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Arduino Control PC Powerstate

 I found myself in a situation where I needed to be able to ping a computer and based on the response power cycle the machine. The Arduino pings the target system and determines if the machine is responsive. If the machine is not responsive it will simply power cycle the machine and wait 3 minutes

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3D Printer Garage Style – Day 2 Notes

Building a 3D printer is certainly a test of patience and will. When building a non-standard 3D printer it becomes easily apparent what kind of undertaking it may become.   The gantry that was originally built was constructed of wood using draw slides as bearings. Threaded 1/4 – 20 rod is being used as the drive mechanism.

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3D Printer Progress — Garage Style

I won’t go through the instructions on how to build a 3D printer. They can be found pretty much everywhere online. What I will do is show the progress that has been made so far with my garage printer. The first thing is this is a Wolf / Gantry style 3D printer.   I made

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So you need a cheap 40 Amp 12V supply?

Coming up this summer I will be building a 3D printer. Did you know that they draw a little bit of juice? Well just so happens that I had a Dell Power Edge 2650 laying in the basement of my house. Now you may not have one but you can get the power supplies off of E-Bay

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The $30 Dollar Mars Rover

So here is the fun project for Sunday. I have enclosed several pictures of components to be used in developing a cheap rover. This little guy should be able to move around a room and avoid basic objects. The fun part is I am going to show you how! But, for tonight can you figure

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PCB Laser Toner Method

The easiest way I have found so far to make a PCB is to use the Toner Transfer method. You will need some basic supplies to include the following items to complete this task. The above three items in include an iron, copper PCB, and my circuit printed with a laser printer onto a transparency.

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Drill PCB with a Center Drill

I can only say one thing in regard to drilling PCBs by hand, why are you using a jobber drill? What is a jobber drill? A jobber drill is meant for drilling deep holes and thus have a lot of flute length. So, let me introduce you to something known as a Center Drill. These

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Open Hack Space

My intent for Open Hack Space is to connect the Hobbyist Fabricator who may now be dabbling with 3D printing, machining and electronics design with those who do it professionally. I have seen the trial and error approach of those who have little fabrication background and yet have strong electronics backgrounds. Often times evident in

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