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Ben

Ben

I may not agree with what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it - Voltaire.

Posted by on in 3D Printing, Modelling and Character Animation

3D printing is yet another new blog category being introduced on the website. Wow! I must be planning on working hard. I decided to launch this category with the arrival of my new UP! Mini 3D printer. The purpose of this category is, as its name suggests, provide an outlet for me to blog about my experiences in 3D printing.

There are three main reason why I bought an UP! Mini 3D Printer. Firstly and chiefly I bought it because of the reduced price, which is probably due to a new version being released soon. Secondly, I bought the UP! Mini because of its cute size. I really didn't want one of those DIY printers that belong more in a workshop than in a living/work room.

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Posted by on in En Vacances

I quite found these pictures by chance, while transferring some photographs from an iPad 4 to  a Voyager Air 2 network drive. The photographs were taken with an iPad 4 at the Musee Memorial d'Omaha Beach on the Avenue de la LibĂ©ration, St Laurent Sur Mer, Normandie, France, while on holiday last year. Anybody, who is anybody and has seen the opening sequence of Saving Private Ryan, which is regarded as having the most realistic opening sequences to any film , ever, must visit one of the many museums in this area of France.

Although aimed at tourists a lot of the memorabilia found in  the museums bring home the reality of war and given the current standoff between NATO and Russia why we cannot afford another one. In total about 3881 American soldiers were killed, wounded or reported missing on 6th June 1944 at Omaha beach alone. I took a lot of photographs of the radios of the time, as we will eventually be hosting a series on Software Defined Radio (SDR) on this website.

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Posted by on in Robotics Using FPGAs

In the last installment,  in this category of posts, I produced a 3D CAD drawing of a covering for the screws that protrude out from the footbase. In the blog post before that I introduced the parts of the kit and discussed the assembly of the lower part of the legs. In this installment I will discuss the parts that I have used to assemble the upper parts of the legs.

Firstly, to confirm the CAD drawing produced previously was proceeding along the right track I printed out the CAD drawing and placed the lower assembly build next to it, as can be seen in the image on the left. The result is quite pleasing to see, as it confirms that the dimensions of the CAD model that will eventually be printed on a 3D printer are as expected. This has given me enough confidence know that the 3D model design is progressing along the right path.

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Posted by on in En Vacances

Our next stop was to see Le Chavliers de la Table Ronde or The Knights of the Round Table. This was quite a good time for us to attend this show, as quite recently a series, called Merlin, has been broadcast on British TV on Saturday evenings. This meant that we were relatively familiar with the characters, as well as the material that was on display.

I've always wondered what they would have been called if they sat at a conventional rectangular dining table! Le Chevalier de la Table Rectangulaire. Quite fortunately for them they didn't and the table was round according to the legend, because all the knights were deemed to be equal once they had proven themselves to be chivalrous. This blog post chronicles the start of the knight's adventures, as told by the actors and actress of the show at Puy du Foy.

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Posted by on in Robotics Using FPGAs

In my last blog post, on the 17 Degrees-of-Freedom (DOF) Biped Robot in Robotics using FPGAs, I expressed my slight concern about the stability of the robot due to the four screws protruding out of the Robot's footbase. The screws are used to attach each footbase to a multi-functional servo bracket. This lead me to take a break from the assembly and see what I could do about it.

 What I discovered while designing the "shoes" is that it could be possible to redesign all of the robot parts in a Computer Aided Design (CAD) package and create a 3D printed robot like Intel's Jimmy the 21st Century Robot. However before I got too carried away with designing a 3D printed robot I firstly designed the "shoes" and the method I used to design this covering, using AutoCAD, is the subject of this blog post.

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