I love doing CAD/Solidworks design, 3D printing, I'm good with cars and tools, and I'm really interested in doing machining. I could watch Clickspring and AvE for days because it fascinates me. But how do I get into that professionally? I can't go into a shop and say, "If you give me a drawing with dimensions and a couple hours of instruction on how to use the tools, I feel confident I could do it for work." How do you get into that industry without going through a whole 2+ years of school for that?
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i doubt it op, plus most places you are just babysitting a computer. save up, buy a lathe, set up your own shop. but really go to school. you don't need a 2 year course, you can probably find a community college course to learn the basics, see if its right for you.
There's a lot more to machining than being good with 3D stuff. You need to understand different materials, tool geometry, tolerances, forces generated, machine ability to take the forces, speeds and feed rates, safety, ect, ect.
No one is going to give you access to a machine worth hundreds of thousands of dollars without you knowing these things. You might be able to get something as a machine operator doing mass production.
Best way to get into it is probably some schooling and learning manual machining methods at a small job shop.
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So for Christmas I'm making my friend a Berserk themed package thing and I need to make realistic blood splatter. My local Asian market sells pig blood but I'm worried about it leaving a bad smell or something. Any suggestions on how to make legitimate blood or would real blood be fine without any unpleasantness?
Pig blood is pretty rife with parasites. You could use chicken blood. It's relatively safe in comparison. You can make passable fake blood with a corn starch recipe. I work in a haunted house and it's what we use for large-scale blood scenes. You'd have to google the recipe though.
How would I go about making a thermostat report a lower temperature than factory setting? Thinking maybe I could jam a tiny piece of metal in the side in the hope that it would act as a heatsink for the thermistor?
The control as pictured is just an up/down temperature setting, it isn't supposed to be taken apart and only has a dipswitch on the back to control reaction time. 2 degrees Celcius would be sufficient as I could raise the always-enforced 15C to a livable 17C and solve household arguments once and for all with a simple placebo.
>Hey /diy/, I am trying to build a robot that will follow me around autonomously, think R2D2 and the like. I'm thinking of using bluetooth as an interface and using my smartphone as the transmitter. A few questions: would it be possible to do this without having to use GPS? How would I go about a wireless system of logging distance and direction of movement between the two objects (the robot and the transmitter, ie my phone)? Any thoughts at all would be helpful as I'm only in the beginning phase of this project. >Pic... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
>>918456 You should describe the scope of the project some more. Is this robot supposed to do pathing and obstacle avoidance so it can navigate to you from the other side of a building, or just drive towards you in a straight line when you're in the same open room?
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>Robo-ducklings GPS and a two-way radio datalink is probably the most straightforward approach, but I'm wondering if acoustic homing might be conducive to favorable behavior (i.e. robot follows sound of a beacon as it reflects and diffracts around corners and such).
>>918324 Do you have access to a video editing program like Premiere? Use Photoshop, or similar alternative, and create an image with the same dimensions as the video file. Make sure the image is transparent (PNG files work well for this), and import the image to your video editing program and use it as an overlay. PS: This could have been solved by a quick google search. http://lmgtfy.com/?q=How+to+add+an+overlay+to+a+video
Thermostat recently broke. Been nigger rigging it by touching the wires. I want to get one of those new wifi nest units Honeywell also has one although I believe they need an extra wire as only have a red and white. Is this so? If that's the case how to I go about hooking up a wifi unit in my house?
>>917583 Depends on your heating unit. The easiest thing would be to run a new wire with 3 conductors. I'm pretty sure all wifi thermostats require a common as the power requirements are greater and a battery isn't enough.
I need to crush about 10 kilos of iron pyrite and get it into a fine powder, a little bit finer than sand. What kind of service or machine should I be looking for? I tried "rock milling" and "rock crushing", but most of these machines are too big for what I need. I tried "rock powdering" but most of my search results are for making crack cocaine instead...
this might sound a bit anal but here goes i'm building a uv lightbox for pcbs i have the tubes, scavenged hf electric ballasts and fittings, some old greenhouse glass which i hope isn't restrictive to uva, some kitchen foil for covering the insides and enough ply to make a box.
the question i have: is there a good way to work out the spacing of the tubes to avoid hot and cold spots?
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Really, the only quick and easy way is to use an engineer with extensive knowledge of the lights you're using. The long and tedious way is to try it with the lights evenly spaced, then try to burn a test pcb with that set up. If you're not happy with it move the lights closer together and add a light or move them farther apart and subtract one.
I probably lost a week of my life trying toner transfer too. Then I gave it one last shot using a different printer and all of a sudden it worked beautifully. I quickly learned that the brand of printer and toner is the single largest variable in the equation.
Brother is a definite no. Most Dells seem to work well. HP tends to work too. Use the absolute cheapest photo paper you can find, the cheaper the better. Always print high quality, and if there is a special setting in the driver like 'make blacks blacker' then turn it on.
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My friend lives next street and we were wondering if it is possible to have a wireless network set up between our houses. I measured the distance, and it is roughly 195 meters (640 ft.). We thought maybe we could use 2 parabolic antennas and wi-fi, but I have no idea if it is even remotely possible. Could it work? Pic related
>>917141 Yes, it is very easy to do. Just get 2 USB wifi devices, two 10 feet long USB extension cords, and 2 parabolic dishes (google "wokfi"). I use metal lamp shades like those used for heating lamps but you can something cheaper. Pic related. I don't have mine outside, they just aim at each other through several walls and it does the trick. For block walls you'll need to bounce it around them using some flat surface the signal can bounce off of. I had to do that for someone's wireless security cameras.
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