Eventually we 3D printed an octopus out of Aluminium.


<< This little cutie is Nereis sandersi, a polychaete worm that makes its home in deep-sea geothermal vents. >>

...and after the recommended flashing regimen, the emitter seems to have broken once again.

Russian cosmonauts spend nearly eight hours cutting into their spacecraft... with a big knife. arstechnica.com/?p=1427015

Beam is healthy, all the way up to 12uA. Tomorrow I'll tackle the joy of alignment.

take me down to parallax city where the back moves slow and the front moves quickly

@nocleverhandle They can be hard to tell apart! Luckily I noticed before applying power.

Imagine sitting on a concrete floor cross-legged for an hour without moving, trying to spot weld 100 micron tungsten wire. The wire breaks every time. What if, instead of moving, one observed the pain and tried less power and a higher argon flow rate?

What be a welding pirate's favorite noble gas?

Arrrrrrgon, says I. Ar.

Dropped my last bit of monocrystal on the shop floor. Making more takes an hour, so I dug around under the bench and found a couple of pieces! Plus a hair, which would have been embarrassing to try to spot weld.

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