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January 15, 2014

How a 4 Layer PCB is Made

at 6:19 am. Filed under Complex Hacks, Educational


When you send off your Gerber files to have your latest board made you will be shipped some shiny new board in a few weeks. The process of creating the boards is very time consuming, the video above goes through the many steps of how a 4 layer PCB is created. Most boards are 2 layer but it is interesting to see how the inner layers of the 4 layer boards are created. It is hard to believe that our boards can be processed through this many steps and be flawless when they are completed since a small mistake on any of these steps would have a good change of damaging the entire thing.

January 14, 2014

Car Stereo Amp Repair

at 9:11 pm. Filed under DIY Hacks


This amp sure had a ton of issues. Maxxarcade found that there were multiple shorted transistors that needed to be replaced. The amp was built with the TO-220 power transistor’s tab soldered to a thin heatsink. A cooking skillet was used to pre-heat the assemblies to allow the parts to be removed and resoldered using a regular iron. 

January 13, 2014

Spinning Tube Trick

at 12:11 pm. Filed under Crazy Hacks


This is an interesting phenomenon. Watch the video above to see the Spinning Tube Effect and see the reason it works below.


January 12, 2014

Arduino Data Visualization

at 9:38 am. Filed under Cool Gadgets, DIY Hacks

Arduino Data Visualization


If you have something in the real world that you would like to monitor this Arduino Data Visualization will help you to do just that.



January 11, 2014

Crashed Ferrari Coffee Table

at 5:07 pm. Filed under Funny Hacks

Crashed Ferrari Coffee Table


When a Ferrari is crashed and squished into a small metal cube what good is it? Well Charly Molinelli of Molinelli Designs used some creativity to make it an amazing coffee table.

Via: TechEBlog


Robo-Raptor controlled by an Arduino

at 12:15 am. Filed under DIY Hacks, Electronic Hacks, Toy Hacks


Long time maker Bob Davis has made a Robo-Raptor that is controlled by an Arduino. When the stock electronics in a product don’t do what you want just hack some new brains into them! This robot is from the pages of his book, Arduino Robotics Projects.


January 8, 2014

DSLogic – Open Hardware Logic Analyzer and More

at 3:17 pm. Filed under Cool Gadgets



If you are in the market for a Logic Analyzer the DSLogic might fit the bill. At time of writing it is fully funded and you can get the early backer board for $49 (there are still 13 left). The next step up is $40 more and gets you the test clips and a USB cable, if you don’t mind making some test leads yourself you can save some cash.

Thanks for sending this in Andy.

“DSLogic consists of DSLogic-Core and extension modules. DSLogic-Core is a re-configurable circuit board based on FPGA technology with maximum 200MHz sampling rate and 64Mbit on-board memory. DSLogic-Core can work alone as a fully functional logic analyzer, along with various extension modules.DSLogic can also work as oscilloscope, data acquisition system, protocol analyzer and even RF analyzer.”






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