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OpenDrop – Digital Microfludics Plattform

Posted September 15, 2015 by Chris

"OpenDrop is a new design for an open source digital microfludics platform for research purposes. The device uses recent electro-wetting technology to control small droplets of liquids. Potential applications are lab on a chip devices for automating processes of digital biology."

Manual Pick and Place Project

Posted September 14, 2015 by Chris

"I built a pick and place machine so I could build up my Motobrain project easier. I used MDF for the platforms. 12mm rail and linear bearings for the Y and Z axis bearings. THK linear motion guide for the X axis. The Z axis is a piece of carbon fiber tubing attached to a piece of laser cut acrylic. The nipples on the tube are 3D printed."

A Simple Binary Clock Project

Posted September 7, 2015 by Chris

"In about April of 2004 I started this binary clock project which was inspired by the Think Geek binary clock. I put the project on hold a number of times and finally finished it around October of 2004. When I started the project the TG clock was only available with red LEDs, and while it was definitely pretty cool, there were a number of things about it that bothered me."

What is a CNC? Building A CNC From Scratch

Posted September 1, 2015 by Chris

"The abbreviation CNC stands for computer numerical control, and refers specifically to a computer “controller” that reads G-code instructions and drives a machine tool, a powered mechanical device typically used to fabricate components by the selective removal of material."

Penelope: Modulo’s tea brewing robot

Posted August 13, 2015 by Chris

"Meet Penelope, our tea brewing robot. Penelope brews the perfect cup of tea by monitoring the temperature of the water and steeping the tea bag for the best time suited for that type of tea. "

Yet Another Toaster Oven ‘Reflow Oven’

Posted August 5, 2015 by Chris

"A reflow toaster oven and a simple laser cutter. Why a laser cutter? Using a reflow oven makes things easier, but we still have the problem of putting the correct amount of solder paste on the board. This can be done using a PCB stencil."

My Mini Servo Grippers And Robotic Arm

Posted July 29, 2015 by Chris

"A little time ago I made a robotic arm, without the gripper. So last week I draw a gripper that is compatible with a mini servo, I made two versions because I had to chose between two kinds of gears, straight and rounded. Because I first finished the straight gears version I milled this one first, but since there was a little play between the two gears I also made the second one, the one with the rounded gears."

Clock Calibrator/Frequency Counter

Posted July 26, 2015 by Chris

"This is a project to make something that can be used to work out calibration details for a clock/calender chip and measure frequencies with a reference having 5-10ppb frequency stability."

A PIC18F2550 Based Computer Status Monitor

Posted July 25, 2015 by Chris

"This project is a USB based computer status display. Downloads at the bottom of the page…The firmware uses microchips USB stack. The files included in the USB folder are from the ‘Microchip Libraries of Applications’ I used version v2012-08-22 of this…The support application was written in C#. Some things of note…the file HIDInterface.cs is an invisible form."

Toaster Oven PCB Reflow Oven

Posted June 10, 2015 by Chris

"Last time I left you with a video showing the control board running a toaster oven. Today, I’m going to start with a video showing a PCB getting reflowed in the oven. I will cover the changes I made after the video."