I haven’t been doing much around the shop recently. The weather hasn’t been nice enough to fire up the foundry, and for the past couple months I haven’t had a side project going. However, I recently had the opportunity to get a good deal on a 3D printer. It’s a clone of the Wanhao Duplicator i3 plus, co-branded with PowerSpec. The unicorn is a test print in PLA with the default configuration and settings. It turned out pretty well, with a decent surface finish, though there’s some globbing and warping on the ears and horn.
By day I work on home automation software. By nights-and-weekends I work on far too many random projects. Some are successful, some aren't, but I learn something from all of them.
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- On Everything Men
When I was a kid and people asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, I said I wanted to be an “Everything Man.” I don’t remember exactly how old I was when I had the idea. Old enough to realize that growing up to be a saber-toothed...
- Shop Notebook
I’ve been looking for a good notebook I can use to sketch out ideas and plans. I wanted something sturdy enough to survive hard use in the shop, which would lie flat without trying to close up on me while I was working in it.
- Wired Workbenches
After finishing the shop floor, I wanted to build myself some workbenches. The first was going to stay an open bench, and the second was going to gradually get filled up with bench-mounted machine tools. I spent...
- The Gingery Foundry
In the 1980s, David Gingery published a series of books entitled Build Your Own Metalworking Shop From Scrap. The principle is reasonably straightforward:...
- Shop Reflooring
I’ve appropriated a nook in the basement to become my shop / makerspace / scrap depot. (Sidebar: why is “mad scientist” a thing, but “mad engineer” not?) When we bought the house most of the basement wasn’t wired for power, so...
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