So Covid… So good…

So Covid… So good…

I have been a bit distracted by various things recently but I am now at a point where I can get on with my life! Wife got a job, Son going back to Uni and I am very invigorated by a few new projects.

I need to get the Garage finished now, we have done some stuff over the last few months since the apocalypse but I have been unable to have a concerted effort on the things I wanted to finish. I have a big incentive to do that now and after running an errand on the weekend with the Mrs I am going to get it sorted.

  • clear out the accumulated lockdown rubbish
  • sort the tools
  • get the enclosure for the printer and CNC sorted
  • finish the workbench (nearly done needs a fence for the table saw)
  • clear the “dumping bench” so I can dedicate it to the printer and CNC

On top of this I have discovered Rust and embedded Rust and I am very impressed with the language and the ethos of the language design. Lots of potential and I am very much into tinkering on a Nucleo 64 (stm32) dev board at the moment. Lots to learn there….

I will update further with other things from lock-down shortly – photos and toys 🙂

Slow weekend doing bits and bobs…

Slow weekend doing bits and bobs…

So I was ill on friday and I’m recovering so no major woodworking this week. I’m off on Monday next week so I am intending to make the table saw bench and finally get all the big stuff done in the garage.

I bought myself a second hand “Bigma” lens for our trip this summer. I want to get back into doing some wildlife photography so when I get to California I will be able to take advantage of all the sights we’ll see 🙂

So far….

  • Fixed the power supply on my linux machine, got the network storage back up and running.
  • Going to get the spindle and VFD running on the CNC so that I can use the machine more (Noise of the Makita router is terrible!)
  • Might cut and finish some more shelves if I feel better tomorrow.
  • Test the lens I bought and see how it performs
Final shower bracket

Final shower bracket

Hot off the press.

Finally set up the silver PLA and printed the final bracket – including the key to stop the front piece from slipping.

The image below shows the final piece although it seems that the outer part doesn’t fit correctly, it will be ok once the screws go into place.

Tacx Turbo Trainer

Tacx Turbo Trainer

So I have now started a new regime for exercise. I can’t commute by bike to work because it would be an 80 mile round trip. However I can and will do a partial commute at some point. I have a Giant folding bike which will go in the back of the car and there are several park and ride car parks (somewhere outside of Cambridge) But I need to get much fitter first!

Shower Bracket

Shower Bracket

So the shower in our bathroom finally gave way under heavy cleaning by my nearest and dearest. The bracket broke that holds the shower switch and the concealing chrome pipe with the water feed and wiring in it.

We managed to get the thing back up temporarily with glue and luck but it was fairly clear it would fall down again soon. If we were to get the shower replaced it would cost a fair amount with the cost of fitting on top. So we needed a fix… cue 3d printer.

I am a novice when it comes to 3D modelling but I did a couple of years of technical drawing when I was a kid and so once I watched a few video’s on YouTube I realised that the sketch capabilities of Fusion 360 were pretty much the kind of thing I had some level of understanding in.

I took some measurements of the current piece in place so that I could get the basic bracket sketched out. I wanted to make sure I could get the hole size right for the pole and the spacing for the bracket on the wall – I didn’t want to drill extra holes in the tiles!

The first test piece confirmed that the hole sizes right and were positioned correctly. But I then realised that the actual fixing of the bracket would be tricky because the original would have been put on during assembly and I didn’t want to get into plumbing at this point….

Original bracket
Sketches that make up the bracket

I also wanted to get a slightly more ascetic bracket that matched the original much better than the tests so far. So I got the second view of the bracket sketched as above. To solve the issue of being able to fix the bracket up without disassembling the shower I used a feature of Fusion 360 to “cut” and separate the bracket along a line I defined on the sketch

This second test print was quite successful and actually gave me a better temporary fixing for the shower, but it wasn’t quite right and required me to use some plastic to wedge in the chrome pipe. However it held while I improved the design further.

One problem was that the screws holding the bracket caused the plastic to crack, so I added counter sinks for the heads of the screws to mitigate this.

This was much simpler than I expected…

Finally this is in place and works beautifully. But there is still some issue with the two pieces slipping slightly. I am changing the design slightly to add in a key to the two pieces (TBD) and increase the strength of the item. I will also be printing them in silver PLA to fit better with the existing decor.

Apama VS Code extension

Apama VS Code extension

The repository above is my extension that adds the Apama language EPL to vscode. Ultimately it will also add support for the various controll applications, monitoring and debugging of your applications.

First post

First post

So this is my new blog where I will detail some of the stuff I am doing. It’s mainly for myself as I want to record things so I can remember what I did in the coming years. Will add some more content soon. Below are some test elements and blocks.

"use_strict"; import * as path from 'path'; import { Disposable, ExtensionContext, workspace, debug, OutputChannel, window, tasks } from 'vscode'; import { LanguageClient, LanguageClientOptions, ServerOptions, TransportKind, ForkOptions } from 'vscode-languageclient';