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Tech Thursday #004: 3D Print Molding

Do you have a 3D printer? Try this to make higher quality parts with different materials that probably can’t print with your 3D printer. 3D printers are great for prototyping but when it comes to make a part that needs to be durable they usually struggle. You can, however, use them to print a mold of a part and then use a two-part urethane, epoxy, or any other curable liquid material to cast...

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Tech Thursday #003: Remote Control Turkey for Thanksgiving

We are a little early with this posting, but wanted to get it out before the holiday. So for our third installment of Technical Thursday, we figured we would honor Thanksgiving by provide a cool project idea of making a remote control turkey. If you hunter, this makes a great remote control decoy. Click on the image below to watch a quick movie. So the idea is relatively simple. Take a MLT-JR RC c...

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Tech Thursday #002: Basic Motor Control with a Switch

There are many motor applications where a full motor controller just isn’t needed. Sometimes all you need to do is to move a motor one direction and then the other without controlling speed. We’ve compiled a short list of a couple basic options for your project. Motor Control using a DPDT Switch In this application you can control the direction of a motor using a simple DPDT (double-po...

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Tech Thursday #001: How to Make a Motor Act Like a Linear Actuator

Very often when designing some sort of mechanical assembly you want your widget to move a part across a specific area. But moving too far, it could damage itself. This is why linear actuators are popular. You can apply a voltage to it and it will extend all the way out but not far enough to damage itself. Inside of every linear actuator is a gear motor, a threaded rod, and a pair of limit switches...

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