NCASE M1 Workstation Computer

5/3/2016 – Added rev. 2 and updated FAQ

Here’s a build I made recently as I was lacking a desktop system to use outside of work. It’s every computer engineer’s dream to build a no-compromise workstation, so here’s my super-compact variation with a Haswell-E Xeon processor, 980Ti, 32GB ECC RAM, and water-cooled with two dual radiators along with the highest performing waterblocks available. The complete Mini-ITX system measures in at 17″ x 6.5″ x 10″.

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Nexus 7 NFC Extender

Design files for this project can be found here

Here’s a project that I worked on a few years ago that I keep forgetting to publish. At the time, the old card swipe entry system to my graduate lab was getting in pretty old, so we wanted to revamp it with modern technology. Instead of granting entry via the magnetic card on the student ID, we wanted to have a wireless solution that could easily be updated in the future. The solution involved a Nexus 7 mounted in the window of the door, connected to a wireless router that controlled a solenoid within the door, and individual NFC tags to grant access for each user.

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Roadtrip to Seattle

Now that I have my degree, the next step was to plan the logistics for my move to Seattle to work at Microsoft. I budgeted a week and a half for the trip itself, but it turns out I only needed a week to drive across the country. Luckily for me, the weather was pretty much perfect for the entire trip. The only rain that I encountered was in Texas, and there was more than enough of it there to make up for the rest of the trip.

As for this site, I’ll continue to post some projects that I’m currently working on as well as some stuff that I built in the past that I haven’t gotten around to posting. My developments in 3D printer upgrades, however, have been halted as I no longer have access to the 3D printers that I used for my projects. As such, don’t expect any further updates in that field unless I manage to somehow get my hands on another 3D printer. I have some other interesting projects in mind though, so keep an eye out on this site for more interesting stuff.

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A Guide to High Quality 3D Prints

This is NOT a guide for those who are new at 3D printing!
My Simplify3D profile can be found here while calibration STLs can be downloaded here

THIS GUIDE IS NOW OUTDATED WITH THE RELEASE OF SIMPLIFY3D v3.0. Please reference Simplify3D’s troubleshooting guide instead.

Getting a perfect 3D print is notoriously difficult, even with a fairly expensive top-of-the-line consumer printer such as the Ultimaker 2. While there are some very good guides out there (see IRobertI’s guide in particular), many of these guides don’t go beyond the basics for calibrating a 3D printer. To address this, I’ve decided to write up a fairly comprehensive troubleshooting and optimization guide tailored for the Ultimaker 2 with Simplify3D (v2.2.2) as the slicing engine. Most of the information in this guide however can also be applied to other 3D printers. All of the following notes and tips are derived solely from my experiences. Detailed macro photographs are provided to back my observations and also serve as a comprehensive visual aid.

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Handheld 3:1/4:1 Planetary Gearbox

Design files for this project can be found here
Parts have been designed to be 0.3mm larger. This should be taken taken into account when printing.

Here’s a gearbox that I made for testing purposes back when I was designing my improved filament extruder. Comprised of ten parts, this low-tolerance gearbox is spec’ed to have no backlash between the gears if properly printed. If the annular gear is held, the sun gear and carrier will rotate at a 4:1 ratio. If the carrier is held, the sun gear and annular gear will rotate at a 3:1 ratio. For more information on 3D printed gears and/or epicyclic (planetary) gearboxes, see the bottom of my post on the NEMA 17 gearbox project page.

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