July 19, 2014

Slowly getting there.


Intro to web pages using WordPress

June 4, 2012

Today I will be demonstrating the use of WordPress in class web page creation. WordPress is useful for both teachers and students in the creation of webpages for classroom use. Today I will demonstrate: 1. Setting up a web page 2. Customizing your blog 3. Adding a post 4. Adding a page 5. Posting by [...]


Too Many Projects

April 20, 2012

Here is what is currently on the to-do-list: 1. Add spindle on/off control to CNC Router (awaiting relays from ebay) 2. Modernize CNC Lathe (awaiting stepper drivers from ebay) 3. Convert Roll Plotter to Vinyl Cutter (awaiting breakout board/knives from ebay) 4. Repair LCD monitors salvaged from IT dept – should just require new capacitors [...]


Automatic switching of power amps

March 28, 2012

The school I work at has a permanently installed audio system in the gymnasium/auditorium. I am responsible for the upkeep and use of this system, and over the years I have attempted to streamline the system so it would be easy to allow other users of the facility to use this system. To that end [...]


Mach3 Motor tuning for D&M 6 Mill

March 7, 2012

Now that I have Mach3 controlling the D&M 6, I need to fine tune the settings so the movements are accurate. This is done through a tuning process that involves measuring the TPI (threads per inch) of the lead screws in the mill as well as knowing the characteristics of the stepper motors. This mill [...]


D&M 6 Mill Upgrade

March 6, 2012

Vinyl cutter project is on hold. I am currently working on resurrecting this D&M 6 Milling Machine. The original PC controller is long gone, so I have purchased the “Breakout Board Plus” from Bob Campbell and I’m working on getting the PC running Mach3 to talk with the D&M Machine. The new board is installed, [...]


Calcomp 1025 Vinyl Cutter conversion

January 30, 2012

The plan is to get this ancient plotter communicating with a computer and eventually cutting vinyl stickers. Step one is to make a cable and establish communication. I believe that this is an RS-232 plotter. I have a few cables but haven’t taken the time to fight with the settings to make it work. I [...]


Buying your first SLR Camera

December 18, 2011

As you may have heard from other photogs, the lens you use on a camera has much more to do with the quality of image than the camera body itself. For the average user any entry-level SLR will meet their needs comfortably. As you move up the ladder to the higher end models you are essentially gaining things like [...]