Hackaday Links: March 9, 2014

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Thinking about starting a CNC machine, 3D printer, or laser cutter project? Misumi has you covered. They’re offering up $150 worth of free stuff with a coupon code. [CharlieX] is putting together a BuildLog laser cutter, a whole bunch of people on reddit are building 3D printers, and I have most of the rods for an i3 build. Just use the promotion code First150 on your order. Actually, read the terms and conditions, but rest assured – this is legit.

A few months ago, we saw this Enigma cypher machine that combines the classic late-30s aesthetic of the original with modern hardware – including a few 16-segment displays. Now there’s a Kickstarter for the Open Source Enigma replica, and it looks like it’s going to end up being pretty popular. Here’s the site with all the deets. Check out that QWERTZ keyboard.

[Jason] has a love of LEGO and a terrible keyboard. Combine the two and he came up with a functional LEGO keyboard. The electronics are, sadly, an old PS/2 membrane keyboard, but the mechanicals are a work of art – all the keys are mounted on a grid of Technic parts that can be positioned over each of the membrane buttons.

Want a really cool look for your next enclosure? How about LED pipes? They’re those clear plastic bits that direct the light from LEDs around corners and can make any enclosure looks like a Star Trek set piece. You can cut these things with a laser cutter like the Alima team did with their indoor air quality meter. Looks pretty cool.

4 thoughts on “Hackaday Links: March 9, 2014

  1. We’re going to use this at the company I work for. I happened to already have an account. Their selection is not comprehensive but this seems like more of a “made to order” outfit. Very nice business. We’ll see when my valves come in if they’re worth their salt. (Misumi)

  2. The light pipes thing, one day I’m really going to have to find someone in the UK who has access to a laser cutter so I can get a specific piece of acrylic cut out to properly fit in the back wheel of my Tron Legacy Vintage Lightcycle:

    It looks nice in the photo but in reality I had to cut by hand, it’s bad and the light isn’t evenly distributed.

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