Print This Post Print This Post

Come bathe with me, and be my love..

(With apologies to Chistopher Marlowe)

Now the bath in my new home in Portugal had a concrete relationship…

Solid support?

Further, it would have been difficult for a medium-sized Portuguese child to get wet in it, so I decided on a replacement, the installation of which would take place on completion of pipework being installed for the [...]

  • Share/Bookmark
Print This Post Print This Post

The Eee PC1025CE – Fastest Netbook in Cullercoats?

Review of Asus Eee PC 1025CE

Bought: 5th July 2012
Supplier: PC World, North Shields (No, Really!)
Price: £229.00 (that’s GBP)
Sales assistant: Patient and well-informed (a surprise given previous experiences at PC World)

Out of box experience:
Dismay at worthless ‘user manual’, but plugged in charger and switched it on.
Confusion and frustration as W7 setup rumbled on, expecting mouse movements, [...]

  • Share/Bookmark
Print This Post Print This Post

Parsing mixed content XML using Python

Python (is definitely) != snake_oil

I wanted to extract the formatted text from an OpenOffice.org Writer document, retaining the positions of words within the white space of the text.
Most folks are aware that these documents are xml ‘under the hood’ – .odt == .zip == collection of xml files etc.
Moreover, I wanted to use Python, with [...]

  • Share/Bookmark
Print This Post Print This Post

Using a T4 Router as a High-Speed Spindle on the SIEG X1L Milling Machine

The TREND T4 variable-speed (11-32,500 rpm) router provides an affordable alternative to high-cost ER11, ER16 and ER20 High-speed spindles.

As part of my project to convert my SIEG Milling machine to CNC, I wanted to see for myself how easy it would be to fit a high-speed spindle to the Mill at reasonable cost. I have [...]

  • Share/Bookmark
Print This Post Print This Post

PCB Milling Diary – April 12th 2012

Updated @ 16:28 13th April 2012
(see supplemental)

I’m playing catch-up here. The contents of this post refer to work over two days old, delay in writing it up is due to other, more pressing matters.
The good news is that after using LineGrinder to generate the G-Code from my little PCB, the two mysteriously-missing areas on the [...]

  • Share/Bookmark
Print This Post Print This Post

PCB Milling Diary – April 8th 2012

A great deal of what we see on the Web, project-wise, is the ‘finished’ product. Every questionable decision has been ‘revisioned’, and what warts remain are carefully hidden, or presented as ‘features’. Yeah, I know this is a pretty cynical view, but unfortunately, nearer the truth, than even I would like to admit.
One of the [...]

  • Share/Bookmark
Print This Post Print This Post

Converting a Proxxon MF70 Milling Machine To CNC – 4

A Simple Thumb Drive G-Code Delivery System

Updated with File System Source-Code & example of logging 15th April 2012

This post in one in a series. Other posts you may be interested in are as follows:

Converting a Proxxon MF70 Milling Machine To CNC – 1: Introduction.
Converting a Proxxon MF70 Milling Machine To CNC – 2: The User [...]

  • Share/Bookmark
Print This Post Print This Post

Converting a Proxxon MF70 Milling Machine To CNC – 3

Controlling the MF70 Spindle Speed

Updated 28th April 2012 with Eagle Schematic and Printed Circuit Board Design.

This post in one in a series. Other posts you may be interested in are as follows:

Converting a Proxxon MF70 Milling Machine To CNC – 1: Introduction.
Converting a Proxxon MF70 Milling Machine To CNC – 2: The User Interface.
Converting a [...]

  • Share/Bookmark
Print This Post Print This Post

Converting a Proxxon MF70 Milling Machine To CNC – 2

The User Interface

This post in one in a series. Other posts you may be interested in are as follows:

Converting a Proxxon MF70 Milling Machine To CNC – 1: Introduction.
Converting a Proxxon MF70 Milling Machine To CNC – 3: Controlling the MF70 Spindle Speed.
Converting a Proxxon MF70 Milling Machine To CNC – 4: A Simple Thumb [...]

  • Share/Bookmark
Print This Post Print This Post

Converting a Proxxon MF70 Milling Machine To CNC – 1

Overview

This post in one in a series. Other posts you may be interested in are as follows:

Converting a Proxxon MF70 Milling Machine To CNC – 2: The User Interface.
Converting a Proxxon MF70 Milling Machine To CNC – 3: Controlling the MF70 Spindle Speed.
Converting a Proxxon MF70 Milling Machine To CNC – 4: A Simple Thumb [...]

  • Share/Bookmark