The silence of the lamps.

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

(in no particular order):

CAD/CAM:

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.

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CNC:

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.

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Time Machine:

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

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Coding:

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.

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Boxing:

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

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Travel:

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)

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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!

Splice

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:

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Yeah, that is the same continuous strip… :/

Ouroboros

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.

Fifty shades of Gray

Ever wondered what happens to an alumininium copper clad board when left at 270ÂșC for a few hours? nope?…

…damn, you still lack imagination!

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The connectors should be white. XD
Surprisingly, the boards lit!, I wasn’t expecting them to. However, all the solder joints failed if touched:

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Well, live and learn, some say.

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Now, back to work, for a while.

Into the abyss. (personal rant)

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I must not fear.
Fear is the mind-killer.
Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration.
I will face my fear.
I will permit it to pass over me and through me.
And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path.
Where the fear has gone there will be nothing.
Only I will remain.

And now that I have set the mood and have your full attention, here’s the deal:

I am leaving my position as Machinist.

“Wait, what?”

“WHY!, WHEN!?”

There’s plenty to do before I actually leave, but long story short:

  • I like it [being a machinist] but I am mortally bored.
  • I “met” someone, somewhere, far from “home”.

The first point makes it easier to think about the step ahead, to jump inside the darkness and accelerate through, into the other side.

I will, of course, carry all my workshop with me, so, as for the blog and creativity nothing should change. Maybe even become more interesting as I will pursuit many paths I have not yet taken. As for work, well, we have a plan B if it comes to that, but the main objective is to continue the electronics career, as there are a few companies around where I am going.

So, stay tuned or something.