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Upgrading a cheap Chinese surface mount oven

I sometimes have the need to make many surface mount printed circuit boards. Typically these take me about 30 minutes per board to make manually with a soldering iron.  I have been looking for a way to improve this time. Surface mount PCBs are made professionally by...

Encapsulating PCBs in acrylic resin

I've been trying to optimise the way I make Milestag sensor domes. These are electronic sensors that receive infra red light and convert this into a stream of binary data. The electronics need to be protected with a cover that is transparent to this light. Previously...

Embedded Software for Absolute Beginners

On 04-Mar-2017 we put on our first Embedded Software for Absolute Beginners workshop at HackOldham 1.5. 10 hardy Guinea Pigs signed up and, despite a minor issue with drivers, we managed to cover all the basics of writing some simple programs, uploading to an Arduino...

Making things with help from local business

I've had the need to make a part. I originally planned to 3D print it but the 'legs' at the right hand side were just too fragile. A talk with the mechanical engineers at work turned up 'Constant Manufacturing' based in Oldham. Large companies tend to shy away from...

DIY Computer Controlled Router-Part 4

I've got quite a lot done since my last post. My neighbour kindly machined the Y axis risers and Y axis gantry for me. I really did not do much on these myself, so here is a pic of them after installation. You can see the linear bearings installed on the rails at the...

side project, kill la kill scissor blade part 2

The sword was now ready to paint, the pva glue had provided a good surface for great coverage from this painting was easy, I used automotive spray paint it wasn't any expensive brand but the coverage was great, a layer of primer even though I had pva glue which is a...