Author: lgushurst

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Autorouting with KiCAD

If anything, FreeRouting has an identity crisis that needs to be resolved. Just make sure you get the right version.

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TinyFPGA BX Might be the most important FPGA in your toolbox

It would be interesting to see if FPGAs have use in Diminishing Manufacturing Source and Material Shortages (DMSMS) and Obsolescence mitigation.

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Total Website Overhaul

For the past couple of months I’ve been testing out new ideas for the website. I’ve been using my personal blog, fludwerks.com, as a test bed for these ideas, and I think they’ve been coming along nicely. I’m at a point where I can start taking those ideas from fludwerks.com and start merging them over to this website, volunteerlabs.us.

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Parallax Feedback 360 and Arduino

A problem that I have with hobby servos is that they typically don’t have 360 degree rotation and positional feedback. That was until the Parallax Feedback 360 was released. In the adafruit product video (3:41) they actually crack the little guy open so you can see its guts. Basically it’s a normal continuous servo that uses a AS5600 contactless hall effect sensor that gives positional feedback as a pulse train.

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DIY Safecracking – Making a stupidly cheap autodialer (Work in Progress)

Note – This project is a living one, and as such I’m going to update it as I work on it. The views I express are those of someone currently working on a project, and I may do dumb things as I work on it and figure out what works and what doesn’t. Anyway, fun side project. Volunteer tries to make a safe cracker for cheap (sub $40)

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Threaded Parts With FreeCAD

I occasionally like to play around with FreeCAD and noticed that there weren’t very many tutorials for the newest version (.17).

This version incorporates a new workflow paradigm which confused the heck out of me. So I decided to make a video on how to make threaded parts.

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Do Drones Dream of Electronic Warfare? (Part 1)

It’s getting close to spring time in ye olde Connecticut, and with better weather comes more time that can be spent outside. With that in mind, I’m bringing back a personal project that I had set aside for a purely metaphorical rainy day. A drone that flies around with hacker tools and collects data.

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Machine Vision and OpenCV

Today has been pretty productive. I’ve released a second open source project, a Python Serial Monitor and I’ve been working on some machine vision projects that I’ve wanted to do for a while. Back in the day I wrote a bot for a game I liked playing. It would read my computer screen and then […]

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Why I’m Really into python Right now

Primarily, I’m an embedded software guy. With that said, most of my programming experience has been with C/C++. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve used other languages, but over the last 10+ years I’d say that C/C++ are what I have spent the most amount of time using. In fact, there are still good reasons for […]

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BOMGarten Version .1 (Alpha) Released!

In our commitment to combat electronics obsolescence I’ve released a free tool for developers that use KiCAD! I’m calling it BOMGarten. Available for download at GitHub.

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