3D design has come on massively in the last few years. Deciding which software to go with is a big decision, after using SolidWorks for quite a few years in previous job roles this seemed the obvious choice but after some research and a look at how things are developing we've decided to use a relative newcomer called Onshape.
With cloud based design the updates between colleagues worldwide is instant and revision control is tight.
The many options like "feature script", "app store" and powerful editing tools make it fantastic for today's global collaborators.
In November we were featured in an article about electrical and electronic engineering. This was well received and generated a number of contacts from our site. It was arranged by our PCB supplier - Mint Tek who have been great supplying the prototype boards.
Since the Raspberry Pi came onto the scene in 2012 I have been intrigued by it. A marvellous creation with a multitude of applications and add-ons.
I was contacted about a year ago by a client, Si [@nxe711c] in LA who wanted to start developing some ideas for use with the Pi. I gladly obliged and have been making things for him since. These ideas have been morphing and adapting and hopefully next year will see some products both available on the market and in the open source arena.
Above is an adaption of an Adafruit design (Powerboost), it is a LiPo load sharing battery charger with integrated Pi CPU cooling fan. It is designed as a hat to sit on the top of a RPi 3 making a portable unit.
Below is the latest development, a USB signal switching unit, as yet unpopulated but will take 2x USB inputs and with the aid of Raspberry Pi GPIO direct the USB inputs to a number of outputs. Again it is designed as a hat but doesn't have the through pin connectors for the 40way pin header.
It has been great fun to work on these projects and 2017 should see some new ideas rolling out of the stable - Watch this space!
This prototype was for switching a 2 channel signal bus, the outcome was great and design worked well. The article is now being upgraded for I2C control and USB connectors. The I2C will also be incorporated into other modules associated with the overall project.
This prototype was requested from a good customer of ours to perform some trials on HDMI signals. It has an EDID I2C eeprom for further mods. PCBs are 4 layer, the signals routed in the impedance matched dual traces came through very clear with no detectable errors. I am very pleased with the outcome of these and hope the customer will be too!
System developed to monitor fluid storage tanks using ultrasonic level meters to maintain a constant level and fill during set periods by opening valves. Vibrating fork level switches used as Hi Hi and Low Level to protect tank and pumps. General sounder/ beacon used for alarm, Crouzet logic controller.