PLA dielectric strength measurement

Kerry Wong did some experiment measuring the dielectric breakdown voltage of PLA: In my previous post, I designed and 3D printed a high voltage connector for my Bertan 225-20R high voltage power supply. The silicone high voltage wire I ordered had finally arrived so I made a couple of cables using the connectors I printed. […]

Building a direct conversion receiver

Ryan Flowers over at MiscDotGeek posted a how-to on building a direct conversion receiver: In the first installment of this series, we discussed why we’re building a Direct Conversion receiver and talked about some basic ideas. In this installment, we explore what it takes to make the leap from a printed schematic to something physical […]

Teensy 3.6 as standalone mediator between USB MIDI and Eurorack

Sebastian writes: USB MIDI controllers (such as Launchpad Mini Mk II for example) are common and often quite low in cost. To interface such a controller with a Eurorack synth system, often a host computer and a MIDI to CV interface might be used. The host computer would take USB MIDI data from the MIDI […]

Povon home energy monitor part 1, 20 channel system

Coyt Barringer documented his home energy monitor project called POVON. This first part of a series will detail the 20 Channel sub-metering hardware: Our initial goal was to monitor power consumption in different parts of the house, and we quickly realized every household circuit would need to be monitored. After some research, small clip on […]

How to build your Energy Load manager

A detailed instructions of how to build an Energy Load manager from Open Electronics: When the instantaneous power consumption exceeds the set values, it selectively disconnects the users, in order to prevent the electric meter to cut the power to disconnect. The management of the electricity users at home, intended as the possibility to define […]

Assembly instructions for the STMBL servo drive

Andy Pugh wrote a post on his blog detailing STMBL servo drive assembly: The main documentation (work in progress) is relevant to both the current and future versions of the drive. However due to the withdrawal from the market of the IRAM256 chip used by the board any future versions are likely to be physically […]

Bit-bang FTDI USB-to-serial converters to drive SPI devices

Scott W Harden writes , “The FT232 USB-to-serial converter is one of the most commonly-used methods of adding USB functionality to small projects, but recently I found that these chips are capable of sending more than just serial signals. With some creative programming, individual output pins can be big-banged to emulate a clock, data, and […]

An easy way to mount DS18B20 temperature sensors

Matt wrote an article describing a technique he used to mount DS18B20 temperature sensors: One of the biggest advantage of these sensors over I2C sensors, is that you can mount them almost anywhere. That having been said, I’ve never quite managed to come up with an elegant solution, particularly when attaching to a heatsink (for […]

How not to build a semiconductor lapping machine

electronupdate writes: One area of silicon reverse engineering which has interested me is the delayering of a chip to see each layer which allows superior visibility into the circuitry. I know of two ways: chemical etch and mechanical means. In this video I try to make a mechanical grinder which can take micron levels of […]

Negative impedance converters

An article discusses the negative resistance and negative impedance converter from Analog Zoo: “Negative resistance” may seem like a purely academic concept, but can be easily realized in practice with a handful of common components. By adding a single resistor to a standard non-inverting op amp circuit, we can create a negative impedance converter, which […]

Reading a VGA monitor’s configuration data with I2C and a PocketBeagle

Ken Shirriff wrote an article showing how to read the monitor’s config data using the I2C protocol and a board with an I2C port: Have you ever wondered how your computer knows all the characteristics of your monitor— the supported resolutions, the model, and even the serial number? Most monitors use a system called DDC to communicate […]

Low cost single cell battery pack simulator

Mare writes: There are many battery cell simulators available which could simulate battery cell(s). Unfortunately, none is emulating any of the digital protocols used by fuel gauge devices. Optimal solution to efficiently emulate given smart battery pack is to use custom solution based on battery cell simulator and fuel gauge protocol emulator. Both parts could […]