In the previous 3D Printed Doctor Who Tardis make I complained that the sound was poor quality and low volume. This was a natural outcome of pushing the little AVR ATMega128 to the limit. Really if you want to play MP3 audio then you need MP3 hardware. I tried an Adafruit module. It was great, but expensive. We don’t really want to have an SD card in there either because they are prone to knocks and corruption. What we want is a solid state MP3 player, without breaking the bank. Does such a unicorn exist? You bet!
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One of the challenges with PLA 3D printed parts is what to use for adhesive. Super glue can work in some circumstances. There is friction welding, that works sometimes if you don’t mind the surface defects that can be caused, and if the gap is conducive to that method. Heat welding can work too, in some situations.
If only there was an ABS-like method where you can solvent-weld or use the PLA equivalent of ABS slurry to fill areas!
Well … turns out there is a method that is cheap and relatively easy, and it has been starring us in the face this whole time … [Read more…]
Product and Macro photography benefits from good light and that means in most cases creating the light. While many people get away with pretty mediocre photographs on eBay, to attract more and better buyers it helps to have good, detailed, well-lit products. When you move to product photographs for catalogues and e-commerce sites it is even more important. How can you do that on a tiny budget? Read on!