Archive for Arduino

3D Printer Pt1

I recently ordered a 3D Printer from 3D Print Czar ( and decided to share my experiences with the printer. Besides I need to get more content on this blog of mine that I keep forgetting about.

I ordered on the 30th of July they posted it on the 4th of August and I got it on the 6th of August. Not bad from China to Regional NSW. 3D Print Czar say that they sent it via Hong Kong Post on their website but gave me a TNT tracking number and it was delivered by the local TNT rep. Little bit long on the processing time but very quick with shipping.

So far I have just unboxed the printer and took photos of the various components of the printer and I am impressed with the quality of the packaging and the components. The plastic parts look as if they have been 3D printed yet still have high quality.

I have things to do tonight so I can’t start the build today but I have set aside a few hours tomorrow to work on the printer. I have also picked up a 1KG roll of glow in the dark PLA off Ebay to use with the printer.


Raspberry Pi

I received my Raspberry Pi on Friday and have been playing around with it. The device is awesome I have never had such a powerful device at my fingertips for embedding. I was originally going to wait for the Arduino Due but now I am going to get a couple of adapters made up to buffer my Raspberry Pi’s IO ports to use with prototyping. A 700MHZ ARM CPU with linux support is a lot better then a 90MHZ ARM cpu like on the Due.

The IO options on the Raspberry Pi are awsome. I2C and SPI on such a powerful board are great. The only problem I have so far is hte lack of hardware UART ports but there are USB ports available so that could be fixed with a USB hub and some FTDI chips or even a USB compatible atmega such as the newer arduino boards.

I’d build my lightning trigger on the Pi if I had a fast analog to digital converter but for now it and the inervalometer will remain on an arduino board because it doesnt need all the features or speed of a Pi.

New Minecraft Series And Arduino Stuff

I know I’m late to the game but I decided to start a new hardcore Minecraft video series for fun. I’m in it to get experience with video editing and voice acting which I defiantly need as my voice is suited to the era of silent movies.

I found a seed for a survival island style map with a zombie dungeon right under the surface. I have set myself a few basic goals to start with, a zombie based exp farm. An artificial island, a decent house, a tree farm and a wheat farm and to try and find the mainland.


My first episode:

I also do streams of other games I have from time to time depending on what strikes my interest at the time. The one other game I have done a livestream of is Hord.


On Other news I have made an Internet enabled temprature and humidity sensor using an arduino. You can view it on Cosm here: I did nearly complete a time-lapse controller using an Arduino but lost all the code on a HDD crash on my laptop. I am also working on a lightning based trigger for my DSLR. I will be setting up some kind of syncing system with my new NAS to ensure that this does not happen again.

In other news I have a laser cutting and engraving machine as I am starting a laser engraving business. This will come in handy with some of my projects since I get to laser cut and engrave front panels for my projects myself on my own machine. If anyone is interested in such services feel free to get in contact.