Monthly Archives: June 2012

Josh Mull

Pinhole Camera to Venus

06.29.2012 by Josh Mull

On June 5, Venus passed between the Earth the sun causing a rare celestial event. This event caught some of us at Key Tech by surprise, and at the same time we felt the need to see this event that will not happen again until 2125. As such, we spent part of our afternoon trying to devise ways to stare at the sun without hurting our eyes, and the best option we found was to build ourselves a pinhole camera.

Brian Murphy

Why Being an Engineer Makes you a Better Cook

06.20.2012 by Brian Murphy

I find pleasure in understanding the world around me and how it works. And thus, I’m an engineer.

Aaron Pearl

Welcoming a New Generation of 3D Printers

06.06.2012 by Aaron Pearl

Here at Key Tech, we often use physical prototypes in our design process to literally get a feel for the part. While 3D computer models can be helpful, there is simply no substitute for actually holding a part in your hands and feeling it. 3D printing is often a great option for an initial prototype, especially for complex parts that are difficult to machine. Essentially, 3D printers work by printing many thin 2D cross-sections of a part on top of each other, bonding each layer to the previous one as they go. For more complex parts, special support structures may be required to keep the part from falling apart during the printing process, but the process is essentially the same.