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Benheck.com Podcast Episode 114


No Jones this time, so Parker and I discuss engineering topics:

  • Why use a Streaming Box with a Smart TV? Isn’t that redundant? Also Ben & Parker discuss Windows 10 Calculator.
  • Cars have too many electronics! (unless they’re Jeeps)
  • ESP8266 modules.
  • The challenges of making an Alexa controlled beer fetching robot.
  • Projects we’d like to do if we had the time.
  • 3D printers – techniques and what models we use.

We discuss the Amazon Alexa a lot in this episode, so if you have one and are listening with speakers, probably should mute it 🙂


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Parker’s holding a thermal detonator!

Benheck.com Podcast Episode 94


We ramble more than usual this month! Topics include:

  • No Man’s Sky / planet math
    • We learn some new number types as we discuss the alleged number of No Man’s Sky planets.
    • Why it would take insane amounts of server space to actually save all 18 quintillion possible planets & custom names.
  • If Ben and Jones ran for president / vice president
    • Pot.
    • A long, boring, discussion about the age of candidates.
    • Our proposed “Irony / Coincidence Mis-use Tax”
  • More PS4 / PS4K Neo news
    • Console market trying to become like cel phones
    • Will it go down in history as a watershed “stupid” idea, like 32X, 5200 and Atari Jaguar?
  • Movie stuff! 
    • Sony’s crappy early 90’s movies, like Hudson Hawk & Hook.
    • Our idea for a crappy network comedy.
    • Ben watches some movie remakes! Why are things called remakes when they aren’t.
    • Jones saw Suicide Squad, and didn’t commit suicide like some reviewers did.
    • Tom Cruise: The Last Movie Star / Samurai Who Will Fight a Mummy
    • GI Joe AKA Live Action Team America
  • Stranger Things, the Right Kind of Reboot
    • A long, boring story about my noise-canceling headphones.
    • What we didn’t like about Super 8.
    • Why people like it more than all the remakes/reboots
    • Emily Blunt & NBC Comedy Action Terrorist Fighters


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printrbotGO and a Companion Cube. Click for larger version

I just can’t stop building portable 3D printers! Check out my new printrbotGO – an all new design in collaboration with printrbot.com

The goal here was to create an interesting, functional, sturdy design and then have it be available pre-built or as a kit. This is the first prototype and will be demonstrated at World Maker Faire New York weekend of September 28th – 30th.


  • Printrboard electronics, steppers, pulleys, extruders and hot ends (all existing commodity parts from one source)
  • Print size 200mm x 185mm x 150mm. Not sure why I lost that 15mm on the Y axis, will probably have that at 200 as well in the future.
  • Runs off a wall wart power brick or internal Li-Polymer batteries. We estimate 2 hours print time in PLA.
  • Folds up to a size of 19″ x 14.5″ x 5.5″ – can fit in a plane’s overhead bin.
  • Much smaller “deployed” footprint than my previous models.

For lots of build photos and more details, click below!


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