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Tick – Tock

Got off on a mental side trip this morning

I have been doing some repair / time tuning on a long case pendulum clock (a.k.a. grandfather’s clock) in my home. I know the swing period of the pendulum is what regulates the accuracy of the time keeping.

Lengthen the pendulum which slows the period of oscillation and the clock runs slower. Shorten length for faster timing (which should be obvious.)

I started timing the “ticks” with the seconds displayed on my smartphone digital clock. I assumed the ticks should be related to the seconds ticking by. But this is not exactly the case!

The ticks were close to one […] Continue reading » Tick – Tock

Seizure Research

I thought researching something as mundane as what type of anti-seize compound would be proper for my 3D printer nozzle would be an easy task. What I found was a few standard ingredients for a variety of applications. But then a very poor (meaning non-specific) explanation of how, when, where each “blend” of materials should be selected.

What this indicates is not many makers of the anti-seize material have taken the time and effort to publish (on the internet) a substantial product selection guide. It may exist but it is just been difficult for me to discover with a  key word search.

Suffice to say, I did find enough […] Continue reading » Seizure Research

Mindless Wandering?

I mentally wander off while looking at the things I like to make, wondering if I can do (make) them better. Kind of a wondering wander I suppose… Ha!

Tool lust is something of which I am well aware. I love well made good working machine tools. I actually, love any tool that works well for creating the tangible items I create. I assume it is a normal desire for any creative person.

That kind of lust does need to be understood and kept within reasonable bounds. How I manage it is a mental exercise. I examine the reasons for the lust (desire) and compare with my present situation.

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What I Am…

Where I spent my “allowance” in the 1950’s.

Read a comment made by an old (youngish 66 year old) dude about his involvement with 3D printing. He said he is a retired engineer. The reason he loved 3D printing wasn’t from what he made. It was the complexity and constant challenge to learn and understand the technical process. The CAD; the item design; the CNC; the process; the hardware; the mental stimulation. It had to be complex and difficult or he wouldn’t be interested.

I realized I was reading my own mind. It isn’t about what I make at all. It is all about mastering the […] Continue reading » What I Am…

Urban Drone Delivery Systems?

I am certain that widespread urban and suburban “Drone Package Delivery” is a system that will never be implemented. It is an urban legend/myth that is perpetuated only for its publicity factor.

Technically, it is possible. So is the flying car. They are both in the same category. Technically possible, feasibly impossible.

Imagine a kid running out the front door, smacking into a drone hovering a few feet off the ground with sharp knife blades at eye level spinning at 20,000 RPM. (The propeller lift system)

It is also (at present) a one package per trip system. Drone size is dictated and limited by fixed and absolute aerodynamic and power requirement […] Continue reading » Urban Drone Delivery Systems?