I have plans to design a stand for the touch monitors for the lighting console in the venue I’ve spent the last 3 days working in. I think I can make a design that fits them side by side mounted just above the top of the console, and hopefully not obscure the view from the booth any more (the window is too high up as it is). This way they’re in front (able to see info at a glance without turning your head) and low enough to use the touch screens without fatigue.

Here's version 3 of the bucks & jigs for forming my leatherman holster. The dark shape is the blank sheet that's bent into the holster. There's a jig underneath, a buck that flips over to do double duty, two parts to form the fold of the belt loop to meet the back of the main body. Then there'll be a copper rivet to hold it closed.

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afternoon. today I am finally feeling well enough that I am actually going to Do something. I received the titanium sheets for my leatherman holsters so I think I'll print a second version of the bucks to form them.

Last night’s makerspace project was a laser cut insert to organise my portable soldering kit with Pinecil and SuperTank USB-C battery.

Tonight’s : bending a second prototype of my leatherman holster with the three-piece jig I 3D printed. Dimensions need adjustment and it doesn’t take into account the new fold-over belt-loop design I’m working on but it’s a good go!
I also made the decision to try using a wide copper rivet & burr to fasten the folded-over belt flap to the body, which I think will add a pleasant visual flair.

I’m going to stay up running 3D printing the jigs I’ve designed tonight so hopefully tomorrow I can make a titanium leatherman holster and anodise it purple. Hell yeah.

I'm tinkering with Alpine Linux as a base OS for some embedded stuff and really liking this, though I'm very much the "I have no idea what I'm doing" dog meme.

So I made a cardboard-and-blutack prototype of the followspot reflex sight with heads-up display idea that I’ve been thinking of, with a very nice beamsplitter cube loaned from my makerspace friend. Too bad they’re quite expensive — might not be so practical to use one in the end (rather than a semi-silvered mirror), but they’re so nifty.

Just installed a little 1m light strip on the headboard of my bed to provide a brighter bounce-source in my room without needing to turn on the ceiling light. I may put the same soft pink gel on it as I have on my bedside lamp, we’ll see.

goddamn it I got through a bunch of assembly of this PCB and then found out I got a SOIC package of SN74HCT245 instead of TSSOP :blobcat_notamused:

Today I was commissioned by a friend/colleague to build a device with an interesting specific purpose. Basically, in theatrical audio, they use an interface which is capable of receiving audio from synced master and backup playback machines at once, and if the master drops out, it will seamlessly engage the backup. But they want a device to take a signal when the failover occurs, and implement a failover of HDMI streams to the backup computer as well. Interesting! But also not too difficult. Looking forward to building it.

Inserted an aluminium shim in the oversized 3D printed monitor holder hinge upper part. So now instead of the bottom being a press fit, and the top mobile, the top is the press fit (with shim) and the bottom is mobile.

Finally had some success broadcasting FM with my LimeSDR, albeit just a sine wave. Working on getting WAV output, and system sound device, and then I’ll have a true pirate radio station!

Wahoo! Vertical monitor mount works great! Just need a new bit of aluminium tube as hinge pin as I bent the first one.

Have I shown y’all my handmade gay stim bracelet because I wear it everyday, it’s neat, it’s gay, and it helps me when I’m getting overloaded.

Hmm I think I need to make a moisture-proof filament feed-box for my 3D printer. Just finished a roll and started a new one and heck the finish is a *lot* nicer on a roll of PETG that is freshly desiccated, barely any oozing.

Here's my design for the portable monitor mount & hinge to attach to the upright support of my workbench (see picture in previous toot). I love having such a sturdy, well-designed and modifiable centre to my workspace.

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