The Droneship Coaster Chronicles

The following videos are the realization of a silly idea I had a few months back: What if you could land your beverage on a droneship in the style of SpaceX? Though I had no intention of beer delivery by drone, or installing flight control systems in a mug, I decided to bring the droneship part of my idea to life in the form of a wooden drink coaster. In a couple weeks I went from idea to prototype. And … Continue reading

Machining a Mounting Clip for my Subaru Grille w/ Fusion 360 & My Shapeoko

I wanted to mount an STI badge to the front of my Forester. I also wanted to make an introductory Fusion 360 video. This seemed like the perfect opportunity for a crossover so I combined the narratives to make this video, a start to finish overview of the CAD-CAM process in Fusion, and the minor iterating I did through the prototyping phase.

The Epic Fiat 500 California Roadtrip (2016 Edition)

Late last year, I had the chance to get a glimpse of West Coast life. Every trip out west previously had been quite narrow in scope. LA or SF to see family or friends. Maybe go to Disneyland. Visit Death Valley. Etc etc… I never really got to appreciate the community that is California. Spending time in San Francisco, San Jose, and then plunging straight into the deepest corners of Yosemite was an amazing experience that started the snowball rolling … Continue reading

DIY Electric Branding Iron – CNC Project 82

When I found myself needing to brand dozens of items at a time, relying on propane to keep my original branding iron hot just wasn’t going to be effective or efficient. Keeping my iron at a consistent temperature was going to be near-impossible. So I set out to find a way to attach a custom branding iron head to an electric heating tool for pyrography.

San Francisco Skyline Burnt Wood Art – CNC Project 79

When life give you lemons, make art. That was the challenge I set for myself when I shattered a couple oak boards for my SpaceX Droneship Coaster Project. With a little improvisation, I assembled my oak slats into something loosely resembling a pallet and engraved on it a stylized skyline from the best coast. Check out my video for the full story.

DIY 5-in-1 Brass Branding Iron

Making a personalized branding iron using Fusion 360 and my Carbide3D CNC machines. I scoured the internet to learn how to make myself a branding iron that didn’t require welding (to attach to a handle), but I wasn’t happy with what I found. Although I applaud the makers who took the initiative and carved their own branding irons with Dremels, I thought we could do better, we have the technology. So here’s my process for turning a block of brass … Continue reading