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Archive for April 2013

Our 3D Printer – The view from twitter…

Last weekend (29th/30th September 2012), a crack team from Derby Makers were dispatched to do battle at the GIST Foundation in Sheffield. Their mission, to build a 3D printer against the clock and against other teams from around the Midlands…. Continue Reading →

Using our 3D Printer

In case you want to set up your computer for driving the 3D printer, you will need some of the software below… For drawing an object you can use Sketchup which is free – download it here:- For the… Continue Reading →

Drinks Can Stirling Engine (Tutorial)

Hey everyone! After this weekend’s workshops we were left with a surplus of beer cans to play with.I believe it was Glyn or Amanda who suggested using them to create an ultra-efficient little mechanism called a ‘Stirling Engine’ (named after… Continue Reading →

Raspberry Pi Heating Control

NOTE: this article will be starting slim and expand as I get round to it. I hope the CMS doesn’t remove my formatting and links again… Domestic heating control has seemed a bit primitive to me for a while now…. Continue Reading →