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PCB Manufacture & Final year project

R16e Printed Circuit boards for electric race vehicle
Photo credit: Tim Pattinson


Having completed two orders successfully now I thought it would be a good time to do a review of my preferred PCB Manufacturer, PCBWay. Please note: this post is part of the coupon program run by PCBWay however my comments are based on the experience of my two orders. I will be using my affiliate link throughout, If you’d prefer to go directly click the Non-Affiliate link here. I’ll update this post with any future notes. 

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Formula SAE Electric Racing Australasia 2015

RMIT Electric Racing R14e car
RMIT Electric Racing R14e car

In the next few our team will be competing in the Formula SAE Australasia competition held at Calder Park Raceway here in Melbourne. Over the course of the past year our team at RMIT has been designing and building an electric car from scratch. I’ve only been a part of the team during the second half of the year so have helped more with the building than designing.

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Makerthon Melbourne

Makerthon Melbourne is an Australian hardware focused hackathon for makers, DIYers & tinkerers

My latest project is launching a hackathon event for engineering students, makers, DIYers, hackers and tinkerers. It’s basically a weekend competition for teams to make some sort of cool project, we’re expecting robots, drones, VR, internet of things, startup concepts, raspberry pi, arduino, 3d printing and plenty more. Many of the details are to be finalised in the coming months but jump on the mailing list or follow us on twitter to keep up to date with it.

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Variable DC Power Supply Build

Power supply front panel: voltage adjust and current limit potentiometer knobs somewhere between China and AU
front panel: voltage adjust and current limit potentiometer knobs somewhere in transit between China and AU

So I’ve wanted a reliable bench power supply for a long time and it’s always been on the “to-do” list. As I’ve learned more and more about electronics I’ve considered building one at different stages and now I’ve finally done it.

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3d Printer Prusa i3 build log #0

Still missing a few things


I’ve decided to get into the 3d printing space and decided to build a reprap Prusa i3. Based on community feedback it seems like a good solid printer for a first timer as well as relatively accessible in terms of acquring parts. I’ve spent a fair bit of time trawling ebay and aliexpress in order to pick up all the parts. Hopefully I can keep the total sub $500.

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