Archive for April, 2016

Dancing gnomes, OpenSCAD and 3D printing

Dancing gnomes, OpenSCAD and 3D printing

For the gnomes workshop at the weekend I wanted to create a dancing gnomes display using one of the motors. The stepper motor was smallest so fitted the requirement the best. I found an example of a planetary gear arrangement

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Workshop Preparation

Workshop Preparation

In preparation for the Raspberry Pi workshop at the end of the month I’ve been experimenting with the Raspberry Pi and simple hardware. So far I’ve had success with: LED Micro switch Tilt switch Servo Motor via H-Bridge I’ve also

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Thinking about animatronics

Thinking about animatronics

I’ve been invited to a play workshop in Leeds at the end of the month and that in turn has got me thinking about animatronics. Basically we plan to make some gnomes and make them move. Two key factors here

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You are my density

You are my density

It can be a bit tricky to determine the nature of a mystery metal, and in the home workshop it can be even harder to tell the purity of a metal. So I looked up the density of Aluminium and

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Bird table

Bird table

Back in the summer of 2014 I completed a gate modification extending the height of the back garden gate. One component of that was some bamboo screening at the top. Unfortunately as various cats, foxes and squirrels had used this

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A new industry TV channel and competition

A new industry TV channel and competition

The newly formed Department of Industry Commerce and Services is launching a new TV channel. The channel will showcase British Industry and trade as well as news, parliamentary reports and documentaries. It is believed that it will also include reruns

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