I am 24 years old and recently graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a degree in Computer Science. I enjoy programming, working on computers (both software and hardware), modding hardware, and I am learning about electronics and microcontrollers.
The aspect of programming that I enjoy the most is the process of learning how to write some new piece of code. One of my latest projects was building a digital thermometer out of an Arduino and then writing a program on my computer that could communicate with it over a Comm port. It was a simple project but the part that I really enjoyed was learning how to use new tools, both software and hardware, in order to achieve my goal.
- PCB Etching
- Table Saw
- Band Saw
Things to Purchase
- Several (at least 3x) AC moisture traps
- Sand blaster
- Laser cutter
- @ Hose reel
- Maybe a removable inline moisture trap for hand tools?
- Air regulator
- Laser cutter
- Painting? (so maybe two of these)
- Clear 1/8" acrylic (3mm) need a large quantity of this.
- Casting wax (For hive13 logo casting)
Things colored Green require purchase.
IC Breakout Board
- Use Eagle to create a breakout board for the Rotary Encoder IC
- Etch the board
- Solder the SMT chip to the board.
- Inspect large screens
- Buy Ink for myself
- Buy the stuff that reacts to light (called?)
VFD & GoldenTee display
- Try out H-Bridges w/ the displays
- Buy or Find a RJ## cable for serial communication
- Look into Arduino serial communication
Analog CPU gauge
- Work on MK II version of this
- Incorporate LED bar maybe
- Incorporate serial VFD display
- Changes would require
- Design LED bar
- Rework client code for 2 display types, including alphanumeric.
Tube Radio Restoration
- Bring an Amp into the hackerspace to see if the radio works
- Sandblast & Powdercoat (clear powder?) the top of the radio. Maybe replace this metal w/ a new screen?
- Cut & Screenprint a new faceplate modeled after the old one.
- New Florescent bulb needed.
- How much would a new plastic front cost? A custom printing on that Front?
Tool Chest Restoration
- Sandblast the remaining drawers
- Powdercoat the remaining drawers
- Figure out method for cleaning off the chest itself.
Sandblaster Door repair
- 1/8" Plexiglass 24x36" minimum in size
- General requirements:
- Motorized so I do not need to turn a crank.
- Mounting 'Wenge' angle. This should include:
- Correct angle for our latitude & ability to fine tune.
- Leveling device (perhaps just a bubble level)
- Compass mount (To easily find north)
- Tripod mount
- Camera Mount
- Ball mount for camera
- Red-dot sighting lens for alignment
- Issues to overcome & problems to solve:
- Motor mounting, needs to swivel
- Find the correct angle for latitude
- Learn how to make dovetails
- Perhaps fabricate a dovetail guide?
- Check w/ Dad
- Make playing card boxes for:
- Munchkin, Cards Against Humanity, Dominion
- Should support built in & floating dividers
- Room for labeling of dividers.
- Make card holder for Dominion.
- 16 cards
- Dell PowerEdge 4200 Mod
- Kiosk Computer Setup - Screen died, problem has not been identified.
- Modified RC Vehicle - Fried the motor control board, waiting to order more chips.
- Tube Radio Restoration - I am lazy, and honestly forgot about this project.
- Laser Exhaust System
- Air Compressor
- Vending Machine - Finished, but it needs a new florescent tube.
- Glass Block LED Matrix - Construction is complete, almost only software left.
- Break Open CPU - Heat Shock Method used to open them.
- Sumobot Ring
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All of the following projects were done prior to joining the hackerspace.
As I said in the above, what I like the most about the projects I work on is the learning process involved with them. Each of the following projects had some aspect that I had not done before or had tried before but was not happy with the result so I was trying again.
Mouse LED Swap
This was one of my first hardware projects, and it was fairly easy and I think the outcome was pretty cool looking.
I really like to work on computers, whether it be assembling them, salvaging parts, fixing a system or just playing video games. However, one annoyance that I continually ran into was the fact that I would have something like a fan or a hard drive that I was not sure worked, or I just wanted to test but I would have no easily accessible computer to test it in. Also, through my various hardware modding I wanted something I could plug into a breadboard to have an easy supply of 3.4v, 5v, or 12v. So when through my computer salvaging I ended up with an extra computer PSU I decided to turn it into a workbench PSU.
Here is an older picture of the PSU shortly after I had finished it:
A couple weeks after this picture the wireing board developed a short and i decided that it might not be the smartest thing to use an aluminum sheet of metal for the connector board. So I cut out and etched a plexiglass board that labels the voltages of each of the connector points, unfortunately I have yet to take a picture of it since I updated it.
48 Port Switch Mod
My cousin and I occasionally organize LAN parties, however when your group gets past 3-4 people, hooking everyone into the network becomes a nightmare of switches and routers daisy chained together. So we started looking for a 24 or 48 port switch on ebay. Tom found this a beautiful 48 port enterprise switch for $60 (including shipping). It had some problems, it had clearly been dropped at some point, the fan grills were bent in to the point that one of the fans had broken, and for some reason it was only running at 10 mb/s instead of 10/100 mb/s. Tom was able to get a hold of the companies tech support who walked him through flashing the firmware, which fixed the speed issue. Then we turned to the physical parts of the switch and decided it would be much more fun to personalize the switch. After dismantling it and fixing the fan grills, we sandblasted the old paint off. I then took it home and cut the window out of the top with a dremel, then primed and painted it. After that was finished Tom came over and set up the LED lighting for the case.
Unfortunately through various website moves I have lost the pictures that showed the work in progress, but I found a couple pictures from one of our last LAN parties: