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Thursday, January 20, 2011

How-To: Simple molding and casting for toy duplication

Super Awesome Sylvia is back with another Mini Maker Show, this time it's all about casting!

Did you ever want another of your favorite action figures? Or maybe you want to try something crazy with a toy but didn't want to ruin it? Well today we'll show you one super awesome way to clone your own toys with simple Molding and Casting for Toy Duplication! Lets Go!
For this build we'll be using:
  • Some toys to be copied (we explain how to pick one below)
  • Pliable Molding material (We're using ComposiMold, because it's easy and reusable.)
  • Disposable cups or mixing containers, big enough to fit your toys
  • Casting Material (we'll be using polyester resin for fiber-glassing from the hardware store)
  • A small spray bottle with a mild solution of white PVA glue and water (to prevent bubbles)
  • and finally some mold release (We're using non-stick cooking spray)
Not every toy can be duplicated easily. Toys with big holes, hook shapes or moving parts won't come out of your mold properly, and toys that don't have a good way to pour in your casting material just won't work at all without adding sprues or making multiple molds. Almost anything can be copied using molding and casting, but complicated toys and objects require a bit more work, and for this build we'll just be covering the basics.
It helps to think about your toy as a funny shaped pipe, or balloon. Once the ComposiMold has been poured and your toy removed, you'll have to use one of its outer edges as a hole to fill up every part of it quickly during casting. Also, without a way for air to escape during molding or casting, you'll be left with problem causing air bubbles, and without good shapes or entry points, duplicating your toy gets a lot trickier. Be sure and pick a toy with a large base or flat side that will be the area to pour into, and try to think about how you're going to remove it from the mold without hurting the toy or the mold. If you're not sure, experiment! One of the greatest things about ComposiMold is that it's reusable. If your mold fails miserably, just remove your toy, take it apart and it's ready to be melted and poured again and again!
If the toy you picked out is plastic, there's a good chance it will float in the molding material, so you'll need to hot glue it to the bottom of your container. Make sure it doesn't touch the sides! If your toy is molded too close to the side of the container, the molding material will be too thin to properly support your casting.
One last step before pouring, spray the glue and water mixture on your toy, rub it in then pat it dry. Now we heat our ComposiMold in the microwave until it's nice and smooth, and carefully pour it into the cup. Drizzle your molding material carefully and slowly around your toy, making sure to let every crevice fill evenly without bubbles. Once you're done, set your molds to cool in a safe place (or the freezer if you're impatient!). When your mold has cooled, remove the cup and carefully cut down the side of the mold from the base to make your parting line. Don't go all the way, we just need to open the mold up enough to remove the toy then put it back together to make our casting. Having as few parting lines is preferable as there will be less flashing to remove, and less chance of the mold becoming misaligned.
Now add a little cooking spray inside of the mold with a cloth or cotton swab to ensure your cast won't stick, then close it back up with a little tape to keep it from leaking. Now we're ready to mix our casting material, but how much to we need? Take a measuring cup and fill it to a known measure line, then take your toy, and completely submerge it. The amount of change is the volume of your toy! Fill a disposable cup with this amount of water (plus a little more for drips or messups) then mark the line. A perfect measure means no waste!
Now we head out to a well ventilated area to mix our casting material. Polyester resin is smelly, flammable and a skin irritant, so wear gloves, and don't breathe the fumes!
After filling the cup, carefully mix in the right amount of hardener (it's different for different resins, follow your directions), then slowly drizzle it into your mold. Be sure and squeeze or bump the mold a little to make sure no bubbles are caught. Let this cure for a few hours, and when you come back, you just might have your very own toy clone!

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Why wait for Apple? Make your own Lego iPad today

I'm sure there are plenty of Apple fanbois who are now counting the days until they can get their hot little hands on Apple's latest wonder. But why wait, when you can have a pretend iPad now?

This Lego iPad was built by Joe Meno, editor of the Lego fan site Brick Journal, and shows how the iPad looks in plastic brick form. Just add an actual iPod touch, and you'll have pretty much the same thing as an iPad, months ahead of your neighbors.

via MakeOnline

Monday, January 3, 2011



TARIKH : 18 – 19 JANUARI 2011

Dalam pasaran yang kompetitif masa kini, setiap pekerja perlu menghasilkan barangan dan perkhidmatan dengan lebih berkualiti. Salah satu kaedah yang efektif adalah melalui penglibatan di dalam aktiviti kumpulan ICC atau ‘Innovative and Creative Circle’. Aktiviti ini menyumbang ke arah usaha penambahbaikan berterusan.

Objektif :

Di akhir program ini, para peserta akan dapat :

Memahami konsep dan falsafah ICC
Memahami teknik penyelesaian masalah
Mengaplikasikan teknik dan alat-alat ICC

Sila muat turun borang permohonan dan brosur di bawah :
Borang Permohonan

Brosur Kursus

Sila berhubung dengan pegawai berikut untuk maklumat lanjut :

U/P - Pn. Sharifah Shamsiah Syed (Email : / Pn. Siti Zurianah Othman (

Jabatan Inovasi Enterpris, Lorong Produktiviti, Off Jalan Sultan, 46200 Petaling Jaya, Selangor

Tel : +603-7955 7266 ext. 324 / 334 Faks : +603-7957 8068 (E) / 7955 1824 (B)

