Sunday, 20 December 2009
so yeah, thats it.
I was wanting to note a few more projects i want to have a go at -
This is Stephanie, an avatar room controller which works using voice commands.
This is something i have wanted to do for many years, and is partially why i got the makerbot in the first place. - to build parts to make an animated face that you could interact with and control stuff using iobridge.
This is a variation of room control - the 'party button'
This one was made in a dorm room, and would be great
this is more of a lower end version - noit as hightech but better in a larger venue
there are others which i will blog about, but for now im off to make a simple eagle pcb to make on my makerbot.
Tuesday, 15 December 2009
For those curious for now until a few hours later today till i write it, this is wehat that 4p nut on the brass barrel stops...
jUST FOUND MY MEMORY STICK AFTER ABOUT A MONTH, - i left it at work, and found my original 'plastic forcing its way out of the ptfe/heater barrel - hence the need for the nut!
you can just see the white of the melted abs poking out of the central hole of the main washer - the second 'bent' washer was to stop the barrel from being forced out.
Monday, 14 December 2009
Thursday, 3 December 2009
Wednesday, 2 December 2009
Tuesday, 1 December 2009
second test, setting build platform level with masking tape, and using another snapped drill bit as the router, i changed a few settings in eagle to produce this design, based upon the eagle tutorials by (insert name here) on youtube.
my keyboaris playingup so i going to stop here.
also my engraving router bits from mega uk have not come yet so i will try agaiin tomorow
10 X10 cm PCB board cut ready for makerbot PCB testing, originally uploaded by Roboteernat.
Just got some 10x10 PCB boards made u[p to put into makerbot. i need to drill the corner fixing holes but as they were not exactly lined up, i need to do this at home.
Some are double sided, and although it is a bit of a waste using this much for tests, i do have a fair bit of UV photoresist board and i got these boards from ebay at like £2.50 a board (200mm x 300mm double sided) so i think its ok.
i also have som smaller bits i can use.
I ordered 2 of each v cutter drill bits - 10,20,30,45 and 60 degrees, routers are to arrive today!
wouldnt it be fab that a makerbot can 'make' its motherboard as well as parts!
Monday, 30 November 2009
so here we have some holes and engraved tracks. as you can see i nudged it accidently, however they do line up... have a look at the flickr pic to see the notes.
s i was unsure of theoriginal settings, i didnt have the drill bit down far enough to drill some holes, howeveri manually moved it down whil;st building, therefore not all are there.
tomorrow i recieve my etchant, and also 3 router bits, so i can have a play. My v shapped cutters i ordered from an ebay seller in hong kong - carbide v bits, are due t arrive soon, well a week minimum :( but i hope the drill bits i have (100 (well 90 now as i snapped a few) - good thing i bought 100 for £12.50 (regrinds)) and the routers, i should be able to play and have a good try at making it make. I also want to design some nut holders to fit on the z plate, so that it doesnt play or have the change to nut go into the board when the z plate moves down, as it is currently relying on gravity as apposded to making it drill through the board.
Also i need to secure a scrap piece onto the build base (and possibly make it so that i can screw it onto the y carriage so it is secured firmer, and that i can drill al the way through the pcb without ruining or catching on the magnets in the build base.
then i will make a firmer fixing for the dremil into the z stages, as appsed to my (although working) scrap plastic sheet with 3 holes...
anyways, let me know what you think, as your input is helpful
Sunday, 29 November 2009
i also bult a small heated builkd base, detials to come, but my new experiment is mamkeing pcb's with the makerbot...
results seem to be great so far, however i am using a snapped 1mm carbide driull bit., not an engraving bit as i shopuld be using.
i have bought some, and they will be with me shortly, however i shall put more pics on short;y. i got v shaped bits, and reouting bits... results are shown below.
i wpould write more, but i havnt had any dinner yet, and im suffering from a small hangover from my birthday outing last night!
this is drilling just around holes - no tracks. the width of the drill bit and the offset angle of the base meant it was not just scraping the tiop but going into the fibreglass below. results showed god, but needs new bits!
second test was with tracks...
this again is a rought output, it is using the broken 1mm drill bit, so its not good outoput - just bought these... so results will be
these aare all 10 degree bits, but i have bought 10, 20, 30 and 60 degree bits, also 4 routing bits... this is how hopefiull i am inn this!
Thursday, 1 October 2009
Tuesday, 22 September 2009
Ps - makerbot stepper mototr driver board chip has been removed (aswell as 2 tracks after they were incinerated) but will solder wire on to fix prob - uni are currently playing with the gerbers and are sorting out making new boards for makerbot, inc stepper boards from the gerber files - however the holes used are mny! 13 drill sizes in total! will @makerbot to let them know to change these sizes so that they can reduce tooling costs in manufacture!
Monday, 21 September 2009
Sunday, 20 September 2009
Oops guess i need to go to bed before i do anymore damage!, originally uploaded by Roboteernat.
Oops guess i need to go to bed before i do anymore damage!
