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  • LaTeX + SVGs to PDFs

    Source of the LaTeX+SVGs to PDF makefile is available to download, use, change, tinker and fork at Github._ I wrote last week about how figures can be transfered from a Microsoft Word document into a LaTeX document by extracting them as vector images using Inkscape, and saved as Scalable Vector...

  • Converting Word documents to LaTeX

    Wwhy bother converting in the first place? In my case it’s because I’ve a large document thatneeds revisions; and I don’t want to have to fight with Word again to get it ready for printing. Using LaTeX sepatates the content from the format, so I can concentrate on words, and...

  • Glued Laminate Front Axle Cross-Beam

    I’ve written before about how bending aluminium tube is expensive, and alternative manufacturing practices such as glued, laminated wooden beams and using several materials to create a lower mass beam. Well, it hasn’t all been fluff, and here’s the layered replacement for the front axle cross tube. Complete view Exploded...

  • Removing "Facebook like" and "Google +1" from your browsing

    There are any number of reasons why you might want to remove Facebook like and Google +1 buttons from websites you view, but if you don’t use these services, or don’t like to publish link repeats in your social media stream; then, at best, they serve as visual clutter while...

  • No-Bend, Self-Jig Rear Hanger

    While I was not happy with the bending requirements in the initial M0.1 design of Atomic Duck, I was willing to use part design that required a press brake for manufacture and refine them later. That is until I found that the cost of bending is prohibitively high in small...

  • add-rel-lightbox version 0.2

    New for version 0.2, the plugin will now also add the lightbox attribute and caption to image linked galleries using the [gallery link=”file”] shortcode. add-rel-lightbox is a WordPress plugin that will automatically add a rel=”lightbox” attribute and the image appropriate description from the media library to link-wrapped images placed in...

  • Composite Materials for Bending

    This article has vector images embedded, these are handled fine by most modern browsers, but if you can’t see the images, just click them to view _backwards compatible versions This is a bit of a technical post, but it’s information that might be useful to you later, so feel free...

  • Open Source Hardware

    What I’ve been calling “Open Source Engineering” is more widely known as open source hardware, and associated to open hardware. Often, open source hardware is taken to mean electronics, but this is just because a large number of projects are electronic. Open source hardware refers to any product with a...

  • Glued, laminated structural components

    While looking for alternatives to industrial forming of aluminium, I hit on the idea of using laminated wood for components. This is actually quite a sensible idea, wood can be formed into curves as it’s laid-up and will stay in that shape afterwards, and it has good tensile strength along...

  • Joining pdf files

    When I generate pdf files of part designs for printing, each drawing is a single file, each only a single page. This is great for viewing/sharing/printing a single part, but when I’m printing packs of technical drawings, printing several copies each of 50 (ish) pdf files and then collating those...

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