Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Busy, Busy life

So the last weeks have been a touch stressful or in other words, my wife forbid me last weekend to touch a pc or think about anything related to:

  • cnc research
  • cad drawing
  • pcb design
  • electronics
  • programming
  • 3D printing
  • general work
  • c++
  • swift
  • soldering smd parts
  • some other things
And to just grab a book, some beers and relax.

Thinking about my workload, yeah I overdid it a little bit, between working during the day at the lab and working at night on Kickstarter project, I barley slept more than 2-3 hours on average since we have come back from germany. 

I guess I should take a break.

Anyway current accomplishments:
  • bought a 3D printer and using it for 'rapid' low cost prototyping
  • rediscovered my CAD skills and designing parts. Yay for free cad, I do would love to have solid works and better CNC/3D Printer integration
  • researched and ordered a CNC router, which we will spend the next couple of days assembling. Thinking about machining parts out of acrylic and aluminium to make things look oh so pretty
  • assembled a prototype more or less, still need's finishing touches
  • wrote a partial iPhone application, it's boring but does the job
  • assembled a working and awesome team to actually build this thing
  • spend tens of hours of soldering and starting to order SMD parts for the next step, cutting PCB's on the CNC and SMD soldering
  • researched hot air rework stations and reflow ovens.
  • wrote the firmware
And last but not least, organized an amazing 10 year anniversary party with my wifey. Well she organized everything and I was brewing 3 amazing beers.

Now how to mill acrylic and where to get a 12V DC Motor with enough torque to crush ice. We are really trying to get away for 120V AC.

Next weekend, we will finish up the prototype housing and wrap it in aluminium with a nice scotch brite finish. Looking forward to playing with the laser table.

Monday, August 25, 2014

A way overdo post

So for some reasons I haven't managed to blog here in the last 8 months.

And I have no real valid excuse, except:


  • travelling
  • fixing the house
  • brewing to much beer
  • drinking to much beer
  • and working on my first kick-starter project

Our project:

As people know, I have been doing software development since a very long time and got interested in microchip programming a couple of years ago and have been wondering what I can build, which doesn't already exist.

Well as soon as the kickstarter project goes online and I got the ok from the last crucial Team members, mostly our CAD guy, I will post he some more product updates and pictures during the build.

 If we do not find our CAD guy, I guess I have to rediscover my CAD and 3D Modeling skills, when I was 15.

Thursday, January 09, 2014

Final christmas gift arrived

A couple of days ago, our final christmas gift from my parents arrived and is now looking for the perfect spot in the house.


A classic german christmas pyramid, which you can't really find in the states and so it was stuck in 'traffic' for close of a month now.

Needless to say, once 'sober january' is over, we have to make some Feuerzangen bowle.

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

my luck with car's continues...

So now it's the 2nd time that our new car is at the dealer for service, due to an check engine light. And there latest statement was:

It will be here for an undefined amount of time, since we have no idea what's wrong with it.

This was last thursday and now it's wednesday and not a single beep except 'we are talking to Porsche Germany, since we are out of ideas'

I really hope it doesn't turn into a buy back, since frankly we would loose at least 4k$ during this process and I really don't want to start shopping yet again.

On the other hand, they gave as a 2014 Porsche Cayman loaner car, with a PDK transmission and I'm really happy that we decided to buy the convertible instead of the coupe as well as the manual transmission instead of the PDK (which is in all respect an amazing transmission, but just doesn't feel right and is rather boring)

our rental coupe on the left, classic 911 Targa on the right

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

a slightly different christmas gift

After talking more or less none stop of a car over the last 3 years, watching 18 seasons of top gear and researching every possible fact, we bought us a 981 Porsche Boxster a couple of weeks ago as christmas gift (for the next dozen of years or so)






Friday, November 15, 2013

The jeep is back in the shop..

Due to an issue with the AC system and a couple of annoying rattles in the dashboard, the jeep is back at the dealer and getting fixed/resolved.

Meaning I'm getting another toy as loaner car. So that I keep getting to work.

This time we got a 2013 Toyota Tundra/Crew Cab to play with, which reminded me how much I miss driving a pickup truck and how happy I am that I do not have to pay this gigantic gas bill anymore.

we got about 12.5mgp during the 3 days of driving...

as size comparison, a 5 door A3 parked next to it. Nose to nose.
But I really start to appreciate the service of a dealer, if you buy a new car from him. It's just makes your life a lot easier, when something goes wrong.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

First piece of acceptable furniture is finished.

Over the last couple of weeks, I was working on a little side table as prototype for our planned living room furniture.

already under heavy use...

little necklace hanger for my wife, made from left over bloodwood

finally enough tomato for some food