The Gages are complete and ready to ship

After a bit of work and worry, the gages are ready for shipment and are as nice as I could hope for.

I’m quite proud of these, they’re repeatable and feel damned good in the hands.

Some new DNMG boring heads I designed

Well, the new boring heads I designed came out well, especially after nitriding. Man! is that black finish ever nice! I’ve made many heads before but these turned out nicer than usual.

a forwards facing dnmg holder with a large offset
The whole order
The backwards dnmg holder

Well, things are getting busy, I’m sure there will be more to post soon, especially as our gages get done!

Back at Rejent and back in the design chair

It been some time since I’ve updated this blog. While I have designed and made quite a few things, it’s been at the very bottom of my list to update this blog. Anyways, here are a few things I’ve worked on or am working on.

New RTJ gage

So, in an effort to simplify the manufacturing and generalize the usage of the gage I have redesigned it. With 3/4″ of travel it will allow for the use of almost any attachment along with the balls that typically fit something like this.

A rough early version of the new gage

Still will take some time to actually manufacture it but whatever.

A quick gage for a customer

These were commissioned from a customer for the quick checking of a particular size on a production job.

Nothing too spectacular there.

I’ve worked on a few other things such as the forklift safety system. This device was meant to be attached to the forklift and engage a horn when the forklift went to fast. It was completed but the company no longer required it.

Anyways, time to start some more interesting projects in the future.

Fucking around with VB2005

So I’ve decided to get my feet wet again with programming after a long hiatus doing other things like photography and electronics. I thought I wouldn’t have any problem programming again but little did I realize how trained your mind becomes with certain patterns of thought through programming. Electronics, being a utilization of a natural force, is often non-linear in nature and required a different mind set, even small numbers of components can produce complex results/problems.

So for the last few days I’ve been trying to make a new program based on an idea I’ve had for some time, the name of this idea is Notary. Notary is a very simple program in implementation but if you keep up with entering data into it, it becomes useful.

Here is the premise of Notary:

  • User(s) are greeted with nothing more than a window with a text box.
  • The User enters any kind of text, for example, a phone number along with a name or a description of how you solved a problem
  • the text is stored in a very simple database, essentially an ascii file with record headers and unique IDs
  • The user can then later search the database to retrieve information that is directly or indirectly related to a search term

This sort of approach has probably been taken before but in much more complicated ways. I intend for the computer to search and present the information appropriately rather than the user trying to wrack their brains to make the data useful or search the data.

Here are some of the key ideas:

  • Make the interface simple. Hence, the simpler and easier it is to use, the more likely a person is to enter the data.
  • Allow future replacement and deletion of data, but never get rid of it, allow for future recovery and allow indirect search through this void data.
  • Allow 2nd to 3rd order matches to a keyword, in other words, allow the relationships from the keywords have record commonalities from 2 or 3 levels away. Inference of this kind, especially on large databases, allows for unexpected info recollection.
  • Allow database blending, thus you can have multiple databases blended together from various locations at any time.

Hopefully I can implement these ideas well. I’ll keep working on it, and if anyone actually reads this site, I post it as well in one of my side pages.

Notary

Simple.

Attempting to get the site running

For the last couple of days I’ve been toying with the building of a site to showcase the kinds of things I do. While it’s been some time since I’ve actually finished a project, I can kind of feel the inspiration hitting me again, thus the site.

Let’s see if I can stay on track and make frequent posts to the blog and updates to my projects.