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.

The Horror Laser of Doom

As I mentioned in the previous post, I picked up a "K40" laser cutter off of eBay. I knew when I bought it that it was going to be bad. Well, it arrived and I had the chance to dig through it a bit. In a nutshell, it's bad. Not just bad, but baaaaaaaad. What was remarkable to me is [...]

K40 Chinese Laser Upgrade Plans

This is a pretty old post at this point. I'm working on getting my upgrades up on this site with better documentation. I stuck with much of this post (it was somewhat of a brain dump at the time) but did change a few things. Check out this (much newer) post to the get you started: http://www.foxrobotics.com/2018/03/19/upgrading-a-k40-laser-cutter-part-1-control-board-upgrade/ [...]

New Content Soon!

Howdy! Time has been sparse the last few months due to my day job. I was driving something like 4 hours a day which ate into my creative time. As such, I haven't had the chance to do any fun engineering or programming projects for you to enjoy or secretly despise, heheh. I recently got assigned a new client that [...]

What Engineers Can Learn From Pokemon Go

Pokemon Go is a smartphone game that combines video games with the real world. Instead of sitting on the couch with a controller in your hands, you have to walk around your neighborhood parks and beaches to find and catch creatures in the game. Once you've caught enough pokemon, you can power some of them up and then "battle" them [...]

Increasing the Reliability of Your 3D Printer

3D printers are fun when they work but a royal pain in the rear when they don't. Heated nozzles jam, stepper motors skip a step, a layer delaminates, threaded rods can bind, the part unsticks from the printer bed, the belt tensioner breaks....the list goes on. This gets particularly frustrating when the print gets interrupted in the middle of a [...]

3D Printers: What is not seen on TV

If you have turned on the TV or gone online once in the last five years, you have no doubt heard about 3D printing. It is the new tech fad that has swept the world and it makes a lot of promises. Need a new pair of shoes? Print them! Need a new liver? Duh! Print it! Need a space [...]

Micro Updates

For things that don’t deserve a blog post 😉

2 months 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 months 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 months 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

7 months ago

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

#maker #makersgonnamake #k40laser #laser