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bio website phillipecantin.blogspot.com
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I'm a Senior Software Developer. I strive to be a polymathic person interested in a range of subjects which positions me as an Innovator, Problem Solver and Solution Designer.

I gained a broad set of experiences by programming since 1993 in different fields of engineering application. With a speciality in computer vision & CAD, I’m also the inventor of a US patent-pending algorithm in the field of Facility Management.

My current technology focus is on Cloud Computing, mobile computing and HPC. At home I do math, robotics and sculpting.


Oct
30
comment How strong are blocks in general - is adhesive necessary when building large structures?
Gluing Lego should be a crime :)
Oct
29
comment How would you make a good pivot-arm suspension?
I'm not sure I understand your design. Would this behave like a rocker-bogie suspension? (like the MER rovers). I don't see which gears are really connecting. Can you clarify the sketch?
Oct
29
comment How would you make a good pivot-arm suspension?
I was thinking along the lines of a Slewing Bearing. I've seen designs like that used for massive Lego tower cranes. This gives me an idea [off to the Lego boxes]...
Oct
29
comment How would you make a good pivot-arm suspension?
This was my first option but it would have snapped under the weight of the two sides. I've added a picture of the wheel size that I'm using. Imagine that plus a motors and gears on each side plus the structure. The single axle design would not survive (unless it supplemented with some other support).
Oct
29
comment How would you make a good pivot-arm suspension?
@Joubarc I tried two different Lego turntables with the same results. To be sure, I'll look into the part like you're suggesting. Still, I think that there was way to much torsion (perpendicular to the turntable plane) applied to it and this is why I'm asking around for other design ideas (before I do this with non-Lego parts).
Oct
29
comment What are the best options for building a LEGO RC car?
Here's one I made last year. (phillipecantin.blogspot.com/2011/10/lego-rc-car.html)
Oct
28
comment How many spaceman minifigure variations exist?
I can't find the Apollo figure in that list(site). Still looking...
Oct
28
comment How many spaceman minifigure variations exist?
@Pubby8 Only astronauts (I'll edit the question)
Oct
28
comment What is the largest single LEGO piece?
I found this video (youtube.com/watch?v=yJXPkhjGwkg&feature=related) with the Electric Technic Control Centre in use
Oct
28
comment Has anyone made LEGO fly?
This (rcheliresource.com/video-lego-rc-helicopter) is a Lego replica, scaled up. Looks pretty cool.
Oct
26
comment Has anyone made their own custom LEGO bricks?
Nice question. I cast a lot with resin in RTV molds but I would like to know more about ABS casting (tips and tricks).
Oct
26
comment What is the largest single LEGO piece?
Wow! That baby is a monster! Thanks
Oct
26
comment What is the largest single LEGO piece?
I think there's two categories: Single plastic-only piece and Single Lego element.
Oct
26
comment What different bricks exist with studs on the sides?
@PeterDC I think the complexity of the question is in the semantic. What is a brick? To me a plate is a specialization of a brick, so when I read 'bricks' in your question I think of a lot of pieces. To me this was confusing.
Oct
26
comment What different bricks exist with studs on the sides?
I go with Joe Wreschnig on this one. The list is too long because it covers any piece that is used in a SNOT way (which could be all pieces)
Oct
26
comment What are the best options for building a LEGO RC car?
Cool. When you get there, if you have any questions I'll be there
Oct
26
comment Is there anything like a 'recipe generator' for LEGO models?
I would love to work on that algorithm.
Oct
26
comment What are the best options for building a LEGO RC car?
I've added more details in 'Edit 1'
Oct
25
comment What tool can get two 1x2 plates apart without damaging them?
I always try the teeth first ;)