A brief Brazing Introduction, and quips about the prospects of sustainable DIY My house here in Los Angeles is shared between 4 people - between us we work diverse set of jobs, but we all inevitably spend a lot of time on our laptops. Some of us have desks, but we've wanted to have a … Continue reading From Workbench, to Work-from-Home
Sustaining Engineering on an Older FDM
A short repair/modification to an aging 3D printer, and a mystery solved.
Constructing the Indestructible
Not contained within this blog post: thoughts about the CoVID-19 pandemic, Excuses for why this is my first post/update in over a year, or any attempt to document this project in an orderly fashion. I'm a truly terrible reader these days. Based on how things have been lately, I'm on track to intercept the attention-span … Continue reading Constructing the Indestructible
A Scaled-up Form 2 Print Engine, Using Giant Galvanometers
This is an ongoing project! This, and future posts will all be linked on the Project Page (once I create it) Some time after finding the camera from my last post, I found myself again at the MIT Swapfest, amongst yet more relics from the labs and basements of the greater Boston area. I wasn't … Continue reading A Scaled-up Form 2 Print Engine, Using Giant Galvanometers
A 115 Year Glow-Up
I picked up a film camera a few years back from a vendor at the MIT SwapFest, a collection of very colorful folks in beat up minivans selling all sorts of things out of a parking garage in Kendall Square. It was a Kodak 1A from the late 1920s - pretty, but also pretty common, … Continue reading A 115 Year Glow-Up
Another Bright Idea
I swear I don't just work on lights these days... I've been building and improving a little corner here at Formlabs for Electronics rework over the past year or so, and I've been pretty happy with it - except for the lights. Soldering reworks onto fine-pitched components and installing 0402-sized components takes both good dexterity … Continue reading Another Bright Idea
Brightening my DayLilies
April was a tricky month. Formlabs is bustling; we announced a big new product to the world and now the days are spent on the final tweaks to get it into our customer's hands. And what is my role in all of this? I am, well, focused on growing some vegetables in our still-too-short New … Continue reading Brightening my DayLilies
...well, how was that for a cliffhanger? It wasn't exactly a riveting story, I agree. It's been a year and a half, plus or minus, since I left my story hanging here. I had to ask out of curiosity - Google tells me that I haven't posted or given any sort of update in exactly … Continue reading Hello, Again
What’s the point? Getting over a robot’s mid-life crisis
In a way, this post is part of the TigerBug project, which was a robot hardware platform I worked on for use at RIT for research and as a fundraising tool . However, it will probably not be going under that name anymore, as I want to take the project in a different direction. Take a look at the project hub for past progress on different components of this project.
I displayed the robot at ImagineRIT this weekend, showing it making some basic shapes and text. I used the Jtech Photonics plugin for Inkscape to generate some Gcode for it, with a few modifications to make it work with a pen (the software is designed for use with laser cutters). Marlin, the open-source firmware I'm … Continue reading It’s Alive!