Welcome to Oak600!

If you’ve made it here and were looking for my old blog at foxrobotics.com, you are in the right place. I sold the other domain and will be starting “again” from this site.

My current big project is a giant, LED-animated periodic table of elements with samples of real elements. It’s a huge undertaking in terms of time and money – if you’d like to pitch in, feel free to reach out or check out my list on Amazon (click here) for the current list of materials I need to get.

Latest Blog Posts

Bits and bobs from projects, modern events, and whatever strangeness comes from my head.

Element Collection + Display Update

Element Collection + Display Update Gotta say, the collection is simultaneously the easiest thing ever and the largest pain in the rear. On one hand, you can purchase just about every element in pure or semi-pure states for $10-40 for a few grams. On the other hand, some are stupidly hard to get or can potentially [...]

Element Collection And Display

If you've ever met me in person, you'll know that I'm a chemistry buff. You'll also know that I'm a hoarder collector who is always in search of something new to start. Well, here we go - I'm starting an element collection. Inspired by some of the interesting displays shown on YouTube channels like Periodic Videos, I figured I'd [...]

Upgrading a K40 Laser Cutter, Part 2: Power Limiting and Precision Upgrades

Want to increase the life of your K40's laser tube? How about more precise power control? Start here! While the K40 laser cutter (aka an eBay/Alibaba laser cutter) is branded as a 40 watts, it really isn't. For reasons I won't go into in this article, it is closer to a 30W laser in practice. Unfortunately for us, pushing [...]

Upgrading a K40 Laser Cutter, Part 1: Control Board Upgrade

Get yourself a new laser cutter? Plug it in just to find out that it either doesn't work or do what you thought it should? Let's upgrade it! One of the simplest things you can do to improve the capabilities of your cheap, Chinese laser cutter, sometimes known as a K40, is to upgrade the electronics. The control board [...]

Make An Indicating Fuse Box!

Make An Indicating Fuse Box! 3D Printed Indicating Fuse Box BEHOLD! The indicating fuse box! Gone are the days that you must ask yourself, "Did the Earth stop spinning? Or did I just blow a fuse?!?" For eons, mankind has been stuck with boring fuse connections, BUT NO MORE!!! If a fuse goes out, [...]

Hacking a Brother Knitting Machine

I have to say, I love knitting, I love electronics, and I was elated to find that you could combine the two. After a bit of research, I found the AYAB project and dove in. Unfortunately, I struggled to find a lot of documentation when I embarked on this road a few years ago, so I made my own. [...]

Micro Updates

For things that don’t deserve a blog post 😉

2 weeks ago

Wrote a quick post on the glass blowing attempts I've done:

View Larger Image Element Collection + Display Update Element Collection + Display Update Gotta say, the collection is simultaneously the easiest thing ever and the largest pain in the rear. On one ... See more

2 weeks ago

With a shipment of radium-painted watch hands, I get three elements in one. #Radium decays to #Radon which decays to #Polonium (then lead, bismuth, etc). Like my plutonium sample, the only way I'll ... See more

2 weeks ago

Tried some glass blowing to protect element samples this morning. It went okay.... I used paper as a heat indicator. Of the eight or so attempts, only half survived. I think I'm going to need a more ... See more

5 months ago

The laser cutter and I would like to wish you.... #happyFriday

#maker #makersgonnamake #k40laser #laser