Cabe Atwell

Cabe
F.S.
Atwell

Engineer, Machinist, Maker, Writer. A graduate Electrical Engineer actively plying his expertise in the industry and at his company, Gunhead. When not designing/building, he creates a steady torrent of projects and content in the media world. Many of his projects and articles are online at element14 & SolidSmack, industry-focused work at EETimes & EDN, and offbeat articles at Make Magazine. Currently, you can find him hosting webinars and contributing to Penton’s Electronic Design and Machine Design.

Articles
Essential Equipment for Your Filament-Based 3D Printer
These items should be in every 3D printer’s toolbox, otherwise any job may wind up taking twice as long to do, and the end results could be less than desired.
3D Printers are Overrated
3D printers may have come a long way, but they're still far from the miracle that some people make them out to be.
For True Linear Position, Embrace Magnetostriction 2
Unbeknownst to many, the same phenomenon that makes transformers hum can also be utilized as a sensor.
Get Attuned to Servo-Motor Driver Tuning 1
A number of PID-controlled servo-motor options are out there at different price points, but it’s also important to familiarize oneself with making adjustments.
Industrial Robot Sales Hit All-Time High…But What About Industry Jobs?
The IIoT is bringing about record automation robotics sales, with China and the U.S. scooping up robots. Is this good or bad for industry?
Artificial Intelligence, M.D. 3
Artificial intelligence is the fodder of much science fiction. Now it’s real, evolving, and central to real-life stories. It’s in the medical world where Artificial Intelligence (AI) went...
Choosing Materials for Test and Production Fixtures 4
This article is full of advice from my engineering experiences devising and constructing fixtures and test equipment for research and production. Perhaps in your position, you are called on less frequently or maybe not at all...
Safer Air Travel with Weaponized Dragonfly Wings 1
The general focus on improving air travel usually involves faster, safer, lighter, and more fuel-efficient aircraft. But another safety concern is disease transmission because the airtight flying metal cylinders...
Misconceptions about Stepper Motors Explained 2
Even veteran engineers often suffer from a lot of misconceptions about stepper motors and how to drive them. This article will focus on clearing up just a few of these misunderstandings...
Sensors at the Speed of Light 2
About a year ago, a coworker told me about a new kind of distance sensor that one of our electronics distributors just told him about....
5 Simple Rules to Becoming a Design Guru 3
I started using 3D printers of the fused-filament type about seven years ago. The first one I ever had to work with was a nightmare. It had to be readjusted each and every time...
From Napkin to Final Product, One PCB Design’s Journey (Part 3)
Follow a designer from doodling on a napkin to producing a final product for a new PCB.
From Napkin to Final Product, One PCB Design’s Journey (Part 2) 1
Follow a designer from doodling on a napkin to producing a final product for a new PCB.
From Napkin to Final Product, One PCB Design’s Journey (Part 1) 2
Follow a designer from doodling on a napkin to producing a final product for a new PCB.
Hasbro's BB-8 Teardown
A teardown of what's inside Hasbro's BB-8 toy.
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