Illuminated Wedding Fair Sign

Illuminated Wedding Fair Sign

Locla wedding photographers and long time friends James and Lianne asked me to build an illuminated sign that they could take to trade shows and wedding fairs. A vector file was provided with the company logo, and the design was laid out in Fusion 360 prior to cutting to provide an idea of what the finished sign would look like.

The wooden face was cut from plywood on the Laser Cutter at Leeds Hackspace. The counters are held in place on the frosted acrylic backing with epoxy. The frame was built from scrap MDF, sealed with MDF sealant and then painted white.

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Anatomical heart ball maze

Anatomical heart ball maze

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OpenBot

OpenBot

With the aim of promoting involvement and upward mobility within Leeds Hackspace I created OpenBot - a small device which tweets how long the space will be open to members for.

With a simple twist of a knob and push of a button OpenBot will shout to the world how long the space will be open for - and thus open to all members, keyholder or otherwise.

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Inverted tooling on the Boxford TCL160

Inverted tooling on the Boxford TCL160

A quirk of small Boxford CNC lathes is that, contrary to what appears to be most other CNC turning machines, they use their back-side tooling the "right" way up - with their insert facing away from the bed. This gives the advantage of allowing the user to see the tool edge clearly but also has the critical disadvantage that it requires left-hand oriented tools.

Typically this isn't an issue. Normal turning tools are available readily in left and right handed versions, but when it comes to specialist tooling (like those used for threading) things can start to get very expensive, very quickly.

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Fixing an unfocusable Minolta Hi-Matic

Fixing an unfocusable Minolta Hi-Matic

I have an old Minolta Hi-Matic F 35mm film camera – I love it dearly, despite its desire for unconventional batteries – and one day it suddenly stopped focusing properly. It was impossible to make the projected amber circle of the viewfinder align with the viewfinder image, and the lens seemed a bit ‘looser’ than normal.

Thankfully this was a simple fix that simply required the tightening of a few screws lens assembly. The roundabout way I discovered this isn’t particularly interesting, so instead I will show you what the problem was and how it was solved so you can get back to shooting sooner rather than later.

You will need a small flat head screw driver, and a small philips screwdriver. You won’t need to remove the top or bottom shells of the case, but if you are looking for that, hang around for a while and I’ll show you how.

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