Design Competitions

Three interesting design competitions that are currently open:


Core77 Design Awards (although closing soon):

Intel Make it Wearable Competition:

Element 14 Community Group for Wireless Power Solutions:


The Intel Edison SD Card Size Computer and TI Wireless charging kit:

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Pinball Parts

Ordered some initial parts and components for the Pinball Project today.

Firstly – some standard sized pinballs to get an idea of the sizes and weights involved.
Second, some Flipper Coils, chosen pretty much at random. I think the make is Bally or Williams. Other than the size, I have no idea about the technical specs.

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Lastly, a Wireless Bluetooth RF Transceiver module, for getting Bluetooth connectivity on the Arduino.
After looking at a few different types, I went for one called HC-06, basically because it was the cheapest. The Adafruit Bluefruit EZ-Link sounds like it may be a better option in the future, but I’m hoping that HC-06 will give me a better understanding of what’s actually needed. Just a cheap option to mess around with in the meantime.

001 – Pinball Project

Project Number: 001
Project Name: PINBALL

Pinball! This project will initially involve researching Pinball machines and Pinball machine mechanisms, looking for interesting designs and identifying opportunitys for design and build projects.

(Original Post Date: 04-Mar-14)

First Post

Hello World!!!

Welcome to Maker Bothy! The blog of Liam Connelly, a Design Engineer and Maker enthusiast based in Melbourne Australia.

I’ve set up Maker Bothy as a place to record and share my personal projects, which will typically involve: Mechanical Engineering, CAD and 3D modelling, Industrial Design, Electronics, Graphic Design, programming, woodworking and metalworking.

Hopefully some of my experiences will be of interest.

Thanks for visiting!

(Original Posting Date: 04-Mar-14)