Sunday, February 22, 2015

Review of National Instruments VirtualBench

The VirtualBench is an all-in-one piece of electronic test gear that combines an oscilloscope, logic analyzer, function generator, DMM, triple output programmable power supply, and an 8-channel digital I/O bus.  It can be controlled with a dedicated NI app, or programmatically controlled with LabView or C.  I show the device's usage and duggest which situations may benefit from using this device.

Monday, February 16, 2015

The science of wineglass tears (or wine legs)

The surface tension of water and the evaporation of ethanol produce an interesting effect in a wineglass known as "tears" or "legs".  The process is caused by the Marangoni effect, which explains how toy soap boats work among other interesting things.

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Tools and Tips #1 from Applied Science

I present some of my favorite tools and techniques from the workshop. - Support Applied Science

Cable tie gun - 5401T11

Devcon plastic welder -

E6000 adhesive -

3M DP-8005 - 7467A32

Ikea lamp -

Well nuts - 93495A130

Irwin tap wrench sockets -

Double-sided tape -

Gaffers tape -

Drill bits for plastic -