This site serves mainly as a gallery for my projects and hacks. Enjoy.
Originally built as my engagement ring box, this Inkscape plugin generates small boxes. It uses simple tabs as compression fittings, so no glue or nails needed. It also allows you to specify one of several living hinge designs.
This project implemented a simple PID controller on an Arduino (and eventually a bare ATMega328) controlling an electromagnet to keep an object suspended in mid-air without a means of support. It uses a linear hall effect sensor and was mostly intended as an introduction to simple magnetism and control systems.
For Christmas 2014 I built a set of projects using natural terrain maps of Starlight, PA. This tutorial demonstrates how to extract topographic data from the USGS datasets and create an STL from them.
The first project was simple silver bracelet charms in a modified form of Starlight's terrain map. The charms were then etched with simple figures with personal meaning. The etchings were created using Ferric Nitrate and a mask produced using a computer controlled CO2 laser.
The second project used the Starlight terrain map to build a light metal casting in lead-free pewter. Different mould materials were tested, and a wooden base plate was engraved with a message and scale information.