Project Status

The spreadsheet view below is a live update of the status of my projects. Links in the menu will take you to details for specific projects as they are written up.

Project
Status
Next tasks
Depends on
Lenovo T530 CM4 motherboardPile-of-partsVolume estimation, board outline
DaveNASDeployedUPS integrationbackup machine
Quad floor-standing monitorsTestingKeyboard resttime
Prusa i3 printer rebuild + enclosureIn progressPrint cooler designtime
K40 laser cutter rebuildIn progressMotion control, HV safety, Cooling looptime
AR sandboxIn progressProjector setup, dummy system caltime
GeekBoxPile-of-partsInternal frame design
Reflow OvenPile-of-partsSimplify design, make standalone
Word WatchPCB DesignPart placementtime
VP722 ConversionIn progressComplete internals redesign
Fume ExtractorPile-of-partsLocate filter media

Project Pages

Quad-monitor floor stand
Desks are wasteful things – they collect junk and waste precious space with their fixed shape and hard-to-move bulkiness. Why not just hang some monitors on a stand, and get a nice comfortable chair? I’ll worry about the keyboard rest another day. I do a lot of CAD work as an electronics designer, and was …

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Prusa i3 rebuild
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Geekbox
So what is it? This project was born out of some sort of necessity, deep in me somewhere. I tried to get Project Omega (a configurable card-based electronics platform) off the ground, but the current open source compatible FPGAs were proving just too minimal to be sufficiently useful and I shelved the project until the …

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DaveNAS / OpenMediaVault
I needed to replace my ageing NAS with something a little more modern and hackable. My old system was born out of need – I built something from parts I had lying around – an old laptop running NAS4FREE and a few external drives for data. I spent nothing but a little time. It was …

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Storage/Computer Rack
When working from a small space, its always a challenge to make best use of every inch of it. During lockdown in the middle of 2020, I decided to gut my whole workshop and store everything in my second shop. I took lots of measurements and started to sketch out ideas to best make use …

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Projects not listed above are still under heavy or early development, and will be detailed in the blog.

Latest Blog Entries

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K40 Laser Conversion

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Workshop Update

I’ve taken the opportunity during the latest COVID-19 lockdowns to shutdown my main workshop and rebuild from the ground up. The storage rack is in, …
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Fixed Layout Prototyping

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It’s been too long

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Fixing the laser cutter

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Electronic Design Services

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Dave Rowntree - A Lifelong Electronics Geek