Building a Workshop on a Budget

With the holidays now behind us and with a few gifts cards in hand, the question before many is what to buy?  When starting out in any hobby, electronics tinkering especially, there is just way too much useful stuff to acquire at once. This “stuff” breaks down into two categories:  Tools and Parts (aka consumables).  The advice…

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PCB Milling Workflow

After months of trial and error, I am finally getting decent single-sided PCBs milled with X-Carve.  I am currently using 5 apps: EagleCAD, Pixelmator, SuperVectorizer, AutoDesk Graphic and Inventables’ Easel.  Here is the workflow I am using from my MacBook: EagleCAD to draw up the circuit Edit > Net Classes Width to 0.04 inches or…

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GOR 19: Maker Skills To Learn in 2016

  Gears of Resistance Episode #19 22 December 2015 http://greenshoegarage.com/podcast/GOR/2015/GOR_0019_22DEC15.mp3   The maker skills we want to learn in 2016: CNC Milling  |  Inventables Carvey Metalworking and Welding   |  Harbor Freight 3D Printing  |  123D Design 3D Scanning  | Skanect  |  123D Catch Airbrushing  |  Master  |   Air Compressor and Tank Laser Cutting  |…

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Don’t Reinvent the 3D Printed Wheel

  3D printing has unleashed the product designer bug in many of us. Now more than ever, a mere few mouse clicks let’s one go from idea to tangible item in no time. Whether your 3D modeling skills are still under development or you just need a quick prototype, sometimes we don’t have the time…

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GOR 18: PCB Design Resources

  Gears of Resistance Episode #18 8 November 2015 http://greenshoegarage.com/podcast/GOR/2015/GOR_0018_8NOV15.mp3   This week the stories are: Extra Life Fundraiser for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals KiCAD EagleCAD Simon Monk EagleCAD Book Fritzing Simon Monk Fritzing Book Mouser MultiSIM Blue SparkFun According to Pete PCB YouTube Videos SparkFun DRC Rules How to Create Arduino PCB Shield CircuitCalculator.com SMD…

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GOR 16: Documenting Your OSHW Project

Gears of Resistance Episode #16 12 October 2015 http://greenshoegarage.com/podcast/GOR/2015/GOR_0016_12OCT15.mp3   This week the stories are: Join the GoR Slack Community | Slack.com $9 CHIP Computer is Shipping! AutoDesk open sources Ember 3D Printer, Fusion 360 Update AutoDesk 123D Apps Photon Environmental Datalogger GitHub Repo BuddyBot Project Write-Up Example GitLab Evernote EagleUp (EagleCAD to SketchUp 3D Model Tool)…

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I Stand With Ahmed

Gears of Resistance Episode #15 20 September 2015             http://greenshoegarage.com/podcast/GOR/2015/GOR_0015_20SEP15.mp3   This week the stories are: We Need The Right To Repair Our Gadgets How Tech Companies Can Build A ‘Can Do’ Generation #IStandWithAhmed | Twitter | GoFundMe Fishino – The Arduino for the Internet of Things Octopart Common Parts Library for Prototyping…

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Lighting up the IoT with a Particle.io Photon

UPDATE:  The code is now up on Github: https://github.com/geekcowboy/PhotonNodeJS Gears of Resistance Episode #14 6 September 2015             http://greenshoegarage.com/podcast/GOR/2015/GOR_0014_6SEP15.mp3   This week we show off some code to make the Particle.io Photon get on the web to help power the DIY Internet of Things. Check back soon for the links to the…

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DIY Wearables 101

Gears of Resistance Episode #13 30 August 2015               http://greenshoegarage.com/podcast/GOR/2015/GOR_0013_30AUG15.mp3   This week we cover it all, including: MSP432 TI LaunchPad Particle.io Photon LightBlue Bean [Download] For more tech news and how-to’s visit the blog, follow along on Google+, and check out our YouTube Channel. Or listen to the audio only…

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Halt and Catch Up

Gears of Resistance Episode #11 28 June 2015 http://greenshoegarage.com/podcast/GOR/2015/GOR_0011_28JUN15.mp3 In this week’s episode we play catch up!  Little discussion on Ham Radio Field Day 2015,  the Octopart Common Parts Library, some RF hacking news from Technion Research Institute, the new USA Network show “Mr. Robot“, Hackster.io, and FreshBooks! [Download] For more tech news and how-to’s…

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