Saturday, 19 September 2009
Wednesday, 16 September 2009
Tuesday, 15 September 2009
Monday, 14 September 2009
i then went to tesco to comfort buy and eat cr$£ but the good thing is that i got a new wireless keyboard and mouse - its wireless so i can use it in my room on my lap, as apposed to being tethered. - plus was better than half price in tesco - £11.99 - Logitech one
will upload pics soon when i have my usb phone cable
Friday, 4 September 2009
anyways no internet connection at home, so updates are few, but i will try and get the password :D
Thursday, 27 August 2009
anyways, the main reaon for todays blog, is... PRINTERRS are AWSOME!
spare parts are fruitfull in the printers of old! Went and got an old printer today and got 2 more precision rods from them :) also am ging to get the old pronters from uni scrap pile and take the motors, rods and the end stop sensors from them so i can make my own electronics from it :D
Monday, 24 August 2009
tho - it may not compile - not sure if im doing it right, but let me know if it doesnt - and i will try again!
whilst i was having a look on thingiverse i came accross this article in the blog:
and low and behold, it links to my all-in-one makerbot :D
yay thankyou :D
I will upload more pics when i manage to do more to it - am waiting for the electronics and to get theextruder motor from makerbot stores before i can continue! Am tempted to just get the parts from onecall.farnell.com - as they have all bits in stock, but as you can see from my flickr pool, the first trys at the motherbard etching were not that good!
need to get my bubble etch tank going agin, but as im moving i cant set it up :(
Sunday, 23 August 2009
One camera will be on the nozzel so you can watch it squirting, the second will have an overall view of the makeing board. This way, i will try and make a program that can take uploads of stl files, and then produce it, so in theory i can send a file from work, and watch it being made - maybe something i can open up to the world?
Should be fun V- i got the idea from watching this: (website to be found...)
Saturday, 22 August 2009
Tap and die set = £9.99
Grubs 12 for £3
Bit of an old milk bottle:
Cost 49p for the milk bottle in the first place!
oh well... they are always handy to have i guess...
I also bought some more plastic from a random company i came accross on the google adverts - they were very local! so i went over and boughtsome more plastic for the heating barrel heat retainer so i can use the proper stuff without it actually melting!
The third thing is, im still wiating to order my plastic and electronics from makerbot, aparently the stepper motor drivers are sold out, but i was wondering if i can buy the set (without these chips) as i can buy them from uk from farnell... (onecall.farnell.com) will email makerbot industries and find out.
Anyways im off to the car boot sale tomorrow to see if i can get some printers...
Wednesday, 19 August 2009
so... ooh just worked out how to add images to these blog posts!
This is the power supply, measures only 65x75x120mm but only features one molex and one smaller floppy drive connector. It is only 90 Watts as well... This will be an experiment...
I will make a connecting board which will fit into these ports and the atx, so i can have a connector for the motherboard, as well as one for the motherboard of the psu. If not i will have to revert back to standards.
The motherboard is a 1GHZ Mini-ITX motherboard with 512mg ram, the hdd will be either solid state, or an old hdd i have. it will just have USB input for the moment, until i can sort out a smaller more powerful PSU that will cope with both the makerbot and motherboard.
It fits nicely into the existing PSU part of the makerbot. I t has enough space to fit the makerbot electronics upside down on the roof of the PSU hole. What will be difficult, is how to attach these boards to the roof, as screws may stop the x axis from moving, and the heating inside this small space, i will need to add a few more fans... Or direct the heat into the makerbot space, so that this heat aids stopping warping... -That's a good idea nat!
PS, i found a good source of precision rods... -the 8mm rods are standard in any printer! Im going to get some broken ones and steel the rods from them, before i take the to be recycled at the tip - maybe i can get some from the tip? Hmmmmm
Monday, 17 August 2009
ALL IN ONE Makerbot SMB00001
The makerbot 3D printer
90/200 Watt PSU
1GHz MINI-ITX Motherboard
Wireless keyboard and mouse
10inch LCD Screen (with touch screen in the future)
One mains cable
4 batteries for mouse and keyboard.
An ammount of plastic thread
I am in the process of inlarging the chasis to accomodate the motherboard and screen, however it should only increase size by an extra 60mm height and extra 40mm width.
It will feature all internal cables for the screen, computer and makerbot printer, an array of RGB LED's and maybe a carry handle to make it a truly portable printer!
Let me know what you think - mock pictures in my flickr pool (note the screen will be enclosed in plywood case, and feature a plastic screen cover)
Sunday, 16 August 2009
Then noticing in a charity shop lots of brass bits - candle sticks etc. maybe this could be a source of brass for a heater element? right i thought, i had a look but nothing suitable.
Went to the boot sale this morning, and rumaging around for a small tap so i can tap some more grub screws into the pulleys to make them fit squarely on the shaft of the stepper, i came accross 3 boxes of brass bits. Fantastic i thought, had a rummage, and came accross 2 bits of brass rod that seemed to not belong to anything. The lady running the stall said she didnt know what they were for, and allready had spent 20 mins trying to find its match, so she said i could have it for 20p. GREAT!
