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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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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LulzBot Mini 2: Fan & Lighting Controller

I was so impressed with my Lulzbot Mini 1, that I decided to buy a Mini ; Holding true to my mantra, whenever I get a new toy, I can't leave well enough ;  So, I decided to re-create my original Mini 1 custom fan and lighting controller with some tweaks and enhancements for my new Mini ; Two key drivers were to a) reduce fan noise, and b) add lighting with control. How it…
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WeatherCloud – IoT

So, my son's been bugging me to get him some of those LED strips for his room.  You know the ones that you see on Amazon with the remote controls.  I couldn't just go with status quo, so instead with a little grit and some free time I got on the LED cloud bandwagon and built him something a big puffy cloud with lights - what every teen wants right? ;-) What is it? It's…
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3D Printed Diffused Case for NeoPixel Ring (12 LED)

Not being able to leave well enough alone, I'm toying with adding more show to my basement disco setup.  I decided to pick up a couple NeoPixel rings (12 LED version) and integrate them into the music-reactive mode.  These will be slotted in the open space at the bottom of the speakers near the sub port (see link below).   This was designed to fit for this NeoPixel Ring.  If you want to print some, download the…
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3D Printed Banana Jack Inset Speaker Plate

In Nov 2018 I took on the adventure of finishing my own basement.  I'm now at the point where I'm wiring my AV system up and focused on the audio part.  When looking to find banana jack wall plates for the speaker connectors, I was surprised to see that most are flush mount with the banana jacks sticking out.  You can find some that are wall mounted, but they can be pricey and don't fit…
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3D Print: Electronics Soldering 3rd Hand

After years using my reliable PanaVise, it was time to step it up with some extra help for soldering and electronics work.  I had this idea over a year ago, and pick-up some 3rd hand arms. They then sat on my   Now that the weather is cooling down, there's more time for hobbies.   That, and my eyes are not what they used to be, so this has become somewhat of a necessity.   Given MCUs…
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3D Printer Raspberry Pi stand & case for OctoPrint Rig

Now that I'm done adding a TFT to my OctoPrint Pi rig, next step was to make a cradle mount for the LulzBot Mini.  I also integrated a power switch into the build.   The cradle is a remix from the Adafruit guide, while the shell are direct prints.  STL files for the remixed cradle are here.  The power switch holder is printed separately then glued using Goop (best glue ever!).            
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How To: TFT LCD with TouchUI on Raspberry Pi OctoPi Rig

I recently ventured into adding a " TFT to my LulzBot Mini.  I already have OctoPrint running, but there are times (usually during filament failure events) I need to directly control the printer (heat the filament, move axis motors etc).  After 3 painful days of messing around with different tutorials, I finally figured it out and it works dammit!  I haven't found a single source that has all steps in one place, so I decided to…
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USB Dial

This is another one of those "did it because I can" projects.  It's a USB dial that uses a Teensy Arduino unit at it's core and allows me to emulate my mouse.  I use TinkerCAD avidly to design my 3D printed models.   I wanted to have both this and my mouse at the same time.  The mouse would be used for some activities ( object selection/rotation/editing) while the dial would fill in to perform rotate/zoom in/out…
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