November 3, 2017

My grandma (Mimi) got a new camera because her old one broke, so she gave me the old one to try to fix.  I took it apart but wasn't able to fix it, so once I decided it was un-fixable I tore it apart as much as I could.  I didn't keep most of the pictures, but here are a few pictures of the guts of a point-and-shoot camera from 10ish years ago.  

 After taking off the rear cover.  You can see the circles on the right where the nor...

November 1, 2017

Arduino electronics can be an expensive hobby, but it doesn't have to be.   If you want legitimate parts shipped in a timely manner you can buy them from Sparkfun, Adafruit, or some other respected outlet.  

However, if you don't mind waiting about a month and only being 90% sure that parts will work, you can buy them directly from China on Ebay.  I've bought most of my components on Ebay over the last five years, and I've only ha...

October 31, 2017

(TBH this post is mostly for myself when I set up my printer in the future and forget how I did things)(Also I'm moving my printer to Kingsport this weekend and wanted something to reference while setting it up at home) 

I had a few things I wanted to be able to do after fully setting up my 3D-printer.  I managed to accomplish all of them, as listed below

  • View the progress of the printer from anywhere

  • Remotely abort a print if I see it m...

October 30, 2017

 During summer of 2014 I went to Tennessee's Governors School for Science and Engineering at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.  I took the engineering course, where we learned about a variety of different engineering fields.  Fun fact, we visited more than 20 different university labs over the course of the 5-week program.  

For the last two weeks of the class we got to work on a group project in groups of 4ish.  I sugg...

September 23, 2017

Not pictured - Tardis gears, Tardis,  more gear cubes, an elephant, another elephant, another mini disney castle, light switch covers, shower knob covers, a turtle, an architecture model for a friend, and probably a lot more.  

September 15 - Single piece iris box.  You rotate the outer ring to open/close the blades on the top.  I ended up giving this to my friend Sarah because I don't have anything to put in it, she keeps her rin...

September 12, 2017

Most of the time we only see the end result of a project, not the problems and solutions that you encounter along the way.  I thought I'd share the daily struggles and fixes I've gone through in the making of a project.

My latest project is what I'm calling "Tiger Countdown".  It will use an LED matrix to display the days/hours/minutes until the next Clemson football game.  I thought this would be a fairly straightforward project, but it se...

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Jacob Thompson

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