Weird and wonderfuck

So, we have this vapor phase oven at work, and recently, the vacuum hood began to raise crooked:

Technician came in, said we broke the pistons due to overpressure…


Yes, you read that right. A 70.000€ industrial machine that supposedly requires an external pressure regulator that the installation technician DID NOT put in.

Because wait…what is THIS for, then?

Apparently, NOT for those pistons, just for the flimsy pneumatic scissor door.

Now, enjoy some damage x-rays:



Recently I binge bought this lovely miniature ratchet:

It has a certain je ne sais quoi that was irresistible.

Anyways, I also have some sets of 4mm hex bits, wich I would like to use with it, however, I found out that the only company making such an adaptor was Wiha, with this:

Wich doesn’t particularly appeal to me, really. What to do then?

Well, machine the crap out from an extension adapter:

Lathe out the end bit, saving the magnet in the process and there you go.

Nice and compact:

Also added a nylon cap to it’s end to make it easy on the finger when removing the adaptor, and, coincidentally, easing the insertion into the 1/4 socket.

Extremely happy with the result, I must say!

See ya!

Science theatre 2018

Finally got to assemble the high voltage circuit for the sputtering machine:

Microwave transformer and capacitor, 20kv diode rectifier bridge and a 3mm PVC sheet on top of a metal carrier plate.

Everything is bolted down with M4 nylon screws.

Didn’t had any ballast to test it, but conected the multimeter to see the open circuit voltage:

Roughly 70VAC in gives 1000Vdc out, but as said, this doesnt represent anything in particular, as it was open circuit.

Now, I will have to wait almost until next year to finish it off, as I have to move all my stuff to my new home. (1000km away)

See ya!

The silence of the lamps.

Sooo…what have I been up to? Well, pretty busy, actually.

(in no particular order):


Been playing with FUSION 360. Surprisingly easy to begin with, altough as like any other CAD/CAM software, you can get easily lost on advanced projects.

Also, its free for hobbyists, so, a no brainer.



Why play with fusion? Well, finally managed to use the cnc router I had bought two years ago.

It has limits, especially compared against my manual milling machine, but can work 6061 aluminium easily, wich should be enough for many things.


Time Machine:

Been building a sputtering rig to deposit thin film metals and other substances in interesting substrates.



As much as I hate coding, since I spend 14h in a train every other weekend, I have managed to get used to fire Mplab and feel comfortable around it.



No, not sporting, I still much prefer bicicles and running, thanks. I meant making boxes.



Been investigating my new living place with my girlfriend, and found tons of abandonalia to visit.

I even opened a new blog to track every lost place I can get around to. (And some industrial bits and boobs)


So…been doing things, just not feeling about writing anything down, however, now that I own a more powerful smartphone, I can blog from mostly anywhere, wich makes my life easier, as for to keep blogging, because even if noone reads it, its a good mental exercise.

See you soon!


Apart from being an awful 2009 movie, this is what we should do when a component strip is about to end:

Howeverr, in reality we rarely do it,mainly because the machine swallows the strip faster than you can comfortably splice it without risk of dropping the tool/ripping the strip. (Paper strips are tougher, but plastic ones can get damaged easily.

Also, shit sometimes we have to do:


Yeah, that is the same continuous strip… :/


If you have a decent mitology background, this will be self explanatory:

For those who dont, Ouroboros is an ancient symbol depicting a serpent or dragon eating its own tail. {Wikipedia}

Also, this is the first post I have ever written via smartphone, and I’m proud of it. XD.