July 20, 2019 Shop Log

It seems that the laptop I used to run the Shapeoko and K40 Laser Cutter and Engraver bit it the other day. It use to run the ChiliPeppr Serial-Port-JSON-Server, but I decided to move that over to an old Raspberry Pi I have laying around unused. The problem is that Pi hasn’t been maintained, and the updates to the OS are taking forever.
I mounted the Raspberry Pi on the Shapeoko table, next to the TinyG.
I managed to finally get the Pi updated and running. A scan of the local subnet found the Serial Port JSON Server on the Raspberry Pi and the USB port I connected the Raspberry Pi to the TinyG CNC Controller.
I finished my USB Battery Storage Tray. This should clean up the clutter in my office. Currently the battery are scattered about the desktop while charging. This should take up less room and make it easier to keep track of my batteries.

July 19, 2019 Shop Log

I finally was able to spend some time at the shop, using the X-Carve to create a battery pack storage tray for all my USB battery packs.

I also fired up the Stacker 3D Printer to print a lid for the Ender 3 Universal Rear Electronics Enclosure.

A couple of days ago, I finished making another Solar Charging Station.

June 2, 2019 Shop Log

For awhile, the MakerCave Octopi has been warning me of a under-voltage issue. I have noticed this issue on several of my Raspberry Pis. Finally, I ordered an UM25C USB Meter from Amazon. Though, while not under load, the USB micro power connection (from the USB power ports of the UPS) reported just over 5 volts, as soon as the MakerCave Octopi was plugged in, the voltage dropped down to 4.6 volts, triggering a under-voltage warning. I switched over to a 2.5-amp power supply, and that resolved the issue.
You plug in the power source into the meter, in this case into the micro USB input. Then you plug in the device you wish to measure into the USB A female connection. The meter shows you the voltage and amperage the device is drawing. So this wireless charging pad is drawing 5.162 volts and .2715 amps to charge my AirPods.
I finished cutting the parts on the FSL Muse Laser Engraver and Cutter for the Eiffel Tower model. I will pack it up and send it to my brother and nephews as a gift.
I have had an idea festering in the back of my mind to get my fly-fishing equipment organized.
Since I had tools running and was working on shop organization and clean-up, I put the Stacker 500 to work, creating more spray can storage brackets.
Of course, I didn’t notice that the holes in the top and bottom trout were slightly different until I finished the cutting job, so I had to recut the top trout to match the bottom. Assembling went well I think. Now just to mount it in the garage at home…

April 26, 2019 Shop Log

Well, I finally got rid of the old concessions TVs, freeing up shelf space and, honestly, clutter.
I completed the Parking Lot I Work Light for the Amphitheater, adding more light for the parking lot staff.
I showed Kayla how to use the FSL Muse Laser Engraver and Cutter.
I also showed Kayla how to use the GCC Expert24LX Vinyl Cutter.