Ashley's LAB!


Thoughts, stories,ideas and hopefully some working prototypes!

IOT As we know it today + rant


There are well over 6.4 billion connected devices out there today. with an expectation of 20.8 billion by 2020. Well thats great. And I can definitely understand why you would want to have a DVR or an HVAC system that's "smart". When you are leaving from work you


Posted by Ashley Van Steenacker on October 31, 2016


Doel, Belgium's Ghost town


Doel is located near the border of the Netherlands. It's also right next to the port of Antwerp and the famous nuclear reactor that has cracks in it's nuclear reservoir also beter knows as Doel I. Doel is threatened with complete demolition due to the future enlargement of the port


Posted by Ashley Van Steenacker on October 24, 2016


Cheap Hot Air Rework Station (with teardown)


A long time ago I've found myself in need for a Hot Air Rework Station. Then the search on Amazon and other sites started. The Hakko ones are a bit pricy and the JBC's are way to expensive. Aliexpress to the rescue. A 858D on Aliexpress And then I saw


Posted by Ashley Van Steenacker on October 21, 2016


Using the J Tech Photonics Laser add-on (2.8W)


A while back I’ve bought a J Tech Photonics laser add-on for my X-Carve CNC mill. It wasn’t cheap. I paid €405 for the complete set. This included: The laser and driver module, the 3D printed mounting kit + fan and a pair of safety glasses. The laser set:


Posted by Ashley Van Steenacker on August 09, 2016


USB type C Mod time!


What is type C? USB type C is a new way of combining multiple types of connections/signals in to one single connector. For example this single connector contains: a usb 3.0 connection, a usb 2.0 connection, a displayport connection, Analog audio out. And it can both receive


Posted by Ashley Van Steenacker on June 24, 2016