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This freesteel website belongs to Julian Todd and Martin Dunschen who live in Liverpool and write CNC/CAM software. We supplied software to HSMWorks as semi-independent programmers from 2003 until everything was bought by Autodesk in 2012. The majority of the blog content is Julian’s non-work activities, which is reflected in this index page. He has also merged in most of his original goatchurch.org.uk site.
This is real blogging, so don’t expect it to be professional and well-organized. Life’s not like that.
As former employees of NC Graphics until its partial sell-out to Vero, we developed the Adaptive Clearing algorithm in 2004 for Cimco after helping them to license the NCG CAM kernel as an add-on into Mastercam. We tried to market the strategy independently (see our brochure) with remarkable lack of success at around the time the project grew into the core of the HSMWorks kernel. You can still use the Z-slicer for free, and the blog can be filtered for machining articles.
Political websites, such as PublicWhip (counting the votes by MPs), UNdemocracy.com (scraping and parsing UN meetings and votes), and ElectionLeaflets (crowd-sourced party political leaflets) pile up faster than good homes can be found for them. mySociety uses the PublicWhip parser to run TheyWorkForYou, so at least that’s not fallen apart.
An attempt to solve the too-many-data-based-website-ideas-to-handle issue was to create a general purpose site called ScraperWiki, which Julian co-founded in 2010 with funding from 4iP. As usual, inventing something is the easy part. If it’s actually new people don’t know what to do with it. History is bunk because it’s written from the point of knowing what things are supposed to be.
Everyone will understand Housahedron in 10 years’ time. Networks of temperature sensors that monitor heat flows will be a standard feature of homes as much as satellite TV and indoor plumbing. Energy is so valuable and these devices cost pennies. But you’ll need a 3D model of your house to pinpoint their locations. Meantime we’ve got to go through the whole why-would-anyone-want-this biz.
Julian got back into hang-gliding because Wills Wings is customer of HSMWorks. His first flight in 15 years took place in the spring of 2012. This was followed by a week at Wallaby. There were some lovely flights on his new glider in Austria in 2013, including at Greifenburg. In 2014 he’ll make plans similar to those for summer 2013.
Kayak diving began with the purchase of two dive kayaks in 2002. Julian and Becka have paddled them from all corners of the UK and Ireland, though quite a lot round Anglesey, and mostly on their own due to a total lack of other kayak divers in the country. The kayak diving blog category has a lot of normal diving mixed in, but there is a special kayak diving page.
Cave surveying activities branched out from the CUCC explorations in Austria since 1988, to the development of cave surveying software TunnelX, and finally into a total resurvey of the caves under Leck Fell as numerous Misty Mountain Mud Miners projects came to fruition. Read it in the Daily Mail.
The co-working space DoES is our current office in Liverpool, which has been Martin’s home town since 2004 and Julian’s home town since 1997 when his partner Becka got a job at the university. We get around everywhere by bike, and there’s lots of random things going on because it’s a proper city where a disproportionate amount of stuff originates.