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 Tested.com

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

Vacuum Former Build Part 3

October 23rd, 2014

Electric Grill

I got a cheap electric grill for the heating element of the build. Striped it down and ready to try some tests.

The components so far

Vacuum Former Build Part 2

October 23rd, 2014

Carrier Frame and Vacuum Table

I CNC’d some MDF for the vacuum table part of the build. Glued and sandwiched it all together. There is a hole at the bottom that fits the hose on our shop vac.

Carrier Frame and Vacuum Table

MDF Vacuum Table

Table before snading.

Vacuum Former Build

October 22nd, 2014

Carrier Frame with Plastic

I’ve been meaning to build a vacuum former for a long time. The first step is the Carrier Frame, the part that holds the plastic.

Carrier Frame with Plastic

I made it from 1″ angle aluminum (1/16″ thick), 90 degree flat angle brackets, a piano hinge cut to length, and some counter sink screws and nuts.

Plastic Carrier Frame

More to come.