Metal Inlay Experiments

March 15th, 2017

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Been trying some metal inlay experiments. More to come.

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Octopus Toy Prototype

March 14th, 2017

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Octopus Walk. Maple and spring door stops. Kind of a first pass at an octopus toy. The proportions are way off, but I wanted to see if there is anything in the movement that I liked.

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Milled Blue Lion

March 14th, 2017

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Been milling some wooden Voltron parts, the Blue Lion to be exact. Showing some students how to use the 4 axis mill. Using the fantastic files from Jurica Pranjic.

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Maker Project Lab, Maker Update 21

February 15th, 2017

Once again Donald Bell has been kind enough to mention a project of mine in his weekly Maker Update.

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Flick Face is a kinetic “sketch” that is part of my 100 Days of Making, a collection of movement experiments and ideas.

Flick Face

Day 37: Flick Face. Perf board, LEDs, coin cell battery, battery holder, resistors, hookup wire, and springs. I made some whisker switches using the springs from ball point pens I got at the bank. The circuit kind of looks like a face and you get the best results when you flick the board.

Maker Project Lab Mention

December 8th, 2016

My vacuum formed project enclosure got a really nice mention on Maker Project Lab (starts around the 6 minute mark).

Take a look at the YouTube channel, some really good stuff. Thanks for the mention Donald.

Vacuum Formed Project Enclosure

December 5th, 2016

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Finally, finished an idea I’ve had kicking around for a little while. I vacuum formed some styrene over a stepper motor circuit board, to be a quick custom project enclosure.

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I formed it directly over the circuit board. After a little trimming and sanding, the cover fits great.

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My Non-Computerized CNC

November 22nd, 2016

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I had an old Shapeoko 2 in my shop that I never really finished assembling. I had the idea to create configurable stoppers so I could perform straightforward cuts, think Etch-a-Sketch with a router.

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I removed all of the motors, belts, and electronics. Bought some knobs, a shaft coupler, and milled a few custom delrin parts. And then took it for a test drive.

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I was very pleased with the results. The cuts is a bit choppy because I didn’t lock the 2×4 down too well, but for a first cut, not bad. I think I might use this for planing oddly shaped lumber, making rectangular voids in material, and creating simple slots.

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Cam Shaft

October 25th, 2016

Cam Shaft

Just milled a cam shaft out of delrin. Been meaning to make this part for some time now.

Cam Shaft

Building Bumpers

October 24th, 2016

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Putting together a system for a window display. The area is incredibly tight and we need everything to ride on a rail. We also need some bumpers to prevent everything going off the rails. Cobbled this guy together from some nuts, a bolt, washers, and a rubber stopper.

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Video Sculptures

October 19th, 2016

Video Sculptures

Just finished two walnut pieces for a Gabe BC video sculpture. Glued up the walnut blanks, then turned them round, then on to the 4-axis CNC for some milling, then back to the lathe to finish it all off. Video screens fit inside and original content will be running on them soon.

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