Magazines and Stepper Motors

It would be easy to think that I’d be putting my feet up after the last post.

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But I’ve been busy with a new project for DIYODE magazine, I can’t say too much but it does include electronics, 3D printing and some coding to produce a remote-controlled electro-mechanical device. I’m sure you won’t be disappointed.

This month also sees another article in HackSpace Magazine, looking at how to build moving designs with levers and gears. I was also in last month’s DIYODE with the UV Monitor, a custom Arduino board with an RTC.

Hot Stepper

Element14 have sent me a TMC5161-EVAL-KIT by Trinamic to review along with a nice chunky stepper motor.

My plan is to test stepper repeat-ability and how it behaves under stall conditions. To complete the testing I’ve started building a test rig that is based around a large beam and some brackets for a bearing block and the stepper motor. I am 3D printing some 100mm drums which will have a cord running between them.

Footstool Finishing

Footstool repaired

Over the last few weeks I put the footstool back together. After a good amount of sanding, I used oak coloured wax to stain the wood for the new side panels. The PVA/sawdust filler did not take this stain so

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Damp proofing your shed

Damp proofing your shed

A damp shed, workshop or garden building is not a good place to be. The damp can cause mold, mildew or fungus to grow and moisture can cause warping or cracking of the structure. Moisture can get to your building

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Footstool Revisited

Footstool Revisited

Back in 2016 I made a footstool from some reclaimed parts. Unfortunately it got broken relatively quickly and my wife complained that the underlay I’d used instead of foam was uncomfortable. So it got relegated to the back of the

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Prague Technical Museum the lower levels

Prague Technical Museum the lower levels

I left the technical museum cafe through the rear door and found myself on a staircase. Hugh had mentioned a mining section so I headed down to see if I could find it. But instead, I found a large mechanical

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Prague Technical Museum

Prague Technical Museum

Last week, I was invited to give a short talk on the Joy of Making to my college friend Hugh’s HackSpace, the Garage at Microsoft Prague. The following morning I visited the Prague Technical Museum

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Shed Manual

Shed Manual

The Haynes manuals are renown for their quality guidance on car repairs. In recent years they have expanded their range to include a wider range of topics. Some of these are more coffee table books than instruction. However, “Shed Manual”

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Dodo Walk R2

Dodo Leg Test

The bird anatomy pictures were really helpful in creating the new version. I created a box in Fusion360 and added the picture as a decal. I then used that to trace out the two parts of the leg. Previously I’d

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