New Venture – BHiveLabs

So a just before Christmas I was talking to a friend of mine (, and we were both thinking that it would be a great idea to make a open source lab equipment, and that most of the things we use in the lab could be easily 3d printed. This then as all such conversations … [Read more…]

A first quack

I have decided that I will start making the shuffle duck a reality, and as such I have made some progress towards setting it up. My plan is to have a raspberry pi connected to a hifi, an external hard drive, a cd drive and of course an rfid reader. I’m still undecided as to … [Read more…]

Visualising Sorts

This morning I was taking a break from work and watched the following video And thought to myself, how would I go about doing something like that in python. Normally I dont do much in the way of graphics (beyond using things like matplotlib to make a pretty graph) so thought this would be a … [Read more…]

2D Shapes and Extrusions

Up until now we have been exclusively dealing with 3D objects, and putting them together, normally this is enough, but some objetcs are easier to create in 2D first. In 2D we have 3 main primative objects, circles, squares and text. Lets first discuss text as this is the least useful of the primative objects … [Read more…]

Some more transformations

I admit that I didn’t know about these transformations until today, but i now think they are really useful. Lets start with minkowski(){…}, this transformation takes two objects, and the result is to create the shape formed when you role one object around the other. This is probably best shown with an example, lets say … [Read more…]

Double Bed

On to the biggest and most ambitious project so far, a double bed.  The idea I had in mind for this bed was fairly chunky and rustic, and to match the storage ottomon in colour and style – I guess the next thing for the bedroom suite will probably need to be side tables… Tooling … [Read more…]

Initial sketch

There is still a way to go but so far in my attempt to write a twitter monitoring program I have managed to get a program to listen to the twitter feed for a list of keywords, and summarise them after the program exits. So lets walk through this section by section (my apologies for … [Read more…]

Storage Ottomon

We are a little short on storage space in our house so the solution I decided on is a storage ottomon (or chest – however you want to refer to them) for the bedroom, they’re very handy for storing sheets/towels/jumpers/etc. really any large volume items.  At this point I’m also planning a double bed to match … [Read more…]