MEP EP#72: Fire Sticks

Parker Dillmann |   |  CLP6C-FKB, Fidget Spinners, LED, MacroFab, macrofab engineering podcast, MEP, PD Buddy Sink, Peratech, Pinball, Podcast, SP-200-10, Synth, USB Type-C, ValBal, Worlds Heaviest Weight, WS2801, Z-Mouse

MacroFab Engineering Podcast

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Download: MP3
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Twitter: @MacroFab

Runtime: (34:43)

Hosts:
Parker Dillmann
Stephen Kraig

Guest:
N/A


Figure 1: Panelized Serial RGB LED modules for pinball machines.
Figure 1: Panelized Serial RGB LED modules for pinball machines.
Figure 2: Lasering out the Panelized LED modules into stripes to reduce wiring under the playfield.
Figure 2: Lasering out the Panelized LED modules into stripes to reduce wiring under the playfield.
Figure 3: Testing the LEDs with the PinHeck Pinball Controller.
Figure 3: Testing the LEDs with the PinHeck Pinball Controller.

Podcast Notes

  • The next Hardware and Electronics Engineering Meetup page is live and will be on June 28th. Please RSVP if you plan on attending!
  • The Stanford ValBal launched again with avionics components from MacroFab! You can see a live video on our Facebook page from the June 15th launch, and as always, track it with this site. Also check out episode 64 of the MEP where we have Sasha Maldonado and Paige Brown of the Standford Student Space Initiative!
  • Parker
    • Tested a new serial LED board for the pinball platform
      • CLP6C-FKB LED
      • WS2801
      • Draws 60mA LED
      • 8mA standby current
      • Laser the V-scored PCBs apart
    • Finishing up writing the last of the EFM8 articles that Parker started last October
  • Stephen
    • Synth works but doesn’t.
      • Not getting ACF, something isn’t biased just right
      • Stephen will rip out some strip board and create an off board filter
      • Final version will have two envelopes
      • The current envelope works but Stephen doesn’t like it
    • Mutable Instruments Shruthi 1 and a Video of how it sounds.
  • Pick Of the Week (POW)
  • Rapid Fire Opinion (RFO)
    • Worlds Heaviest Weight – Veritasium
      • How do you measure big forces accurately? Rocket Engines that produce 33 million netwons of force.
      • Calibrating huge force transducer with the world’s heaviest weight!
      • Have to take in account the air displaced by the weights.
      • Does the Moon affect it?
    • Peratech wins place in most advanced gaming mouse – Electronics Weekly
      • First mouse with Force -Sensitive Analog buttons.
      • Swiftpoint-z-mouse
        • Won three CES 2017 innovation awards
        • Includes an accelerometer and a gyroscope
      • SP-200-10 Sensor
        • QTC® SP Sensors are pressure sensitive membrane switches.
        • Made with Elastomers dubbed ‘quantum tunneling composites’ (QTCs)
    • LG Display Quality Assurance Report – Parker’s new monitor packaging
      • Test report for Parker’s new monitor.

Are you interested in seeing a blog series for the synth we’re working on? Let us know! 


 

Special thanks to whixr over at Tymkrs for the intro and outro!


  • Clayton G. Hobbs

    Thanks for featuring my project! A soldering iron is absolutely something I’ve thought of making with the PD Buddy Sink. I actually got the idea for it while I was building an SMD vacuum pick-up tool (which I used to build the prototypes!) back in January, but a soldering iron would be a much better way of showing off USB Power Delivery’s capabilities.