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....

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...

side project, kill la kill scissor blade part 1

I wanted to get a gift for my girlfriend sure I could buy flowers or chocolates but meh they are kinda not what a geeky girl wants…..a sword from an anime series? perfect. so I decided to build her the sword from the anime series kill la kill. A lot here was...

Building Fallout T45 power armour

I decided one day while trudging the wastes of the game fallout to build the power armour. I looked at all kinds of home methods first using cups and boxes but none gave the true shape of the helmet or other parts. I knew I could do better so I looked for better, that...