Build complete




Other than some cable management, the dual extruder, 3D printer is ready.

Now I just have to work out how to use it!

3D printer arrival and build

Yes, this means that after a very long wait (18 months from order to delivery), the 3D printer ordered through crowdfunding (Kickstarter) has finally arrived.

Photo 8-10-2014 11 42 09The unpack can then begin

Photo 8-10-2014 11 42 38 Photo 8-10-2014 11 43 07 Photo 8-10-2014 11 43 23 Photo 8-10-2014 11 44 34Next, the items were removed and laid out, ready for assembly.

Photo 8-10-2014 11 53 48And then assembly begins.  Taken in short bites (as time permits), it will be a few days before testing can begin.

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Dual extruder unit

Photo 8-10-2014 17 50 47 Photo 8-10-2014 17 50 58 Photo 8-10-2014 17 51 21Extrusion nozzle, with heater and thermister.


Coming together pretty easily (despite the instruction manual!).

And finally, the rolls of filament (both ABS and PLA) ready to be turned into something else.Photo 8-10-2014 17 51 30

First footage using the Axis360

The panning slider has arrived, so have done a very quick test to see how it can work.  Smooth!  Going to be really interesting to incorporate it into the video equipment lineup.


(Video test only – no sound)

The Mint

Been away for a week or so, visiting Canberra fwiw.  Been a good trip with the family, which is why it has been quiet around here.

While visiting the Royal Australian Mint (and seeing all the coins being made), happened to notice their air filtration system.  Look familiar?


Suspended in the workshop area (where all the dies are made, as well as any other component they need) are not one, but two of the larger Carbatec air filtration units.



A drum full of $2 coins – about $500,000 worth apparently.

mint-3Titan – the coin tipping robot.  Its job is to pick up drums of coins, or their blanks, and tip it into the hopper above.  The robot weighs 4.6 tonne, and is one of the world’s most powerful robots, capable of lifting and maneuvering 1000kg at a time (equal to that of the current record holder).


Woodworking Warehouse

Been some rumours flying about over the past year or so about the Woodworking Warehouse (Melbourne) closing its doors.

Guess what – complete fabrication.  Dropped in there today to pick up a replacement starting capacitor for my drill press, and had a bit of a sticky beak at the Jet drill press which they have on special, and the Laguna range they now stock.

For a business that is meant to have gone, their doors are still wide open.

Granted their website has had an issue recently (still being resolved, although it is up again), and they have had a change of email address because of it, but they are still there in Citrus Street, Braeside.

You can also contact them via email at their new address

Go North, RR, Go North

One day, not that long ago in the scheme of things, the Roving Reporter packed up the shed (and everything else), and headed north, to sunnier climes.

After suffering through the pain of shed withdrawal, a new one made an appearance.











And so another shed begins the journey to be set up with woodworking in mind.


What do you get when you fuse timber with metal, timber with glass, timber with resin, or any combination of the four?

Some particularly magnificent tables such as these creations. The first of which is local, from Timbercraftsman (which appears to be SE Melbourne- based).


Image sourced from Timbercraftsman


Image sourced from Pinterest – origin tbc


Image sourced from Pinterest – origin tbc


Image sourced from Duffy London

The Greg Klassen River Collection


Image sourced from Duffy London

The Greg Klassen River Collection


Image sourced from Pinterest – origin tbc


Image sourced from Pinterest – origin tbc


Image sourced from Duffy London


Image sourced from Duffy London


Image sourced from Pinterest – origin tbc


Image sourced from Matthew Robinson Furniture


Imaged sourced from Hilla Shamia


Imaged sourced from Hilla Shamia


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