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July 2014

Jameco Electronics Newsletter

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My Story: Why I Built a Better Filament Extruder

Jameco customer Mark Dill knew he could build a better filament extruder, which takes scraps of filament and turns them into something you can use again in your 3D printer. One year later, after an incredibly successful Kickstarter campaign, his ExtrusionBot has made DIY 3D printing more cost effective.

How the ExtrusionBot happened.

Jameco welcomes the contributions of its customers. Frankly, we think what you write is more interesting than anything we could write. Share your electronic component story, project or challenge, and we'll share it with the world. Send your story to [email protected].

LightingReview: Bring Your Lighting into the 21st Century

There's never been a better time to transition to LED lighting. Lower costs have made replacing all your fluorescent and incandescent bulbs with LEDs more affordable than ever. And now, lower-cost LED power drivers are also available. Product Marketing Engineer Robert Cong explores the benefits of Magnitude Lighting Transformer's LED drivers.

What could you do with a compact LED driver?

LED FlashlightDIY: A Longer-Lasting Flashlight in Two Hours

Tired of carrying back up batteries for your flashlight? Here's a fun project that allows you to convert your incandescent flashlight into an LED flashlight.

Hack this Mini Maglite before your next camping trip.

LED CatMaker Faire: Do You Think You've Seen It All?

Jameco Managing Editor Nadia Alvarado thought she'd seen it all... until she went to the Bay Area Maker Faire. While it's no Comic-Con, it holds its own when it comes to unusual exhibits and passionate people.

Check out Nadia's photos and her take on Maker Faire.

Challenge: The Easy Way to Stock Your Workbench

Jameco ChallengeJameco is gearing up to celebrate its 40th anniversary next month! To kick things off, here's a special challenge: Look at the images above. All but one of these happened in 1974 (the year Jameco began). Which one of these things is not like the other?

Examine the images, make a guess and check your answer here.

Hot Club Jameco Kits and Projects

Sky Writer Sky Writer Wand Kit | By Dave1
Make images appear in thin air by waving the Sky Writer Wand. The wand has a row of flashing LEDs and when it's waved in the air, the image is sequentially formed and creates an illusion. Add it to a spinning object for a unique visual display!

Project in the Making: Transistor Identifier | By Tiger
Do you need a convenient way to check transistor types, pinouts and defective transistors? Then the Transistor Identifier is the project for you! Use it to identify transistors salvaged from old circuit boards or in electronics grab bags.