Bike Light GoPro Mount Adapter

Here’s another quick and practical project that I knocked off in a couple evenings.  My new POC mountain bike helmet has a non-standard venting arrangement, which makes it tricky to mount most bike lights that use Velcro straps.  However, I had mounted one of the adhesive GoPro camera mounts to shoot some video footage a ...

Bicycle Disc Brake Caliper Mount

It’s no secret that I can get pretty wrapped up in projects.  Witness a “small” project that I took on for a friend, which happened to combine my love of bicycles, mechanical design, and CNC machining work.  I ended up spending a 12 hour day, and then a 4 hour day in the shop – ...

Camera Slider Track Part 1

I have long wanted to work on some motion-controlled camera rigs, for time lapse and moving video shot purposes.  The longest-brewing idea I have had is for a motion-controlled cable camera rig for setting up some elaborate mountain bike shots, but there are a lot of engineering hurdles for that project and I just haven’t ...

Web Site Facelift

I’m happy to announce that we are now live on a new and faster hosting server, with a whole new look and feel.  In addition to those much-needed changes, I have also made a significant dent in documenting my older projects in a portfolio.  You can find these in the drop-down menus at the top ...

AZIZ! Light! 24

In an earlier post back at the beginning of this month, I described the beginnings of my DIY microscope illuminator project, dubbed Project AZIZ.  At that point I had just sent the PCB off to OSHPark for fabrication.  I’m happy to report that in the weeks since, I not only received the boards back, but ...

More Microscope Hacking: Camera Output!

Apparently hacking around with my microscope has turned into something of an obsession.  The other day, I wondered if I could easily add a camera output to my microscope.  I had a tiny composite video security camera lying around in my parts bin, and somewhat by accident also had a collection of C-mount lenses that ...

Powder Coating Experiments: Round 2 (Video)

Now that I have had a couple of weeks to get my powder coating process tuned up, I decided it would be good to put together a video that details it.  In the video I discuss: Off-the-shelf Craftsman all-in-one powder coating gun Home-built powder coating booth with air filter Temperature-controlled toaster oven using an industrial ...

Diansu DS-982 Solder Paste Dispenser 4

I did a review, mini-teardown, and test of an imported pneumatic solder paste dispenser that I picked up on eBay.

Project Aziz 3

My recent acquisition of a stereo microscope for the electronics lab has brought about a couple of side-projects.  One of them is the custom boom stand that I built a couple of weeks ago.  Another is this custom LED ring light, which I’ve dubbed Project Aziz (named after the poor kid holding the mirror from ...

Powder Coating Experiments: Round 1

I was intrigued by the idea of powder coating the parts of the microscope arm project, as well as other items.  So, I decided to do a little bit of shopping to get outfitted with a beginner setup.  I started with the somewhat ubiquitous Craftsman powder coating gun, which seems to be available on closeout from ...