MacroFab, MEP, Podcast

MEP EP#85: Space Engineers VS Caffeinated Chipmunks

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Runtime: (00:38:59)

Parker Dillmann
Stephen Kraig


Podcast Notes

  • September 13th, 2017 was the 4th anniversary of MacroFab!
  • Hardware and Electronics Engineering Meetup for September event is live!
    • How to Design Products with Lean Manufacturing in Mind which Stephen is doing.
    • How to Use Mouser’s Parametric Search Function
    • Free food and beer and Networking!
  • “Fan” Art for the Pinotaur!
  •  Parker
    • Fixing Stephens Motorcycle
      • 2001 Honda Arrow VT 1100 c3
      • Back cylinder does not fire
        • Fuel, spark, compression – at least one of those things doesn’t work
      • Update week after next weeks episode. MEP EP#87
  • Stephen
    • New gear for the podcast
      • All in rack-mount format, everything accessible from back side
      • Front will be mint
      • List of equipment
        • MOTU 8pre USB interface
        • ART P16 XLR Balanced Patchbay
        • 2 of Shure SM7B Vocal Dynamic Microphone, Cardioid
        • 2 of Shure SM58-LC Cardioid Dynamic Vocal Microphone
        • 2 Mindprint DTC tube preamps and compressor/limiters
          • Dual tube channel
          • Stephen picked up for $200 valued at $3,000 each
        • Parker’s Geophysical services – vintage rack mount
  • POW
    • Aylons showed off a really neat way to reflow FPGA BGAs at home in our Slack Channel
      • Clothes iron with a thermocouple attached
      • Regulate temperature via PID (Person In Dominion)
      • Multimeter set in Diode mode
      • Connected to an I/O pin on the PCB and GND on PCB
      • When the meter beeps you reflowed!
  • RFO
    • Sewer in London’s East End Menaced by Giant Fatberg – New York Times
      • Whitechapel fatberg
      • Occupying a sixth of a mile of sewer under Whitechapel Road
      • 140 Tonsof fat and wet wipes
      • Lee Irving described the experience of encountering a fatberg as overwhelming, with a smell that mixes rotting meat and smelly toilet
    • A Question from our CEO Chris Church
      • “Do engineers in space helmets work faster, or slower, than caffeinated chipmunks?”
      • And a bonus question. “… and which does less damage?”

Figure 1: Happy 4th Birthday MacroFab!
Figure 1: Happy 4th Birthday MacroFab!
Figure 2: Pinotaur logos that listeners sent in!
Figure 2: Pinotaur logos that listeners sent in!
Figure 3: Aylons' FPGA BGA Soldering setup.
Figure 3: Aylons’ FPGA BGA Soldering setup.

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