Pimp My 3D Printer: Part 2 – AM8 Conversion

In 2018, I bought my first and only 3D-printer: The Anet “Firestarter” A8 DIY kit. A few months later, I wrote a post about what upgrades and modifications I did to this printer (No more firestarter). Now, in 2022, I once again upgraded this printer. Like the Ship of Theseus, at what point does it stop being the original printer?… Read More →

NFC Hacking: Part 1 – Authentication Systems Security

Check out the project on GitHub. Recently, I became interested in the security of various NFC/RFID contactless access control systems. You have probably seen some in action, for example smart door locks which you can unlock using a small key fob. Even credit cards and recent smartphones use the same technology to pay by touching the register terminal. I am… Read More →

Design And Assembly Of An I2C Relay PCB

Check out the project on GitHub. During the last few months, two interesting opportunities coincided: First, I was asked to design a purpose-built electrical control board for a water pumping system. In addition, I had an idle offer for financial sponsorship waiting in my inbox. This finally gave me a reason and the means to expand my PCB design skills… Read More →

A Proximity Chat Mod for “Among Us”

Check out the project on GitHub, and join our Discord server if you want to. Due to quarantine, several interesting and fun computer games resurfaced and got popular. One of these games is “Among Us” by InnerSloth, an online multiplayer social deduction game, similar to the board games “The Resistance” and “Mafia”. When I play with my friends, we usually… Read More →

FORTRAN In The Browser

Your scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could, they didn’t stop to think if they should. I wanted to learn more about WebAssembly (Wasm), the new and cool kid in town. When testing out a new technology, you should always know why you are doing this and what you want to achieve. Except sometimes, it is just… Read More →

Building a Laser Cutter: Part 6 – Focus Aid

My laser cutter is working perfectly. However, depending on the thickness of the material being cut, the focus of the laser lens needs to be adjusted. This is done by turning the lens screw in front of the laser, which is both finicky and imprecise. To improve this situation, I 3D-printed a small focus-lever with a scale. First things first,… Read More →

Raspberry Pi Cross Compilation using Docker

The Raspberry Pi is a great little computer for makers. However, it lacks the performance to compile big software packages in an acceptable timeframe. So I set out to create a fast and easy-to use docker-based cross-compiler for the Pi, which runs on much more powerful machines like for example a VPS. Continuous Integration This server does not only host… Read More →

The Reclaimed Knife

A few years ago, I owned a “credit-card sized foldable pocket knife” – until it broke. But the blade was good, so I decided to make a new handle. The original knife (https://www.amazon.de/dp/B07C5Z2M75) is made from plastic, and will break some day due to constant folding and unfolding. The Handle A friend of mine had some off-cuts from their cherry… Read More →

AVR ISP Programmer

Like many makers, I took my first steps in hardware programming using the Arduino platform. And just as Atmel Microchip hoped, I am still pretty faithful to the AVR platform today. To program AVR microchips, you need some kind of (USB) programmer. I opted for a cheap USBasp clone, because it is cheap but still reliable. However, you still have… Read More →