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Boom. All systems happy (if a little high pressure, due to the ongoing bake). Only 6.5 more hours to go!

15 hours into the bake, and all SIP pumps now engage! 7 out of 8 happy lights are lit with the pressure still dropping. This is a very good sign!

finally got the 30mm screws I needed to finish my Pi case I cut last week; gonna use this for the RetroPie box the kids have been playing FFVI on

Step 3: remove the old emitter base, clean it up, and spot weld on a new one. Careful with that crystal, it likes to shatter rather than stick.

Step 4: electro-etch the long end in a 3 molar NaOH solution. Takes about 5 minutes at 19VDC. After the end drops off, you've got an atomically thin tungsten tip!

Step 5: reinstall the base, carefully align the tip using the seven(!) alignment screw adjustments, put the module back in the scope and bake for at least 24 hours. Season to taste. Serve well chilled.

What should I do with these four still panelized FPGA dev boards?

NATO wrist straps are really easy to use with 3D printed watch cases since they don't require precise pin holes.

For instance, this case is easily printable on a FDM machine and also uses the NATO strap to hold the components inside the watch.

Interesting, if you download an STL from the preview window on GitHub, it seems to give you a blank (0 bytes) file. If I clone the whole repo and open the STL, I don't have that issue.

I've found that a pair of flush cutters work better than anything else for cleaning up flexible filament prints.

Getting ready to update to Mastodon 2.6.1. Hopefully there won't be much of a disruption.


We issue free tickets to 35 people in advance. Of those, at least a dozen folks actually show up with items to be fixed each time. Once we had 25 people bring their items.

The real surprise last month was that we had more fixers volunteer and turn up at the event than items to fix. A good problem to have, I guess. Maybe we should scale up?

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