Last year, I was fortunate enough to join the Center for Bits and Atoms at MIT as a Masters student. The CBA deals with an assortment of cool topics; the niche I chose to dive into was personal fabrication. [See More]
Mini CNC Control Cabinet
An exercise in wiring frustration
I recently saved a tiny Sherline 5040 mill from my school’s dumpster. What better way to make it CNC-capable than with an equally tiny control cabinet? [See More]
A banana thriller in three acts
As is tradition, my friends and I attended MakeMIT (a hardware hackathon) for the 4th time. The theme of the night was… bananas. [See More]
Precisely What I Needed
My Mitutoyo Absolute calipers are one of my prized possessions, but the case they came in is a blow-molded atrocity. Asides from looking ugly, it also provides no protection to my calipers and takes up an enormous amount of space. I figured it was time to do something about this.... [See More]
Nanometer-scale computing on the centimeter scale
I’ve always wanted to own a server rack, but most racks have a glaring problem. They aren’t cute. I want my server to be cute. Is that too much to ask? [See More]
Painting with Computers
PCIcasso at work
I’ve always loved impressionist paintings, but I don’t think I could make one. My computer might have more artistic talent than I do, though. [See More]
Lazy Ensemble Deep Colorization
Shove in more data, that should work
Image colorization is a fun application of deep learning - but fun doesn’t mean easy. Training examples for image colorization can be made from any RGB image, so data is plentiful. But coloring an image, intuitively, cannot be done without some amount of image classification. We know that a banana... [See More]
3DOF Biomimetic Baseball Pitcher
More athletic than I am
The fastest pitch on record was 105mph. It’s amazing that a human body threw something that quickly - but it’s stranger that the human body did it with a “mechanism” that looks completely unfit for the job. How does a 3DOF arm with high distal mass throw something this quickly?... [See More]
3LB Beetleweight Battlebot
CNC'd Unibody Battlebot in 2 Days
The goal of this robot was to see how effective a unibody CNC’d frame would be on a battlebot. Most frames seem to break at the joints, so removing joints should theoretically make for a stronger battlebot. The second, hidden goal was to see how “easily” a CNC’d robot could... [See More]
ML Cat Delivery System
AKA Laser Guided Cats
Cats follow lasers. Lasers can be aimed by computers. Computers can run YOLO. YOLO can detect cats. We now have a beautiful hackathon project. [See More]
Precision Machine Design FPGAs
FPGA = FUNdaMENTAL Principle Gizmo Assignments. Not the chip.
I can’t say that I had the honor of making that acronym - that goes to Prof. Slocum - but I did have the honor of actually designing them. [See More]
A 250lb combat robot featured on the show Battlebots.
Sometime around November, my friend Alex decided that it would be cool to make a 250lb battlebot. I didn’t his whim to consume my life for the next 5 months and land me on a major network television show… but hey, life happens. [See More]
A building-sized whipped cream dispenser
A robust, waterproof robotic bartender.
Every college student with a mechanical engineering degree builds a robotic bartender at some point in time. They’re usually made out of peristaltic pumps and MDF, controlled by an Arduino, and fall apart after one usage. If they don’t fall apart, they get left uncleaned and become a habitat for... [See More]
Chocolate 3D Printer
A pretty sweet printer.
ABS is stronger than PLA. Nylon is stronger than ABS. Fiber-reinforced nylon is stronger than nylon. Chocolate is superior to all of these. [See More]
Remember the claw from Toy Story?
There’s this great scene in Toy Story 1 where a giant claw machine picks up Buzz lightyear. [See More]
Our dorm’s kitchen is nominally disgusting. This is to be expected when 30 students are forced to use the same kitchen. [See More]
Automatic Face Tracking Vortex Cannon
Kids these days...
Update I had to disassemble this machine due to a lack of space, so I took a few minutes to record it in action. [See More]
Searching for a purpose
The “useless machine” is a classic DIY project. It’s a box with a single switch. When you press the switch, the box extends an arm and turns it off. It is truly a masterful representation of existential ennui in the 21st century. Let’s make an excessive version of it. [See More]
Automatic Tool Locker
Power Tool Tyranny
How do you prevent a hall of rowdy mechanical engineering students from destroying brand-new power tools? Why is this even a problem? [See More]
Made in a sleepless haze...
Some projects are born of meticulous planning. Others are born out of boredom. Witness the latter with the following project: [See More]
40W of fun
“Cheap” and “Laser Cutter” are not words that are normally seen together; the CO2 laser tubes they use are often to blame for this. Cooling systems, high-voltage power supplies, and flying-mirror assemblies don’t help. [See More]
ATHack Head Pointer
A head-pointer is a little-known tidbit of technology used by those with limited control of their extremities. It consists of a stick (often with a capacitive stylus attached) that is secured to the head of a patient. Using this stick, a patient can operate buttons, keyboards, tablets, and more using... [See More]
Do not water.
My girlfriend loves growing succulents, but the onslaught of homework we both get makes watering them impossible. As a Christmas gift for her, I decided to make a plant for her that she could never kill in the only way that an engineer knows - with a petting-fueled flower with... [See More]
The Automatic Hotdog Cooker
MakeMIT, the largest annual hardware hackathon in NA, is my second Christmas. Teams of four are given 24 hours (or less, depending on the year) to construct a hardware project of their choosing. In 2016, four hallmates and I chose to create an automatic hotdog cooker. [See More]
Gameboys are out
Some say that necessity is the mother of all invention. I think that statement detracts from the essential role that boredom can play. During my high school years (9th grade), I decided to “portablize” a Wii gaming console so that I could play games on my bus rides to school.... [See More]