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01 DECEMBER 2012

Magnetic PCB holders

While building pcbs on our manual pick and place machine we have been looking at various options to hold the PCB boards still while placing the components but without having to use complex clamps to hold the boards in place. To...

19 OCTOBER 2012

Diy Manual Pick and Place Machine

After discovering the cost of buying a ready made manual Pick & Place Machine was over £5,000 and an automatic one well over £20,000 we decided to try to make our own manual pick and place system with a motorised...

02 OCTOBER 2012

T962 Infrared Reflow Oven Vent Hack

We purchased a T-962 desktop reflow oven from China on eBay a few weeks ago and found the results from the oven to be very poor compared to the specifications on the area which it could process. We found that it would only...

19 SEPTEMBER 2012

RF Shielding on a Mains Inverter

The mains inverter we have for our solar system generates a lot of RF interference on our ham radio transceivers and also across the entire HF spectrum. The inverter body has plastic ends and very little filtering for the...

14 SEPTEMBER 2012

ADC Pi Raspberry Pi I2C Analog to Digital Converter boards available to buy online

Update April 2015 Since the launch of this first ADC board for the Raspberry Pi it has been replaced with the ADC Pi models and we have also mde variants of the ADC board with a ADC Differential Pi which is a 8...

05 SEPTEMBER 2012

Axminster SIEG Super X1 Micro Mill Z Axis Ballscrew Upgrade

Following the ballscrew upgrade of the X and Y axis of our Micro Mill in 2010 we decided it was time to try to improve the accuracy of the Z axis on the mill which had been using a basic lead-screw which had a lot of excessive...

19 AUGUST 2012

Cheap Sources of Components

One major factor which affects many electronics hobbyists is the cost of purchasing components and associated fixing hardware. Very cheap sources for used parts which are normally still OK to use for your own projects are...

10 AUGUST 2012

XBee Central Heating Control via Raspberry Pi

XBee Central Heating Control via Raspberry Pi Following from the previous post detailing the plans to build an XBee & Raspberry Pi central heating controller we have now built the control board and written the Microchip...

08 AUGUST 2012

Raspberry Pi central heating controller

Now the solar monitoring and logging system is working we are going to build the wireless remote control for the hot water and central heating boiler and controller/programmer. We currently have a variant of an ACL Drayton...

01 AUGUST 2012

12v iPad Charger

Following the 4th Apple iPad charger failing and not wanting to spent even more money with Apple to replace them we decided to try to make 12v powered chargers to make use of the excess PV power we now have during the daytime...

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