Monthly Archives: November 2014

Laser Engraver – Other Materials

I tried some other materials with the laser engraver this past weekend. I tried making some stickers out of some re-positionable sticker vinyl, and I also tried cutting some paper. Lighter colors of paper and any color of cardstock wouldn't cut, but darker colors cut just fine.


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Laser Engraver – All Done

Finally finished the engraver and got the wiring all how I want it, and moved the whole thing to its final home on one of my shelves.


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Sign for the Workshop

Over the weekend I used the laser engraver to make a sign for the workshop. Took a few tries before I finally eliminated most (but irritatingly, not all) of the binding issues I was having with the table axis. But I very rarely get any binding now. Probably still needs a few minor adjustments, but I might just call it 'done' for now.


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Laser Engraver – Part 5

Still have a few small things to address (limit switches, laser enable/disable, safety lockout, etc.) - but got it actually engraving things last night!

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Makey Makey

Sean and I messed around with a Makey Makey kit on Sunday. For those who haven't heard of it, it's a little board that plugs into you PC and simulates a keyboard. But the part that makes it neat is that you can clip its leads onto anything even slightly conductive, and use those objects as keyboard buttons. So for example, the first thing Sean and I did was high-five each other in order to pause and resume YouTube videos. The next thing we tried was hooking up four bananas as up/left/down/right keys for a video game on the PC - at one point we were even using a whisk as a jump button!

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Laser Engraver – Part 4

This past weekend I got the painted laser engraver reassembled. I'm still waiting for a few bits and pieces from Adafruit, and then I can start wiring up the electronics!


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Baby Bella

Speaking of babies - congratulations to James and Kathy on their beautiful baby girl!


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Visit from the Twins

The twins came by this morning, to celebrate my sister's birthday with a pancake breakfast. Man do my kids love those babies!



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Halloween 2014


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