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Published on: September 13, 2013 / Comments: 3

How to remove an IC from a PCB the unusual way

It’s Friday… and you are probably are stuck at work.  So why not learn how to remove a IC from a PCB — in a very very unconventional way.  It’s great if you don’t care about the chip… or the board for that matter.

Seriously though, if you need to relieve some stress, the guys who made this video Electronics In a Nutshell have a very entertaining channel on YouTube where they mostly torture circuit boards and stuff in various ways.  Just the way we like it.

Here’s another entertaining video to get you through the day.  Lithium-Ion battery vs 220 volts.


Published on: August 13, 2013 / Comments: 1

When 3D prints go wrong

If you’ve ever used a 3D printer, you’ve been there, some crazy mess of extruded plastic.  Well for your amusement, there is a Flickr group dedicated to The Art of 3D Print Failure.  Next time you have a bad print, take a pic and toss it in the bin for everyone else to gawk at.

Some of the prints in there actually look fine to me but I’m sure there’s something wrong with them.  Lots of slanted prints, and missed steps.  The ones that I find the particularly odd are the ones that are side by side with another print, but smaller (missing z steps).

(Via Boing Boing, Photo of print gone wrong by Chris Cecil)