Lukewarm Drill Press Bench

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Space is a premium in small workshops and there are many ways to overcome the limitation space has on tool sizing. One way to fit big tools like my drill press in my garage work space is to make them mobile so they’re available when needed and can be stored when they’re not.   Finished […]

Garden Light Ideas | Custom Globes for Solar Lamps

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In this build video, I design a 3D printed globe for some inexpensive garden lights and give them a custom look. The build didn’t go exactly as planned, but check out how things turned out! What was the other design supposed to look like? Well, I was going for a Rougier Tube Lamp style. It turns out […]

DIY Halloween Decorations: Animated Skull

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In this build video, I show you my Animated Skull project. Using a servo, some 3D printing, and some clever circuitry, this inexpensive Halloween prop can automatically move in sync with recorded audio! Check out the photo gallery below for more details! Fritzing Diagram Project Bill of Materials : Please Note: Its Project Day! is […]

Baby + IFTTT + Google Assistant = Awesome!

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If you have a newborn, then you know it’s important to make sure they eat enough and often enough. After we got home from the hospital with our little one, my wife and I tracked our baby’s food by making handwritten notes of the start and stop time, how much our baby ate and if […]

Machine Learning Color Classifier

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Projects

My line-following robot needed to differentiate between 5 colors to choose the line to follow. Instead of hard-coding and trial-and-error to figure out what the sensor is seeing, I decided to use a Machine Learning algorithm. It was surprisingly easy to implement on my Arduino Uno. For a recent line-following robot competition at the RSSC, I […]

Fume Extractor

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Projects

If you tinker with electronics, then you’re certainly familiar with solder fumes. You probably do your best to avoid breathing them, but let’s face it: like I used to, you probably just accept them as a necessary evil. I got wary of dealing with them, so I built this fume extractor project as an excellent […]

Installing Python 2.7 and Modules on Windows

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How-to

Installing Python isn’t hard. Figuring out what to install is a nightmare. This is my experience with installing Python and some Modules on Windows and it’s good news, I promise. I’ve done some work with Python on Raspberry Pi Rasbian and on Ubuntu Linux, but I’ve steered well clear of Python on Windows for one […]

Applications and Fabrication with Plastics

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Essentially, this presentation is going to come down to one question: Why should you use plastics? or phrased differently, How could you use plastics? Is the strength suitable? Will it stretch? What does the final shape need to be? Do you have the tools? Will the part be abraded? Are there unconventional features that you […]

Entry into Machine Vision

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Projects

To paraphrase Helen Keller: the only thing worse than being a blind robot is to be a robot with sight, but no vision.  Machine vision is the combined methods for taking in video or still image data and translating it into some meaningful interpretation of the world that a computer can understand. Some of the most popular […]

My Thanks to Mr. Clavel

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Delta Arm Projects

I spent some time working on this backburner project over my Christmas vacation. It’s nowhere near finished, but it functions, so I thought I’d share what I have. This robot arm configuration is called a Clavel Delta Arm and where you might think of a typical robot arm composed of a series of links, this […]