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Tasks completed today:

  • Designed and built X-axis table mk3 for CheesecakeCNC.
  • Soldered up 6 opto endstops for same.
  • Assembled, updated the firmware of, and tested Gen3 electronics.
  • Lasered out the parts for the mk4 plastruder.
  • Started designing the Y/Z frame.
  • Lasered 50 plaques with artwork for an unrelated project.
  • Lathed a car pully for a friend.


Okay, maybe it was a productive day. :)

X-axis table, Mk 3.


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Oct. 11th, 2009 03:55 pm (UTC)
Ah, you got the RRRF mainboard and 'struderboard after all! Still working on firmwareizing mine...

I blame my ancient ubuntu distro, which has displeased me for the last time and shall be wiped come Monday in favor of something a bit more modern.
Oct. 11th, 2009 08:04 pm (UTC)
Yeah, the assembled boards came back in stock, and I went, "Self, do you want the fun of learning surface mount soldering after waiting a couple weeks for parts, or do you just wanna buy it pre-assembled for cheap and get it next wee-- ... Hey, what was that ka-ching sound and how did my credit card appear in my hand?"
Oct. 11th, 2009 10:07 pm (UTC)
You have chosen wisely };>. I was mentioning to local friends how I "hate TQFP with extra hate" after the last couple of days of soldering. 50-mil pitch is as precise as I can comfortably get without swearing being involved. TQFP and TSSOP involve much swearing.
Oct. 11th, 2009 08:07 pm (UTC)
Are you still using the gen2 electronics, or did you upgrade to gen3?
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  • 17 Oct 2011, 19:18
    Clever! ^_^
  • 7 Oct 2011, 08:38
    Was each link made from two pieces, or was there fill material inside that you removed? I'm having trouble seeing how to print these in a makerbot-compatible way (though I could just be overlooking…
  • 5 Oct 2011, 22:40
    Nah. It'd just take a dissolvable support material and higher resolution. There are commercial 3d printers out there that can print ball bearing assemblies in one pass, fully assembled.
  • 5 Oct 2011, 18:46
    Nice! ^_^ I was going to be flabbergasted if you were actually able to print it as a unit, but I guess that would take antigravity.
  • 5 Oct 2011, 18:19
    I printed each piece individually and assembled them after some cleanup. I did print four segments at a time, though, unattached, in a 2x2 grid.
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