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    Why not - put bread in toaster = press down...

    Why not - put bread in toaster = press down handle but leave switched off. use Picaxe to turn it on in the morning - That way you avoid the difficult mechanical interface and replace with a more...
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    The smart wire associated with a suitable...

    The smart wire associated with a suitable mechanical system (levers etc) can provide pull in Kg range. It can be run from a single D cell (1.5 volts) as it is current driven - the wire shrinks when...
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    http://www.instructables.com/pages/search/search.j...

    http://www.instructables.com/pages/search/search.jsp?cx=partner-pub-1783560022203827%3Anpr2q7v5m6t&cof=FORID%3A11&ie=ISO-8859-1&q=laser+cutter

    Have a number of instructions on how to do laser...
  4. Thread: @Dippy

    by Rickharris
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    And I thought you were the long lost 8th Dwarf,...

    And I thought you were the long lost 8th Dwarf, Dopey's cousin. :)

    it's almost inflatable Santa time!
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    Don't need ZIF sockets or fancy set-ups for such...

    Don't need ZIF sockets or fancy set-ups for such a simple task - As I said before - Put the chip on the top of the programming socket - DON'T push it in just hold firmly with a finger to locate -...
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    I have programmed lots of Picaxes on a standard...

    I have programmed lots of Picaxes on a standard PC/programming board structur quite quickly. The secret? DONT push the chip into the socket. Just rest it on top, correctly oriented of course, pop a...
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    You may find this useful
  8. Hi, There are a number of posts here re starting...

    Hi, There are a number of posts here re starting out and schools starting up. To begine, with the simulator if you like, you only need a few commands to make your robot work:

    High
    Low
    If Then...
  9. http://www.rapidonline.com/Electrical-Power/Fans-M...

    http://www.rapidonline.com/Electrical-Power/Fans-Motors/Gearboxes/120:1-Inline-motor-and-gearbox/81728

    Rapid have a good range that we often used for a first robot - Ideal for desk top units that...
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    Your in the wrong school MF!

    Your in the wrong school MF!
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    Ah you underline my lack of classical training,...

    Ah you underline my lack of classical training, alas I was deemed inadequate to move into the upper stream and take high level courses such as Latin and higher maths. I was pressed into a lower...
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    Funny when a mod edits their posts it doesn't...

    Funny when a mod edits their posts it doesn't show it

    For a long time I have likened the web to the biggest library in the world, filled with mostly free information, however most of it has been...
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    Quite a reasonable firelight / candles flicker...

    Quite a reasonable firelight / candles flicker can be produced very easily by using the tune command but putting an LED on the output rather than a speaker. - This is how a lot of commercial...
  14. Thread: Wired

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    Is that a yearning for bringing back double...

    Is that a yearning for bringing back double cotton covered wire?? Ah the good old days of rubber insulation and lead outer!

    How did we all survive.
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    08m A small project board ...

    08m A small project board

    gives you everything you need except for a small bread board and a few components - We mounted the entire thing on a bit of MDF with the bread board (glue gun)...
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    Methylated spirits also makes writing paper...

    Methylated spirits also makes writing paper transparent but evaporates fairly quickly and leaves no mess behind.;
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    Resist - Resist - I can't - It's an olive with...

    Resist - Resist - I can't - It's an olive with the stone still in it!
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    A quick hunt round shows the wax paper idea used...

    A quick hunt round shows the wax paper idea used an in kjet a to product transfers for ironing onto T shirts.

    http://hackaday.com/2009/09/02/direct-to-pcb-inkjet-printing/

    if you can find a...
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    You have FAR FAR too much time on your hands TC...

    You have FAR FAR too much time on your hands TC :-) All good enough for me anyway as long as the next 6 months goes Ok until the fine weather returns.

    Thanks guys.
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    Scared me? Might have been the bit in the data...

    Scared me? Might have been the bit in the data sheet that says "not available retail" I seem to have collected quite a few of these form who kknows where (looks innocent) although they must have...
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    Batterys at present are 3 x almost new AA...

    Batterys at present are 3 x almost new AA Duracells (or rather the industry brand of the same) - I think I will order a 3 cell C pack - this is flashing an LED in a dummy burglar alarm so plenty of...
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    Battery life

    Using an 08 and running a program to flash 3 LEDs (about 10 MA load) every 20 seconds or so for just 10 milli secs how long is my 3 cell alkaline battery pack going to last?

    My back of the...
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    I have read - but not tried - that you get a...

    I have read - but not tried - that you get a similar result to SAbourn's idea by using the waxy freezer paper sold to wrap things for the freezer.
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    Huh? - really! :-) At home I still...

    Huh? - really!

    :-)

    At home I still frequently use veroboard or strip board. Even for relatively large Pcbs it works for me.

    Debugging can be a real pain though if you get it wrong.

    At...
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    Ahhh The Greek god of computing!!

    Ahhh The Greek god of computing!!
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