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Something isn’t making sense. There is a massive push towards a greener way of living yet it seems as though everything in life more disposable than ever. Rather than being reusable, or more importantly repairable, it's much easier to simply dispose of the old and buy new. This is a great shame because it's always better to fix than to throw.

Workshop Journal #6: Repair > Replace

Something doesn’t making sense. There is a massive push towards a greener way of living yet it seems as though everything in life more disposable than ever. Rather than being reusable, or more importantly repairable, it’s much easier to simply dispose of the old and buy new. This is a great shame because it’s always better to fix than to throw.… Continue reading Workshop Journal #6: Repair > Replace

K40 Laser: Small Problems Don’t Need Big Solutions

From out of nowhere, the usually dependable K40 C02 laser started making An unnerving sound like it’d been possessed by a poltergeist. When your laser sounds like it’s from a horror movie, something ain’t right.

While I had my suspicions about the cause, what follows was the process used to diagnose and resolve the problem.

The following is a blog post about the pain-in-the-arse experience I went through to eventually fix this misbehaving K40. Hopefully this may help out anyone else who might experience a similar issue.… Continue reading K40 Laser: Small Problems Don’t Need Big Solutions

For seasoned readers to this humble blog, you will have noticed there’s been a dry spell of content recently. While there has been every intention to bring you more new things and to keep the flow of updates chugging along, unfortunately those ‘something more important’ occasions have a way of ruining our best laid plans – mine included.

Workshop Journal #5: That Escalated Quickly

For seasoned readers to this humble blog, you will have noticed there’s been a dry spell of content recently. While there has been every intention to bring you more new things and to keep the flow of updates chugging along, unfortunately those ‘something more important’ occasions have a way of ruining our best laid plans – mine included.… Continue reading Workshop Journal #5: That Escalated Quickly

An ebike wouldn't be an ebike without the electrical bits and pieces that assist in pushing bike and rider along. After all, it’s the electricity that puts the 'E' in ebike.

Project Mixt-E: Part 2 – The EBike Parts

An ebike wouldn’t be an ebike without the electrical bits and pieces that assist in pushing bike and rider along. After all, it’s the electricity that puts the ‘E’ in ebike. 

At this stage of the project Mixt-E build I have been able to source the majority of parts that would normally go into a bolt-on DIY kit. But instead of simply buying a complete off-the-shelf kit, I did it the way any unorganised person would – one piece at a time. There was reason behind this round-a-bout way of cobbling together a kit. Put simply, the specific electric motor for the build wasn’t available in any off-the-shelf kit – or at least I couldn’t find one…

However, while my erratic stockpiling of parts wasn’t the way a sensible person would have gone about it, it did give me an opportunity to gain an understanding of all the componentry that makes up the electrical system of an ebike.… Continue reading Project Mixt-E: Part 2 – The EBike Parts

Balancing a classic style with modern ideas is tricky to get right and something not everyone can pull off. When I started the rebuild on this neglected Raleigh Sprite 5, with the intention of turning it into an ebike, I was hoping not to fall into the same trap. Starting with just a bare frame, everything would need rebuilding from the ground up. There are many steps in the process and many square pegs that would need fitting into round holes. While in my mind I could envision something wonderful, would it turn out this way in reality?

Project Mixt-E: Part 1 – Intro

Balancing a classic style with modern ideas is tricky to get right and something not everyone can pull off. When I started the rebuild on this neglected Raleigh Sprite 5, with the intention of turning it into an ebike, I was hoping not to fall into the same trap. Starting with just a bare frame, everything would need rebuilding from the ground up. There are many steps in the process and many square pegs that would need fitting into round holes. While in my mind I could envision something wonderful, would it turn out this way in reality? … Continue reading Project Mixt-E: Part 1 – Intro

There's a funny thing about company provided service vehicles - rarely do you get a say in what you end up with, that’s up to the fleet/purchasing manager after all. The one I ended up with would not have been my first choice of make and model, nor even my second, but somehow I have ended up with this tonne and a half of station-wagon packed with annoying, interventionist technology. It would seem then that for the next four years at least, me and this chunk of steel will have to learn to get along else it’s going to be a long quadrennial.

Workshop Journal #4: The Technology Paradox – How I Wish My Car Was More Like a Vacuum Cleaner.

There’s a funny thing about company provided service vehicles – rarely do you get a say in what you end up with, that’s up to the fleet/purchasing manager after all. The one I ended up with would not have been my first choice of make and model, nor even my second, but somehow I have ended up with this tonne and a half of station-wagon packed with annoying, interventionist technology. It would seem then that for the next four years at least, me and this chunk of steel will have to learn to get along else it’s going to be a long quadrennial.… Continue reading Workshop Journal #4: The Technology Paradox – How I Wish My Car Was More Like a Vacuum Cleaner.

Have you ever simply wondered "technically what is an EV?". It's worth understanding the fundamentals of what makes an Electric vehicle an Electric Vehicle. There's so much more to EV's than simply batteries and electric motors.

