Archive for March, 2015

Maker Movement

Maker Movement

Custom Made have published an informatic on “The Emergence of the Maker Movement“. This looks at the processes behind making, funding, tools, demographics and people, there is also a selection of interesting links of companies involved with Makers.

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Magnifier Lamp – Printing the head

Magnifier Lamp - Printing the head

The main part of the magnifier lamp is the head, after a few variants of design I ended up with something I was happy to print. I loaded the 25x140x160mm model into Automaker and selected the fine option. 36 minutes

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Building a workbench

Building a workbench

I’d been discussing workbenches with my Dad who’s just setting up a new workshop after a house move so I asked Brandon from Solid Wood Designs in New Zealand what he thought the basic fundamentals were for creating a workbench.

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Enchanted Cottage – Proposal

Enchanted Cottage - Proposal

My plan for the Element14 Enchanted Objects Design Challenge is to take an old fashioned weather house and retrofit it with electronics

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Three cornered thumb-wheels

Three cornered thumb-wheels

To clamp my magnifier lamp in place I’ve bought some nice stainless steel bolts with half thickness nuts. This means that the nuts are roughly the same size as the heads giving it symmetry. I’ve also made some thumb-wheels /

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Magnifier Lamp – Design and test

Magnifier Lamp - Design and test

For an upcoming project I wanted to build some circuit boards and the main component only came as a surface mounted device (SMD). I asked the members of the Element14 community what they would recommend regarding tools for SMD components.

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Engineering is just helping people

Photo Credit - WaterAir UK

I was reading an article by Dr Lesley Paterson in the IET magazine that looked into the debate that Engineering should be taken out of STEM because Engineering is different in that its about using those Science, Technology and Mathematics

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Bench modification

Bench modification

Thanks to some good friends I now have a large ex-BBC filing cabinet. This has 4 large drawers and is 1m wide by 1.2m tall. There’s a couple of concrete blocks in the bottom to stop it falling over when

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