3D Printing

RTLapseCAM V2: Resin Printer Time-Lapse with TTGO T-Display & GoPro

Not being able to leave well enough alone, I'm onto V2 of RTLapseCAM. A quick re-cap - the purpose was to take time-lapse photos of resin prints (using layer transitions) and stitch them together into a video. In the original setup, the GoPro sat stationary and RTLapseCAM triggered the photos. The result was ok, but it just showed the print rise out of the bed. I wanted to take it to the next level by…
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Electronics

RTLapseCAM: Resin Printer Time-Lapse with M5Stick-C Plus & GoPro

Having recently finished my ESP32Cam time-lapse project, I wasn't overly impressed with the picture quality and was concerned over the stability of the code while running long prints. Shortly after completion, I started looking for other options and found you can control a GoPro Hero from wireless/bluetooth devices - including ESP32s, 8266's etc (yeah, it's old news but I'm on it!). The idea is straight forward - watch for a layer change via the UV…
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Electronics

RE-LAPSE: Resin Printer Time-Lapse Recording with ESP32 CAM and Blynk

For years I've been using FDM printers as my go-to for 3D printing, but recently expanded my horizons into resin printing. I like my LuzlBot Mini 2 but can never get it dialed to the point were I can achieve quality similar to resin prints. An aside to all this was the desire to record time-lapse videos - which is challenging on FDM printers as you need to integrate into the controller / g-code, and…
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3D Printing

DIY 3D Resin Curing Station with Wio Terminal

I decided to venture into the world of 3D resin printing after years of immersion using FDM (fused deposition modeling) printing. For those who are unfamiliar with this, it's like squeezing toothpaste onto a surface. I have a Lulzbot Mini 2 and love it, but at times I want a very high quality print that I just cannot get out of FDM printing. Nor do I want to spend hours post processing. As a result,…
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Electronics

Mazda Miata MX-5 Rear LED Strip Console Controller

Who wants one? I've had interest in making a kit for my original Phase I strip. It would consist of the NeoPixel LED strip with microcontroller and connections to install it inline to the rear brake lights. There's 6 sequence choices. When the sequence startup is done, it would shift to (default) running light mode (red LED's) with a brightness sweep when brakes are applied (sort of like an Audi). A button can be used…
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DYI, Mods, Hacks & Stuff

Nissan Juke Annoying Rear Creak Fix

For over a year I lived with an annoying creaking noise coming from the back of my 2012 Nissan Juke.  Symptoms were a creaking noise that sounded like really bad hardwood creaking in a house.  Happened when turning, going over bumps or anything that caused twisting of the chassis.  I first tried checking the rear area including removing all the bits in the trunk including the spare, foam parts and side panels, it was still…
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3D Printing

Mazda MX-5 Miata: Funky NeoPixel LED Light Strip

It's only been a few weeks since I've had my new 2021 Mazda Miata MX-5. Already added sequential LED turn signals & side markers all around, but not being the type to leave well enough alone, I needed a little spice to make it my own. Combining that with my passion of microcontrollers and LEDs ( see similar ) and taking inspiration from others before me (this) , here's what I ended up with. Update…
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Electronics

ESP8266 Window Sensor with OTA and Deep Sleep

I was looking to boost my home security by adding window sensors. Something small and obscure so it would not stand out. I landed on this axGear sensor unit. It is small (70 mm x 20 mm). However, there was only one problem - it comes with proprietary software that I'm not sure I can trust. I also intended to integrate it with the ecosystem of devices I've created which I manage using Blynk. Of…
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