Today,

we're learning how to make almost anything.

Tomorrow,

we're going to make almost everything.

Here's the story of how we get there.

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Project Log: A Hardware Password Manager

For my final project I'm looking to build a hardware password manager. Here's a log of things I've done to that end.


Week 2: Computer-Controlled Cutting

This week we did computer-controlled cutting, learning how to use a vinyl cutter and learning how to use a laser cutter. I describe what I did with both.


Week 3: Electronics Production

This week we did PCB milling (from copper-coated resin) and surface-mount soldering, creating an AVR microcontroller programmer from a provided schematic and parts. I describe here what happened.


Week 4: 3D Scanning and Printing

This week we did 3D scanning and printing. I describe what I tried as well as what happened.


Week 5: Electronics Design

This week we did electronics design, modifying a minimal example board with an ATtiny44 to support a LED and push-button switch. I describe what I did.


Week 6: Computer-Controlled Machining

This week we learned how to use a CNC router to perform large-format machining. I describe what I did.


Week 7: Embedded Programming

This week we learned about how to program our boards to do things. I describe what I did.


Week 8: Molding and Casting

This week we learned about how to create molds in order to cast parts. I describe what I did.


Week 9: Output Devices

This week we learned about various types of output devices. I describe what I did.


Week 10: Machine Building

This week our section collectively worked on a single machine. I describe my contribution.


Week 11: Input Devices

This week we investigated input devices. I describe what I did.


Week 12: Interface and Application Programming

This week we discussed ways to interface with hardware devices from computer software. I describe what I did.


Week 13: Networking and Communication

This week we discussed ways for microprocessors and microcontrollers to communicate with each other. I describe what I did.