[Grenadier] wins the laser cutter for his portable X-ray project

The results of the Full Spectrum Laser contest over at Build Lounge have been announce. The top prize of a 40 watt deluxe laser cutter goes to [Grenadier] for the portable x-ray machine we saw at the beginning of the month. We think this is an excellent choice for top prize because, come on, this is pretty hard-core.

Taking second place was a Christmas light show choreographed to music. The open spaces of the University of Minnesota hosted the installation. We’ve embedded a video of the performance after the break.

Third prize went to the QC Co-lab Hackerspace for their light wall. It uses the ever popular GE Color Effects lights, with each bulb housed in a vacuum formed pyramid which acts as a diffuser.

There were also several honorable mentions. There’s a special place in our heart for [Jack Buffington's] solar clock which was included in this group. We think the use of fiber optics to pipe the sunlight into a machined index ring is ingenious. And you’ve got to give him credit for developing a project that uses no electricity and almost no moving parts (there is a slider to adjust for daylight savings time).


  1. mess_maker says:

    Congrats @Grenadier!!! That is awesome.

  2. Gogou says:

    I concur :D

    Well done!

  3. JB says:

    Congratulations to Grenadier. Great project indeed, very hard-core!

  4. oodain says:

    well deserved thats for sure,

    i also like the care he put into the finish,
    now to make a matching codpiece.

  5. macegr says:

    Let’s hope he’s not disappointed when he finds out the laser cutter won’t cut aluminum, as he was planning…

  6. Hirudinea says:

    I’m glad he won, it will make him feel better after all that vomiting, anemia and hair loss, :)

  7. coderjack says:

    congo to grenadier …..

  8. Michael says:

    Congrats to all involved :)
    I must say I always like to see people developing their own DMX gear in an industry where everything is financially out of reach for beginners.

  9. Grenadier says:

    Oh hai guys

  10. Mikey says:

    Woot + Grats!

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