About Austin Steingrube

I'm an electrical and controls engineer with experience in C++, C#, Sequencer Programming (ie "Game Loop), a little bit of graphic design, 3D modeling, and bits and bobs of a lot of game design.

K40 Chinese Laser Upgrade Plans

Intro I did something bad....very very bad....I bought I Cheapo brand 40W Chinese laser off of Ebay. <gasp!> These machines are crap and leave a lot to be wanted. This post is somewhat of a brain-storming post as well as an upgrade path for me. I included A LOT of information in this post, and [...]

By | November 20th, 2016|laser cutting, Project Logs|0 Comments

New Content Soon!

Howdy! Time has been sparse the last few months due to my day job. I was driving something like 4 hours a day which ate into my creative time. As such, I haven't had the chance to do any fun engineering or programming projects for you to enjoy or secretly despise, heheh. I recently got [...]

By | September 5th, 2016|Random Rants, site updates|0 Comments

What Engineers Can Learn From Pokemon Go

Pokemon Go is a smartphone game that combines video games with the real world. Instead of sitting on the couch with a controller in your hands, you have to walk around your neighborhood parks and beaches to find and catch creatures in the game. Once you've caught enough pokemon, you can power some of them [...]

By | August 7th, 2016|Random Rants|0 Comments

Increasing the Reliability of Your 3D Printer

3D printers are fun when they work but a royal pain in the rear when they don't. Heated nozzles jam, stepper motors skip a step, a layer delaminates, threaded rods can bind, the part unsticks from the printer bed, the belt tensioner breaks....the list goes on. This gets particularly frustrating when the print gets interrupted [...]

By | August 4th, 2016|3D Printing, How To's|0 Comments

Stop Knocking The Boards

In recent years, the number of hobby microcontroller options has exploded exponentially. We went from a handful of (expensive) PIC and AVR boards to the Arduino family, the Teensy, Raspberry Pi line, Beaglebone, Particle family, the famous ESP8266, and endless other rather powerful and inexpensive consumer boards. What ties all of these together is for [...]

By | March 20th, 2016|hobby culture, Random Rants|0 Comments