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MEP EP#96: I Expect You To be Bored Mr. Bond

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Parker Dillmann
Stephen Kraig


Podcast Notes

  • Episode 100 is coming up! It’ll be a Q&A session – so send in your questions to
  • 2nd Annual Star Wars Xmas Special Engineering Podcast. Check out the video from last year!
  • Parker
    • Built a mounting surface for the Jeep Electronics
  • Stephen
    • Failure of the Science Museum Project
      • Was expecting soft foam at the bottom of the “well” to move the cones of the drill bit
      • Hard plastic was installed instead
      • Coupling bent up that connects the rotational shaft to the large nema 34 stepper
      • Safety first, equal amounts of time spent on safety as engineering the rest of the project
  • Pick Of the Week (POW)
    • How to reduce Arduino Uno power usage by 95% – Deferred Procrastination
      • Replace the linear regulator with a DC-DC converter
      • Adjust the USB-to-Serial circuit so it’s only powered from the USB port
      • Cut out (or desolder) the always-on LED’s on the board
      • Use the processor sleep mode.
      • Before: 53mA After: 2.5mA
      • DC -DC convertor used was a Traco TSRN-1 for $6.07
  • Rapid Fire Opinion (RFO)
    • Internet of Toilet Paper Holder – HackADay
      • Revolutionized entire toilet paper supply management life cycle
      • Tracks usage statistics – Manage wiping data and share on social media
      • Instructables to make your own!
    • Man is about to launch himself in his homemade rocket to prove the Earth is flat – The Washington Post
      • Self-taught rocket builder Mike Hughes – 61 yr old limo driver
      • Holds record for biggest limo jump
      • Plans to launch himself 1,800 feet high
      • U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) “told me they would not allow me to do the event … at least not at that location,” Will have to reschedule the launch
      • Not “atmosphere” it’s “atmosflat”
      • $20,000 rocket had a fancy coat of Rust-Oleum paint and “RESEARCH FLAT EARTH” inscribed on the side
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Figure 1: Platform frame for the Auxiliary Jeep Electronics.
Figure 1: Platform frame for the Auxiliary Jeep Electronics.

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