Physical Computing starts...
The first chapters of my new series about "Physical Computing" are online. I will update those pages every now and then and of course many new pages will appear. The content of the series depends not only on my ideas, but also on your feedback, thus use the comment functionality on my pages to share your thoughts.
Here are the new chapters Introduction, Hardware and Software.
May 02, 2017
Physical Computing reloaded
With the microcontroller starter kit from my sponsor I have started a new series about "Physical Computing", something I had in mind for many months. I will add new chapters to that series every now and then, explaining in detail how to build, connect and program DIY peripherals using microcontrollers or single board computers.
CR-10 3D printer
Video and chapter about my latest 3D printer, a CR-10 are online. It is my largest printer so far that comes with most parts preassembled.
If you'd like to buy a 3D printer, have a look at the column shopping tips that lists special deals from my sponsor Gearbest.
April 10, 2017
My HackadayPrize2017 entry
For this years HackadayPrize I will create a tiny Earth Explorer (details on the page). Each like on the Hackaday page means 1$ for the project.
With my new 3D printers and my CNC v3.2 I have the equipment to build a robot with a mass of less than 500g.
April 09, 2017
Video and chapter about the Anet A8.
Video and chapter about the Anet A8 are online.
Recording the video took much longer than I thought, because I was diving deeper in 3D printing during the past days.
Discount offers for 3D printers are available in the section shopping tips.
April 03, 2017
I am doing more 3D printing.
From my sonsor Gearbest I got an Anet A8 3D printer that I used to do more printing over the past days in order to find optimal parameters to set in Slic3er. Link by link I composed a cable chain. The video about the printer will go online this week.
The column shopping tips lists coupon codes for extra discount offers for 3D printers..
March 27, 2017
Video and chapter about the T8 are online. Video and chapter about the T8 are online. You get a short build instruction and sample photos of all items I made for the video.
If you are interested in the machine, have a look at the column shopping tips, listing special promotion offers from my sponsor Gearbest.
March 20, 2017
The Gearbest CNC engraver made it's first run.
The CNC engraver type T8 is assembled and the first video sequences are recorded. The chapter about this machine is under construction. A full resolution image of my first engraving work using acrylic plastics is online.
If you intend to buy such a machine or a 3D printer or another gadget, have a look at the shopping tips, because currently there are special coupon codes available provided by my sponsor Gearbest.
March 15, 2017
My first commercially available CNC router.
A new package from China arrived. The kit of a CNC engraver type T8 includes 3 bipolar stepper motors, an electronic board, aluminum profiles for the frame and more parts for a compact, functional machine. I got the engraver from the online store Gearbest.com and a review video about the device will follow, soon. After that I will examine what else can be done with that interesting machine...
March 13, 2017
Coolant flow and CNC table got a redesign.
Work on CNC v3.2.1 goes on. The filter system is now outside the bowl unter the CNC table.
I have added a (double) Acrylic plastics sheet on the CNC table, as well as guides on the edges. With that, workpieces can be fixed more easy.
The next test run will show if the (reduced) G code commands are interpreted exactly by the new software.
March 9, 2017
Special offers by one of my sponsors
From Gearbest.com I already received my first 3D printer. More parcels are on their way to Germany. On my new page with shopping tips you can find a list of products I already used in my projects and things to come...
March 6, 2017
Work on CNC v3.2 goes on.
I am typing on the source code of CNC v3.2.1, to implement G code functionality. Furthermore I am redesigning the coolant flow to get the filter system out of the bowl underneath the table, so that I can remove chips while the machine is running. Third update in progress is the clamping mechanism for workpieces on the CNC table.
February 27, 2017
New videos are online
I am short of time, which is why the sites about my 3D printer review and my WinchBot are still under constuction. The video about my WinchBot was scheduled for today, so here it is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z5W_5T_raW8.
The link is still marked as private; you can watch it, but it's still not listed on YouTube. The note to all my followers will go out this week, as soon as the documetation is published.
Update March 2, 2017:
The page about WinchBot is online, the video is public now.
My 3D printer review is already public, same as the page about the printer, but there is still not much information listed: 3D Drucker Tronxy P802.
Update March 3, 2017:
The pictures from the assembly of the printer are online.
February 20, 2017
3D printing is here! Gearbest sent me a 3Dprinter kit type Acrylic 3DCSTAR P802-MHS.
Gearbest is an online electronics seller based in China, shipping to most countries in the world. The prices this company offers are definitely lowest. Including shipping to Germany, the printer is clearly less than 200,-€! Don't forget to add filament to your order, because for this price, all you get is the bare printer kit.
I will use the printer to write a short series of chapters (including videos) about filament printing, starting with the mechanics needed to do 3D printing.
First thing to be done is assembling the kit...
The video about my WinchBot is available for my Patreons and it will go public in a week - stay tuned!
February 13, 2017
...it's a WinchBot.
All parts of my latest project are assembled, the circuit is soldered and the software written.
Next thing to be done is recording video sequences and put it all together in a new chapter.
February 6, 2017
Work on my new robot goes on.
The winches are in place. The central part with 5 servos is missing. As soon as it is in place, I will start coding.
You still can guess how it will work...
January 30, 2017
The starting page of my project got a redesign.
The "News" section is now part of the starting page. The intention is to give you information about what is going on at least on a weekly base. Many of my projects require a long preparation until a machine runs, a video is recorded and schematics or animations are painted. With the blog like starting page you will see that I am still working on this project ;-)
The machine under construction is another robot. Guess what it will look like and how it works...