Monthly Archives: August 2010

Hands on experience with an SEM.

Due to the constant barrage of assignments at uni I have had little time for Reprap related projects recently. So instead I would like to share my excitement after having my first undergrad laboratory session with an electron microscope. In case your unaware, an electron … Continue reading

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Arduino Mega & a character LCD.

Still playing with my new toy, the Arduino Mega, this time with an character LCD with a parallel interface. The LCD I had laying around but you can buy them pretty much anywhere at low cost. I used this guide … Continue reading

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Solvent Compatibility and plastics.

While recently trying to apply my limited chemistry knowledge to work out which solvents will dissolve ABS (and failing miserably) I came across the handy table shown below. It depicts which solvents will effect a range of thermoplastics and is otherwise self explanatory. I … Continue reading

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Getting acquainted with my Arduino mega.

An Arduino Mega landed on my door step last week and I have been playing with it ever since. It was purchased from for only $46AUD ($42USD) due to their grand opening special. I have the intent of eventually making the … Continue reading

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Recycling, storage and degradation of polymers.

Generally speaking, plastics (polymers) are thought of as quite stable when compared to other naturally produced materials as they do not rust, rot or otherwise degrade in the traditional ways. However plastics do have their own set of weaknesses which, … Continue reading

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