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Laptop Stickers

I have recently been having a go at some vinyl cutting. Hack Oldham has a Mutoh cutter. So, what better thing to do than cut some stickers for members to stick on their laptops. I used Inkscape, an open source vector graphic editor to convert the logo to a vector and...

Laser Cut Pencil Boxes

So, we finally have the laser cutter up and running at Hack Oldham, this means I can make a start on my long to-do list of things to make. This began with a pencil box for the workshop, sounds simple? Designing a tabbed box like the one below is usually quite a pain,...

Quality in Action Award

We are proud to announce that we have recently been awarded the Action Together - Quality in Action Award. Action Together are a local organisation that supports community groups throughout Oldham and Tameside. You can find out more about Action Together  at their...

DIY Computer Controlled Router-Part 5

I have been continuing work on my DIY CNC router this week by starting on the Y axis. This moves along the linear rails at the top and bottom of the Y gantry: The Y axis needs mounts top and bottom for the linear bearings, shown here in blue. I bought some 15mm...

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...