Updated on December 27, 2016
I’ve got my 3D printer back! *Hugs printer* The replacement board arrived just before Christmas and I installed it today. I also finished adding the case and additional cooling fan to help the board stay cool and dust free! I can finally get back to printing for my projects! Let’s hope it doesn’t break again!
Posted on December 26, 2016
The TEC1 Thermoelectric module arrived some time ago and I finally got round to building a mock up for the fridge coaster. This was only a test to see if my method of using a heated cutting knife would work, and how accurate it would be. As you can see below, it worked well, but the accuracy, not so much… I’ll need to either me a lot quicker with my cuts, or think of another solution.
Updated on December 26, 2016
I’ve been interested in networking, servers and web hosting for a long time, and I’ve always wondered how the back-end of web hosting providers worked. I’ve been looking into the technology and software used in the web hosting insidery, and it got me thinking. I could do this!
In my local area, there are countless small businesses, ran by local people in the area. Most of these businesses don’t have a website, don’t advertise, some of them aren’t even listed on Google Maps! So I though, perhaps i could set up a web management company to help these businesses improve their online presence, getting them more customers and helping them to utilise the cloud for business management. May I present, https://cloudative.com/.
My aim for this business is to start off marketing to small, local businesses. providing a low-cost way to build a website, utilise google aswords advertising targeted at the local community, and use the cloud for business management, like an online booking system, CRM and accounting system. To keep costs low, I’ll utilise open source and third-party applications like WordPress to build sites quickly and utilise professional themes to create a stunning appearance.
Posted on December 9, 2016
So, even though it pains me to spend more money on this machine, I’ve gone ahead and bought a replacement MKS gen board for the 3D printer. It will be worth it in the end, I do use my printer a lot and it will come in handy for countless projects I’m working on.
The replacement I bought was this MKS gen V3 board. It’s tricky when buying replacement MKS boards, there are versions for printers with dual extruders and different boards for printers with dual Z motors. So, I needed to ensure I picked the right one. This listing looks to be correct and the product image looks correct. So let’s hope for the best!
Posted on December 9, 2016
Today is a very sad day… 🙁 My 3D printer decided to break on me. When i was working on my printer’s wiring, i must have moved a wire somewhere, causing a short circuit. So when i turned it on, i was presented with some magic smoke 🙁 . The replacement par twill cost around £30, so I’ll need to wait till after Christmas before i can order the replacement, and even then it will take a month to arrive.
For now, all projects that need something printing are on hold until i can resolve this issue.
Posted on November 19, 2016
At work today I noticed these little storage boxes, they were 4 for 99p ( 81p for me 😛 ) so I thought I’d pick some up to store small electrical components. These are great, now all my resistors are stored separately and are marked clearly. I used some sticky labels from my thermal printer that I’d previously used for Matonics (My online business) to create the resistor value stickers. I’ve got some more transistors and other small components on the way from china, so these boxes are brilliant!
Just thought I’d make a post about it 🙂
Posted on November 18, 2016
I’ve been wanting a decent FPV camera for some time. I’ve used my Sj400 action camera and an old 700TVL CCD camera to practice on, but now I want to use something proper. I’ve ordered a HS1177 FPV camera from Aliexpress. These cameras are brilliant, perfect fro FPV. I chose to go with a 2.1mm lens, so have a wide field of view, but without the annoying ‘fish eye’ effect.
The new camera should be here within the next few weeks, once the new Racing quadcopter is complete, I’ll see how it performs!
Updated on November 9, 2016
So, I’ve been looking at these TEC1 12706 Thermoelectric modules and they look awesome! These modules, when powered, will move heat from one side of the module to the to the other. This allows you to create a cooling effect. I’m thinking I could create a mini fridge for my room using a couple of these modules, just to try them out!
Another cool thing about these modules is that if you actively heat one side and allow cooling for the other, they can generate electricity! Using this feature I could create a thermoelectric phone charger, desk light or anything! So, I’ve ordered 1 module to play around with for now and if I like them I’ll order a few more!