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October 18, 2012
News - Hardware Hump Day: The To…
about 3 months ago
Better than Saran Wrap, at least consider casting the in bowl portion into some clear compound like resin or rtv so that its washable.
Really? wouldn’t be better to put the lighting someplace else so that it shines down on the toilet. Placing the parts in the bowl subjects them to some chemical compounds that are corrosive, and most certainly unsanitary. While the circuitry is fun looking, perhaps the concept is flawed.
News - Hardware Hump Day: The Os…
about 4 months ago
While I fully understand the comment, please respect that CHILDREN use this website as a resource for classwork and labwork. Even though they probably use the vulgar language on the playground, as educators we need to maintain civility, morality, and set a good example for them. Thank you
News - Adventures in Science: Ho…
about 5 months ago
I believe you omitted a step in the ZERO PROCEDURE, one should always clean the outside measurement jaws prior to performing a zero. A lint free cloth should be used. This is a step we teach our students here at the college and its often overlooked, a bit of pocket lint or debris from the workbench can easily give you incorrect measurements.
News - T³: A makerspace in your…
about 8 months ago
Let me add, finding money to create and sustain a maker space in a middle school is a significant hurdle in many California schools. The current level of funding does not allow for many luxuries were it not for the efforts of parents via the PTA/PTO organizations many California elementary, middle, and high schools would not have some of the few extras they enjoy today. I can tell you that even at the community college level (where I currently sit) finding money to buy some Aruduino/Redboard SIK and 3d Printers took years to achieve. We have a TECHSHOP locally but the price structure of their facility and classes in well out of reach for a significant portion of the student population.
I think that the educational process in most countries and especially here in the USA is degree oriented, go to school, get the paper, get out. My personal educational meandering has always (50 years post high school) been about acquiring knowledge, information, and skills. I found that despite having a college major of engineering that most of my classes were about everything else. I never did find a major in “jack of all trades” but somehow I muddled through some formal education but my real education came primarily from books, experiments, and observation. I worked with some extremely gifted scientists and engineers in my many years with IBM Research and Development, but I often found it was difficult for them to implement their ideas as their core focus did not allow them the opportunity to learn many practical subjects. There is nothing wrong with, nor any problem with having “other” skills. Following one’s bliss makes, I think, for a happier life.
News - Friday Product Post: Dili…
I have used the ANALOG DISCOVERY (Ver1) for some time as my bench scope, have been very happy with it. We have used it for a portion of our Circuits Analysis class at the college level with good results. With a reasonable laptop, a small box of parts, an ARDUINO, and some jumper wires a nice portable laboratory is easy to carry around for education, hacking, or just amusement. More versatile than my Fluke Scopeometer, my NI PCMCIA scope and DMM, and many more functions.
News - T³: Etching your own cir…
about a year ago
The need for protective equipment is well worth paying attention to. I also suggest use in a WELL ventilated area, protect the surface you are working on if indoors. Wear only clothes you do not mind having permanent stains on. Ferric Chloride and Cupric Chloride are both corrosive chemicals treat them with the utmost respect and dispose the used chemistry in a proper manner. Having used both in modestly high volumes and seen the damage they did to commercial grade circuit board processing equipment, I suggest you think safe and work safe.
News - T³: Laminating Circuits
about a year ago
Please keep in mind that it is now possible to get some reasonably good flat conductors, I even have a nice flat USB cable. When I need to laminate way too thick objects my laminator has a nice reverse switch so that I can bond part of the sheet and back it out, then bond another edge, etc…. for some objects I force air into the packet to act as a pillow, for others I use a small vacuum pump to remove the air to make it more conformant. I also have an attachment for my soldering iron that has a flat disc at the end (10mm) that allows for spot lamination.
about 2 years ago
Could someone verify the DC and AC current ranges, the above is not quite the same as the USER MANUAL, thank you
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