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How To Use KiCad to Make a Printed Circuit Board: Part 3

How To Use KiCad to Make a Printed Circuit Board: Part 3

This is the last part of the three part Kicad series. In this episode we will be learning how to take component footprints and put them together to make the final PCB product. If you missed the first two videos you can find them here […]

How To Use KiCad to Make a Printed Circuit Board: Part 2

How To Use KiCad to Make a Printed Circuit Board: Part 2

It’s time to associate a physical footprint to those schematic parts. This is the second video in a three part series about how to make a simple PCB using KiCad. If you missed the first video, click here. You’ll notice a bit of a quality […]

How To Use KiCad to Make a Printed Circuit Board: Part 1

How To Use KiCad to Make a Printed Circuit Board: Part 1

Welcome to the first ever Skinny Research and Development tutorial. In this episode I’ll teach you how to use the schematic (Eeschema) portion of KiCad to layout a circuit design. This is Part 1 of a three episode series to show how to take a hand […]

Skinny R&D 1 Year Anniversary

Skinny R&D 1 Year Anniversary

Thanks for everyone’s help over this last year. It’s been tremendous fun.  

Monumental Security Practices

Monumental Security Practices

Every time I take someone sight seeing in DC, I can’t un-see them. I should be alright with CCTV cameras hanging off of structures. I’m a security professional. We eat vulnerabilities for breakfast and birth countermeasures at dinner. This, however is different. Let me demonstrate […]

Greater DC Area 2014 Botball Competition

Greater DC Area 2014 Botball Competition

Last weekend I had a fantastic time at the regional Botball competition. The organizers were kind enough to give me a backstage pass and here is what came of it. Level Up the Difficulty There is a soft spot in my heart for autonomous robotics. […]

Rube Goldberg Wants You To Fail

Rube Goldberg Wants You To Fail

The Rules of Testing At my “real” job several years ago I heard a colleague share a fantastic piece of knowledge with a student. The student was trying to test a piece of equipment and after the first try had declared the whole process to […]

Learning Strategy from a High School Robotics Competition

Learning Strategy from a High School Robotics Competition

Memories After 15 years I’d returned to the arena. Many of us remember getting up early on a Saturday to make our way to the high school gym for a sporting event. For me, it was basketball. I stepped into the gym. It felt the […]

Disgusting Hard Apple Cider Experiment

Disgusting Hard Apple Cider Experiment

Lately I’ve found myself surrounded by amateur brewers. Many of my colleagues and friends have really bought into making their own beer or cider and I’ve been curious about the process. Below is a video of what happens when you have no idea what you […]

The Skinny: Balloons, Bikes, and Breathers

The Skinny: Balloons, Bikes, and Breathers

Greatness Calls, Rise to the Occasion The Global Space Balloon Race is occurring April 18th through the 21st and you can be apart of it.  The challenge is an international event that is encouraging people to build and launch there own high altitude balloons. Team […]