Homemade Hardware Week 7: Surface Mount and Acid Etching

First thing first: Fuck Surface mounting. Fuck it. It’s cool looking but like not worth my limited patience. So I swapped my my surface pieces for through holes. Acid etching on the hand… I actually enjoy and find less nerve wracking than milling. So I etched my board—Or rather 4 of them in case of…

Homemade Hardware: Week 3

Bootloader issues aside (I have to resolder MISO, MOSI, and clock pins), things are going fairly  well.  Getting used to working in Eagle, and the challenge of fitting all the parts as close as possible without ruining circuits is a bit of a challenge. At any case, it is now time for our Marquee project…

Homemade Hardware: Week 2

Not sure what else to share other than getting reacquainted to a soldering iron for the first time in years.  Got this crappy arts and crafts one, ran a little too hot, oxidized really fast. I am going to have to purchase a Weller in the immediate future for sure. After so many pokes and…

Homemade Hardware: Week One

Alrighty! So future me, we’re gonna talk about programming an ATtiny chip, and making it work with a pot and slider! (You’ve probably done this a lot by now, but hey, it doesn’t hurt to look back!) So we got ourselves an ATtiny85: You tried the ATmega328 and all it gave you is disappointment. (You…

PComp: Final Post

So here is the final circuit. Ideally to get it any small would mean an custom board, which can be revisited next semester with my classes at least. After some feedback, people have insisted perhaps making two sets of design and having the person building or purchasing the design chose what they like. My intention…

Fab Week 7: Motor Mounts

…Or lack thereof. But not intentionally so! So here’s my rad “robot” kit. The Scribbler. Cool, right? I mean if Maker Faire liked it to be Editor’s and Educator’s choice, it’s gotta be good! …But the crux. I purchased a DC/Stepper mount for this guy but the head of the motor wouldn’t fit through the…

So this week’s project was little less technical and more artsy fartsy with a mosaic, working with glass, grout, and wood instead of my usual cardboard prototyping. Started with a basic base to mount the glass, ArtDeco black satin enamel paint (the sort you’d usually use to decorate walls and furniture), and my new favorite…

PComp Final: Debugging!

A short update. The code and circuit work, a setback with the Trinket has led me to switch with the Arduino Pro Mini, which has also led it to its own share of uploading issues, which after much testing and re testing and scouring the internet for fixes, I have the solution! First, the FTDI…

ICM Final: The Complete deal!

I should be be sleeping as I write this but hey, it’s one less thing off my plate! After many offices hours and staring glazed-eye at the screen many a late night, hoping the code will just will itself to on to the screen (or work for that matter), it is done! So we all…