Multipurpose PID controller

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Often I find myself needing more procedural control over heat treatment. The two specific use cases I have right now are 1) Controlling my kiln to heat treat metal and 2) Controlling my reflow oven. Both of these uses require multiple heat/cool cycles for with differing time lengths. Rather than control them manually, I buildContinue Reading

OB-Designs.com

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My wife and I have decided to open our own store to sell some of the things that we make.  I’ve gotten pretty good at using my laser, 3d printer, and mill/lathe to make anything from lasercut letters to aluminum idlers for printers.  My wife makes soaps and various textile based items.  Please check itContinue Reading

New lens

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One of my other hobbies that I don’t blog much about is photography. It has taken a bit of a backburner lately. I have an upcoming trip to Alaska, and I’d really like to be able to photograph wildlife. After much consideration, I went with a Canon 100-400L lens. The push/pull design is a littleContinue Reading

Overclocked Truck!

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One of my friends works as a programmer at hyper tech and got me signed up for the beta program. This gets my truck up to 550 hp and 1000 ft/lbs of torque. I know its more traditional to say the truck has been chipped, but I think its much more fun and appropriate toContinue Reading

New Job!

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Many of you don’t know, but most of the stuff I blog about here is just my hobby. For my real job, I am a director of software development. Recently I left Medco where I had been for 8 years. I’ve started a new position doing something similar, but on a slightly smaller scale. BelowContinue Reading

Astrophotography

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One thing that I’ve wanted to try for a long time is astrophotography. A few years back I got my wife a 10″ LX200 scope with GPS and UHTC optics. She has long loved gazing at the stars. I had wanted to attach my camera to it so that we could capture the things thatContinue Reading

Hydraulic Tiller

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One of my longer term objectives is to create a garden in my backyard. Never one to under-do something, I decided to get a hydraulic tiller for the back of my riding mower. This one can go in either forward or reverse and till several inches deep in one pass. *Update* Unfortunately there are moreContinue Reading

Fabrication Lab

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Recently we had the upstairs finished at our house. In this expansion, we added a fabrication lab, an office, and a craft room. I find that the blazing summer and brisk winters in Memphis get in the way of me using my CNC machines. Having a lab inside will help. Its about 600 square feetContinue Reading

New Truck!

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My old truck has been great, but its up to 160,000 miles and the transmission has started to act up. I negotiated the deal I wanted on one from New Jersey and picked it up on my way home. She’s a 2012 F350 Lariat diesel fully decked out. The diesel generates 400 hp and 800Continue Reading