Author Archives: Paul Brook

Surface Mount?

Today we learned a lesson in quality control. And how little some suppliers have. We recently bought a set of (very) cheap “stepstick” 3D printer stepper motor drivers. While attaching heatsinks we noticed one board wasn’t mounting correctly. Further invstigation … Continue reading

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The Evil Snowman

This year I decided to have a go at building my own electronic christmas card. As I have no real artistic skill, I did cheat a little, and started with a regular off the shelf card, featuring a snowman on … Continue reading

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Flying Squirrel

Our 3D printer (a stretched Mendel Max) has recently got to the point where it works. To test this we ended up printing a selection of squirrels (currently posing on our webcam). We started with the medium sized white squirrel, … Continue reading

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Is it me, or is it hot in here?

As anyone who’s been to the hackspace recently will know, it’s often not the warmest place.  This has led to some members becoming a bit obsessed with temperature sensors.  Our resident bot already has a temperature sensor, but we had … Continue reading

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Arduino and the Minimus 32

We recently bought a big pile of very cheap AVR Minimus 32 USB dev boards via Manchester Hackspace. These ship with a DFU bootloader.  This works fine when building regular C code, but that involves a fair learning curve for … Continue reading

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Students

If you are a student in Leeds then we’d like to invite you to come one of our open nights on Tuesday evenings (for free!) and see what it’s all about. After some discussion we’ve decided to offer a student … Continue reading

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List of Components

For a while now we’ve had two big cardboard boxes full of ICs, power regulators and power transistors.  On Friday I got bored, and catalogued them.  The results can be found on the wiki. There’s still an even bigger box … Continue reading

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Hacking tape

Some Hackspaces have “do not hack” stickers.  We decided that this was probably a bad idea.  If a sticker is accidentally overlooked, or falls off then someone is probably going to get upset. Instead we have rolls of green electrical … Continue reading

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Have you tried turning it on?

I’ve recently been reviving a Thecus N2100 NAS box.  This is a low-power ARM machine with 512Mb ram, 4 USB ports, a pair of 3.5″ SATA drive bays and lots of potential for hacking.  However it does have one major … Continue reading

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