Hakko-Style Solder Fume Extractor

  Posted on March 25, 2017   ·   2 min read   ·   #3d printing  #design 

I’ve been slowly getting into the land of electrical pixies. So now, not only will I be inhaling sawdust, I can also fill them with leaded solder (because we all know that the performance of leaded solder takes higher priority than the safety of lead-free solder)! However, because I still value living, I figured I should get something to help get the solder fumes away from my lungs. At my current job with MistyWest, we have a nice, bench top solder fume extractor by Hakko.

Wooden Phone Stand

  Posted on November 13, 2016   ·   1 min read   ·   #design  #woodworking 

Phone stands are something that seem a little unnecessary, but once you have one then you’ll wonder how your desk lived without one. I’m a firm believer in having a dedicated place for everything as a solution to keep things tidy, so making a phone stand for my desk at work just made sense. I started off on Google to look for existing designs I could imitate, but most fell short of not fitting my aesthetic needs.

New Workshop + Plywood Bench Stool

  Posted on June 1, 2016   ·   2 min read   ·   #design  #woodworking 

My family moved into a new house, meaning that we finally have an actual garage instead of a measly carport. But what this really means is that I get a chance to claim space to set up an actual workshop! First project was naturally a workbench, which I put together using 2x4’s and a 3⁄4” MDF board for the work surface (see above). Second project was a bench stool, as shown in the following images below.

Co-op: Air Quality Calibration Chamber

  Posted on June 23, 2015   ·   1 min read   ·   #work  #coop  #design 

Background: Welcome to TZOA (pronounced ‘zoa’) - the world’s most advanced environment tracker. TZOA uses internal sensors to measure your air quality, temperature, humidity, atmospheric pressure, ambient light, and UV (sun) exposure, all in one wearable device. Objective: Design and build a purified test chamber with zero air particulate to calibrate the TZOA devices against the DusTrak DRX 8533. An aerosolized cloud of ultrafine (0.3 - 20 μm) test dust was used to create the particle events.

Co-op: Drill Cover User Study

  Posted on September 27, 2014   ·   2 min read   ·   #work  #coop  #design 

Background: Drill availability is a major limitation in developing countries, where surgeons turn to using manual hand-crank drills to perform surgeries. A common hardware drill equipped with a waterproof, sterilizable fabric cover provides a cost-effective solution in the operating room. Objective: Develop, conduct, and analyze a study to quantify the drilling performance of the drill cover solution and compare it against a commercial surgical drill and a manual hand-crank drill.