Showing posts from February 10, 2013

Star Trek badges

I recently bought a copy of Artemis, the space ship bridge simulator. I intend to play it with various groups of friends so if that wasn't geeky enough I felt we needed to have some com badges to go alongside the system. As it only took 2 hours from start to finish it's not even like it was a massive waste of time :) 15 should see us right for quite some time. (svg here)

Laser Down

I've been keeping myself pretty busy for the last few weeks but unfortunately for you guys my laser cutter has now developed a fault. For a long time now my laser has been playing up, it appears to be a problem with data corruption between my PC and the laser. Files can cut fine one day but download it again and the laser fails (in the on state) and draws a line right across the piece I'm working on.
Well in between those failures the machine has developed a second fault. The insulating shield on the laser tube has now failed. Large sparks were jumping from the tube straight to the laser case. Obviously this is not a good thing and the laser stopped cutting anyway so I investigated and found the smouldering lump of rubber pictured about. I don't know why it did this, but I turned the tube around in an effect to keep running. That worked for a few hours but then it started sparking from the same place.

It's not all bad news HPC were coming down to visit my on Wednesda…