3D Printing

WIoT-2 Weather Station – Nextion TFT with ESP8266

This is a continuation from my prior WIoT weather station.   I decided to upgrade to a Nextion TFT LCD due to issues I was having with SPI comms between the Adafruit Huzzah ESP8266 and the RA8875 Controller.  After some research I discovered that this is a common issue with the ESP8266 and SPI communications.  So, what is WIoT-2?  Well, it’s lots of things…  I use it as a cloud-connected (IoT) info center of...
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Arduino

WIoT: Weather Station & IoT Notifier

This is a project that I have been wanting to do for some time.  Since the marrying of IoT with microcontrollers, the world of cloud-connected devices has taken off.  I had a hard time naming this thing because its sort of a swiss army knife of IoT.  I keep coming up with new ideas as to what to connect to and control.    I’ve done other similar projects (like my garage door monitor / opener project),...
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DYI, Mods, Hacks & Stuff

LISAMRC ML180 Carbon Fiber Frame Kit – Review

Today we are doing a review of the LISAMRC ML1800 Carbon Fiber Frame Kit.  Not sure what LISAMRC stands for, so I suppose it’s a ‘cool’ factor thing.  Overall, I’m pretty impressed with this micro-sized quad frame kit. It’s well crafted and light.  There are some minor issues, but no show stoppers and nothing you can’t fix with some spare bits.  The following is an unboxing review and observations putting the base kit together.  Sometime...
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3D Printing

LulzBot Mini: Arduino Temp Monitor / Fan & LED Controller

I’m on a mission to reduce the amount of noise my LulzBot Mini 3D printer makes. I’ve already added a motor damper to the Y axis.  However, one thing that is consistently noisy is the case fan.   It’s on at > 70% nearly all the time.  In addition to this, the air vent fins in the side of the case amplifies the fan noise.  So, I decided to build my own fan controller....
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Arduino

DIY & Hobby Projects: Parts, Components & Tools Must Have’s

Most people who visit to this site are either DIY’ers, Makers, Hackers, or Robotics / RC enthusiast.  For the most part, we all do the same thing – we build or mod stuff for our projects or hobbies.  Over the years, experience and repetition has given we wisdom as to what works, what doesn’t, and key components that I want to have on hand.  I wanted to share a list of parts/components I have found useful...
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Arduino

LulzBot Mini: LED Lighting Controller

Update: Check out the more recent mod – camera mount and better lighting. So, I just got my LulzBot Mini this week and have to say I love this thing.  It’s my 2nd 3D printer (I Kickstarted the M3D – but it was not a reliable machine).  Anyway, like any guy with a new toy, I had to do something to make it my own!   ..and why not print some parts for it!...
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Cleanflight

250 Carbon Fibre Quad Build

I recently downsized from my 450 quad to a ZMR 250 unit.   The purpose of this post is not so much of a step-by-step but rather a collection of tips, suggestions and lesson’s learned to help should you go down a similar avenue to build your own quad.   There are plenty of video’s and how-to’s out there once you know what set-up you want to go with.  I will reference mine as well...
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Arduino

10 Minute Project – Glowy Pumpkin

Here’s a quick project to get some funky flashing / colour changing LEDs into your pumpkin. Just grab a set of addressable WS2812‘s and some Arduino code and your’re done.    The 2812’s are pretty easy to wire up.  Essentially, +5v, GND and data signal get daisy changed through the set of LEDs.  Each LED has 3 pins for IN and 3 pins out.  Wire from the Arduino to the first IN set, then...
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DYI, Mods, Hacks & Stuff

Quadcopter: 3D Printed Leveling Workstand

I often mess around with my quad configuration.   Sometimes I re-flash the firmware which requires the re-calibration of the accelerometer and magnetometer.    To calibrating the accelerometer, the quad has to be on a level surface.  I have a 4-in-1 Quattro ESC mounted to the bottom, which makes an excellent platform to mount to.  After tinkering on TinkerCAD (see what I did there?) for a few minutes, a base was born.  I also...
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Cleanflight

In-Flight Rate Profile Changes – Cleanflight

As I gain more experience flying, I want to have the ability to swap rate profiles while in flight.  Some days I want easy flying, while others I want things a little more aggressive so I can do flips etc.  Cleanflight has the ability to set profiles in the PID Tuning tab.  You can set different PID values as well as RC Rate etc and save them to 1 of 3 profiles.   Values...
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