Category Archives: Electronics
How to Build a Kossel Mini Tutorial, Frame

Why I am building a Kossel Mini

My first 3D printer was a Prusa Mendel V2 Reprap, after seeing the speed and precision of my bosse’s Rostock Max and drooling over his Kossel mini I decided it was time to make another printer. (You can find my Prusa Mendel V2 Reprap post here) I have found that half the fun of 3D printing is building the machine… especially if you are the type that enjoys tinkering and fiddling with gadgets. I have also found that 3D printing is absolutely a hobby, though, I am to cheap to try some of the more out of the box printers that are developing nowadays. I am not sure if the urge to build things or my cut-rate pocket-book drive my DIY printing hobby more… Read More…

Electric Hobby RC Cars for the Absolute Beginner

I found gathering all the info needed to dive into RC cars as a hobby kind of confusing. It helps a lot to have a mentor that you can ask questions but that is not always possible. Read More…

How to Solder for the beginner

 

Here are some good practices when soldering electronics. Read More…

How to terminate RJ45 connectors on Cat5 Ethernet cable

 

Making Cat5 Ethernet cables or repairing the ends is quite easy.

You will need a RJ45 connector, a crimper, and some strippers or a knife to strip the shield. Read More…

DIY The Most Useless Machine

The useless machine is a simple box with a switch and motor, when you turn on the switch the lid opens and the arm swings out and turns off the machine and then retracts. It is so simple but brings a smile to the face of everyone that tries! The Useless Machine was not created by me, it can be found in Make Magazine and in numerous Instructables and DIY articles online. Read More…

RepRap Prusa Mendel V2 Complete Build

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Building my very first 3D printer was quite traumatic and time consuming but also fun and rewarding! I don’t suggest building your own unless you have a love for tinkering, and making. There are some other qualities that will come in handy such as tendency’s for hacking, electronics, and computers. As this is a computer controlled machine complete with a microcontroller you MUST know how to turn a computer on. Be aware that building your own RepRap is more like getting a hobby than getting a project. Read More…

Netduino VB button tutorial and Event Handlers

Programming a button press with VB and your @Netduino, Event handlers and interrupt ports. In this tutorial I show how to program the Netduino to light up the onboard LED when the button is pressed, I then go into event handlers and latching buttons. Read More…

Netduino VB Tutorial 1 Blink

This is the first in a series of tutorials on programming the Netduino with Visual Basic or VB. You can program the netduino with either C# or VB but VB is now my language of choice. Read More…

Netduino VB Programming Environment Setup

Programming your Netduino with C# is fine and all, however, I am not going to do it any more. It is super easy to make the switch to a more forgiving programming language by the name of Visual Basic or VB. Read More…

Netduino FIrmware Upgrade Tutorial

In order to upgrade or replace the firmware in your Netduino you will need to download some software first.

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