25th Dec 2012

LED Cube

I’ve been looking at making a large LED cube. That’s LEDs wired up into a three dimensional display. Here’s an example: It’s pretty clear it would take a lot of...

25th Dec 2012

Spirograph Business Cards

I wanted to make my own version of Lady Ada’s Spirograph business card so I picked up this ~2mm material is from Wallacks. I’ve made a few and they have been really fun. One...

23rd Dec 2012

Lava Light

I have this cool lava light designed by Michael. I’ve interested in exploring light so today I decided to assemble it. Wow! Instant Christmas. I didn’t really expect that but...

21st Dec 2012

Billboard Thoughts

I’m collaborating with my friend Raven. We’re still at the drawing board but we’ve talked about those billboards that change images using rotating triangles. It’s a cool way to incorporate...

17th Nov 2012

Coaster Concept

Doug and I met up last Wednesday at Atomic. He shared this cool project. He’s working on different touch sensors but this experiment was to see if a coaster could...

13th Nov 2012

Painting Robot First Brush Strokes

I was able to get little dipper to move some paint around with the brush! Here it is making two whole brush strokes! I decided to make the code on...

11th Nov 2012

Painting Robot Thoughts

Found Objects not for Function I’ve been using found stuff in various projects. One thing that’s come forward is that it’s bad for pure function in mechanical systems. They are cumbersome and...

04th Nov 2012

Dip

I am designing the lower Y-Rail mount a well as the lower assembly of the Big Dip. I think it is most sensible to figure out the dipping system and...

03rd Nov 2012

Big Dipper Gantry Bearing

The Little Dipper (a 8.5×11″ format painting robot) is now ready for software which will take some reflection and time. While I mull over it, I will work on the Big...

01st Nov 2012

Little Dipper Painting Machine

I’ve been on a course on high speed reading for the past three days so I’m just getting back to the Little Dipper project. Stepper Motors These motors are out...

28th Oct 2012

Painting Robot Lives!

Little Dipper is now outfitted with shiny new linear bearings. I was a little silly to try to make it work with the junked up bearings from scanners (in retrospect)....

14th Oct 2012

New Rooster Form

For the rooster project, I have been thinking about trying an interference patter based on a rotating mask (I’m working on one with a linear interference mask too). Electric Rooster had...

13th Oct 2012

Little Dipper Mechanical

I’ve got most of the mechanical together for the Little Dipper painting robot. The machine has good rigidity and is big enough for an 8.5×11″ sheet of paper in landscape....

12th Oct 2012

Making Parts for Little Dipper

I started to cut out the parts out of 1/4″ hardboard on my CNC laser cutter. It was making a bit of a mess so I decided to do the...

12th Oct 2012

Interference Rooster

I make a rooster each year for the Atomic Rooster Cock Show. This started off as a remote control project but I decided to just go with a switch. I designed...

10th Oct 2012

Glut Rooster

Electric Rooster was a a lot of fun so here’s another instalment of the Rooster Project. Meet Glut Rooster. When you pull his string he drinks his beer and a bell chimes. The...