Waking from my winter hibernation

A lot of great projects get sidetracked, I have been busy this winter with various items. Progress on enclosing my 3D printer has technically continued.
The making of the enclosure has slowed down but things around it have progressed, a sort of feature creep. I realized that I could make things better with a slight rearrangement in my goals.
When I reorganised the area to accommodate my larger printer. I saw an opportunity to add a cool location for my smaller Fabrikator mini printer.
It all started by fitting some shelves and that sort of snowballed.

I removed the old hood and put up a new shelf a little to the right.

Extractor fan in use
Ready for action

And the new shelf

Fabrikator Mini-printer on shelf
A new location for Fabrikator mini

The other major change was I picked some  parts and assembled a new computer and brought down my older computer to the work area because this had a better video card it seemed sensible that I got a better second LCD screen .

To enable printing to my Fabrikator mini I mounted a Raspberry Pi up on the wall and added a camera so I can see monitor it on one of my screens while I am busy doing other things.

I made a space for my fume carrying hose from my larger printer so it could be nicely sandwiched straight up the wall and the shelf. I added a power bar that I can easily access.

That snapping noise is Linux coming to my Chromebook

Back in July I read the announcement that Android was finally coming to Chromebooks and I was devastated that mine was not in the list. Not even a year and a half old and it is not supported with new features. (I blame Apple and Steve Jobs for setting this precedent of holding back features on older devices so you can $pend more money and buy a new device).

A picture of the KDE
KDE desktop residing on my Chromebook. (Kubuntu)

Well, I have been using my Chromebook and was happy using it, but there have been times when I just did not have internet or wanted to do something that I can do on a real desktop or laptop computer that just was not supported by the Chromebook.

Finally one day I snapped.
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Turn the table

Item number 2 on my feature hit list is extraction of fumes to outside, so this is going to replace my current setup which is a window fan mounted on its side like a kitchen stove hood.

Fan mounted to push fumes down the hose.
Quick disconnect vent hose will allow easy access.

I cut a hole in the corner of the top surface of my Lack table and mounted a fan on the underside. On the top side above the fan,
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A million monkeys and a million lack tables

Turns out that anything you can think of has already been done.
I was trawling around the internet and found that someone has already created an enclosure out of a Lack table and even created an Instructable for it and it dates back to 2015.

http://www.instructables.com/id/3d-Printer-Enclosure-from-Upcycled-Furniture/

Whilst some of the ideas are the same, mine is different.

The Lack table with perspex insert
M. C. Escher has nothing on this

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