Geologic Dykes – Don’t Panic Podcast Episode 348

Geologic Dykes – Don’t Panic Podcast Episode 348

In this week’s geocast John and Shannon talk about geologic dikes and how they form. These features are injections of rock into pre-existing strata, classifying them as intrusive. There are two main classes: sedimentary and igneous. While igneous dikes are more...
Python – The Best Way to Deal with GRIB Files

Python – The Best Way to Deal with GRIB Files

As geoscientists, one of the hardest things we deal with is how highly dimensional our data are. We deal with systems that are three-dimensional, evolve with time, and have many parameters. Atmospheric science is especially burdened by some of the legacy formats that...
Our Awesome New 3D Printer: A lot has Changed in 10 Years!

Our Awesome New 3D Printer: A lot has Changed in 10 Years!

I have been using 3D printers for nearly a decade now. To be honest, I started out in 3D printing as a way to make things when I had no machining capability and not a lot of money to outsource that machining until I knew the design was perfect. In fact, I even wrote a...
GEARS 2022 Workshop

GEARS 2022 Workshop

Summer is quickly becoming our favorite season here at the shop. Why? Because we get to welcome a new crew of students in for our summer workshop class! 2022 was the second year of our GEARS (Generalist Electromechanics for Applied Researchers) Workshop. Just like I...
Come See Us at the 2022 Earth Educators’ Rendezvous!

Come See Us at the 2022 Earth Educators’ Rendezvous!

Come see us at the 2022 Earth Educators’ Rendezvous in Minneapolis Minnesota! We’ll be on-site Monday-Thursday July 11-14 showing off educational demonstrations, custom equipment, and more! We’ve got lots of exciting new products launched right...
Why We Support Open Source (but not everything we do is)

Why We Support Open Source (but not everything we do is)

Open source hardware and software has become a huge industry and movement. The idea that we can all make better widgets by sharing flies in the face of conventional industrial secrecy, patents, NDAs, and lawsuits. While there is still a place for “trade secrets”...
GEARS 2021 Workshop

GEARS 2021 Workshop

Well, 2021 has been a lot of firsts for everything – many of them not so great – but it was an exciting first year for the GEARS (Generalist Electromechanics for Applied Researchers) Workshop! This workshop has been a long time in the making, and we plan...
Stop Testing Batteries with a Voltmeter!

Stop Testing Batteries with a Voltmeter!

What’s the first thing you check when something doesn’t work? Power! The classic “is it plugged in” question, though hated by everyone, can pretty often solve the problem in seconds. What about equipment with batteries? Well you can change them, but some equipment has...
Five things to ask before 3D printing, molding, or machining

Five things to ask before 3D printing, molding, or machining

3D printing is a great technology – in fact, when I talk with children, they don’t realize that not everything is 3D printed, in fact, little in the average person’s life is. Subtractive manufacturing and injection molding are still the dominant players in mass...
Will Your GPS Work After April 6?

Will Your GPS Work After April 6?

Technology often lasts longer than it’s designers imagined, generally long enough that at least one design decision made in an early stage eventually rises up and threatens the ecosystem. The GPS system is about to encounter such an event – the counter rollover...
Level Up Your 80/20 Frames

Level Up Your 80/20 Frames

We love 80/20 T-slot rail. It’s a quick way to make frames and supports for instruments, experimental gear, and even some strong storage fixtures. One of the common issues when making a frame with 80/20 is that it needs to be installed on an un-level concrete floor,...
How to use your hail ruler

How to use your hail ruler

Recently we’ve been hit by several hail storms in the Colorado front range – after digging around for a ruler after one storm, John pulled out his Digikey PCB Ruler and posted some hail photos on Facebook and Twitter. Folks really reacted to the photos,...