Archive for June, 2016

The other Brunel

Smithsonian Photo 49260-G

Pretty much everyone knows of Isambard Kingdom Brunel the great British Engineer. Fewer know that his father, was also a great engineer and an immigrant from Europe. Marc Isambard Brunel was born into a farming family in Normandy. He was

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3D Printing a knight

3D Printing a knight

Over the weekend, I printed out the parts for the servo activated knight. It is designed to be glue together but I’ve made the parts a sliding fit. See GitHub for the models. 3D printing the parts There were a

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Offensive Machines

Offensive Machines

This week I revisited Novelty Automation, for a talk by Tim Hunkin titled “Offensive Machines”. Talk Tim started out with a history looking at automata, amusement arcades and a variety of mechanical amusements. He included a couple of my childhood

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A knight to scare dragons

A knight to scare dragons

Although the Dragon Detector project video has been submitted, I wanted incorporate some of my original ideas which got cut due to time constraints. Rob Ives’ Knight model is excellent but I’d always intended to build an moving 3D model

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Better Know Your Hammer

Better Know Your Hammer

Better Know Your Hammer is a guide to metal working hammers based on the blog posts of Wendy Edsall-Kerwin. I purchased an EBook edition of Better Know Your Hammer a few weeks ago. Like Wendy, I also like hammers and

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Boxing the Dragon

Boxing the Dragon

The last part of the Dragon Detector project was to put it all together and box it up. I had planned to make a 3D printed figure with a servo operated arm, however I knew that would take time so

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Simply Stairs

Simply Stairs

Mark Milner is an expert in wood construction. He lectures and assesses students at North Kent College in Gravesend, and is an Assessment Development Consultant for City and Guilds of London Institute. Mark has written a great book on building

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