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  • What a difference a drive makes

    SSD or HDD? The warning of some bad sectors on my hard disk drive told me that I needed a new disk soon, before data loss caught up with me. I know that SSDs are faster than HDD, though the capacities are lower and the cost is greater; but is...

  • Bits in Pieces

    As the quest continues to find a manufacturer, and get the production prices for the parts, I’ve been building up a database of parts for public view. If you’d like to take a look, it’s currantly running at beta.def-proc.co.uk/wiki/ (down at the moment because of suPHP). While it’s clearly not...

  • Maker Faire UK: Technology on Tyne

    I think I might still be dead from Maker Faire UK. After a full week of creating a cardboard mock up of Atomic Duck after it became clear there would be no aluminum parts in time, followed by two days of talking to hundreds of people at what I mistakenly...

  • Maker Faire UK this Weekend

    It’s all go with getting ready for Maker Faire UK this weekend. If you are near Newcastle, please come in and say hello; it’s only £5 entry for Saturday and Sunday and there will be plenty of other interesting projects to see too. I can’t go without something to give...

  • Design Freeze

    What I was hoping to write today was that my set of prototype parts are off for production, to be received next week, but it looks like I have to wait another day to get that started (but still in time for Maker Faire). Instead though, I can reveal the...

  • Manufacturing Ready

    Isn’t it always the smallest things that take the longest time? Having spent a couple of 12 hour days going over the CAD model, checking every part for interference, correctly sized holes, bend radii and correct fit to the adjoining parts; the assembly model looks pretty much the same as...

  • Steering for the finish

    I seem to have spent quite a long time looking at bearings this week, to generate an attachment method for the steering wheel and column that is simple to manufacture. The complexity of the choice comes from the combined loading where the steering column is held (axial, radial and moment...

  • Making Adjustments

    To be ready for initial prototype production, I’ve been finalising the last few parts of the chassis design; last week’s seat, this weeks adjustable bottom bracket assembly, and the detail of the steering assembly next week. It is all coming together well, but where problems do arise, it’s invariably where...

  • Are you sitting comfortably?

    …then I’ll start pedalling! So, a simple seat that will be comfortable for most people to use (I can see why there are designers who only do chairs!) with a maximum of one adjustment. To keep it simple sliding is out, as are any complex office chair style adjustments, so...

  • Add rel="lightbox" to Wordpress Images

    _Now a WordPress Plugin, see the most recent version releses: Category > add-rel-lightbox I really like the pop-up display style of lightbox and slimbox, and WordPress has a really nice integration for adding pictures, but the two don’t talk to each other automatically. Getting images insterted from the WordPress media...

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