Welcome to fox_robotics!

This is my personal blog and the future home of all of my projects. This site is very much under construction and is currently lacking content. Sorry about that. I’m in the process of trying to get the visuals and such sorted out after changing platforms and getting articles written for it. I lost a lot of content in the switch-over.

Barring unforeseen events, I will do my best to provide weekly or bi weekly updates on projects and tutorials. I love to learn, I love to make, and I love to teach. This website is a great way to keep up on all of that.

Latest Blog Posts

Bits and bobs from projects, modern events, and whatever strangeness comes from my head.

Make An Indicating Fuse Box! 3D Printed Indicating Fuse Box BEHOLD! The indicating fuse box! Gone are the days that you must ask yourself, "Did the Earth stop spinning? Or did I just blow a fuse?!?" For eons, mankind has been stuck with boring fuse connections, BUT NO MORE!!! If a fuse goes out, the light next to it does as well. Easy peasy. Actually, indicating fuse blocks are nothing new. In my day job, I spec and use them frequently in industrial control cabinets at chemical and gas plants. The idea behind them [...]

Hacking a Brother Knitting Machine

I have to say, I love knitting, I love electronics, and I was elated to find that you could combine the two. After a bit of research, I found the AYAB project and dove in. Unfortunately, I struggled to find a lot of documentation when I embarked on this road a few years ago, so I made my own. There are a few tutorials that show you how to do initial setup items like how to cast on the yarn, so I don't cover those here. What I do cover are the softwares you need to get up and [...]

The Horror Laser of Doom

As I mentioned in the previous post, I picked up a "K40" laser cutter off of eBay. I knew when I bought it that it was going to be bad. Well, it arrived and I had the chance to dig through it a bit. In a nutshell, it's bad. Not just bad, but baaaaaaaad. What was remarkable to me is that this machine wouldn't even work out of the box. It took me about four hours just to get it running with the software it came with. This had nothing to do with the software itself, but a list of [...]

K40 Chinese Laser Upgrade Plans

Intro I did something bad....very very bad....I bought I Cheapo brand 40W Chinese laser off of Ebay. <gasp!> These machines are crap and leave a lot to be wanted. This post is somewhat of a brain-storming post as well as an upgrade path for me. I included A LOT of information in this post, and I probably SHOULD separate it into multiple posts, but hell, it will nice for someone out there to have all this in one place. Why does anyone need a laser cutter? While I love my 3D printer and CNC mill dearly, they just can't do [...]

New Content Soon!

Howdy! Time has been sparse the last few months due to my day job. I was driving something like 4 hours a day which ate into my creative time. As such, I haven't had the chance to do any fun engineering or programming projects for you to enjoy or secretly despise, heheh. I recently got assigned a new client that is a lot closer to my apartment which means much more time for nerdy goodness and some pretty exciting things! While everything is a work in progress, I am working on a few different video games simultaneously with a release [...]

What Engineers Can Learn From Pokemon Go

Pokemon Go is a smartphone game that combines video games with the real world. Instead of sitting on the couch with a controller in your hands, you have to walk around your neighborhood parks and beaches to find and catch creatures in the game. Once you've caught enough pokemon, you can power some of them up and then "battle" them at certain landmarks called gyms. There is little doubt that you've seen kids and adults alike walking around playing this game. It's free, fresh, and appeals to the millennial generation's nostalgia. The internet is now full of news stories of [...]