RGB (RGV actually) laser projector v2.5 – graphics and animations – [via]
This is my RGB laser projector v2.5
video part 2 – graphics and animations
Red: 300mW 650nm (2x LPC-815 laser diode @350mA, combined with PCBS)
Green: Chinese 100mW 532nm DPSS laser module
Blue (violet): 280mW 405nm (1x SF-AW210 laser diode @270mA)
Total output power (after dichros and galvos): approx. 500mW
Galvos: cheap 20kpps set
DAC used: Popelscan LPT DAC
Software: mostly NLS v1.6.7
RGB (RGV) laser projector – [Link]
16×24 LED Matrix – Easy to use, chainable displays. These LED panels take care of all the work of making a big matrix display. Each panel has six 8×8 red matrix modules, for a 16×24 matrix. The panel has a HT1632C chip on the back with does all the multiplexing work for you and has a 3-pin SPI-like serial interface to talk to it and set LEDs on or off. There’s a few extras as well, such as being able to change the brightness of the entire display, or blink the entire display at 1 Hz.
16×24 LED Matrix – Easy to use, chainable displays – [Link]
I made this portable speaker in the summer. It mixes the stereo input into a mono signal, which is then amplified. It’s powered by a six pack of AA batteries. The batteries are held in an external battery pack, so they are easy to change on the fly, without the need of a screwdriver.
Portable speaker for MP3 player – [Link]
OpenSCAD – The Programmers Solid 3D CAD Modeller – [via]
OpenSCAD is a software for creating solid 3D CAD objects. It is free software and available for Linux/UNIX, MS Windows and Mac OS X.
Unlike most free software for creating 3D models (such as the famous application Blender) it does not focus on the artistic aspects of 3D modelling but instead on the CAD aspects. Thus it might be the application you are looking for when you are planning to create 3D models of machine parts but pretty sure is not what you are looking for when you are more interested in creating computer-animated movies.
OpenSCAD is not an interactive modeller. Instead it is something like a 3D-compiler that reads in a script file that describes the object and renders the 3D model from this script file (see examples below). This gives you (the designer) full control over the modelling process and enables you to easily change any step in the modelling process or make designes that are defined by configurable parameters.
OpenSCAD provides two main modelling techniques: First there is constructive solid geometry (aka CSG) and second there is extrusion of 2D outlines. As data exchange format format for this 2D outlines Autocad DXF files are used. In addition to 2D paths for extrusion it is also possible to read design parametes from DXF files. Besides DXF files OpenSCAD can read and create 3D models in the STL and OFF file formats.
OpenSCAD – The Programmers Solid 3D CAD Modeller – [Link]
The program contains a lot of pages with different electronic calculations. Each page contain one or more different calculations. The program is free to download and use, but the program is timelocked. A new version will have to be downloaded after about 1/2 year
MiscEl – A program with lots of electronic calculation – [Link]
Toilet Buddy uses a Propeller Platform USB to remind you when the seat is up, when you left the lights on, and it plays a ‘courtesy flush’ sound. Source code and circuit on Instructables. Instructions also include how to re-purpose Toilet Buddy as Grandfather Clock;
Toilet Buddy – [Link]
Counterfeit Parts Found on P-8 Posiedons @ Defense Tech – [via]
Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin (D-Mich) just dropped a couple of very alarming tales during a hearing about counterfeit parts making their way into brand new U.S. military weapons.
Earlier this year, Boeing and the Navy found that the ice detection system on a brand new P-8 Poseidon was defective. The ice detection system is a critical piece of hardware designed to prevent tragedies by alerting pilots to the presence of ice on an aircraft’s control surfaces. Where did this defective part come from? China. A whole batch of a key piece of the ice detection hardware that was sent to the P-8 production line turned out to be used and worn out parts that were badly refurbished and sold to P-8 subcontractor BAE Systems as a new part, according to Levin. Boeing and BAE first became aware of the problem in 2009, he added.
The fake P-8 parts are just one of many examples of how counterfeit parts — often made from 1980s and 1990s-vintage junk computer parts that are sanded down and remarked in China and then sold back to the U.S. as brand new computer chips for advanced weapons systems. One witness at the hearing just described growing counterfiet semiconductors seeping into critical weapons systems as “ticking time bombs.”
Counterfeit Parts Found on P-8 Posiedons – [Link]
Tinkercad – Design physical things in your browser – [via]
Have your first 3D project ready for printing in minutes. Tinkercad is a new and faster way of creating designs for your 3D printer. With the help of the latest web technology you can now use a solid modeling CAD directly in your browser.
The user interface is designed to get things done fast and to be quick to learn. With only three basic tools you can create a wide range of useful things. Once your project is ready simply download the STL file and start your 3D print.
Tinkercad – Design physical things in your browser – [Link]