Consisting of an encoder or potentiometer and a wire that pays off a drum, a cable extension transducer provides inexpensive measuring over long distances because its wire needs no guidance to follow a straight line-only an attachment at the working end. Also called draw wire sensors, string pots, even yo-yo sensors, the devices can be installed without much fussing over alignments. They are built to withstand extreme environments, such as paper mills, or can be furnished as instrument grade styles that are at home in a lab.
A make-your-own Star Wars Sith Lightsaber hilt is heftier and better-looking than most others out there, according to its maker, Sean Charlesworth. You can 3D print it from free source files, and there's even a hardware kit available -- not free -- so you can build one just in time for Halloween.
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