Help Our Hackerspace Grow!

Tinkering and building stuff is in my blood.  For much of my life, I’ve worked on my own projects by myself, but for the last couple of years I’ve wanted to be part of something bigger, with a grander purpose.  A few months ago, I joined MakeIt Labs​ in Nashua, and it’s been a great ...

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 ...