Author Archives: Patrick Fenner

Intro to Laser Cutting Course, September 2013

As part of my role as DoES Liverpool’s technician, I get to give introductions to new users to get them started with using DoES’s laser cutter. However, because it’s only an introduction I only get to spend an hour or so going over the basics when I’d like to spend longer and help them on […]

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Reading Strain Gauge Scales with Arduino

One of the smaller projects that I took to Maker Faire last month was a strain gauge reading circuit for Arduino. While the Arduino in the demo setup was actually redundant (the voltage input from the scales was output to a 5V dial gauge directly) there was also a circuit diagram setup to show how […]

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Perceptive Radio Build Pics

I’m sure you’ve seen the write up from Mudlark and the blog post from BBC R&D about their new Perceptive Radio that localises content and adjusts playback characteristics depending on listener interaction. I was approached by MCQN Ltd as the electronics part of the radio was nearing completion and asked if I could help with […]

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Maker Faire UK 2013

This coming weekend, Maker Faire UK is at the Centre for Life in Newcastle. I’ll be exhibiting as part of the DoES Liverpool stall this year. While I initially started going to DoES Liverpool, it was to get some hands-on experience with running a laser cutter, which would improve the work I was doing with […]

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So What’s a Practical Laser-Cut Clip Size?

I’ve previously shown for laser-cut elastic-clips for comb joints what the equations are for calculating maximum bending stress and operating force, using the distance that the clip has to deflect in use as the starting point. I also explained how a tapering clip profile was preferable to a straight one. This time I’m going to […]

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Laser-Cut Elastic-Clipped Comb-Joints

During a makerday, I saw a someone struggling to put together a Raspberry Pi box that they’d laser cut, and were trying to hold together: two pieces of acrylic to make the joint, and the Raspberry Pi board, and a nut into a slot, while also attempting to screw in a bolt, and not drop […]

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Second Lattice Hinge Samples

As part of my first week as the new Technician-in-Residence at DoES Liverpool I’ve found time to photograph the acrylic test samples. From the earlier posts, this second set of samples is sized to have the minimum possible bend radius for single laser cut to create the torsional links, and has three torsional stress levels; […]

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Laser Cut Christmas Trees

I had half an hour at the end of the day at the DoES Liverpool makerspace the other day, so I had time to cut out christmas tree decoration from card and mdf that comes out of the cutter fully finished. The cut files are available for you below, or on Thingiverse, to cut your […]

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Lattice Hinged Booklets

I’m pleased to have created a first product using the lattice hinges: a laser engraved, hand printed A5 sketchbook for Red-Violet Made. They use a pair of lattice hinges gives a double fold that operates like a normal hard back book, with a flat spine instead of curved like other booklets. Using such a small […]

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Lattice Hinge Design — Choosing Torsional Stress

The first set of lattice hinge tests I generated were a little fragile, with the maximum stress in the torsional links set to be 60MPa (the yield stress of the acrylic) it’s not very surprising that, with acrylic being a very brittle material (where the ultimate/breaking stress is very close to the yield stress) that […]

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