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Home Sweet Garage

Alright, I think it’s about time for this silly article on plasma arc waste disposal to get knocked off the top of my site, don’t you?  It’s just fluff, honestly.  Filler.  And I’m tired of looking at it.  So how … Continue reading

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The Mechatronics TVIP (+Video)

Today’s post is going to be a trip down memory lane for me.  The TVIP or Thrust-Vectoring Inverted Pendulum was my very first real engineering project in college.  My good friend Alex and I constructed it almost five years ago, … Continue reading

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Pure Analog Servo Control

Hobby servos, such as the one pictured at right, are wonderfully useful little devices.  You’ll find them moving control surfaces on model planes, in steering linkages on RC cars, and even in the feeding mechanism of an automatic ping-pong ball … Continue reading

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Picking The Right Output

The other day I ran across a publication from Allegro MicroSystems which was filled with an extensive list of terms and definitions for IC outputs. For instance, do you know the difference between a bipolar and a unipolar output? Well, … Continue reading

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The $868.73 Op-Amp

Yes, you read that right; this here is an $868.73 operational amplifier, the Apex PA50A: It doesn’t look like much, does it? Well at only ~1.5″ square, it’s not much larger than most power transistors. However, I can guarantee you … Continue reading

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