I made a quick headphone wrap to avoid tangles. It's roughed out of 6061 Aluminum on the Sharp knee mill in the Imagineering lab, and has been in my bag for a few months now.
I had about 20 minutes before a meeting yesterday, so I hopped on the Epilog laser cutter and cut out the Army Public Affairs crest for some friends. Here's a quick step-by-step for those who are interested:
Sunday morning is vanilla & almond waffle morning. To save on vanilla flavoring costs, I made my own vanilla extract. Here's how.
Here's a quick little project I did a while ago. I really enjoy film photography. I wanted to have a portable store of my files, so I cobbled together a flash drive. Most of the shooting I do is medium format, but I used an Ilford 100 35mm canister. It took maybe 15 minutes!
Machineable wax is a great prototyping material: it doesn't gum up endmills, it keeps amazing resolution, and it's cheap compared to high density foam. Here's how to make it!
I went a little overboard on a course project. For my thermodynamics course we were assigned a final design task, which could be anything even tangentially related to thermodynamics... so ... any topic in the universe really. Me being me, I decided to build a jet turbine engine.
I needed a +5v 2A power supply for some satellite work I'm doing tomorrow. The Radio Shack near BU wanted $29.95 for one that only put out 1A. Long story short, I made one for $2.39 instead.
I designed robotic dragonfly wings during a less-than-engaging-oh-why-am-I-in-this-freaking-room lecture.
basic concept I need control! Right now the spot weld quality varies too much for me to use for actual fabrication. I've decided to make a database of material types and thicknesses, and allow for on-the-fly timing adjustment and saving. That way, I can teach the computer as I go. I'll be able to take a couple tester strips of a material, make 10-15 welds to dial in the right time, and then forget about it.
What do you do when someone tosses an ancient microwave onto the sidewalk? For me, it's a no-brainer: gut it and build something. I had to pick what to build, though. There are a ton of projects which take advantage of mass-produced microwave oven transformers (MOTs). Tesla coils, Jacob's ladders and other high voltage projects can be a lot of fun, but I wanted to create something functional: a spot welder.
I've converted a donated mill to a CNC-capable rapid prototyping tool. Exciting stuff! (To me at least)
Yeah I've been productive.... I certainly haven't been fiddling around getting a Raspberry Pi turned into an epic arcade/NES/SNES/Sega emulator.
Designers don't have to burn out! In the six years since I began this design business, I've come across a lot of reasons to quit designing. People burn out for lots of reasons: designer's block, long hours, lack of clients, too many clients, and of course – client-zillas. That being said, I'm still in love with the design process and find new and refreshing reasons to keep working long into the night. I've come up with why I choose to continue, and hopefully this list will give you some insight into the design world and some inspiration to continue creating.
As part of a course, I created a gearbox design with a team of other engineering students.
Read on to find out how your calculator figures out oddball values like "e" or "pi" or the square root of 7.256!
I am capable of coding my way out of a paper bag with MATLAB.