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Tux-Lab's goal is to prove a nurturing, collegial, and collaborative domestic manufacturing environment for aspiring entrepreneurs who value liberty, equality, and the pursuit of happiness.

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Nov 12 2017

MDC ECM96 Pick and Place Machine

MDC ECM96

Ever since we started designing PCB with KiCAD and receiving the underpopulated boards from OSHPark, we've always dreamed of acquiring a pick and place machine. However, . . . show details

Ever since we started using KiCAD to design PCB and receiving the underpopulated PCB back from OSHPark, we've always dreamed of acquiring a pick and place machine. However, the cost of a new pick and place is prohibitively high. Once in a while, we'll see affordable used machines, but with questionable operational status, lack of included feeders, and unfamiliarity with pick machines in general, the risk was too great.

Finally we found a used machine made by MDC.  The machine was made in 1996, but the previous owner was still operating it earlier this year and it comes withe manuals along with plenty of feeders.

A couple weeks later, the crate showed up. The crate was damaged in transit but the content looks okay. With the help from the former owners, we were able to get the machine up and running without too much trouble.

MDC ECM96


Mar 03 2017

SCaLE A/V Podium PC

scale 14x podium PC

The selfless Linux spirit is one of the guiding principles for Tux-Lab, and for the last few years, SVGLUGers has gathered Tux-Lab to help with the various SCaLE Audio/Video team projects.

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The selfless Linux spirit is one of the guiding principles for Tux-Lab, and for the last few years, SVGLUGers has gathered Tux-Lab to help with the various SCaLE Audio/Video team projects.

Scale 14x Podium PC Components

SCaLE A/V Podium PCs are placed in each conference room and remotely control to display conference messages and record the conference talks. At Tux-Lab, we laser cut the acrylic cases, design the NPN boards, and assembly the podium PCs.

Scale 14x Podium PC Assembly

SCaLE AV podium computer wiring diagram 


Oct 28 2016

Debugging Electronics

atmega32u4 fix

To err is human, and we know we are definitely human. . . . show details

To err is human, and we know we are definitely human. Thanks to our oscilloscope, magnifying glasses, soldering and hot air station, and lot of perseverance and patience, something getting a non-working board back into working condition feels like divine euphoria.

lm3407 fix

Sometimes the errors are obvious and easy to fix. Other times, carelessly placing schematic components and ordering MOSFETs without paying attentions to the source gate drain pinouts, can lead to days and weeks of agonizing madness.

lm3409 fix


Jan 22 2016

Kaeser AirCenter SX5

Installation of a Kaeser AirCenter SX5. It's a 5hp rotary . . . show details

Installation of a Kaeser AirCenter SX5. It's a 5hp rotary screw compressor, with an integrated air dryer, and rated at 21 cfm. It's compact enough to fit into the electrical room, and fairly quiet at 64dBA.


Mar 25 2015

CNC Routed Standing Work Table

We designed and cnc routed a standing work table from . . . show details

We designed and cnc routed a standing work table from a single 4'x8' sheet of 1/2" Baltich Birch plywood.

The layout was completed using LibreCAD and we ended trying various profiling sequence and using small tabs to keep the smaller routed parts from moving during the routing operation.


Nov 19 2014

SI7021 Humidity & Temperature Sensors PCB Layout

We exclusively use KiCAD, and open source . . . show details

We exclusively use KiCAD, and open source electronic design software suite, to draw our schematics and layout our PCBs. We also use OSHPark, an domestic PCB batching company that uses US based PCB manufactures, to manufacture our boards.

Si7021 is a simple moisture and temperature sensor IC that communicates though I2C.

We especially thanks IO Rodeo for patiently helping us get started on using KiCAD.


Nov 02 2014

Suds-Lab

Sud-Lab Community Soap Making

Suds-Lab was briefly formed to serve as a learning . . . show details

 

Suds-Lab was briefly formed to serve as a learning experience for gathering people from different disciplinary backgrounds and working on a common project. We figure soap is something everyone uses and the process of making soap is enjoyable for all.

 

We made a batch of soap using 6mm acrylic soap molds, and over the next few weeks we designed the logo and setup a simple website.

Sud-Lab Community Soap Making Laser Cut Acrylic Mold


Jul 06 2014

Haas ST-20SS

Haas ST-20SS CNC Lathe setup. . . . show details

Haas ST-20SS CNC Lathe setup.

 

Haas ST-20SS CNC Lathe
Chuck Size: 8.3”
X Axis Travel: 9.3”
X Axis Travel: 21.0”
Spindle HP: 30hp
Spindle RPM: 5,000
Max Torque: 140ft-lb @ 1450rpm
Tool Stations: 24
Options:
Automatic Tool Presetter
Chip Conveyor
Part Catcher
Programmable Tailstock
Made In USA

Apr 24 2014

BlueEagleLab's Kossel Clear

Tux-Lab assisted in converting the FDM . . . show details

Tux-Lab assisted in converting the FDM printed brackets used in BlueEagleLabs's Kossel Clear 3D Printer, into equivalent laser cut acrylic brackets to give it better rigidity and shorten the production cycle.


Dec 15 2013

CNC Machining + Electronics + Programming

Modules with Machined Heatsinks

Our ideal projects involves a bit of CNC machining, a bit of electronics, and some programming. Sometimes not by choice, and sometimes we fail miserably.