Robot Rabbit Skeleton

April 16th, 2015

Outside and Inside

Been working on a ridiculously involved internal structure for a robot toy. CNC’d aluminum, custom circuit board, off the shelf hardware — all to be covered up by some tin cans.

As I mentioned before, I’m proud of the 9 Volt battery holder solution. And yes, those are Knight Rider eyes.

Robot Skeleton

Robot Skeleton

Robot Neck How To

April 16th, 2015

I mentioned before that a slip ring and a caster swivel make for a great robot neck. Here is a video with more details. Thanks Jeff.

9 Volt Battery Holder

April 16th, 2015

9 Volt battery in place

I have yet to find a decent 9 Volt battery holder. So I’ve just designed it into the internal structure of my latest robot.

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A bunch of CNC’d aluminum plates held together by standoffs. The battery sits in a cutout and a set screw holds it in place from the bottom. More to come.

1/8" thick aluminum cut by Othermill

Othermill and ITP

April 16th, 2015

What You'll Need

A nice story about the Othermill, ITP, and some projects we’ve been working on at the Other Machine Co. site.

Milling Time: Testing the Roland MDX-540 4-Axis CNC

April 13th, 2015

Mid Cut

My latest Milling Time article is up on Tested. I reviewed the Roland MDX-540 4 axis we have at ITP.

Two Candlestick Projects

April 12th, 2015

Here are two Candlestick projects I’ve been working on.

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One I call the Candle Scope, made of turned aluminum, steel, and glass. The candle flame is projected on to a nearby wall. It can be blurred or in focus.

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The other I call Glow in the Spark, a turned walnut tea light holder with glow in the dark plastic inserts. The candlelight “charges” the plastic and they glow after the candle has been snuffed.

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Turned Foosball Players

March 31st, 2015

Offensive Line

Had my students turn foosball players on the lathe and couldn’t resist making some of my own.

Offensive Line

Thanks Maya for the video.

Milling Time: Shapeoko

March 30th, 2015

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My second Milling Time article is up on Tested. This go around, the Shapeoko.

Milling Time on Tested

March 16th, 2015

CNCd Parts

My first CNC milling article is up on Tested. I love what they’re doing over at Tested, very honored to be a small part of it.

Stay tuned for more CNC articles coming soon.

Custom Milled Parts

March 15th, 2015

Milled Delrin Parts with Hardware

I’ve been working on some small fussy parts made out of Delrin and steel. It’s been fun to be so exacting with them.