Two Workshop Upgrades – TIG Stand, Grinding Wheel Rack

Saturday, May 21st, 2016
TIG Helper
When cleaning up my workshop I discovered that I had quite a few small pieces TIG filler laying around, I also had no where to put my TIG torch between welds. This provided a good excuse to do a quick little project out of some scrap.

More pictures after the break.

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Atmel Training Board V1.0

Friday, March 11th, 2011
During my studies I found that there were no basic tools avaliable for learning how to program Atmel microcontrollers. We had the STK500 Development Board, but this required considerable setup before using and only had LED's and Switchs.

This is what I came up with to solve this issue.

The Atmel Traning Board V1.0 features… Read More

Bench AC Supply

Friday, March 11th, 2011

Over the last couple of days I have been working on a Bench AC Supply. This is an essential piece of equipment that every workshop should have, some how i have managed not to need one up until now. The project itself if very simple and can be modified very easily to suit any input and output voltages.

The supply consists of five parts:
  1. Case/Chassis
  2. Power… Read More

ATMega32A Dev Board V2.0

Saturday, February 26th, 2011
It was found whilst using the original ATMega32A Development Board that there was a couple of things missing that would make life much easier. So here is is the updated version of the ATMega32A Development Board V2.0.


The updated board has three significant new features:
  • Power LED (How did i forget this in the original?)
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Workshop Shelving

Wednesday, January 26th, 2011
The time has come that i have run out of shelving in my workshop again, hence here is an article about building your own shelves.

This project covers the construction of a set of heavy duty steel shelves for the workshop. This project will follow through the design of the shelves using SolidWorks through to the actual construction of the… Read More

ATMega32A Breakout Board

Friday, January 14th, 2011
The objective of this project was to create a microcontroller breakout board that can be embedded into projects. I designed a board very similar to this one around 3 years ago however at the time my PCB design skills were almost non existant, hence the revised version. The new board has several new features which add value to the design and make this board a great all rounder for embedded applications.

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General Hand Controller

Saturday, December 18th, 2010
This project covers a section of hardware that was built for my final year project and my group mechatronics project. This is a general purpose hand controller or human machine interface device. Overview The Hand Controller project was designed to be used within several different projects. Thus the design decisions involved made this device very versitile.… Read More

Dual Rail Linear Regulated PSU

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010
This morning the problem was given to me to create a 5v Regulated power supply that has two seperate rails. Granted this is a very simple project, but hopefully its useful to someone.

Dual Rail 5V PSU PCB Layout

The supply has dual input headers as it is designed to be powered by two 12v Battery Packs. However it is not required to use both… Read More

Basic Servo Gripper

Friday, August 20th, 2010
I was going through some pictures of projects I undertook whilst at University, I came across some pictures of a servo driven robotic gripper that was made for the Mechatronics 2 course.  

The gripper uses one servo to open and close the jaws, the servo horn was mounted onto a plastic gear. This gear was a modified from a Meccano set this… Read More

1.5A 5v Regulated Linear Power Supply

Tuesday, August 10th, 2010
Here is quick power supply that was designed for use within the Lab Power supply project (Still a work in progress). This 5v Supply is to run all the logic, Microcontroller and LCD within the unit. Attached at the bottom of the page is the PCB and SCH file.

The power supply takes an AC input from a transforemer. When selecting the tranformer ensure… Read More
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