It’s a bit de rigeur, but after finishing some etching last meeting, and with a bit of time left, we cut an RPi case in 3mm acrylic. The design is from Adafruit, and has the nice feature of snapping together, with no bolts, screws, or glue required!
Aside from one miss where one letter from one label was cut instead of etched, it came out quite well. This was I think £3 of material and £2 of cutting time on the laser.
Just for interest, The Register have been intermittently updating their “geek’s guide” to the UK, and today’s article is about the National Lift Tower in Northampton. I wonder if they’d ever let us have a look around?
There’s only 30 tickets remaining for this festival of talks on a ship – the MS Stubnitz – on the Thames in London this weekend. See the talk list! Then come with us! Mat and I will be driving to Bedford to dodge engineering work on the West Coast Main Line.
Northackton is 3 years old this month. The exact week can be derived from reading the first few posts in the archives, and/or by looking at flickr, but I won’t spoil it for you. To celebrate, Andy had suggested an informal competition to produce devices that play the Happy Birthday tune.
A number of entries were made, and here they are for your enjoyment:
Andy’s recreation of our first attempt to play music bottles with servos. He authentically captured our discovery that servos aren’t very good at this
Andy’s second entry was an Arduino piezoplayer:
Adrian made a xylophone using old pinball chime solenoids. It only had three notes, but it played them really well!
Mine was another Arduino player, but with a mini speaker in a little box. I don’t have any video of it yet, it’ll have to go up in a second post.
However the show was stolen by newcomers Mike and James who came for help making their ring modulator work. Happily they’d got it almost entirely right, and some slight tweaking and a lot of soldering produced a very special song.