Just measured them, and they are diameter 7mm and 8mm, with a length of over the 50mm required - see my flickrpool. i also found a plastic rod - which i can use as the insulator... tho i dount its the PTFE i need... DOH, oh well... so im just going to cut the nicest piece into 50mm length, and see if i can make the heater barrel - shame i didnt buy the drill at the car boot sale :( i really need one to drill these holes! HAAHAA
Saturday, 15 August 2009
however i still put the belts on and realised that the tooth belts are 6mm inner diameter, where as the motor shafts are 5mm diameter, therefore they are wobbly. I need to drill another 2 holes on the opposing sides so that i can center it using 2 more grub screws.
This morning i went to the screw shop, and got some screws for the extruder - long m4's in the end as they didnt have long m3's...
Went to totem timber and got 3 1metre rods of aluminium, and 50mm washers - for the retainer plate on the extruder.
the aluminium rods i cut to size for the runners, i chose these as they seemed to run free in the plastic bearings. rubed them a little with fine wet&dry paper (wet) and installed.
I then noticed it was rubbing, so loosened the frame for x and y so that it ran smoother.
installed the platforms, and went about glueing the open ended belt into a circle for the z axis - i saw a film on how its made where they spliced a huge belt tog by cutting a layer (a very slowly decreasing slope in one side, and the opposing side to create a much larger surface area to bond the 2 halves tog. I tried it and tested it 30 mins later - the glue had not dried, so tried it again and yay! works... touch wood. tho i did start this l;ast night and left it over night to dry.
Also going to redesign the shell for my additional parts i got from ebay which will bne VERY awsome!!!
Watch this space!!!
pics in my flickr pool
Friday, 14 August 2009
Plans are afoot for my mnakerbot, well some plans i cannot disclose just yet till i got all the bits, but...
MY PARTS HAVE ARRIVED FROM SPD-SI!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
tho i got to go tothe post office and pay customs charge, but
Wednesday, 12 August 2009
Sunday, 9 August 2009
Shall be here tomorrow or tuesday, and i can get it cut in the laser cutter.
I have also started to make some circuit boards, using my UV box and set-up, haing difficulties witht he timing, as i forgot how long to expose the boards, so now started off with just the end stop sensors.
Saturday, 8 August 2009
Also having problems about timing, forgot how long to leave the boards in UV for :(
chocolate spread on toast is calling!
also... was th9inkning about this last night... What do you do with a spare eeepc 701? sell it you may say, but me... im thinking of installing it into my makerbot to have a complete system setup... :D
also the peltier cooling idea? i am thinking of installing this into my makerbot with the aim of making vertical lines :D
I sold my ibooks and ipod touch to fund my maker bot and so far its looking great.
I painted the bearing brackets - and got accused of escaping from a mental hospital by the police whilst i was doing so... haha, i also painted the insides white, with the view of using some RGB leds to make it colourful... or just red... but the outside... i dont know what colour - any suggestions?
Pics are on my flickr pool :D
Saturday, 1 August 2009
So far looks good
Friday, 31 July 2009
Sunday, 26 July 2009
Also today i ordered my rods and belts from spi-di but as they dont have 2 of the belts in stock i bought open ended belt, that i can cut and crip together using the clamps on the y and x axis :D
I also bought some of the bolts -and nuts, however i bought 200 m8 nuts, not 200 m3! DOH!!!
i am considering, to make it look nice, to use button headed m3 bols, to give it a nice smooth feel to the edges... we shall see as the cost on ebay is expensive - will see if i can do a deal with the seller (stainlessbolts) to get a better price - but will wait till i have the various wood bits, hopefully tomorrow afternoon!!!
right need to pack my iBook that i sold on ebay to fund my makerbot... YAY
Saturday, 25 July 2009
after looking on ebay, i decieded to purchase a set of 4 stepper motors - which means i have one nema type 17 spare incase! that cost me a little over £40, but it does work out slightly cheaper than that in the makerbot store if you consider postage.
However, thinking about it, and trying to source that parts for the belts etc, im getting quotes of about £15 for the smaller belt, so it may just be easier to pay the $175 for the complete pack and have done with it. I am also tempted to buy the pack for the electronics gen 3 aswell, m but as some parts are out, then i will have to wait.
Tuesday, 21 July 2009
The reason why i wanted to create this blog was to document my build of my own cnc MakerBot, which im hopefuklly going to build on my own, without buying much from the makerbot stores. I have access to a laser cutter and machinery at university, so i thoought i would have a go.
The first bits i have got are the plywood sheets from a local timber shop, so i bought 6mm (to be made down to 5mm at the joins) and 3.18mm plywood, for the x and y stages.
I have also bought the m8 screw threads for the z axis.
It has been a slow start but i have been looking forward to building a 3d printer for a while. The Reprap started me off, and the ability to make and construct things such as animatronic head and the facial features.
Also having the ability to make the circuits required for this MakerBot, i feel i can make it cheapwer than the costs given, as i have the facilities.