Archive for January, 2015

Welding a stainless steel toilet roll holder

Welding a stainless steel toilet roll holder

Our Ikea toilet roll holder broke into two parts. On inspection there was just a single weld holding it together and that was obviously not very strong. As I have welding equipment I though it should be a straightforward repair.

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Award for services to the electronics community

Award for services to the electronics community

Member of the month award and interview.

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How to design a light – Design Museum

How to Design a Light

How to design a light from the Design Museum This is an inspirational and conceptual book rather than a practical study guide. It’s hard to tell if the book is intended for the coffee table or …

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3D Printed Medal

3D Printed Medal

Every year I meet up with my old friends from the Student Television of Imperial College. On previous years I’ve taken along my Flea Chariot and some magic washers. This year the theme was “Something made this year”…

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Hackaday Omnibus

Hackaday Omnibus

For the last ten years the Hackaday website has been sharing the best hacks from around the world. Now they are determined to have a permanent record of the best of those hacks. Hacking is an art form that uses

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Commercialising ideas and inventions

Commercialising ideas and inventions

Following a chat on twitter, I asked Patrick Andrews if he could provide some insight into how inventions and ideas could be commercialised. Ok, the first thing is to try to stop using the word “commercialisation”, because that is a

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OpenSCAD

OpenSCAD

As part of the RoadTest of the CEL Robox 3D Printer I proposed to look at printing some gears. This will check both the printers ability to print detailed shapes and also if there is any warping. The geometry of

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Why doesn’t everyone have a 3D printer?

Why doesn't everyone have a 3D printer?

Stan Przybylinski @smprezbo posted an interesting quote from Autodesk University 2014. “Reality is that 3D printing is falling short. Only 200K printers have ever been sold. Up to 75% of printed models are failures #AU2014” Given the number of different

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