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

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. [...]

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 [...]

Current Element Progress

Green = Own, Cyan = Own trace amounts, Pink= Own compound, Dark Red = Can’t obtain

Last updated 02/16/2020

H He
Li Be B C N O F Ne
Na Mg Al Si P S Cl Ar
K Ca Sc Ti V Cr Mn Fe Co Ni Cu Zn Ga Ge As Se Br Kr
Rb Sr Y Zr Nb Mo Tc Ru Rh Pd Ag Cd In Sn Sb Te I Xe
Cs Ba La Hf Ta W Re Os Ir Pt Au Hg Tl Pb Bi Po At Rn
Fr Ra Ac Rf Db Sg Bh Hs Mt Ds Rg Cn Nh Fl Mc Lv Ts Og
Ce Pr Nd Pm Sm Eu Gd Tb Dy Ho Er Tm Yb Lu
Th Pa U Np Pu Am Cm Bk Cf Es Fm Md No Lr

Micro Updates

For things that don’t deserve a blog post πŸ˜‰

2 months ago

Learned a bit of HTML to generate a color-coded periodic table of elements for the website. Green are the ones I own in pure forms, cyan are ones I own in trace amounts, pink/magenta the ones I own ... See more

5 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

5 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

5 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