[caption id=”attachment_65” align=”aligncenter” width=”300” caption=”Gel box power supply, variable from ~0-200VDC. Variac is on the left; AC voltmeter, bridge rectifier and RC mounted to the board on the right.”][/caption] [caption id=”attachment_64” align=”aligncenter” width=”225” caption=”Bridge rectifier plus RC with drain resistor for gel box power supply”][/caption] [caption id=”attachment_66” align=”aligncenter” width=”225” caption=”Variable DC power supply, all snug in a shelf. Goodnight!”][/caption]Next week I’d like to test the power output on an oscilloscope, and start working on building a “draft” of an enclosure.
Monday, Jan 5 2009: Tonight is the first night of nublabs’ Kitmakers course. I’m excited to see how it goes! I’m primarily interested in building equipment for do-it-yourself biology, such as an inexpensive, high quality gel electrophoresis apparatus. – cut to Thursday, Jan 8 – …and today was the second night. There were notably fewer people tonight, but it rocked anyhow. I learned how to use the Bridgeport mill to do basic manual milling and how to use the digital readout, turned some aluminum in a lathe, and watched an intro to MIG welding. Then, with Alex’s help, I put together a variable DC power supply with a variac, bridge rectifier (three of them, actually - but only because we blew two), and a resistor+capacitor to smooth the resulting voltage. Photos: