A distinguished four-star general for the United States Army, Colin Powell once said, “A dream doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination, and hard work.” Dreams take time to accomplish they don’t just appear finished. There are avenues that’ll be placed in your pathway to help you along the way, but you ultimately have to work at it.
Owner of Dranoweb a computer and electronic repair company, David Drane dreamt of becoming an inventor as a child.
“I’ve followed various disciplines and trades that have brought me closer to that dream,” he said.
Everything that Drane has learned over the years have sparked his interest in “computer numerical control (CNC) machines and related hardware”, as well as developing a passion for 3D printing. All of the designs that Drane uses his 3D printer for have a purpose like developing devices that can help him to conserve energy. At home he uses solar power, an absorbent glass mat (AGM) battery, and a 12 volt system for lighting. Although the solar power produces 150 watts, it “isn’t quite enough during the short winter days in South-East Victoria,” Drane said.
Finding another way to get him through the winter months, he decided that he’d make himself an energy efficient power source that he calls the wind turbine. Drane found a “spare photocopier stepper motor” and “attached a second regulator” to it. He used a laser cutter for the blades and tailfin and designed 3D printed components so that he could fit all the pieces together.
The wind turbine produces “15 watts which may not seem like much but that’s enough to keep a charge going through the night,” Drane said.
He has ensured that the device is simple enough to “construct and improvise”. While Drane is still working on refining this model and making minor adjustments, his top two favorite and most popular designs are his Swiss army style SD card holder and Technician’s wallet.
He developed these creations after struggling with losing SD cards and having difficulty finding loose change in his pockets. They have become “a solution to my everyday problems,” Drane expressed.
“All the gadgets that I need frequently are hidden in the most compact package possible,” Drane said.
Everything that he produces is made out of necessity. This is “always the driving force to my designs. If I make a decorative feature it nearly always has an important function that can be used beyond its design,” Drane expressed.
Although it is difficult at times to create new devices, he enjoys the challenge. You can go far when you work hard and never give up. All that matters is that you “live life doing what you love”, Drane said. If you can dream it, you can do it. Anything is possible.
See David Drane’s designs here.
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