Category Archives: DIY.

Making things.

SUGRU — a short adulation

I had been waiting for my pack of SUGRU for quite a while. Fortunately they have successfully tackled the step towards mass production and it is now available through their website. For those of you who might now have heard … Continue reading

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RGB LED Ring — now available as DIY SMD kit !

The RGB LED Ring is available as a DIY SMD kit! Honestly, ignore the next two paragraphs :-) Well as of next Monday 18:00 CET to be honest (May 17th 2010). I’ve already added it to zen-cart, but it’s still … Continue reading

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MSOP10/TSSOP8 – DIP adapters — they’ve finally arrived

I’ve waited almost 8 weeks… and finally the reward ;-) And I’ve already managed to solder the LT1618 boost converter chip to one of these. Compared to soldering TQFP-32 packages this screams for solder paste and a hot air station. … Continue reading

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Who needs cheap MSOP10/TSSOP8 to DIP adapters ?

Hi, I’ve been planning to build a prototype driver for the Seeedstudio LED module (1, 2) for quite a while, but I just cannot get MSOP-DIP adapters that are reasonably priced. The cheapest single one I could find was 2.50€! … Continue reading

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IKEA SAMTID modification — part 2

Not having the right tools is such a pain. The modification I’m planning to do requires cutting 72 round 35mm holes into the white plastic foil that forms the Ikea SAMTID’s “head”. I tried to do that with a scalpel, … Continue reading

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Jyetech AVR digital oscilloscope DIY KIT — trying to fix it – part 2

Maybe you remember my last post about the Jyetech oscilloscope and it’s weird behaviour. Not all of them are strange, as the free replacement DIY KIT I received from them works fine. At that time I suspected a sick ATmega64 … Continue reading

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Jyetech AVR digital oscilloscope DIY KIT — trying to fix it – part 1

The symptoms since a firmware upgrade (and downgrades, re-upgrades…): strange characters on the display for SEC/DIV system freezes +/- buttons are ignored (but still work physically) the ADC chip doesn’t get a CLK signal during a freeze My theory: The … Continue reading

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Jyetech AVR digital oscilloscope DIY KIT — Firmware upgrade odyssey

I bought the DIY KIT at seeedstudio recently, as I needed to feed my soldering obsession. Here are some images of the KIT coming right out of the box: I had to use my milling machine, because the front panel … Continue reading

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IKEA SAMTID modification — part 1

I have 3 Ikea Samtid lamps. They’re affordable, useful and the design is timeless. One is in my living room and started to bore me. That has to change. As the lamp can be dismantled very easily it’s begging for … Continue reading

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Creating 3D SVG graphs with google Sketchup7 on linux

Well, almost… have a look at the updates section. What you will need: Google Sketchup7, Inkscape 0.46 or later, a PDF creator printer driver and Windows XP (dual boot or virtualized). Inkscape is a very nice program for creating 2D … Continue reading

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Wooden case for the LED matrix projects

So I’ve decided to put the LED matrix projects into nice good looking wooden cases. Thought of making it myself, but I just don’t have the tools nor the space for making precision cuts and milling grooves and so on. … Continue reading

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Making PCBs with the toner transfer method

Well… I thought this would be fun. I even got the pulsarprofx toner transfer paper and a laminator (GBC H212) because I couldn’t get proper results with my tiny clothes iron, but It did not work. The transfer paper itself … Continue reading

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