Trending on DIY: Minecraft Pixel Art!

If you haven’t already heard, Minecraft is kind of a big deal. It’s an awesome 3D sandbox game where almost every element can be chopped down, mined, or dug up - and you can use the resulting materials to build whatever you want. Check out some of these awesome Minecraft Pixel Art creations from DIYers on the site and happy building!

11 months ago 54 notes

DIY 2.2 for iOS!

Check out the new features we added in DIY 2.2! 

- Search. Find inspiration, discover friends, surf DIY trending topics, and seek out the projects you love.  

- Stream. Easily see what’s new and awesome from the people you follow.  

- Messages. View and track all your activity in one place!

- Avatars. Pick from one of our new collection of avatars.  

Download the latest version of the App here and happy making!  

1 year ago 20 notes

High-school teen builds one-man submarine for $2,000

The submarine’s body may be constructed from drainage pipes and the hatch from a recycled skylight, but according to its 18-year-old inventor, this single-person U-boat can plunge to a depth of 30 feet and has already completed three successful dives.

The Nautilus took high school inventor Justin Beckerman just six months and $2,000 to put together — all while keeping on top of his homework.

"He has been building things since he was two years old," says his mother, Jess Beckerman. "If we tried to help him we would just get in the way and mess things up."

The submarine has ballast tanks to maintain its depth and equilibrium; air vents that bring oxygen down from the surface; a functioning PA and a range of emergency systems including back-up batteries, a siren, strobe lights, a breathing apparatus and a pump to fight leaks. The vessel can remain submerged for up to two hours and travels beneath the waves at one and a half miles per hour.

Beckerman says he is going to use it to “explore the lake, see fish and hopefully find a bit of history, like the cannons from my neighbors’ historic house” that, he says, were dumped in the lake during renovations in the 1960s. Read more.


1 year ago 69 notes

Sys Admin is now a Skill!

Sys Admins keep servers and networks protected and running in tip top shape. They rock the command line and write scripts to automate all kinds of common tasks. Like the Wizard of Oz, they’re often behind the scenes but indispensable to an organization.

1 year ago 22 notes

Burning Stuff With 2000ºF Solar Power

This giant 4ft magnifying glass is powerful enough to melt metal, incinerate wood, and burn holes in concrete. The results are impressive and the power available through this Fresnel lens that has been nicknamed the “Solar Scorcher”. It can melt a stack of pennies, burst a glass bottle, damage various food items, and incinerate wood using the power of the Sun! 

This is a great inspiration for creating your own DIY Solar Concentrator with a little help from your parents. Solar concentrators use lenses or mirrors to focus sunlight into an extremely small point – the same way a magnifying glass does with the sun. This focused light is intensely hot and can be used to cook food, make electricity, or scorch things. Create your own and become a Solar Engineer.

1 year ago 31 notes