning tools built into SketchUp so they do not meet the standards, but are not bad, considering. See notes within the images for more details.

SketchUp: Rotator Assembly – a photoset on Flickr

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The Boy Mechanic Workbench in SketchUp

Posted by stevencombs on October 5, 2006

My students have been working on a pretty significant project for the past couple of weeks and being the good instructor that I am, I just completed the project as well. You can view the specifications for the project here, but in a nutshell, what they were asked to do was to use SketchUp to recreate a virtual model of a workbench that was published in the book The Boy Mechanic by Popular Mechanics from 1913.

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You can view numerous images of the workbench model on my Flickr site.

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