DIY spot welder

DIY Spot Welder

In this post, I will show the spot welder I made. A spot welder is a very useful tool that can weld two pieces of metal by simply pressing them together and passing a high current through that small point. This causes that particular spot where the metals are pressed together to heat up sufficiently to melt and fuse them together.

GDS Viewer

Online GDS File Viewer

In this post, I’ll talk about the online GDS File Viewer/Editor I made(or I’m making as it’s still a work in progress). For now, I will make the development version of the app available online so people can find it and test it. Eventually, I will post the code on Github but first I want to add some more features, refactor the code and maybe write some unit tests.

iCE40 FPGA iCE aStick with IceStorm Tutorial

Lattice iCE40 FPGA IceStorm Tutorial

This tutorial will cover the hardware and software setup for the icestick development board that uses an iCE40 FPGA. The IceStorm open source toolchain will be used for programming the board instead of the vendor tools. For the demonstration, we’ll make a simple binary counter that will display its value with the onboard LEDs. The logic design will be defined/coded with Verilog.

DIY 100W LED Torch Floodlight

DIY Portable 100W LED Torch

In this post, I’ll show the portable 100W LED torch floodlight I made. I originally bought the 100W LED and lens kit many years ago but have just recently decided I would finally make an LED flashlight out of it. A lot of the flashlights online usually don’t have a very large battery capacity and need to be recharged quite often if you use them for an extended period. The problem is a lot of those flashlights also use 16850 batteries that have to be taken out of the flashlight to be recharged with a charger. This prompted me to create my own flashlight with a large battery capacity that is also easily rechargeable without having to take out the batteries every time.

Raspberry Pi Microscope

DIY Raspberry Pi Microscope

In this post, I’ll show you a Raspberry Pi microscope I made for soldering and inspecting PCBs. The great thing about it is that it has a long working distance. This enables the microscope to be mounted on the shelf above my workbench so it doesn’t get in the way. An additional benefit is that the image doesn’t shake if you bump the table when working.

Measuring Capacitors And Inductors With Your Oscilloscope Connections 2

Measuring Capacitors And Inductors With Your Oscilloscope

In this post, I’ll show you how to measure the value of capacitors and inductors with your oscilloscope and waveform generator. To measure the capacitor we’ll simply which will charge(periodically with a square wave) it through a resistor and measure how much time it takes the capacitor to charge to 63% we can then calculate its value according to the RC time constant formula which is t = RC. We’ll rearrange it to C = t/R to get out the capacitance.

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