13 AUGUST 2010
Merlin Panohead Modifications to take Canon 5D Mk 2
I recently purchased a Merlin Panohead for using with the 15m telescopic mast which is on order for aerial photography.
I found that the Merlin Panohead's standard...
31 MAY 2010
Axminster SIEG Super X1 Micro-Mill Dremel Addon
More updates for the Axminster SIEG Super X1 Micro-Mill. In order to drill PCB's and work on some small engraving jobs we found that we needed a much faster spindle speed...
02 MAY 2010
HTC Desire Dock / Wooden Stand
After buying an HTC Desire smartphone, I tried to find a suitable dock or stand for holding the phone while syncing and charging the phone. I ordered one from ebay over 3 weeks ago but the...
28 FEBRUARY 2010
More info about the photography issues for this law on http://www.stop43.org.uk
UK Gov nationalises orphans and bans non-consensual photography in public
The Digital Economy...
13 FEBRUARY 2010
Our original milling machine has undergone several modifications since we purchased it.
First was a new longer bed and then a diy CNC conversion with the control box being relocated, and in December 2009 we purchased...
25 JANUARY 2010
When we purchased the milling machine which was later converted to be CNC we also purchased a Axminster SIEG C1 Micro Lathe, the lathe was ok for working with larger materials (over 3mm) but due to excessive vibration from...
19 JANUARY 2010
Yesterday my old G5 Apple iMac started to crash and have screen corruption with windows appearing to freeze and then leave parts behind when moving around. After a hour the computer was crashing as soon as it booted and the...
06 JANUARY 2010
I have updated the site gallery with a flickr feed of my latest updates to Flickr
02 JANUARY 2010
These were taken using the full Bowens studio kit to light the item using softboxes and light the background with separate lights to give a more even light over the items.
Below are some new samples of what we can do with...
30 DECEMBER 2009
After looking at various ways to show stock items in a better format for our ecommerce sites we thought it would be good to have 360 rotating images of the items.
Commercial systems to do this cost thousands and as we...
20 DECEMBER 2009
On the recently redesigned Virtual Swanage website we thought it would be useful to have a Twitter feed with daily events being submitted once a day from the websites event diary.
We considered manually updating the site...
21 NOVEMBER 2009
DIY CNC Mill Controller for Stepper Motor Milling Machine
This addon to our CNC mill was made to allow manual control of the mills cnc stepper motors using a pair of 2 axis joysticks obtained from a broken radio control...
26 OCTOBER 2009
DIY Camera Laser Break Beam Trigger MK 2
A DIY optical camera flash or camera trigger using a laser and PIC Processor based timer circuit.
Following from the basic high speed photography trigger we made, we found that...
18 OCTOBER 2009
A DIY optical camera flash or camera trigger using a laser and basic timer circuit.
I have always enjoyed trying to take water drop photos but getting the flash and camera to trigger at the right moment by hand was always...
11 OCTOBER 2009
My new Mac Pro tower has had an annoying high pitched squeal or whine when moving windows or scrolling windows on the screen.
The sound is not there all the time but only after the machine has been on for a few hours...
29 SEPTEMBER 2009
DIY wall for Chromakey green screen recording.
After spending a lot of time trying to get good quality green screen footage for e-learning projects using cloth backgrounds, we decided to build a dedicated wall at the studio...
27 JUNE 2009
After looking for more items around the house which could be charged from the new solar system, we decided to try converting the Logitech Harmony 885 remote control chargers to run from 12 volts.
The Logitech charger runs...
26 JUNE 2009
After moving my monitors around on the office desk to make way for some new kit, I found that the best place would be if one of the screens was fitted flush against one of the brick walls in the office.
I made this VESA...
02 JUNE 2009
Putting it all together
Built the first of four panels today and got it installed on the roof. I am still waiting for the 12v 15amp cable roll for the other three panels, which I ordered over a week ago and the supplier...
01 JUNE 2009
After purchasing a flux pen from Maplin, we started the long job of tinning all the cells, front and back and the fitting the tabbing wire between the cells to join 36 together for each solar panel.
28 MAY 2009
Charging System Upgrades
The existing charging system used a single battery and this was connected via the charge converter to the inverter and a 12v relay which switched the mains supply between the solar inverter power...