EV 101: Technically What is an Electric Vehicle?

With so much new tech and innovation going into electric vehicles it is understandable for one to become overwhelmed with everything that’s happening. There are obvious examples you see every day and are easily recognisable, like how the inner city is teeming with Teslas. However, with the ludicrous rate of EV development, have you ever simply pondered “technically what is an EV?”. Before everything goes plaid, it’s worth understanding the fundamentals of what makes an EV an EV. As you’ll find out there’s so much more to electric cars, bikes, and everything else than simply batteries and electric motors.… Continue reading EV 101: Technically What is an Electric Vehicle?

We've all been at that stage. Where seemingly there is so much going on all at once and simply not enough hours in a day. It gets to a point of saturation where we can no longer work efficiently or to our fullest potential. This is how I was feeling towards the end of 2021, so before things really got too much, I had to take a break for a little while.

Workshop Journal #3: The Partial Vacation

We’ve all been at that stage. Where seemingly there is so much going on all at once and simply not enough hours in a day. It gets to a point of saturation where we can no longer work efficiently or to our fullest potential. This is how I was feeling towards the end of 2021, so before things really got too much, I had to take a break for a little while. … Continue reading Workshop Journal #3: The Partial Vacation

There has already been much discourse about Victoria's electric vehicle tax and the way it will affect the future roll out of electric vehicles. Many will claim it’s a grab for cash by the government, others will claim it’s for road maintenance. Why couldn’t it be both? Not only this but also a good sign for the future of electric vehicles in this country? #electricvehicles #electriccar #greentech #renewables #futuretechnology #technology #EV #tax #EVtax #duty #levy #excise #tariff #toll #ZLEVcharge #ZLEV #tesla #rivian #supercharger #green #solar #Australia #AU #Victoria #vic #newsouthwales #NSW #southaustralia #SA #roads @timpallas @VicGovAU @VictorianLabor @LiberalVictoria @VictorianGreens @3aw @ABC

Victoria’s Electric Vehicle Duty: More Benefits for EVs than you might think…

There has already been much discourse about Victoria’s electric vehicle tax and the way it will affect the future roll out of electric vehicles. Many will claim it’s a grab for cash by the government, others will claim it’s for road maintenance. Why couldn’t it be both? Not only this but also a good sign for the future of electric vehicles in this country?… Continue reading Victoria’s Electric Vehicle Duty: More Benefits for EVs than you might think…

Comprehensive and detailed assembly instructions for the Creality Ender 3 Pro. Everything you need to know to put together and start making wonderful prints!

Creality Ender 3 Pro Assembly Instructions

RB42s assembly instructions are based on the below two factory manuals from Creality. Please reference these manufacturers manuals for further information regarding the assembly process for this particular printer. Use correct safety practices, appropriate tools (in good and working condition) and suitable personal protective equipment while assembling the 3D printer as risk of personal injury… Continue reading Creality Ender 3 Pro Assembly Instructions

Creality CR-10 with Z frame brace

CR-10 Mod: Frame Braces for Creality CR-10, Tevo Tornado, and Afinibot A31

Part: Frame Braces for Creality CR-10, Tevo Tornado, and Afinibot A31 Designer: Mk42Workshop Source: Thingiverse Cost: $20 (approx) for threaded rod Brief Comments: Makes your printer look beefy Bang for buck score: 5/10 Z braces are all in vogue when it comes to upgrading a 3D printer. It seems if you want to squeeze the… Continue reading CR-10 Mod: Frame Braces for Creality CR-10, Tevo Tornado, and Afinibot A31

Made: RepRapDiscount Full Graphic Smart Controller Case

Thing Part/Model: RepRap Discount Full Graphic Smart Controller Case Designer: Mightynozzle Source: Thingiverse Print Printer: Geeetech prusa i3 pro B Slicer: Cura 3.6 Layer Hieght: 0.15mm Print Speed: 60mm/s Extruder Temp: 190°C Supports: No Notes: none Material Brand: 3DFillies Type: PLA+ Size: 1.75mm Colour: Black Link: filament 1.75mm 1kg Summary Total Print Time: Top shell… Continue reading Made: RepRapDiscount Full Graphic Smart Controller Case

Design: Hat display hook

I’m not a guy who’s than into fashion but I must be honest I have more hats than I would like to admit and my collection continuously grows year on year, especially given that I am a sucker for formula 1 merchandise and need my teams cap for each new season. Much like hanging pieces… Continue reading Design: Hat display hook

CR-10 Mod: Ultimate Leveling Knob Attachment

Part: CR-10 Ultimate Leveling Knob Attachment Designer: Valstrath Source: Thingiverse Cost: Some PLA and printer time Brief Comments: Do this mod first before anything! Bang for buck score: 11/10 Lets be honest, thumb knobs which come standard on a CR-10 suck. Small and uncomfortable they’re not practical for the frequent use required when leveling the… Continue reading CR-10 Mod: Ultimate Leveling Knob Attachment