• Making Belts With a 3D Printer

    22 Oct | 17
    • in 3D Printing • 
    • in Commodore PET • 
    • by FozzTexx

    Just as the 40th birthday of the Commodore PET rolled around I managed to get a Commodore PET 2001 with the itty bitty calculator keyboard and a built-in cassette drive. The cassette drive on my model is some off-the-shelf cassette player that Commodore hacked up with a bandsaw and mounted under the lid of the PET. Old brittle belt Of course being 40 years old the belt on the tape drive had long since become stiff and brittle and broke into pieces when I removed the tape drive from the...

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  • Bringing My Dad's 40 Year Old HP 25 Calculator Back to Life

    18 Jan | 16
    • in Retro • 
    • in 3D Printing • 
    • by FozzTexx

    I’ve had my dad’s first calculator sitting in a drawer in my desk for a little while. It’s a Hewlett-Packard 25 calculator with a red LED screen. My dad got it in February of 1976 at Macy’s and paid $207.68 for it. The calculator itself has a manufacture date of March of 1975. Not long after he got the calculator HP introduced the 25C which would save your program even after switching the calculator off which he said he would have preferred, but back then returning...

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  • 3D Printing + Woodworking = Christmas

    31 Dec | 15
    • in Woodworking • 
    • in 3D Printing • 
    • by FozzTexx

    I’ve really enjoyed my 3D printer, so much so that I wanted to see how many gifts I could make using it. Making things for kids is pretty easy, there’s tons of little toys all over Thingiverse. Ideas for everyone else though are much harder to come up with. Sure there’s lots of silly little trinkets, but those are things for handing out at a trade show, not for giving as presents. The beer lock & puzzle box I made Looking all over for ideas I found these beer locks...

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  • Give Me a 3D Printer and Calipers and I Will Fix Everything

    09 Nov | 15
    • in 3D Printing • 
    • by FozzTexx

    I’ve been watching 3D printer progress since I saw the first RepRaps a decade ago. They seemed interesting but very crude at the time. The few times I encountered an inexpensive 3D printer in person the creations seemed like they were very brittle. When I saw a video that was using NinjaFlex my interest in 3D printers increased quite a bit. The idea of being able to make flexible things and not just hard blocks of plastic was something I had been wanting to do. Several months ago I was...

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