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I've been wanting to mill out a circuit board for a while now - finally got around to it! :)

I had made a tailstock for my 4th Axis a while back and it recently broke (it was made from MDF LOL) so here's how I made my new 4th Axis Tailstock that I made with my homemade Reprap 3D Printer! :)

Well in seeing how tough the previous 3D printed gears were, I broke them :) so they were not that tough! LOL

So here's version 2.5 of the gears - I made everything beefier and also put two stages of planetary gears in there for more torque, less backlash, and just all around coolness :)

Well I'm finally getting around to writing about the Maker Faire! :)

I had a blast at the Faire, I didn't get a chance to ake it around during the event to see all the cool stuff - it seemed everybody and their brother wanted to talk about the 3D Printers and so i was pretty much talking all day long - except for when we were outside casting aluminum :) I think next time I need to bring at least one person to help me - that way I can go around at least once and talk to all the people :)

They let Ron and I do an aluminum casting demo. Ron did a sand casting - casting a bracket that he'd made out of wood. It came out perfect! I did a demonstration of lost foam casting (since that's my favorite) and I went to Michaels and bought one of the foam skulls they sell for halloween decorations - I glued a sprue on at the base and buried it in the play sand in a bucket :) There is definetly a picture of it in the pictures and videos below...

The skull came out with a rough texture as expected, but held the shape of the skull really well - overall it was a great "wow" factor :)

There's a ton of pictures and videos online already for the faire and so I'm going to be lazy and hook you up with a few links :)

Some Pictures - Some More Pictures - Some Videos

and make sure to check out THIS video of the casting demo - molten aluminum FTW :)


I wanted to try and print some planetary gears to try and make my 4th axis work better.

Hey Everybody!

My buddy Dan wanted a 3D printer, so we struck a deal where he would buy all the parts for MY second machine and I would "hand me down" my machine to him. I wanted a little bit bigger machine and this gave me the opportunity to work that out.

Just a heads up! I'm sure that most people are not here for my development posts - so this may not apply to you :) but I am moving them to HERE if anyone's interested...

Hey everybody! (maybe there's two people that actually read these?) hehe

Just a quick update - I am removing my graphics and multimedia stuff - so if you're looking for something email me :)

In other (more related) news! I am building my second 3D printer! I sold the first one to a buddy and am in the process of building the second one - I made it a little bigger all the way around to give me full use of the heated build table

Pictures comming soon! :)


First off - I've never considered myself an engineer - I'm a hack at best LOL but the website EEWEB contacted me about doing an interview, and while I think that I'm insulting the previous - real life engineers, I decided to do it :) Here's a link to the interview and you should check out the website there - tons of good stuff!

Broke a few drum mic clips last time my band (Big Moon Rocket) recorded - so I designed and used my 3D printer to make a few replacements!

Gotta love being able to design and make your own plastic parts!

You can download the STL and Solidworks file in my downloads

Here's an update for you!

I printed the parts to make a wobbler engine on my Reprap 3D Printer!


Workshop projects are for stuff in the garage (CNC, Reprap, woodworking, metalworking, electronics, metal casting, etc...)

These are my posts about my CNC hobby, now to include my new Reprap 3d Printer :)

These are my electronics projects, working with the Parallax Propellor, Arduino, stepper motors, you name it!

Here are some of my Metalworking projects, probably with my Enco 3-in-1 Mill / Drill / Lathe

Here are some of my woodworking projects using my Shopsmith Mark VII and other various woodworking tools

Here are some of my adventures in casting aluminum with my homemade foundry