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Coloured laser engraving . . . for idiots

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The Desert Warriors have all sorts of goodies as standard, one is the emergency oils in super tough containers.

This is the engraving process, I thought I would try some different colours so a upgrade of the laser was needed.

as you can see I have tried the red laser , the black laser and now it is engraving the Power steering fluid bottle in purple using the purple laser.

Blue ,red and black lasers for cool engraving

 

The labels can never fade and are easy to read even in the desert

I am not sure the black laser worked too well on the clear plastic I think we will stick to the red. 😁

 

 

 

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BMW diesel M57 and M57 N engine breather 3D printed

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When converting the BMW 6 cyl diesel into other cars the air box can be removed like this

How to cut a BMW M57 air box

How to cut a BMW M57 air box

If you are having a catch tank then the exit pipe for the crank case breather seen at the rear hanging down can be cut short and then blocked off in the round turret with a washer and two pop rivets, the hose to the catch tank comes out of the round lid,

DONT FORGET TO REMOVE THE BREATHER FILTER !!! use the swirl cyclone instead of the filter.

BMW part number BMW 11127799366

this fits inside the breather on top of the engine, it replaces the paper filter that always clogs up.

BUT what if you want it in a road car and still want to recycle the fumes from the crankcase well then such a problem arose in the latest conversion.

 

This is what we did.

cut the air box as in the picture then CAD a model of a converter to make the pipe run along the top of the exhaust manifold

 

looks like this in the CAD

 

CAD model of BMW crank case breather adapter

CAD model of BMW crank case breather adapter

 

then we have it 3D printed and it arrives 6 days later and fits perfect

Adapter fitted before painting

Adapter fitted before painting

 

the adapter bolts on , uses an big fat O ring to seal and 4 M4 bolts.

note : do not try to glue up the hole in the crank case breather the oil will get through…everytime

when the engine is in I will update with the pipes fitted.

 

 

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Testing 1.2.3 the Thermal image camera gets up to temperature

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while testing the FBH, (fuel burning heater) on the engine while it is still on the cradle in the workshop I thought it would be a good time to test my FLIR  Thermal imaging camera.

here’s some images of the test.

 

BMW diesel 6 cyl thermal image #1

BMW diesel 6 cyl thermal image #1, rear of the engine, the hotspot on the left is the header tank I used to feed the FBH

 

this is the turbo sode of the engine, you can see the block is were the most of the water jacket is.

This is the turbo side of the engine, you can see the block is were the most of the water jacket is.

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Painting with Light := too much time on my hands ??

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light painting Alex's seat

light painting Alex’s seat

Something’s just catch my imagination…daily 🙂 well actually constantly.
I came across this fun project a while ago and put it onto the list of TO (DO) play .
While building some race car emulators I noticed the LED strips had dropped in price so the time was right and one was ordered. a spare Raspi was enlisted and 1 hour later I had something working.
Then it just  waited on the bench while teasing me while I did the more important things.
today I finished it, added some buttons and stuck it on a strip.
then zapped the SD card with a power spike. restarted the build again and now its working.
I have put it out to the family and friend for ideas. tonight we will have a go. And see what painting with light can bring.
so with a cost of £30 GBP and a couple of bd minutes fun will be upon us.

with thanks to Gavin for the inspiration  although having to learn a new programming language PYTHON was a bit of pain and it appears to be irrelevant..

PYTHON why?  what’s it do better than other alternatives?

https://sites.google.com/site/mechatronicsguy/lightscythe

 

 

 

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3d scanner upgraded and first test of race seat

Tested the upgraded 3D scanner on a race seat over christmas

the shiny black is hard for 3D scanners but the new scanner is looking good.

modelled it up and inserted it into the new chassis design m the iMike dummies fit in well.

I will show the gearbox scan when done.

Motodrive dakar race seat scanned

Motodrive seat scanned into 3D but not finished

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