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13 FEBRUARY 2010

Axminster SIEG Super X1 Micro Mill Ballscrew Upgrade and Modifications

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

Axminster SIEG C1 Micro Lathe Modifications

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

Apple G5 iMac Screen Flickering and Screen Corruption

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

Gallery Updates

I have updated the site gallery with a flickr feed of my latest updates to Flickr https://www.briandorey.com/gallery/

02 JANUARY 2010

360 Panoramic Product Photo Samples

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

DIY Rotary 360 Table for Product Shots

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

Automatic Twitter Updates using Twitterizer Framework

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

CNC Mill Controller for Stepper Motor Milling Machine

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

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

DIY Camera Laser Break Beam Trigger

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

Apple Mac Pro Tower High Pitch Whine

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 Chromakey wall

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

Logitech Harmony 885 remote control 12 Volt Solar Charger

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

DIY LCD monitor flush wall mount

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

Mk2 DIY Solar Panels Part Seven

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

Mk2 DIY Solar Panels Part Six

Soldering Cells 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. The...

28 MAY 2009

Mk2 DIY Solar Panels Part Five

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...

24 MAY 2009

Mk2 DIY Solar Panels Part Four

Using 6mm thick flat aluminum bar, we made four brackets which were attached to the chimneys either side of the house and between these, two lengths of 25mm x 4.2m square aluminum bar were fitted to act as supports for the...

19 MAY 2009

Mk2 DIY Solar Panels Part Three

Using 35mm square aluminum bar, we machined a slot into the bar and cut it into 30mm wide brackets which where drilled and tapped to take M5 bolts. Four of these brackets will be bolted to the panel base boards and this will...

10 MAY 2009

Mk2 DIY Solar Panels Part Two

Two coats today of Dulux Trade Weathershield Preservative Basecoat to seal the wood, this needs 48 hours to dry and then the panels will be painted with exterior gloss and the glass ordered. The photo below shows the panels...

09 MAY 2009

Mk2 DIY Solar Panels Part One

After purchasing further solar cells from the USA via ebay, We are building four new weather proof outdoor solar panels which should supply around 320w which should be enough energy to run the household lighting circuit and...


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