DIY Guy8 May, 2014 By: Cyrena Respini-Irwin
User Profile: Want to play with the cool toys? Zach Burhop demonstrates how you can build them yourself.
Power supply. For my projects, I constantly found myself in need of different types of batteries. My solution was my own custom power supply. It takes several 9-volt batteries, and has a dial built in to allow me to select a voltage. It also has several types of switches built in so I can use it with a variety of projects. As an added bonus, it can be used to launch model rockets! The body was 3D-printed and the insides were custom-designed electronics.
LED goggles. I built the goggles as my first project dabbling in wearable electronics. They incorporate a rechargeable lithium ion battery, an Arduino board, and two Neopixel ring LEDs. They can be programmed from a USB port to do cool animations.
3D printer. My current project is building a 3D printer, one part of which is shown below. The printer is based on some open source designs, but is customized in bed size to support printing a 12" shoe. This is an extremely large bed for typical prosumer-level 3D printers.
You’re going to add CAD tutorials to your website. What other plans do you have?
I like to work on tutorials, especially for CAD applications such as Solid Edge. You learn a lot of tips and tricks during your work, and it’s nice to put that information into a format that other people can use. In the future, I’d like to do more electronics tutorials and some on hardware tools, including the lathe and plasma cutter. Eventually, I’ll add all this information to my website. I envision the site as a hub for the projects I’ve completed and those I’m currently working on.
I learn a lot from the Internet, and doing tutorials shares what I have learned and lets others build on it. It’s all about being part of the community.