Anatomy of a Scam: the tale of the £40 3D printer.

When i saw this, I thought “£40 for a 3d printer?  Including UPS shipping? This is too good to be true!” Though thinking about it a bit more, I couldn’t think of any way they could get away with the money.  Aliexpress offers full buyer protection if you buy through alipay, and money is held […]

Zombunny: Part One

A few years ago, I spent a fiver purchasing an v1 nabaztag ‘Internet Rabbit’ from someone on twitter. The nabaztag was one of the first ‘Internet of Things’ devices, released a decade ago, and was able to monitor your email, read weather reports and news headlines, and rotate its ears for some reason. Unfortunately, the business […]

SmoothieWare Compatible Mainboards

I’m a big fan of the SmoothieWare project for driving 3D printers, CNC machines and Laser Cutters.  The code is clean, efficient, and the software actually designed in a modular and sensible fashion.  Compared to most 3d printer firmwares, which have accrued layers of cruft, its very readable and usable. The only real issue is […]

Project: RoboButler 3000 – Part 3

The next thing on my ToDo list is to get the frame painted.  I begun this by using a flappy-disc angle grinder attachment to sand back all of the shipping grease, fingerprints, welding flux, and rust that had accrued on the frame over the past week.  These things are AMAZING, I used an entire one […]

Project: RoboButler 3000 – Part 2

My task for this week is to finish off the frame, and get it cleaned and painted with something. The frame is mainly there to hold the motors, batteries, and a club maté crate. Day one began with preparing a cut list, and using my Evolution RAGE saw to chop a LOAD of 20mm box section […]

Project: RoboButler 3000 – Part 1

As our project for EMFCamp 2014 (August 29th – 31st near Bletchley), Jim and I have decided to build a robotic butler to bring us drinks and generally bounce around the field getting in the way. I started off by spending some time CADing up a model using parts we have lying around, and also things […]

Project – Lil’ Buggers

We like to do occasional workshops at the Hackspace, so when MadLab asked us to make something ‘bug themed’ for a workshop, we jumped on it.  The first thought we had was to make up some bug-shaped PCBs with a circuit to flash LEDs, and run a soldering workshop.  When we found out the workshop was a […]