- Raspberry Pi Garden Control - complete with PyScripts to monitor the temperature (via Weather Underground API) to push through algorithm to determine that level of water needed for the day. Also dabbled in a web-service and web-interface. Resulted in these awesome guys:
- As part of my upgade of my son's power wheel - I destroyed a 12V battery pack for my Milwaukee tools... but not to worry, found the cell that was bad, replaced for $4 and we're back up and running - with different batteries for the power wheel. I'll show you what I did and the inside of the 12V pack which uses 3 18650 batteries - which are slowly becoming my favorite form factor.
- Remodeled the pantry/laundry room so we could have a bit more space - the wife loves the results (it was a moth's day gift) - I'll talk about the design and how (surprise!) the room wasn't square! #kbhomes
- As usual, I cannot help but bend Microsoft Excel to my will for various tasks - I do believe that 1 piece of software has been and will continue to be one of the most important software tool sets in the history of computing (right up there with PhotoShop & AutoCAD). I think it is amazing that you can use the same software to manage your finances, compute complex tax calculations, create 2D woodworking plans, track car maintenance and power the word.a.bot logic! I'll start posting about that stuff too. In the mean time - I've submitted an entry to the 2014 Excel Dashboard Contest over at ExcelForum.com - winners will be announced next week and I've been notified that mine should be up on ExcelTips.com before too long.
Saturday, November 22, 2014
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Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Well after a few long evenings in the garage redesigning the Z axis and working through various problems I finally got back into CAMBAM to generate some 2D tests - I'm a very pleased with the results thus far. Precision seems to pretty good without much tweaking and all axisis are functioning properly!
Sunday, April 21, 2013
Been a while, but I'm finally getting motivated again to keep the project moving - had to take care of a few "honey-dos" prior to moving forward.
Found a older computer (c.2004, Celeron 2.6ghz put a clean copy of XP) to push the GCode - will probably do the designing one of my non-garage machines since this is just barely fast enough that I don't take my sledge hammer to it.
Got the power supply (Goodwill, thank you!) all wired up to the GRBL shield, flashed Arduino with 0.8 GRBL and have the X & Y axisis running great. No binding or hang-ups. Only issue thus far is with the anti-backlash springs, which I don't think are quite big enough. They are getting hung-up on the treads, so I left them out for now.
Put some good time in last night with the Z axis - the more I work with this particular design, the more I realize that it is extremely easy for the small errors to add up into a machine that may not have the accuracy I'd like, especially when I don't have a lot of precision tools to build. A learning experience before moving on to bigger and better.
Saturday, February 16, 2013
Very excited to actually get a motor mounted (this week?)