Thursday, 14 January 2021
Monday, 4 January 2021
I realised I've never really blogged about my stuff on thingiverse. I tend to use thingiverse for smaller items with larger projects going on my gitlab but there's a growing random sprawl of little designs over on my thingiverse page so I thought I'd post about a few.
First up is the latest project which is a small box for ER11 collets I use with my CNC router. Designed in FreeCAD the conic holes for the collets match the collet dimensions so that there's no rattling around. The lid is just a slip on cover as I don't tend to carry the collets around but I do want them to be protected from swarf and chips off the machine.
Next up is a set of Mini Lathe Pinion gears this pair of gears sit above the tumblers on the mini lathe and select the direction and drive for the gearbox. I stripped one of my gears and whilst I could find lots of designs for the tumbler/change gear wheels I couldn't find a design to print these so there they are!
A while ago I wrote an article for Hackspace Magazine Issue 36 on "Functional 3d printing" where I looked at printing various useful little designs, I put most of the stuff from that article on my thingiverse including a small screwdriver handle to hold 4mm bits, some nice printable V blocks with clamps and various other small clamps and jigs and workholders.
One project people seemed to like from a while ago on my thingiverse is a tiny vacuum former, I made it on my CNC router but the drawings could easily be laser cut as well, it's super cute but works well for small items in thin plastic using a small house vac.
Finally there are a few other lasercut designs up on there. My first ever thingiverse project was this lasercut rocketry ruler which helps draw straight lines on tubes and also has a reminder about centre of pressure versus centre of gravity relationships on it! There's also a complex design for a lightweight indexing table and even a design for mounting fins on a flat pack workshop demonstration rocket!
Friday, 18 December 2020
Thursday, 3 December 2020
Monday, 30 November 2020
Tuesday, 10 November 2020
Thursday, 5 November 2020
So most months I update this post with a brief line describing what articles I have in the current issue of Hackspace magazine, but occasionally they warrant a post all of their own! In this months issue 36 I am really pleased to have been featured in this article about my adventures building a plywood boat. "Cysgod" the boat has been a brilliant project and as ever I learn't loads and had fun with the bonus great feeling of eventually getting to travel local lakes in a craft I built!
One photo I submitted didn't quite make the editorial cut, but I love this photo of "Cysgod" having been commandeered by Seren, who has a decent claim on this boat having helped out on the build and also, if I am honest, it probably fits her better!