Tag Archives: DIY

The Y-Zone

For those of you who know about M5’s DIY t-shirt printing machine, and wondering what happened to it, don’t worry….M5 will soon create a YUDU Zone, where anyone in the ECE Department will have the opportunity to put their creativity to the test. For those who would like to know more about this, I’ll just say that when in the Y-Zone you will design and print your own pictures, quotes and more on your own t-shirt.

If you’d like to get a feel for it, check out this YUDU tutorial:
And stay tuned for more info on the Y-Zone.

Tubs of M5

Come to M5 and take a nice soothing bath…. NOT!

Tubs at M5 aren’t for taking care of your personal hygiene, we assume you’re at college so you are capable of doing that yourself!  I’m talking about these tubs:

If you’re working on a project and need a spare part, or helping out a DP class and need that 9pin to 34.52 pin Serial to ethernet adapter with three red blinky lights, chances are that we have it in one of these tubs.  If you are unsure whether the part you’re snagging needs to remain in M5, just ask a staff member!  So have fun taking your projects to new levels with some of the neat stuff at M5!


CNC – M5

Shop enthusiasts!


This week a team of staff and volunteers brought M5’s own personal CNC milling machine back to life!  The machine was built from scratch by a recent graduate, Brendan Nichols (MIE), and a group of students that were part of a small class that met once a week.  Using a Dremel Tool and some servos, we can now create some small scale projects autonomously.  The software allows for either automated use or manual control and supports many file formats, including Google’s own free(!) CAD software, SketchUp.


If you are interested, contact David via email at delentuk@student.umass.edu  about using the CNC or helping out with creating a stand and shield for the device.  So please stop by the shop if youwant to see this machine in action!




Cool Projects: DIY Minority Report Gloves

Tony Hyun Kim and Nevada Sanchez, students at MIT, have developed DIY Minority Report gloves all for <$100!

“The glove allows users to zoom around a map application, like using a smartphone touchscreen without the screen — the gloved hands can “grab” the map and do the familiar pinching motion with their fingers to zoom in.” [PopSci]

Video & More Details

Via [http://www.popsci.com/technology/article/2010-03/video-mits-minority-report-glove-mouse-goes-wireless]