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Rocket Badge

This Rocket Badge is a follow-up to the Rocket Card I posted recently. It’s another Brown Dog Gadgets project that you can find on their project site.

I started with this illustration and made a number of changes, then designed a badge with it.

The badge has a front and back part, with the circuit between the two. The LEDs shine through the paper as well as out the sides. A paper switch with conductive tape and a paper clip is used to turn it on and off.

This badge uses a red LED, blue LED, a CR2032 battery, and some Maker Tape. There’s a full-color version as well as a black & white version you can color and decorate as you see fit.

I’ve got a few more badge ideas in the works, but if you’ve got an idea for one, let me know!

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Cupcake Sans WiFi

Josh at Brown Dog Gadgets has a saying “Don’t add WiFi to a cupcake”, which sounds weird, but what it means is, don’t over-complicate things. A cupcake is delicious all on its own, and you don’t need to add WiFi to it. Lots of products have WiFi that probably don’t need it. (See @internetofshit if you doubt me.)

Anyway, I grabbed this cupcake and modified it a bit for some laser cutting fun using some stiff felt. I cut three different pieces then layered them and stuck them together with spray glue.

The letters were not cut out, but instead I used a “stitch” effect by outline them using LightBurn‘s Perforation Mode. (And yes, I’ve tried etching felt… it does not really work.)

You can set the length of the cut and then the gap between the next cut. It’s a handy feature for sure. (Yes, you can do this in your vector editing application before you load your file into LightBurn, but it’s helpful to tweak it to exactly what you want when you send the job to the laser.)

Of course I had to add a red LED to one of them, along with a CR2032 and some Maker Tape to complete the circuit…

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Rocket Card

Here’s another project for Brown Dog Gadgets. I’ve been making a lot of paper circuits lately, including cards, and this is another template you can download and print, it’s a Rocket Card.

This one started with an illustration of a rocket from SVGRepo that I modified a bit. I changed the color scheme, modified one of the fins, added some thick outlines, and a few other embellishments.

I created two version, a flat version and a cut-out-and-stick-on-top version to add some dimension and allow for the LEDs to go under the rocket. (Besides the LEDs you’ll need a CR2032 battery and some Maker Tape if you want to make one.)

Each of the two versions also comes in full-color that you can print on a color printer, and an alternate version you can print on a standard black & white printer and then color or decorate as you see fit.

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Rockin’ Amp Vibrobot

One of the fun projects we have at Brown Dog Gadgets are known as Vibrobots. I made one I call the Rockin’ Amp. These are fun little bots made with simple paper circuits and Maker Tape.

We provide free templates that can be downloaded and printed by anyone, and you can make these projects even if you buy the components from elsewhere. (Though you’ll need to modify things if you try to use copper tape, as it’s very thing & fragile and only conductive on one side.)

These projects tend to be a cross between arts & crafts and simple electronics. There’s some cutting involved, some taping, some learning, and if you prefer to do more decorating you can print the black & white version and color it yourself.

Credit where credit is due… I started with this basic 2D illustration of an amplifier, and changed a few things, and added in the other five side so it would fold up into a 3D object.

Here’s our Rockin’ Amp in action…

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Spect Image Browser

As I continue to move away from Adobe products (I mentioned Affinity Photo a few months ago) I’ve still been using Adobe Bridge because it’s installed and it works fine, but will break in the future, so… replacement time!

I looked at a few Mac OS X based image browsers and found Spect. There’s a free trial so I gave it a whirl, and then shelled out $4.99 for it. So far I think I’ve got my money’s worth. I like that it can browse a top-level folder and also do a deep scan into sub-folders and show them all in one view.

My only concern is that it may not see updates and may die. There’s a bug where it does not seem to know about Recent Folders, it doesn’t really show any metadata, and the author is probably a little busy with other things.

Still, it works well for now… until I find something better.