Posted: Wednesday 19 February 2014 23:02
We took our camcorder out in the recent storms and recorded
some short films of the storms and flooding in Swanage and the surrounding
area. Swanage Storms, filmed in various locations along the sea front.
Durlston Country Park, filmed near the light house and along the coast path at Durlston.
Flooding at Corfe Castle, filmed on the main... read more
Posted: Saturday 08 February 2014 12:02
After completing our DIY Pick and Place machine USB Controller Board we needed to rewrite the controller software to drive the pick and place machine.
The new Pick and Place software is written in C# and we used Visual Studio 2013 to write the application. The application is based on the previous version which communicated... read more
Posted: Tuesday 28 January 2014 19:01
After completing our DIY Pick and Place machine we soon found a limitation with the SmoothStepper Ethernet board when using it to switch the various relays and select components from the Arduino Mini controlled component picker system.
Every time the Mach3 software sent a command there would be a short delay of... read more
Posted: Thursday 16 January 2014 14:01
One of my hobbies is Amateur (Ham) radio and it is useful to be able to check the outputs on the radios transmitters to check that the signal is transmitting on the correct frequency and not causing spurious frequency problems.
It isn’t safe to connect the output of a radio directly into a frequency counter or oscilloscope due to the high... read more
Posted: Tuesday 14 January 2014 23:01
While soldering boards today one of our Metcal SP200 solder stations stopped working with a quiet pop and some magic smoke* came from the case.
We removed the case of the power unit and found that the internal fuse had blown. The fuse was soldered to the PCB so we removed the fuse and found a spare fuse holder for 20mm fuses which fitted into... read more
Posted: Monday 23 December 2013 15:00
When using our high level photography mast we have always used a series of USB expansion cables to make up a 20m long cable to remote control the camera and view the live video feed from the camera in real-time on an Android tablet via DSLR Controller or laptop with the Canon EOS software. This has always caused problems when using the Clark 15m pneumatic... read more
Posted: Thursday 05 December 2013 19:55
After finishing the automatic pick and place project we soon found that we needed to be able to place components manually when working on prototype and very short production runs of pcb boards.
As the space in the loft workshop is very limited we decided to modify the old manual pick and place machine and make a new compact version which... read more
Posted: Monday 25 November 2013 00:02
This demo app allows the user to send Gcode commands to Mach 3 to control a CNC mill, lathe or other cnc hardware.
The application was made using Visual Studio 2013 and the demo app can be downloaded here.
First create a new Windows Forms Application:
Under the Solutions Explorer expand the References entry, right click and select... read more
Posted: Saturday 23 November 2013 12:57
The DIY pick and place machine project is now finally running and is able to place the components for our Raspberry Pi expansion boards. This project started in July 2013 when we began to order the various components, bearings, motors, drive systems, frame materials etc and we started to build the machine in September.
Various stages of this... read more
Posted: Wednesday 20 November 2013 13:39
On the 30 September 2013 I placed order with Ultimaker for the Ultimaker 2 3D printer and extra rolls of filament, order total 2,511.55 euros. Website said delivery from 21st October 2013
I ordered from Ultimaker as the printer seemed to be a very good specification and the expected delivery date would be good as I needed to make some physical prototypes... read more