Talian Bebas Tol : 1-800-88-1140 Laman Web :
Tel : 03-7955 7266

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Bengkel Pengenalan Inovasi PTAR

Dimaklumkan bahawa Jawatankuasa Inovasi PTAR akan menganjurkan program Bengkel Pengenalan Inovasi. Butir-butir program adalah seperti berikut :

Tajuk : Pengenalan Inovasi, KIK dan Kriteria Penilaian Pemarkahan KIK
Tarikh : 16 Disember 2010
Masa : 9.00 pagi hingga 4.00 petang

<>Tentatif Program






8.00 pagi

Pendaftaran / Minum Pagi

8.30 pagi

Taklimat Krusus


9.00 pagi

Ceramah :
Pengenalan Inovasi
Pengenalan KIK

11.00 pagi

Kriteria Penilaian Pemarkahan KIK

12.30  tghari

Makan tengahari dan solat

2.30- 4.00 ptg

Sambungan Ceramah
Kriteria Penilaian Pemarkahan KIK

Sesi soal jawab

4.30 ptg

Minum petang dan bersurai

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Jom Ke Festival MI2010!

Orang ramai adalah dijemput untuk datang ke Festival Malaysia Inovatif 2010 di Kompleks Sukan Bukit Jalil pada 24 – 26 November ini bagi meraikan tahun 2010 sebagai Tahun Inovasi yang bertemakan “Meraikan Kreativiti”.

Pelbagai program menarik disediakan bersempena dengan Festival ini agar semangat inovasi membara di dalam jiwa rakyat Malaysia. Jangan ketinggalan untuk menyaksikan pameran produk inovasi dan melihat persembahan

Marilah meraikan kreativiti bersama keluarga dan rakan-rakan rakan di Festival Malaysia Inovatif 2010 ini!

Program Festival Malaysia Inovatif 2010

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Festival Malaysia Inovatif 2010 - Kemuncak MI2010 -MOSTI

Salam Sejahtera ahli MyIdeas!

Salam 1 Malaysia.

Kementerian Sains, Teknologi dan Inovasi (MOSTI) sebagai peneraju Malaysia Inovatif 2010 (MI2010) dengan kerjasama pelbagai Kementerian, Kerajaan Negeri dan Rakan Inovatif telah menganjurkan pelbagai program dan aktviti berasaskan inovasi dan kreativiti sepanjang tahun 2010. 

Sebagai acara kemuncak MI2010, Festival Malaysia Inovatif 2010 akan diadakan pada 24 hingga 26 November 2010 di Stadium Putra dan Tempat Letak Kereta, Bukit Jalil. Pelbagai acara menarik untuk seisi keluarga sudah dijadualkan. 

Singgahlah di Pavilion Yayasan Inovasi Malaysia di Khemah Pameran di tempat letak kereta A, Stadium Putra Bukit Jalil, dan ambil bahagian dalam acara-acara menarik termasuk pertandingan video inovatif, innovation jam, kelas tarian dan bermacam-macam lagi. Sebagai ahli berdaftar MyIdeas, anda akan menerima layanan istimewa!

Yayasan Inovasi Malaysia

The MyIdeas Team

Monday, November 8, 2010

Official Opening of UiTM Innovation and Creativity Gallery

The Minister of Higher Education, Dato’ Seri Mohd Khaled Nordin, will officiate the Innovation and Creativity Gallery of UITM, 9 November 2010, 9 am, at Universiti Teknologi MARA, Shah Alam.

The gallery was set up by the Research Management Institute of UiTM as a clearing house of products invented by the university’s academics and scientists. It is an iniatiative proposed earlier this year when Dato’ Seri Mohd Khaled Nordin himself launched the Innovation DNA for UiTM in April.

A gallery is a window to contemporary achievements of contemporary achievements of an organisation’s arts and novel creations, therefore, this gallery is particularly fitting as UiTM academics and scientists have completed 1007 research this year. And there are another 2000 on-going research projects being conducted. Uitm believes that innovations will not be much of a benefit if they are kept in the libraries’ safe. They must be viewed by society and entrepreneurs.

Industries and entrepreneurs are warmly invited to view the display. In this opening ceremony, there will be 30 products and sculptures showcased. Most of them are gold medals winners in the Invention, Innovation and Design 2010 SE, a UiTM annual innovation exposition and competition, organized recently, 12 - 14 Oct 2010. These products are practical and marketable devices.

Among them is the Bank Islam Grand Prize winning product, invented by student Muhamad Hafiz Mamat and his team, Zuraida Khusaimi and Musa Mohamed Zahidi, of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering. The product is a Ultra Violet Photoconductive Sensor. This Ultra Violet Sensor is better than the traditonal ones as the sensor’s configuration has been improved by nanotechnology. The team said their UV sensor is cheaper than the ones used in today’s market as the UV fabrication makes use of less than 1 micron layer of material, thus having less configuration elements.

The next product is the Smart Classification of Kayu Gaharu that deploys a k-NN technique, a kit to classify the ‘gaharu’.

Other displays are products mainly in the UiTM Community of Reseach categories: Forensic Science, Green Technology and Sustainable Development, Frontier materials and industry Applications, Advance Computing and Communications, Humanities and Quality of Life, Brain and Neuroscience; and Drug Discovery and Health.

Information Contacts:
Research Management Institute (RMI)
UiTM Shah Alam

Tel : 03-5544 2094
Fax : 03-5544 2096/2767
Email :