The Iron Man helmet project is one of the longest, most challenging and most rewarding projects I have ever worked on.
I have always wanted my own Iron Man helmet and while there are hundreds out there for sale, nothing beats the satisfaction of making your own from scratch.
The helmet consists of a number of layers, starting with a basic cardboard frame, coated in fiberglass cloth and resin, car body filler then many layers of spray paint.
Having never worked with fiberglass or car body filler before I was very keen to learn as much as I could about them and throughout this project I certainly learnt a great deal about how to correctly handle and work with these versatile materials and of course tested their limitations.
Next to come - the rest of the suit!
What started as a second hand Logitech speaker system was turned into an awesome led lit speaker box which looked like it came straight out of the movie Tron. The time and effort put into the design work including countless hand drawn and cad files definitely paid off!
The main focus of this project was to create an aesthetically pleasing design with the audio quality not being heavily considered. I am looking into making a second system however which will house the subwoofer and tweeters separate to achieve a better audio experience. I would also like to line the inside of the box with perspex to enhance the sound quality and depth of the unit.
The CNC design and operation skills learnt throughout the course of this project have opened my eyes to the possibilities of using computer controlled manufacturing processes and will surely come in handy for future projects and my engineering career.
I was finally bitten by the quad-copter bug and decided it was time to join the masses and build my own racing spec flying machine!
Having only slightly dipped my toes into the world of RC vehicles in the past this was a big leap into the huge world of radios, receivers, brush-less dc motors and flight controllers. The skills and knowledge acquired through completing this project I hope to apply to future robotic systems and land based vehicles .
While the system does not currently have a dedicated on board camera I hope to upgrade it in the future to allow for FPV flight and and maybe enter some races once I am confident enough with my ability to captain an unmanned areal vehicle.
This was a quick little project that was rushed together in preparation for a road trip with some close mates a few years back. This project always takes me back memories if fun holidays, beach parties and great friends!
While not the loudest or punchiest speaker system many fun times were had listening to summer hits on this system. Suitcase speaker 2.0 will be sure to have more power, more lights and be far lighter! (Note to self - never use sealed lead acid batteries for any project you wish to carry long distances on the sand...)
The classic and ever popular arduino controled LED Cube - a favorite amongst makers and definitely a favorite of mine!
There are hundreds of led cube tutorials online so this is nothing new, but there is still an enormousness amount of satisfaction in being able to construct a cube that has the ability to light up and be reprogrammed over and over again. It is a work of art and a great addition to my desktop.
This project gave me a means of practicing my soldering, wiring and programming skills all of which I use on a daily basis.
To build your own (slightly smaller and easier to manage cube) check out the instruction guide I made over on the UTS Robotics Society's website!
This converted old speaker greatly enhances any music listening or movie watching experience by allowing low inaudible frequencies to be ‘felt’ as they do in real life. This can be used to feel realistic explosions from movies or generate the feeling of festival/concert style bass without shaking off your neighbors roof tiles.
The device is bolted to the bottom of my desk chair and generates very little audible noise meaning that when used with headphones or any other speakers no one knows you have taken a trip to Tomorrowland for the night.
I was very surprised at how well this project worked out and I think it is going to be hard to listen to music without it now. With the proof of concept complete I’d like to make a second (or many a few) model/s to tweak the frequency response and further eliminate any audible noise. This will likely require some filtering circuits, sturdier hardware and case and a higher quality speaker.
Overall a cheap, easy and fast project I would defiantly recommend to all audio/ movie enthusiasts or just for a bit of fun…
This is one of my earlier projects from when I was starting to learn about electronics. It is a simple circuit using 2 TIP31's transistors as switches to make leds flash to two channels of audio.
It is powered by a very rudimentary bundle of AA batteries and has some horrible soldering joints, but was one of my first projects where I felt confident in designing and soldering a circuit from scratch. This project, while very simple, was a major turning point in my love for electronics and especially LEDs.