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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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Eagle Tip: Tame those Unrouted Airwires!

Eagle Tip: Tame those Unrouted Airwires!

If you’re like me, you practically live in Eagle. It may not be the most elegant or easy to use program but it does what it needs to do and there’s a wealth of information and examples to get you started. A recurring issue (especially on more complex designs) is that you’re sure that you’ve routed everything, but Ratsnest is telling you that you have 6 unrouted airwares! No...

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