Arduino Strain Relief Enclosure

Here’s an interesting idea, a project box, or enclosure for an Arduino Uno that not only keeps the board in place, but secures the wires as well. I actually did most of the build a month or so ago as an experiment, and didn’t think I’d use it in a video, but eventually decided to (wow, great story bro). Check the build/results below, or you can see more details on instructables if you so prefer.

The Creativity Podcast: Where Art and Engineering Collide

Since I’m apparently not busy enough with various writing assignments, YouTube, and traveling, I’m now doing a Podcast with Max Maker called The Creativity Podcast. It’s been a lot of fun so far, and I find it quite entertaining to listed to, even though I can definitely see some room for improvement in myself. It’s not like YouTube where you can record something over and over until you get it right into an acceptable format.

The podcast is about ourselves, and our experience making stuff, inspiration, and really, whatever comes up. As you can see from the image above, we’re on episode 2, where we feature a guest, Steven Richter, who made an amazing Jumanji board that can be seen here. I’d invite you to check it out, and see where it goes!

Router Flycutting and Reinforcement Bolt Upgrades

As usual, I was having a bit of a problem. When we last left my CNC router, it was able to cut soft materials, but these cuts weren’t entirely uniform from one end to another. To remedy this, I used a technique called flycutting, which mills the entire table with the router itself. The idea here is that by doing this, you’re aligning the table to exactly how the router cuts.

In theory this should work quite well, but as you can see here there’s something else going on, the table has separated from its base. Perhaps warping could be expected given it’s location in a humid garage, but I had actually helped this along by cutting several slots in the material in order to attach a set of clamping rails.

To remedy this, I installed another set of screws in the middle of the table. Perhaps they should have been there to begin with, but my modifications weren’t doing it any favors either. In theory, I could have drilled into the MDF inline with the bottom and top bolts, but I hadn’t taken the table off yet, and wasn’t sure what was under there.

Once the MDF table was off, Read more »