Assorted small projects.


Laser engraver.

And cynical use of popsical sticks in the spirit of those 'lick-a-prize' competitions ice-cream manufacturers used to sometimes run in my youth:

cynical popsicle prizes.

I endeded up with some offcuts of polycarbonate in my scrap box, which looks rather like acrylic ... until you try to laser it! Then it burns rather than etches. But if you don't mind brown-on-transparent, it is not a bad result (though it burns very messily and the laser unit needs rather a lot of scrubbing out afterwards!)

Poop-themed buttons.

Since my colour choices were brown, or brown-from-the-other-side (a slightly more orange-brown), it was either poops or something coffee-themed. I stand by my decision!

I originally was just making 21mm tokens out of offcuts, for no real reason other than because I could. Then someone mentioned that their daughter could make ear-rings out of them, so I ran off a few with the poops slighly below-centre and a hole at the top. Then someone else saw them and wanted buttons, so I poked some holes in the eyes for sewing them on to things.

Poop-themed ear-ring and button - close-up.

Filament 3D-printer.

My first ever actually useful 3D-print!

Adapter for two vac-hoses into a 100mm vent pipe.

An adapter to allow me to put two old vacuum-cleaner hoses into one of the filtered exhaust vents in the workshop ceiling. These are to extract fumes from the 3D printers, so don't need a full 100mm pipe each, unlike the laser cutter.

Junk re-use.

Broken data cables....

Facetious cable adapters.

In my line of work, I get to use a lot of cable adapters and signal converters. Far too many.

Humanity! Pick a standard already! For more than 3 months, even!

I came across an image-edit mock-up of something like this online many years ago, and with some dead HDMI (and later other) cables, plus some 80ยข hose connectors, and a bit of glue, have started making a facetious statement on the proliferation of 'standards' and the associated cable adapters. I have made several of these over the past few years as gifts for technical colleagues.

More facetious cable adapters.