This is a laser cut platform which allows you to mount your kindle on your bike handlebars. This is not as stupid as it sounds! If like me you spend coundless hours riding a bike indoors on a stationary trainer you need as many ways as possible to pass the time. It is designed for a kindle paperwhite, though it also works with the standard kindle.

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If you really want to be at a company you can do so much better than a resume.

A few years ago I saw an early stage startup that I knew I had to be a part of. The only problem was that it was 900 miles away and I had no connection to them. The startup was Formlabs. At the time they had 10 employees, and like most startups reduced risk by hiring people they knew. They were also situated equidistant between MIT and Harvard so there was heal...

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25 May 2011

3D Printer V1

A great way to speed up the design process is to have a way to quickly make prototypes of objects to see how they look/feel/behave physically. This is especially true when designing something to be ergonomic. Always wanting to take my design skills and resources to the next level I decided that I needed a rapid prototype machine to "print" objects from 3D models. Unfortunately rapid prototype machines are quite expensive, but it turns out there i...

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11 Feb 2011

USB Hub Design

Transformation

Sometimes when I'm at the coffee shop I need to use more USB devices than my MacBook can support. I love Apple design and was disappointed to see that there weren't any aluminum hubs that matched my Macs, and really there didn't seem to be any that weren't junk - so I set out to design my own. This is a conceptual 3 port hub that follows Apple's "unibody" design. The hub has a simple mechanism that allows it to pop up with a touch to store its...

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I have been having a lot of fun with an iPhone game called tilt to live. The game is relatively simple to play - you steer a ship around the screen by tilting the phone. You are trying to avoid enemies, pick up power-ups which you can use to kill enimies. It seemed like the type of game that a program could do very well at if you cive a computer the ability to tilt the phone and see what is going on. In this project I built a motion platform which I hope can be used to get a really high score in this or other tilt based games.

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30 Apr 2010

Unnamed Robot

Jr. Design Robot

In the undergraduate BSME program at UNCC, Juniors are required to design and build a robot. I was tasked with designing a simple and lightweight robot to transfer simulated nuclear fuel rods.

Weighing in at 1.2lb, it is quite light - most of the weight due to the required batteries. Every detail of the robot was refined to reduce weight, increase integration. Nothing that wasn't required was used, and every gram of material that could be rem...

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30 Dec 2009

Wooden iPhone Case

One of the things that I wanted to get my fiance this Christmas was an iPhone case. Normally cases are made of plastic or sometimes aluminum - I could make an aluminum case but I didn't think she would be into that, and an injection molder to get a high quality plastic case is not something I have (though I am slowly designing one - though it's nowhere near close to even being built). I stumbled upon a site that sold wooden cases. At around $130...

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31 Oct 2009

DIY Engagement Ring

Ever since I cast the lily ring I knew I wanted to make my wife's engagement ring.

Luckily I had some experience casting from other projects. Without that I may have not attempted it because there is so little information on the subject. I hope this article will give enough information that anyone good with their hands can make their own. Note that I only carved the ring, I had a smith cast the ring for me. I would have loved to build all of...

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03 Sep 2009

DIY Kiteboard Kite

For those not familiar with kiteboarding I will give a brief explanation. A kiteboarder, as the name suggests, rides on some time of board (in my case it will be a board similar to a wakeboard in the ocean), using a large kite to harness the wind to pull themselves around wherever they like. The kiteboarder is harnessed to the kite and controls it via a special control bar. There are a few different types of kites that can be used, with inflatabl...

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Fresh off the air engine project, we were given the task to design and build something for our second project. I thought the air engine was neat, but a real engine is better. I spent a lot of time designing a two stroke engine which I detail the build of here.

If you want to build it for yourself you can download the plans here.

Cylinder

I decided to go ahead and get the hardest part completed first, so I started with the cylinder. I cut...

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