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New Projects For The New Year!

Posted: 01/01/2015 in Uncategorized
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Happy New Year Everyone! Hope everyone had a safe and fun filled New Years Bash! This is the first year in recent memory the wife and I had an in-house celebration, but the little guy wanted to be with us for his first new year’s eve party, so we hung out with him for the evening which was awesome!

Another awesome bit of news, my You Tube Channel as of Jan 1, 2015 has hit the 1K Subscriber mark! Not a huge number by any means, but is a milestone for me! Very excited to see that my projects are striking a chord with so many people around the world! It’s what keeps me going and is the incentive to push the boundaries of my skills so that every project has a learning curve to keep growing with.

So, that said, on to the projects!

First up, I’ve finally revealed a project I’ve been working on since June. It’s been so long because 90% of this so far has just been design work which can take forever, but I’ve finally been able to utilize my 3D Printer and start putting the pieces together for the build! The project itself is another Portable OUYA game console and because of this, I’ve started a build log at The OUYA Forum where I’ve been a member for about a year now. Great group of people over there and some really talented developers so I encourage you to check it out if you’re interested in the console. I’ll be updating that thread as I make progress so be sure to check back often! Below is a pic of the progress of the Code Named “OUYAp V2”. This is probably my most complex project yet because of the number of different fabrication techniques and materials used. 3D Printing, CNC Machining, Styrene, Polycarbonate, ABS, custom PCBs and RGB LEDs. It’s quite the array but the best part has yet to be revealed and won’t be until the system is fully complete. So keep up with the work log for more updates.

Front Half of the OUYAp V2

The next project is a commission that I took over for my friend Hailraizer. I haven’t built an N64 portable in years, so I figured I’d give this one a go to see how the new CAD/3D Printing methods work. This is still in the design phase so it’s going to be a little while before any building happens but it’s getting there and with this little bit of extra time I’ve got due to the holiday, I’ll be cranking that out as much as I can. So that’s what’s keeping me busy and I gotta keep moving so I’ll be hopefully posting a bit more regularly going forward.

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I know, again a month without a post of any significance. As I’ve said before though, 2014 has been one of the craziest years in memory and it looks to plow right through to next year as well. Though we are FINALLY done with weddings and special events of our friends, our little baby boy is due any day now and will be the start of a whole new way of life.

But as far as projects are concerned, progress has been made on a new OUYA project that I’ve been working on for a few months now, even since before I moved. Not ready to disclose what it is as of yet, but it’s a project that myself, RDC and Hailraizer are all in on.

More info on that in the next month, so we all have that to look forward to! More to be posted as it develops!

New Workshop In Progess

Posted: 08/23/2014 in Uncategorized

Well, been a month now since my last post and life has been brutally busy. As many of you may know, I moved recently and man…four years of setting up a workshop seemed to take just as long to break down and move to a new place!

So what I’ve been up to lately is just trying to get back on my feet as far as my projects are concerned. This new house has a full sized basement which I’d say is now 90% set up and getting ready to go. My new Milling machine is finally starting to get some use and I’m in the process of building a new clamping table for it out of aluminum which is new to me. A new learning curve but it’s something I’ve wanted to be able to do for awhile now and this is a good starting point.

In the next few weeks I’ll have some pictures and video up of the new basement. I’m also getting a new computer of Wednesday as my old one didn’t survive the move too well (it used to be built into my desk but the desk didn’t make the trip). But, it was also going on 7 years old so time for an upgrade anyway.

With that said, I’ve got some pretty big plans in place, but they may very well just stay that way as I’ve got 6 weeks left until a new baby Downing makes his way into this world! This will be my first child and I’m very excited to meet him! So there will certainly be more updates coming soon enough!

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So after nearly a year of production, the Cross Plane Commission I took on back at the end of October 2013 is now complete and will be shipping to my customer this week! As many of you have known, the Cross Plane was a Kickstarter project that I was working on pretty much the last part of 2012 and all of 2013, with the help of Jon Jandran (Hailrazer) and RDC. It was a project that taught me a great deal about modern electronics and video gaming hardware.

This version of the CP improved on all the key issues that were apparent with the Kickstarter prototype and were made as best it could be without some form of industrial redesign or major funding.

The video below pretty much showcases all the pics I took of the project. It also explains and demonstrates how the control paks work and the overall goal that was accomplished.  I’m very proud of how this one came out, even if it didn’t go quite according to plan. I also want to thank my buyer for being as patient as he was while I worked out the kinks to get this right!

Thanks again everyone and if you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

Oh, and I have build log here that I kinda forgot about but it gives a bit more detail as to what went into this.
BacMan Forums Build Log

Hey guys! Today I’d like to present to you my completed OUYA Portable!

This is my first portable in almost two years that I completed. I know I’ve done a lot of other stuff of course, but as far as technical “portables” go, this is my first since “The GeneBoy“. It’s amazing to see the difference two years makes in technique and quality, but it’s just a stepping stone into the next project, whatever that may be.

So with that said, having this off the table will allow me to get back on to finishing off the Cross Plane commission I need to finish.

If you want to check out the build log and how this was made, you see more here at the “BacMan” forums.

But thanks for checking it out! I’m happy with how this came out!

Well that was cool! Most quick progress updates I make have a short video with them. Most don’t attract much more than a few hundred views on You Tube after a couple months, which is about what is to be expected. However, this one seems to have gotten a few people interested as it’s up over 200 in less than a day.

Not amazing numbers I know, but still pretty cool to see that people still like the idea.

Anyway, check out the progress video below. It’s nice and short and shows off how much of a beauty this commission really is!