This page contains a somewhat random collection of projects I have done or participated in (mostly selected by the available photos or videos I have - it is not a complete list).
This is the second trike I built. Double wishbone suspension, >10cm travel on all wheels, adjustable <everything> (seat, pedals, steering, suspension,...), and windscreen for bad days. It's loads of fun to ride. Check out the video:
The first trike I made was mostly a welding exercise for me, made from discarded 16" kid's BMX bikes. Was also lot of fun to ride, and carried me to work for many years, but it was rather heavy, and didn't have suspension - bike paths can be quite bumpy if you're stuck in a reclined seat.
I'm currently building two CNC mills for my home workshop - a manual metal mill that I am converting to ballscrews and CNC operation, and a larger CNC router table, 800x500x150mm workspace.
The router table is mostly intended for mold making (foam, plastics and other soft materials). The metal mill is an X2 and quite capable for such a small machine. After the ballscrew conversion there is no play or backlash, which means that one can simply "dial in" the coordinates and it will fit. It can easily mill 5mm steel in a single pass with a 6mm cutter - I tried, and was amazed how well that worked.
RGB LEDs with data bus
This is a project of artist Cinnamon Lee "Twilight" which involves LED-powered light installations. I designed and built some of the electronics - mainly a coin-sized RGB+white light engine with touch sensor and I2C data bus. The seven lights in the picture below are interconnected - touching any of them will send waves of coloured light along the array.
This great light has a distance sensor in the centre. One can change brightness and colour temperature by moving a hand underneath the light in different places. It can be switched on and off by waving a hand.
All sorts of flying machines
I am a keen model airplane and helicopter pilot. Most of my planes are kits that I built and modified, but I my most recent creation was completely built from scratch, including the wing profile and overall design:
The Parrot was built as a compact, robust FPV platform. FPV (First Person View) means to mount a camera onto a plane, and transmit the video to the ground, allowing immersive flying from the "cockpit view". I designed it as a pusher prop plane, to avoid having a propeller in the picture. Wingspan is 720mm, take-off weight with HD camera 650g, which is a lot for this size. It still flies well due to the high-lift profile, and luckily the stall characteristics are very well-behaved, almost boring. The large ailerons/flaperons help to reduce speed for landing, and the plane can be flared to almost stand-still with a bit of practice. The fuselage is vacuum-molded carbon-kevlar composite on foam core, and incredibly strong. The wing is foam core with carbon/kevlar leading edge and super-thin fibreglass cover for the rest of the wing. The wing itself weighs 80g and is very strong. With a 2000mAh battery flight time is 20-30min, with a 1300mAh pack 10-15min. Due to the high wing loading this little plane is fast!
I also built a gyro-stabiliser which I already tested on a small acro biplane, and a quadrotor. Using electronic MEMS gyros it accurately controls the attitude of the craft very precisely, which in the case of the fixed wing makes it easy to fly very precise manoeuvres, even if the plane is mistrimmed or unstable. I will post some pictures and videos soon.