3D printing

June 27th, 2018

My wife surprised me this Father’s Day with a QIDI X-smart. It’s a great little printer that turned out high quality parts right out of the box. I’ve been making a lot of things, some of them even useful, and learning a lot.



Simple bash script for showing Farming Simulator mods

June 29th, 2017

Throwing this on here for my reference. Given a Farming Simulator 17 save game location it will print out a nice list of the mods in use.


if [ -z "$1" ]; then
    echo "Usage: $(basename $0) "
    exit 1


cat "${DIR}/careerSavegame.xml" | \
grep -oP '(?< =modName=").+(?=" version)' | \
sed 's/" title="/ | /' | sort

New controller for laser

December 3rd, 2015

I replaced the controller in the laser engraver/cutter with an Arduino and RAMPS board. This lets me use g-code and thus an easier and more flexible workflow. Winter is here so shop time is limited but I did get some testing done and it works great.

First laser cut

April 13th, 2015

The software that comes with the laser is mostly in Chinese and limited in functionality but was pretty easy to get started with. I made a round tuit with no alignment or tweaks to the unit and it turned out pretty decent.




I also made a rolling table to hold the laser and cooling water reservoir (5 gallon bucket).