I'm Peter Smolders
Engineer by training, maker by profession and creator by nature.
Inventing and creating new things as well as solving problems are my passion. With software or hardware. I have experience with mechanical and electronic design. I am lucky to own a small lathe, a mill, a 3D printer, a desktop cutting machine and a cnc-router. Most of which I hacked to my liking.
At the same time I am interested in the arts and crafts. For most of my life I have been drawing and sculpting. Recently glass art and glass blowing became a new passion.
3D-drawing and printing
Solid Edge, Autodesk Inventor & Blender
My PrintrBot Metal Plus 3D-printer allows me to create tools and parts in a fast and simple way.
Development of school website including an online subscription system, a reservation system and a custom made CMS.
Lathe, mill and CNC router
When I need strong metal parts a lathe and mill are at my disposal in my workshop.
My router comes in handy for cutting plastics, wood or aluminium.
PIC 16F628 from Microchip was the first microcontroller I learned to program. Later I moved to the multicore controller Propeller from Parallax.
Now I frequently use the common Arduino boards and RaspBerry Pi.
I program in C or, when speed is of the essence, in machine language .
Eagle has been my favorite design tool for years for electronic schematics and pcb design, but recently I turned to KiCAD.
Most of the closets in our home are designed and manufactured by myself using hand and machinetools.
Design and construction of my home
I have drawn my own plans for our new house and followed up the project. All finishes and technical installations are being done by me.
In 2017 I engaged with glass art and glass blowing at IKA Mechelen.
KU Leuven Faculty of Movement and Rehabilitation Sciences
Development and maintenance of technical equipment used in research.
School website CVO Semper
Development of a new school website, including an online subscription system, reservation system and custom made CMS.
Moodle administrator and developer
General administration as well as development of custom themes and plugins.
Webdesigner and developer
School website and custom made CMS and intranet.