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…
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.…
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…
Formula E Gen3: Fugly by Design?
Formula E revealed its 3rd generation car that will be used for the forthcoming 2022-23 season. While it will be faster, lighter, and promises to provide more frantic racing, the new design is radical to say the least. It’s so radical in fact, its fugly. How could it have ended up looking like this?
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…
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,…
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…
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…
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,…
K40 Laser Cutter Intro: A Great Little Machine
First impression of the K40 C02 Laser Cutter, its features and specs that have made the K40 one of the worlds most popular desktop machines.
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…
Workshop Journal #2: The cloud that turned into a storm
Never could I have imagined losing all my data thanks to a cloud service. In this post, I dig into the fallout of having been digitally wiped out and having to start again.
Workshop Journal #1: Good Tips for Making a Great Start
Ever struggled to get going on a job, project or task? Here are a few insightful tips and tricks to kick start you proactive journey.
A Year of Complications With the Apple Watch
What’s it like coming from a regular watch to the latest Apple Watch? After spending 12 months with one, here’s the good bits and the not so good bits of daily life with Apples wearable timepiece.
Project Pierogi: The Krakow Light Display
A detailed look at the refurbishment project of an existing light display depicting the world famous Cloth Hall in Krakow, Poland.
Printing a Unique Guitar Headstock Jig
A look at a unique, signature guitar headstock design, made for a professional guitar builder. Taking a simple sketch and turning it into a usable workshop tool.
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…
Tevo Tarantula Display Mount
The Tevo Tarantula needed a place for the LCD display to go, the solution was a nicely designed mounting bracket system that puts the screen in a prime location on the frame of the printer. In this post, I go into some of the finer details of the design and how it has transformed this…
Creality Ender 3 Pro: Introduction and First Impressions
A look at the Ender 3 Pro, Creality’s uber popular budget 3D printer. Whats good and what’s bad and why I’ve ended up with one in the workshop.
Project West: Part 5 – Pimp My Trailer
Part Five of a multipart series- Project West, Pimp My Trailer: The final instalment in the series! In this part all the upgraded, custom designed and manufactured parts are covered in depth. Design considerations, challenges and solutions for taking the humdrum Easytrailer (Harbor Freight) folding trailer to the next level!
Power to the People! – A look at the Torini Clubmaxx 210
A brief look at the four-stroke kart race engine, Torini Clubmaxx 210, which is taking Australian Karting by storm. In this post: a look at its origins, how it stacks up against the alternative power units and potential performance gains.
Project West: Part 4 – Reassembly
Part Four of a multipart series- Project West, trailer refresh: Having finished fixing the problematic rust, painting various components and gathering new parts it was time to it all back together, transforming a pile of parts into an Easytrailer once again.
Project West: Part 3 – Replacement Parts
Part Three of a multipart series- Project West, trailer refresh: New parts are bought, designed and manufactured to replace all the old and worn out components. With the project in full swing, progress is being made on the rebuild of the Easytrailer/Harbor freight folding trailer.
Project West: Part 2 – Rust Repair and Painting
Part Two of a multipart series- Project West, trailer refresh: Delving deeper into the design, build and existing condition of the Easytrailer folding trailer. Starting the process of fixing rust and other damage all the while dismantling piece by piece.
Project West: Part 1 – Introduction
Part One of a multipart series- Project West, trailer refresh: An introduction to Project West, how and why it came about, what I am doing for the project and what outcomes I hope to achieve.
Made: spray paint handle trigger
Spray paint can after spray paint can and my finger cried out NO MORE! This was the answer to my pain in the finger, a specialty tool for cans of spray paint with an ergonomic grip and trigger operation. Printed in PETG, turned out great!
Beeblebrox JBC: 2nd Shakedown at Puckapunyal – And Then There Were Two
Second outing for the team at the Puckapunyal circuit. Lots of practice laps had and plenty of spins. Here’s the summary of what was a productive day!
Made: Cricket Bat Wall Display
Needed a couple of Cricket Bat Wall Display mounts, it was the perfect time to try out simplify3d on the Tevo Tarantula.
Are used 3D printers worth the hassle?
After my most recent 3D printer purchase didn’t turn out how I would have wanted it to, I wanted to look further into buying a used 3D printer and whether or not it is worth the hassle.
Yearly Theme: 2021 Year of Anti-Comfort
A detailed explanation of my theme for 2021, the year of anti-comfort. An illogical sounding concept but with intentions of making big improvements over the course of 2021.
Beeblebrox JBC 1st Shakedown: the only way is up…
write up of the first track appearance for the Beeblebrox JBC team
Yearly Theme: 2020 the Year of Systems
The 2020 yearly theme: The year of Systems. The need to be organised and having a streamlined workflow was at a critical point, hence the 2020 theme was all about setting up the framework for years of productive work ahead.
Made: Anet A8 Filament Guide Arm
I made a new filament guide for the Geeetech i3 Pro B, printing in ABS for the first time ever.
Tarantula: An introduction to Meh.
Having recently bought a used Tevo Tarantula I share my initial thoughts on owning this entry level 3D printer.
CR-10 Mod: Octoprint
Making a regular 3D printer wireless is easy with Octoprint and Raspberry PI
CR-10 Mod: Macewen3D MK8 Drive Feed
Part:Frame Braces for Creality CR-10, Tevo Tornado, and Afinibot A31Designer:Macewen3DSource:MK8 Extruder Aluminium Drive Feed UpgradeCost:$29 USD Brief Comments:Well thought out and designed, big improvement over stock driveBang for buck score:7/10 The Standard MK8 extruder on the CR-10 is fundamentally a pretty simple design. There’s an arm, tension spring, toothed drive gear and Idler wheel all…
Made: Raspberry PI 3 case
I made a 3D printed case for a Raspberry Pi 3, read about it here on my blog
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 A31Designer:Mk42WorkshopSource:ThingiverseCost:$20 (approx) for threaded rod Brief Comments:Makes your printer look beefyBang 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 absolute maximum performance and print quality out of a machine…
Made: RepRapDiscount Full Graphic Smart Controller Case
ThingPart/Model:RepRap Discount Full Graphic Smart Controller CaseDesigner:MightynozzleSource:ThingiversePrintPrinter:Geeetech prusa i3 pro BSlicer:Cura 3.6Layer Hieght:0.15mmPrint Speed:60mm/sExtruder Temp:190°CSupports:NoNotes:noneMaterialBrand:3DFilliesType:PLA+Size:1.75mmColour:BlackLink:filament 1.75mm 1kgSummaryTotal Print Time:Top shell = 3hrs 40minsBottom shell = 3hrs (approx)Display support housing = 37minsTotal Material Used:Top shell = 990cmBottom shell = 900cm (approx)Display support housing = 161cmFeedback:Issues with bed adhesion, ended up using blue tape and came out…
Design: Cricket Bat display
As a kid, I think most dream of sporting glory. Scoring the winning goal for you team in the Premier League, taking the chequered flag at the Monaco Grand Prix or getting your bowl closest to the jack on the final roll. Whatever! We’ve all had those kind of aspirations. For me, and I think…
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…
CR-10 Mod: Ultimate Leveling Knob Attachment
Part:CR-10 Ultimate Leveling Knob AttachmentDesigner:ValstrathSource:ThingiverseCost: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 bed. If you’re doing bed levels often, say in between…
Made: Lightweight Bookend
My books kept sliding off the bookshelf, I needed a solution and fast – 3D printing to the rescue as always