Aluminum Space Helmet?

December 4th, 2014

Retaining Ring and Set Screws

This part started out as a quick demo on how to drill into a pipe (found on the ITP Fab site), but has morphed into something more. I’m thinking robot head (of course) or some sort of space/diving helmet.

Retaining Ring and Set Screws

I started with an off-cut piece of aluminum speed rail tubing (this stuff is everywhere around ITP), drilled a 1.5″ diam hole with a hole saw and jig, turned it on a metal lathe, and then made a retaining ring. I’m particularly proud of the ring: 4 evenly spaced holes, tapped for 6-32 threads, and secured by set screws.

Before and After

These parts has no purpose other than getting my chops back and the pure joy of milling parts.

Drill Hole

Knight Rider Eyes Installed

December 3rd, 2014

Finally got the Knight Rider eyes installed in a robot. My 10 year old self is high fiving me right now.

Knight Rider Boards

I like how the second round boards came out. A custom PCB would be great, but these will do for now.

Board/Switch Assembly

Robot in Pieces

Fully assembled with new eyes

I know it’s more of a Cylon than KITT, but that effect will always be Knight Rider to me.

Knight Rider Circuit

November 25th, 2014

Knight Rider circuit

I can’t believe it has taken me this long to build a Knight Rider circuit. Eventually there will be custom boards and they will be installed in robot heads.

I based this circuit off of this one and this one. Thanks people who posted those.

The Slinky Machine

November 14th, 2014

Maiden Voyage

Because a Slinky wasn’t fun enough. Still in the prototype stage, needs the timing to be adjusted, but the Slinky Machine was a very fun build. I love ridiculous machines.

Putting it All Together

November 14th, 2014

Getting there

Almost ready for a trial run. It’s moving at least.

More Mechanisms

November 14th, 2014

More Mechanisms

Really happy with how these things turned out. Kind of a piston like device that allows a shaft to travel smoothly. Some copper pipe, bushings, shaft, and some shaft collars. More to come.

More Mechanisms

Beginnings of a Mechanism

November 7th, 2014

Beginnings of a Mechanism

Trying to build a fun little thing, here are the beginnings.

Vacuum Former First Pulls

November 7th, 2014

First Attempts

Not that successful with my first pulls from my DIY vacuum former. I think I was using material that was too thick and not enough heat. My suction could be a little weak too. More to come.

First Attempts

ITP on

November 7th, 2014

It’s a pretty good day when you get to talk about a place you love on a site you love. Thanks Norm and Sean, I had a blast.

2×4 Project Enclosures

October 30th, 2014

Enclosures with components

I’ve been experimenting with different materials for small electronic project enclosures, and lately I’ve been into using scrap 2×4’s. Something about the look I really like.

Cored Out 2 by 4 Project Enclosure

A quick how to can be found here.

Cored Out Center