Saturday, 11 June 2016

Facom Micro-Tech Screwdriver Tool Holder Version 2

Facom Micro-Tech Screwdriver Tool Holder Version 2

My original tool holder served me well but, with new arrivals more space was required.

Wednesday, 11 May 2016

Watches Past and Present

The Sands of Time.. 

After 20 years, starting with the Seiko SKX007, If rumours are to be believed Seiko may well have discontinued the current SKX line. Used and new prices have increased, stock has diminished to a random trickle.
I decided in March to acquire an SKX009  "Pepsi Bezel" while I still could. Although at this point in time it was not easy to obtain an SKX at a reasonable price.

I had planned on a review yet I started to digress! thinking back to watches I had owned in the past. Starting with my first watch aged 5, a Timex diver, up to present day. This article is not a review but more of an archive from my "mind palace".

I hope some of you may find it interesting, as you think back to watches from your own past.

Thursday, 24 December 2015

Ghostbusters 3 Ghost Trap

I must admit, I have never had the urge to recreate prop costumes or weapons but, the Ghost Trap had an interesting application for me, which I will go into at a later date..

Recreating accurate props is not a light undertaking, as I soon discovered modelling a 1:1 scale model of the original Ghostbusters trap, for an undisclosed project. I started off fairly light hearted, estimating my ability to make the actual prop but, underestimating the scale of the project!

Saturday, 28 November 2015

Update: Tinting Epoxy Resin with Powder Paints

In my previous article regarding tinting epoxy, I discussed using laser printer toner powder however,
one commenter on Hackaday mentioned the use of powder paints.

In this rather unscientific update I will show my results...

Friday, 27 November 2015

Building a Custom Integrated Circuit Package

Whilst working on the update for the μVolume project, one of the features I wanted to test was the ability to not only receive infra-red signals from a remote control but, to also transmit emulated infra- red signals. This could be used to control such a device as a TV or surround sound amplifier. An IR transceiver package was the obvious choice! After a lot of searching I concluded that the available parts were all basically costly, tiny SMD packages intended for the transmission of data between devices within a 1 metre range, such as laptops and mobile devices.

These additional components could be included on the actual PCB, however, that would have involved a re-spin. Plus, I prefer to keep the current PCB tidy and free of floating bodge wires and components.

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Wesco Pushboy Bin Astromech Trolley

Founded in 1867, Wesco have been making products for over 140 years. There is no denying their designs are iconic. After a recent purchase of a red Wesco 50 litre Pushboy bin, which is located in front of a pantry door, it became obvious that it's two part design made it awkward to move out of the way.

Whilst there is a trolley available for the PushBoy, plus other models in Wesco's range, I did not find it particularly attractive, not forgetting the additional £50.00 cost to an already very expensive bin!

I decided to design a trolley which would be (1) Practical, (2)attractive and (3) have a stable footprint. The design should take into account as you fill the 50 litre capacity the centre of gravity rises, as does the tipping point

Thursday, 5 November 2015

Dellcade Compact Arcade Machine Build Part Two: Ones and Zeros

Initially, I planned to mount the Raspberry Pi up against the back plate so that the external leads would connect directly to the Pi, which would have been convenient . However, I decided to use short 300 mm extensions for HDMI, USB and Network to allow the Pi to be mounted with more flexibility inside the enclosure.