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Hanno Braun

making and small-scale manufacturing


I have a daily habit of working on side projects, and I've come to appreciate the benefits of tracking that habit out in the open. If I'm doing work on a software project, I track that on GitHub. If it's more hands-on, I like to post an update here.

  1. I've printed the first prototype of the product I'm working on: A height-adjustable support for light workshop duties. I'm calling it the Screw Pad (working title).

    The idea is to create something simple, that I can design and manufacture easily, so I can learn about all the other aspects of selling a physical product. Learning is the priority here. I don't expect to sell that many (or any 😅).

    Despite choosing something simple, the design was a huge pain. Because of the screw thread. FreeCAD can do helical extrudes, of course, but it's buggy and I couldn't get it to work. SolveSpace can also do it, but support seems half-baked and weird. Commercial options don't run on Linux or are out of my price range.

    I finally managed to do it with BOSL. Despite my best efforts, I always keep coming back to OpenSCAD 😄

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  3. Did you know that I'm working on my own CAD application? It's called Fornjot (at least for now).

    Despite working on this (including several previous iterations) for several years now, it's still highly experimental and not fit for general use, as I explored multiple approaches that ended up not working out. It's a lot of fun though, and I feel I'm hitting my stride lately. Maybe something will come out of this yet!

  4. I made a notebook! I started this project many months ago and procrastinated on it quite a bit. Hard to say why, in retrospect, because working on it was extremely satisfying. I guess it's just daunting to do something you never did before.

    It's a bit rough, due to my decidedly non-professional skills and equipment. But I like it! It serves me well enough, and I look forward to making another one, once this first one is full.