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Stuff I’m currently working on

Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

Aside from the daily grind of cutting and packing enclosure kits, I like to work on some other creative projects. Here are a few of the things that I am currently working on (with circuit design and programming help from Craig).

Fire Glove



This little project is for a local performance troupe that is planning on doing a show focused on fire. It was fun to take out the Unimat Machine Lathe to make the nozzle.

The unit will have some different modes, indicated by LEDs around the nozzle. One of the modes will be for a small flame about the size of a regular lighter or a little bigger to allow for the lighting of cigarettes and fire breathing.

The final form of the Flame Glove unit will be a small pack worn on the waist with the silicon hose going up the back and down the arm to a leather glove with the nozzle riveted to the palm. The amount of gas being let out will be controlled by a flex sensor in one of the fingers of the glove.


Articulated Wings



This is a project I've been wanting to do for a while. The same guy that is in charge of the performance troupe is doing some art for a pop up restaurant and one of the things he is doing is making an "angel like" costume and we thought it would be awesome to make some articulated wings for it.

This is a half scale model of the wing structure that I printed on our Oni 3D printer that we are beta testing for a local guy Tom, who designed it. Here is a link to his website: Oni Technology



Speaking at the KCOHG Conference

Saturday, September 21st, 2013

Glow badge

Two weeks ago I had the privileged to speak at the inaugural Kansas City Open Hardware Group ( Conference. The event was set up and hosted by CCCKC ( and the Kauffman Foundation ( I made up some glow badges for the event (seen above) and, in the spirit of the event, released them under CC over at our Thingiverse page. Head over there to get the design files as well as the details of the components and assembly!

Also if you want to check out my hastily prepared talk check out the video below. I actually start up at about 18:00:


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And Now for Something Completely Different

Sunday, March 21st, 2010

I was stuck inside learning Python for a project I'm working on this weekend because it has been snowing pretty heavily here.  I got up to grab a bit it eat and caught some movement in my window out of the corner of my eye.  Turns out, my window well if full of shrews (full meaning 2 or more in this case):