Weekly Update – April 20th

For this week, I mainly focused on building the tattoo machine’s circuit, which turned out to be a somewhat insignificant amount of time. With the senior design expo being this…

Weekly Update – Wednesday, April 13th

Over the course of this project, I have considered time and time again doing something which I am entirely unsure of how it will be received: contacting the designer of…

Weekly Update – Wednesday, April 6th

This past week, I made a few test prints of my critical component, the cam which actuates the needle and allows it to ascend and descend within the tattoo tube,…

Weekly Update – Wednesday, March 30th

At this point in the project, I’ve fallen a bit behind in where I not only thought I would be by now, but also where I would have liked to…

Personal Tattoo Machine – Project Progress

My project’s timeline has shifted a bit, as I knew it inevitably would. These last couple weeks have been exceptionally busy, and I haven’t had much time to devote to…

99% Invisible – A Podcast About Design

I’ve been listening to this podcast for a while now, and it has quickly become one of my all-time favorites. If you love podcasts, design, history, interesting stories, or just…

Personal Tattoo Machine – Top 5 Constraints

The cam which translates the rotational motion of the DC motor to translational motion of the needle is the most critical component of my project. I plan to make several…

Personal Tattoo Machine

Introduction The sharing of ideas between individuals is a beautiful thing, but it has the potential to be rather difficult. Taking the idea in your head and adequately expressing it…

Final Project Inspiration – Joe Graff

When considering what I wanted to produce for my final project, my mind immediately went to music and music instrument production. I’m not entirely sure why this happens, but it…

My Aspirations (Or Lack Thereof)

As I approach my final year of college in the mechanical engineering department, I can’t help but be filled with wonder at how quickly these years have gone by, elation…

Some (Sub)Sweet Skills

As both a student of Mechanical Engineering and Technology, Arts, and Media, I feel that I have a rather varied skill set which falls on both sides of the form/function…

Recreating a Classic Poster with Acrylic and Vinyl

Introduction My relationship to the upcycle project can be categorized as nothing but tumultuous. The aspect of the this assignment with which I struggled with most was not time constraints or…

Vinyl Record Clock

The aspect of the this assignment with which I struggled with most was not time constraints or a lack of resources, but rather a barrier of creativity and originality through…

Pixel Art

Pixelrama of Tokyo by eBoy An aesthetic with which I have had interest in for a while is Pixel Art. Popularized during the 1980s and 90s in video games, the…