Graveyard Spiral REDUX

This entry is part 5 of 5 in the series Quadcopter

I have access to Adobe Premiere Pro and have always felt a little overwhelmed by it (the software) and, creative-wise, the additional dimensions of time and sound. Compared to playing with a single image in Photoshop, getting anything good going with Premiere has seemed to take an immense amount of time and […]


Quadcopter Crash Landing

This entry is part 4 of 5 in the series Quadcopter

For a while, I’ve had my quadcopter up-and-running. I am not the best pilot in the world, but getting better. We are staying at a place where people are sparse (I think people feel a little uncomfortable about drones) so I decided to duct tape my GoPro Hero 5 Black on the […]


Dog’s Head: Furnace Ceramic Shield

This entry is part 8 of 15 in the series Dog's Head

To reduce the risk of electrocuting myself, I made a ceramic box to separate the bare-metal and electrically-live heating coil from the inside of my furnace. Seemed a good idea. ALERT & UPDATE: Bathroom tiles conduct electricity at 1000C 🙁 See here. The Problem Other furnace designs online have the […]


Dog’s Head: Aluminium Furnace Electronics

This entry is part 6 of 15 in the series Dog's Head

Quick one – the electronics for my aluminium foundry. AliExpress shopping list was in my last post. A Couple of Progress Photos I got all the electronics wired up and tested it by sticking the thermocouple in the oven while I was cooking a frozen chicken kiev for dinner – I […]


Dog’s Head: Aluminium Furnace

This entry is part 7 of 15 in the series Dog's Head

The missing bit in my attempts to cast an aluminium dog’s head – melting aluminium. First Plan Make a gas or charcoal powered furnace: youtube video by Grant Thompson which set this idea off. The problem with gas and charcoal (+hairdryer) are they are noisy, seem a little hit-and-miss & inconvenient and […]


Google+ Dried Banana Making Machine

Do you remember when g+ first came out? It was invite only, the next big thing. the Facebook crusher. It still exists, and its still a highly polished ‘thing’ (not sure what) without the endless baby pictures and what-I-had-for-lunch updates of Facebook. But it is dying an unfortunate and painfully […]


Dog’s Head: Wax Cast. Take 1

This entry is part 5 of 15 in the series Dog's Head

I have made the wax cast (which will be ‘lost’ with my lost-waxing). It was pretty successful except it was missing an ear. I just melted down some big-arse candles I got from the dollar store. It does mean that our ’emergency package’ is lacking in the candle department, so we […]


Dog’s Head: Metal Casting – Lost Wax

This entry is part 4 of 15 in the series Dog's Head

Another post as part of an ongoing mission to go from a photogrammetric (with Autodesk’s Recap) scan of my dog’s head to an aluminium cast of it, to use as a coat hook or something or something equally useless. The last few attempts have been pretty disastrous, so I have decided to […]


Dog’s Head: Metal Casting Mould by Dissolving ABS Print

This entry is part 3 of 15 in the series Dog's Head

A while back I modelled my retard dog’s head with an aim to casting it in metal, somehow. The first attempt was a big fail and I have been ruminating on it since. This post is attempt II. Lego Man The first attempt, a half-scale of the dog’s head, was printed in […]


Getting Chartered

So, I have put in my application form to be a Chartered Engineer (CEng) and Member of CIBSE. The main meat of the application is the Engineering Practice Report, where you cite examples from previous projects where you have demonstrated the various competencies required by the Institute. My Engineering Practice Report […]