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Lacey, WA
Hometown: Tacoma

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October 29, 2011

What are your areas of interest?

Very little programming experience, I think a group will help me focus. I've got some hardware design experience, and a lot of troubleshooting experience. We moved from Tacoma to Lacey, and my wife's kindergarten took precedence after the move. I'll have a workshop with wood and metal lathes, a small combo mill/lathe, metal cutting bandsaw, and the usual power tools, plus a separate electronics lab away from all the shavings. I'm working on getting OlyMEGA's Shapeoko2 CNC 3D carver and another little CNC for PCB carving up and running. Then I have my own all aluminum CNC engraver/carver to get up and running. I've been learning to use Sketchup. I have used it to create objects which I've printed in my Ultimaker 3D FDM printer. I've started learning dipTrace PCB, but I'm considering Designspark PCB.

Working on any interesting projects at the moment?

I'm working on: An easier way to conceptualize and wire Charlieplexed LEDs. I may need to figure out how to write my own Arduino library for it. A smart charger for lead-acid cells that will charge up to six cells at a time independently. An ESR/low ohms meter in a marker body. Click on my profile picture to see a sketch of it. An all-in-one test equipment package with LCR, coil ring tester, frequency counter, dual trace 'scope, and anything else I can fit. LVDT shield for Arduino. I have built an Ultimaker 3D fused deposition printer and am building a CNC mill. After we moved, my wife's school took precedence. I now have time to get my workshop and lab sorted out. In my lab, I intend to make some instructional videos to post on YouTube. I have a whiteboard and a greenscreen to that end. I am getting rid of a lot of old test/signal gen equipment. I'm designing more compact and powerful equipment to take their place.

What's your "dream project" - what would you build if you had unlimited time, skill, and resources?

What -wouldn't- I build? I'd be working on a working Tricorder. Not something sad like the commercially produced Tricorder Mark One, but something that is actually useful. I think my first model would be an all-in-one test equipment for electronics troubleshooting. I have about a dozen toy Tricorders, a cell phone display will fit it.


My favorite programming language has been solder, I'm looking to change that. 20+years as an ET, went back to school to finally get a degree. We did one project with a PIC, I designed the hardware and helped with programming. Looking to learn more.

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