Space engineers vs caffeinated chipmunks

Circuit Break Podcast #85

Space Engineers VS Caffeinated Chipmunks

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September 15, 2017, Episode #85

Parker and Stephen talk about fixing Motorcycles, new podcast gear, and fatbergs.
  • September 13th, 2017 was the 4th anniversary of MacroFab!
  • Hardware and Electronics Engineering Meetup for September event is live!
    • How to Design Products with Lean Manufacturing in Mind which Stephen is doing.
    • How to Use Mouser’s Parametric Search Function
    • Free food and beer and Networking!
  • “Fan” Art for the Pinotaur!
  •  Parker
    • Fixing Stephens Motorcycle
      • 2001 Honda Arrow VT 1100 c3
      • Back cylinder does not fire
        • Fuel, spark, compression – at least one of those things doesn’t work
      • Update week after next weeks episode. MEP EP#87
  • Stephen
    • New gear for the podcast
      • All in rack-mount format, everything accessible from back side
      • Front will be mint
      • List of equipment
        • MOTU 8pre USB interface
        • ART P16 XLR Balanced Patchbay
        • 2 of Shure SM7B Vocal Dynamic Microphone, Cardioid
        • 2 of Shure SM58-LC Cardioid Dynamic Vocal Microphone
        • 2 Mindprint DTC tube preamps and compressor/limiters
          • Dual tube channel
          • Stephen picked up for $200 valued at $3,000 each
        • Parker’s Geophysical services – vintage rack mount
  • POW
    • Aylons showed off a really neat way to reflow FPGA BGAs at home in our Slack Channel
      • Clothes iron with a thermocouple attached
      • Regulate temperature via PID (Person In Dominion)
      • Multimeter set in Diode mode
      • Connected to an I/O pin on the PCB and GND on PCB
      • When the meter beeps you reflowed!
  • RFO
    • Sewer in London’s East End Menaced by Giant Fatberg – New York Times
      • Whitechapel fatberg
      • Occupying a sixth of a mile of sewer under Whitechapel Road
      • 140 Tonsof fat and wet wipes
      • Lee Irving described the experience of encountering a fatberg as overwhelming, with a smell that mixes rotting meat and smelly toilet
    • A Question from our CEO Chris Church
      • “Do engineers in space helmets work faster, or slower, than caffeinated chipmunks?”
      • And a bonus question. “… and which does less damage?”
Figure 1: Happy 4th Birthday MacroFab!

Figure 1: Happy 4th Birthday MacroFab!

Figure 2: Pinotaur logos that listeners sent in!

Figure 2: Pinotaur logos that listeners sent in!

Figure 3: Aylons’ FPGA BGA Soldering setup.

Figure 3: Aylons’ FPGA BGA Soldering setup.

About the Hosts

Parker Dillmann
  Parker Dillmann

Parker is an Electrical Engineer with backgrounds in Embedded System Design and Digital Signal Processing. He got his start in 2005 by hacking Nintendo consoles into portable gaming units. The following year he designed and produced an Atari 2600 video mod to allow the Atari to display a crisp, RF fuzz free picture on newer TVs. Over a thousand Atari video mods where produced by Parker from 2006 to 2011 and the mod is still made by other enthusiasts in the Atari community.

In 2006, Parker enrolled at The University of Texas at Austin as a Petroleum Engineer. After realizing electronics was his passion he switched majors in 2007 to Electrical and Computer Engineering. Following his previous background in making the Atari 2600 video mod, Parker decided to take more board layout classes and circuit design classes. Other areas of study include robotics, microcontroller theory and design, FPGA development with VHDL and Verilog, and image and signal processing with DSPs. In 2010, Parker won a Ti sponsored Launchpad programming and design contest that was held by the IEEE CS chapter at the University. Parker graduated with a BS in Electrical and Computer Engineering in the Spring of 2012.

In the Summer of 2012, Parker was hired on as an Electrical Engineer at Dynamic Perception to design and prototype new electronic products. Here, Parker learned about full product development cycles and honed his board layout skills. Seeing the difficulties in managing operations and FCC/CE compliance testing, Parker thought there had to be a better way for small electronic companies to get their product out in customer's hands.

Parker also runs the blog, longhornengineer.com, where he posts his personal projects, technical guides, and appnotes about board layout design and components.

Stephen Kraig
  Stephen Kraig

Stephen Kraig is a component engineer working in the aerospace industry. He has applied his electrical engineering knowledge in a variety of contexts previously, including oil and gas, contract manufacturing, audio electronic repair, and synthesizer design. A graduate of Texas A&M, Stephen has lived his adult life in the Houston, TX, and Denver, CO, areas.

Stephen has never said no to a project. From building guitar amps (starting when he was 17) to designing and building his own CNC table to fine-tuning the mineral composition of the water he uses to brew beer, he thrives on testing, experimentation, and problem-solving. Tune into the podcast to learn more about the wacky stuff Stephen gets up to.

Special thanks to whixr over at Tymkrs for the intro and outro!

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