RepRap Mendel

Scott Tse and I have been slowly building a RepRap Mendel, which is a DIY open-source 3D printer.  It extrudes melted plastic to ‘print’ objects.  We started nearly a year ago, and progress has been very slow.  We’ve certainly learned a lot about surface mount soldering with a hotplate, and how to order millions of tiny electronic parts online.

The photo above is what it SHOULD look like when done.  So far we’ve built all the electronics, but have been having issues with the extruder controller board.  Once we get that figured out, we can start the physical build.

Heavy Lift Quad Copter

I started yet another audacious project this summer, a heavy-lift quad copter, which, when finished, will carry a video camera into the sky and capture amazing footage for my projects.  I started with a ‘recipe’ gleaned from hours of reading and  Thanks to AJ, DJ, MorenoNYC, Mark Dana, Tkeeg and countless others.

Here is a list of what went into this so far:
1x MK FlightCtrl   ME
1x MK Pressure Sensor (mpx4115)
1x DCDC regulator (for servos)
4x 1hoch4 BL V1.0 30A max (16 kHz)
Radio: JRX9503 TX
4x APC SF et SFP 14×4.7 props            (I think I got smaller props later)
4x 12″ Align 450 tail booms
Rusty’s Frame
iCharge 206b w/ cables and PSU
2x 2S5000mah 7.4v Thunderpower Lipos
4x AXI2820 motors

Currently I’m able to fly for about 10 minutes on a charge, which is quite a bit less than I imagined.  Some of this is certainly due to the foam landing gear that I cobbled together, which blocks a lot of wind.  I was hoping to get 20 minutes without a camera onboard.  I haven’t started on the camera mount yet, but hope to soon.

24fps prayer

So I just read this post on ProVideoCoalition by Adam Wilt- and honestly, I couldn’t disagree more.

He basicly is saying that he can’t wait for the day when we are all shooting and delivering 60P content, and that 24P is an ugly holdover from a past era and should be done away with.

While there are some technologies that I agree with this concept on – my pal Aaron brought up the B&W viewfinders on ENG cameras.  I mean seriously, I don’t see any advantage to them, and you could always turn the color off on your COLOR viewfinder to get the same look…

But I don’t see 24P going away ANY time soon, nor do I want it to.  I like my videos to look good, and to me, what looks good IS 24P.  Maybe someday some future generations of filmmakers will start a new film movement that makes 60P cool, but for now, they are not the films that look good to the VAST majority of filmmakers, and audiences (and I’m talking about audiences that can tell the difference).  For the people who can’t tell the difference- who cares?!  

You know what, let’s stop using oil paint because you can get a more life-like and detailed image with inkjet or an airbrush or something!  That’s a great idea.  Lets see how many oil painters and collectors want to make that change. 


There’s my first rant on my first blog.  Whoopie.