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Friday, 14 December 2012

We had a blast!

What an amazing time we all had last week with Adrian and James from Atec Engineering! 

Some technical issues on the computer-based drawings lead to a last minute decision being made to cut our projects on a laser cutter rather than the water-jet.  It was a slower process but it got the job done.

Everyone was amazed that light — just light — could cut through wood and plastic!  We found that we needed to make 2-3 passes to cut all the way through — it's only a 50W laser — but it certainly did the job.  The cut is around a tenth of a millimeter across so incredibly accurate!

Most of the projects were cut in 3.6mm plywood.  Two were cut in plastic — one in opaque black and one in clear.  They'll look amazing when put together.

Wednesday, 28 November 2012

It's time.

Atec Engineering, Lowlands Road, St Sampsons
Our stereo amplifier projects are moving from cardboard mockup to computer based drawings to wood — cut on the incredible water-jet cutter at Atec Engineering.  It's very exciting.

Monday, 12 November 2012

Mon 12 Nov

We're starting to progress our designs for speaker enclosures from drawings to cardboard mockups.  They'll help us to see how it will really look and troubleshoot any problems before we commit to cutting wood with Atec Engineering's water-jet cutter.

Tue 6 Nov

Hard at work on our speaker enclosures.  Everyone was wowed by the demonstration of how much difference a well designed enclosure can make to the quality of sound coming from our little speakers.  Bass Ports for all!

Sunday, 11 November 2012

Fri 2 Nov

In working through the basics principles of speaker design we have discussed the design mantra "function over form" — meaning 'what it does is more important than what it looks like'.  It was easy for all of the makers to understand that if it looks amazing but sounds rubbish; it's rubbish.