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Join the Chat

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I have set up a team on Slack for The Garage Lab, you can get your invitation here or by using the widget in the sidebar. I'm hoping to provide a place for general discussion about 3D printing, electronics and CNC machining - feel free to sign up and talk about your projects or ask questions. If you haven't heard of Slack before it is a communication platform oriented around teams of people - they describe their platform as team communication for the 21st century. What it looks like in practice is Internet Relay Chat (IRC) updated for the web. Many of the existing IRC concepts are there - chan…

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The Sound of Crickets ...

I have been working on a larger scale project for the past few months and, as a result, haven't had any completed projects to write about here for some time. I've decided to open up the scope of the site and start publishing articles that are not directly related to electronics projects. I will also be publishing articles about ideas that I haven't had a chance to implement yet (and may never do so). I have a few articles that are nearing the final stages of completion that I will publish over the coming days - hopefully you will find them as interesting as the project related ones.…

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The Lab has Moved!

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The Garage Lab has now settled in to it's new location so I can get back to project again. Hopefully the drought of updates is finally broken. The new location has a lot more space and lets me separate the different phases and types of projects more easily - I tend to work on multiple projects at once and now I can do that without them impacting on each other. I've already built a few things at the new premises (mostly space improvement projects) and the additional space has made it a lot easier. I've also taken the opportunity provided by the move to clean up my internal network and the serve…

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Week In Review

It has been a long time since I've posted an update to the site so, rather than wait until I have a fully documented project to post, I thought I'd push up a quick review of what has been happening at the Lab over the past few weeks. EEWeb Site of the Day The nice people over at EEWeb have made The Garage Lab their site of the day for February 22nd. I highly recommend checking out the EEWeb site on a regular basis, as well as pointing you towards excellent sites like mine (he says modestly) it's a great way to keep up to date with news, new components and great technical articles. Well worth r…

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Sorry Fritzing, you've lost me

I've been using Fritzing as a schematic editor for a number of years now, it's not the best one available but it had a few features that I haven't found in any other program - mainly the ability to do breadboard and stripboard layouts of circuits. These features, combined with the fact it is open source and available for Mac, Linux and Windows made it a good choice for the (mostly fairly small) circuits that I publish on the site. Unfortunately Fritzing is not without it's fair share of bugs - importing and sharing custom parts libraries can be problematic, the snap to grid feature is not very…

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