Category Archives: Machine Shop

Doing science in the shop; fabrication and assembly.

Citizen Science Musings: The Scientific Art of Roger Hayward

Part of that story involves one of the lesser-known characters in that story, an extremely gifted artist and amateur scientist named Roger Hayward. Continue reading…

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A Giant Radio-Controlled Model Airbus

File this under “Freakin’ Cool.” Continue reading…

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A Safe Source of High Current

The pistol-grip soldering gun, typified by the style originally offered by the Weller Company, makes a very convenient source of current. The soldering gun is, in effect, a power transformer with a large ratio of primary to secondary turns, and very heavy secondary windings. Continue reading…

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Experimental Rocket #11 – Its Life & Death

Well, some days are better than others. We are always learning new things, but this process can sometimes present a challenge or two. And so it was with the ill-fated first flight of Experimental Rocket #11. Continue reading…

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A Simply Constructed Gas Generator

Figure 3. Completely assembled gas generator and wash bottle. (click image to enlarge)

Among the automatic gas generators on the market there are few within reach of the average experimenter. To meet this condition, Prof. C. D. Dilts has recently developed a generator which may be easily and cheaply constructed. Continue reading…

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Citizen Science Musings: Making Amateur Scientists

One of the telescopes featured in Ingall's inaugural column,made by E. L. Worbois, 127 Adam Street, Tonawanda, New York.

This past week I was graciously invited to speak to a local astronomical club, the Peninsula Astronomical Society. After some consideration, I decided to talk about the role of Scientific American’s famous, much-loved and equally-missed column, “The Amateur Scientist” in the growth of amateur astronomy. Continue reading…

Posted in Amateur Science, Astronomy, Citizen Science Musings, DIY, History of Science, Invention, Machine Shop, Makers and Making, Observation, Optics, Physics, Projects, Science Education, Software, Space | 1 Comment

A $20,000 Prosthetic Hand, 3D-Printed for 10 Bucks

3D printers are becoming more and more ubiquitous, with some remarkable stories coming out of this new technology. Here is just one courtesy of iflscience.com: Twelve-year-old Leon McCarthy has been missing fingers on his left hand since birth due to lack of blood flow during his development. within the womb. Traditional prosthetic units to help people like Leon can run tens of thousands of dollars. … Continue reading…

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Experimental Rocket #11

Rocket11-04

Now, it’s time for Rocket #11 to proudly take its place in the everlasting annals of amateur rocketry. And so, a new story begins…. Continue reading…

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High Energy Amateur Science – October Meeting

Our High Energy Amateur Science (HEAS) group held its annual conference in early October. Attendees came from around the country and even New Zealand. Many interesting topics were discussed and a few cool demonstrations conducted too. Continue reading…

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Passive Diamagnetic Levitation

Here we’ll discuss passive diamagnetic levitation briefly. We’ll describe the construction of a levitator where a pyrolytic graphite plate floats over a rare earth magnet array. Given benign ambient conditions, the graphite will float essentially for tens or even hundreds of millennia. Continue reading…

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