Switching to KiCad

Back when I started using electronic design automation tools Eagle was always my first and only choice. I grew to like the tool and learned a lot from it. Even after the software was taken over by Autodesk I still continued on with a license. However, KiCad had always been something that I knew I would eventually get around to. Mainly because I was intrigued by those who swore by

Strategy Design Pattern

The Strategy Pattern is a behavior pattern. Whereas an algorithm or class can be changed during run time execution. To employ this pattern, we develop a set of classes that provide implementation strategies and a context object whose behavior is varied based a given strategy object. The strategy object changes the context object’s executing algorithm. Plainly put, the overall idea is the encapsulation of behavior via objects, allowing us to

Alpha Stage for upcoming Mobile title

Currently working on an endless runner (no name). This is the beginning stages. Miles to go and more to come…

Kicking the tires on Cycles

I usually do most of my texturing and rendering via Blender’s default rendering engine. However, I’ve been messing around with Cycles a bit. There are definitely some pros and cons to both depending on what one is attempting to achieve. Both paths definitely have their own significant advantages. This is a shader node setup mimicking plastic.

Getting a feel for Lighting in Blender

A couple of renders in an attempt to mimic night and day.  

Working my way back after a long 3D hiatus… more to come!

It’s definitely been a while since I’ve made something in 3D. Years ago I always had my nose to the screen in someone’s 3D application. However, of late, I’ve been spending most of my time coding. The change of pace was definitely nice.

A couple of completed kits…a few more to go…

When I finally get warmed up and ready to start banging out my Boldport soldering kits. Of course, my Hakko FX888d soldering iron flakes out on me. I definitely wasn’t preparing to buy another soldering station. After changing out the soldering tip and resetting the device it seems that the iron will no longer hold heat. Ugh. That’s really disappointing as I liked this station a lot. Oh well, looks

Saturday morning warm-ups

I’ve collected my fair share of soldering kits but a large majority of them have been sitting in the bin of “good intentions“. If you were to take me at my word, there is always something else that comes up preventing me from pulling out a kit and finishing it (procrastination). Well, I’ve recently joined Boldport and they have some fantastic soldering kits. Oddly enough, I really don’t want to

Make: Electronics Chp3 Experiment 13

Experiment 13 “Roasting an LED” provides more explanation and continued experience with heat. In particular how heat can cause issues or severe damage to sensitive electronic components.  As you know, we just finished an experiment related to soldering; it is only fitting to drive home the point of how destructive heat can be. Overall this is a short but important experiment related to soldering.  The general idea is that you

Make: Electronics Chp3 Experiment 12

Experiment 12 “Joining Two Wires Together” is the introductory step into soldering and also the start of chapter 3. Depending on what you currently have on hand in your lab. In order to move forward, you will need to purchase a few more items both equipment and component wise.  For what it is worth. This experiment is designed to get someone who has not soldered before some experience with the