Archive for the ‘Finished Project’ Category

Maker Project Lab, Maker Update 21

Wednesday, 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.

Vacuum Formed Project Enclosure

Monday, 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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Cam Shaft

Tuesday, 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

Monday, 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

Wednesday, 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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Utility Belt

Friday, September 30th, 2016

Utility Belt

Whipped up a utility belt for my nephew’s birthday. The buckle is made from milled aluminum and delrin. And the black pouch is filled with Legos. What do you carry in your utility belt?

Utility Belt

Utility Belt

Robot Recipes: Captain America

Thursday, September 29th, 2016

Captain America

I made a couple of Captain America inspired robots for my nephew’s birthday. They don’t do much, except stand up to major punishment and promote liberty and justice for all. Just like Cap.

Captain America

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Moiré Pattern Clock

Tuesday, July 5th, 2016

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Made a quick prototype for a clock mechanism powered Moire Pattern kinetic sculpture. Laser cut some cardboard (back of a yellow legal pad), painted it black and white, fitted it to an off the shelf clock mechanism.

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Utility Belt Workshop

Wednesday, June 8th, 2016

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I taught a utility belt making workshop with Kate Hartman the other day. A lot of fun.

First step is actually make a belt: strap, buckle, clip, tri-glide, and do a little sewing. Next, we’ll add electronics and gadgets.

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Weave Through Tri Glide

Buckle and Clip

Milling My Own PCBs: Knylon

Wednesday, June 8th, 2016

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Finally got around to milling my own PCBs. I’ve been wanting to “formalize” the Knight Rider/Cylon LED circuit (I’m calling it Knylon). I did the CAD through 123D Circuit and the milling with the Othermill. After a few iterations, I have something I really like.

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