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PCB Manufacture & Final year project

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

Introduction

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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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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Pinball Machine repair

Under the playfield of the Jurassic Park
Under the playfield of the Jurassic Park

My dad owns a couple of Pinball machines, for the last year or so they’ve been sitting with “out of order” signs on them so I thought it was about time they got some maintenance and I did some repairs when needed. As well as fixing the things that needed it we did a clean of the playfield and I took a heap of photos of different parts. Pinball machines really are an amazing electro-mechanical device and it was good to contrast the relative simplicity of the older Playboy (1968) to the newer Jurassic Park (1993).

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How to sort components

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So I finally got serious and decided to sort out my resistor mess. Some time in my first year of studying electronics I purchased an assorted bag of resistors from Jaycar. None of them had any markings on the paper retaining tape stuff, my lack of motivation for sorting them ended up in them being stored in a box and essentially forgotten about.

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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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German Engineered Career Boost

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Things have been pretty hectic over the last couple of months so I kinda left the blog go a little bit.

Beginning in August I started an internship with Continental Engineering Services within their interior electronics division. I managed to get in contact with them through my University’s international experience program (RIIERP) and after teleconferencing with them it was all pretty much arranged. In order to make my relocation to Nuremberg a bit smoother the international office at the local University Georg Simon Ohm Technische Hochschule helped me out (Cool huh?!).

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