Garth's Stuff

A website I use to document the assorted hardware, software and projects I am working on. It has been useful for me, hopefully others find some of it interesting and useful too.


Recent Posts

2020 Posts

Dymo LabelWriter 4XL Thermal Printer Ubuntu Setup

My LabelWriter 450 served me pretty well, but the smaller shipping label size was never adopted by anyone but paypal and I just wanted a printer that worked with the standard 4” X 6” shipping label.

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2017 Posts

Electronic Fireworks Controller Finished

Done just in time!

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Electronic Fireworks Controller Final Assembly

With two days before the 4th it is mad scramble time. All the parts arrived and every thing fits. The first button and associated lights work correctly with the key and toggle switch, now I just need to solder the resistors and leds for each of the 12 buttons.

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Electronic Fireworks Controller First Prototype

I have been playing around with the TinkerCad drawings as the parts come in. I have some left over pink and magenta filament so I printed the face of the controller so I could test fit some of the parts.

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Electronic Fireworks Controller Initial Plans

I have ordered up a bunch of parts and have started to map out my design. I think the whole project will cost about $100. The first thing I did was a quick scale sketch on a piece of paper, and then I started to work on my design using tinkercad and my digital caliper.

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Projects

Complete
12 Cue Ammo Can Fireworks Controller

12 cue fireworks controller powered by a lead acid battery with a custom tinkercad designed and 3D printed insert and controller face for a standard 50 cal ammo can.

Complete
Ciclop 3D Scanner

Full digital fabrication project. Built my own complete clone of the open source BQ Ciclop 3D Scanner. Printed and populated the motor control PCB, 3D printed the parts, cut threaded rods and had Ponoko laser cut the acrylic scanning platform.

Complete
Open Media Vault Server

Open Media Vault server with 13 terrabytes of storage, 7 drives and 32 gigs of ram for use as redundant file backup and host for Docker containers running assorted services.