I’ve ordered a bunch of parts for my 3D printer, essentially to get it up to printing standards without difficulties with the controller etc… So yeah I bought a RAMPS 1.4 and a new arduino mega, and an LCD screen, all new wiring and some fresh PLA on a spool.
I also got to thinking about my warped x-carriage and what could be done about it. My first thoughts were to purchase a new one from 3D Hubs, but having a custom one printed was quite expensive. So instead, I looked at the thing for a while and concluded that I should just cut a replacement from aluminium. This isn’t difficult, aluminium is a very soft metal, it can usually be guillotined or cut with a junior hack saw or jigsaw. I’m opting for the jigsaw. I’m working on a template and once I’m ready to I’ll upload it to thingiverse.
Simply put the aluminium plate x-carriage will be made out of 3mm aluminium and will have 3 or 4 CNC bearings to keep it on the runners. In the middle I’ll cut a 2cm hole and drill holes for the extruder mechanics to fit on. This also made me consider the bed and what can be done with it. So I’m going to look into replacing the bed on the printer with an alu plate probably 4mm with 4 CNC bearings in. That will sit directly underneath the bed heater plate with some foam insulation between to keep the PCB stiff in the middle. I need to get some bending tools to make this right, as I want to have a fan holder and a built-in end stop tag for opto-endstops.
I’m looking for a 700W PC power supply if anyone wants to donate me one? There are a lot of these laying around that people don’t need and I’d rather not create more junk for the giant trash pile if possible to avoid.
Do you remember the Goblin Teasmade? The device was a mechanical and electrical marvel however very likely responsible for many a house fire and probably entirely unsafe by todays standards. The teasmade was the epitome of the must have device for the middle class home of the 1960s, it even featured in the Queen music video for “I Want to Break Free“.
As I’m not shy of a challenge I decided to upcycle a 1963 model into a new fangled Internet of Things device which can make tea over the web.
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My much unloved 3D printer has never really worked quite right… I put this down to a bunch of problems firstly my wiring is inadequate in some places (hot bed mostly), my bars have corroded because they didn’t have any kind of rust protection on them, my bearings have corroded in some places and need replacing and my carriage is a bit bent… And my GEN7 board probably isn’t as reliable as a ramps would be.
I have however replaced the seriously inadequate resistor with a cartridge heater. However it’s a good idea to keep it in good condition along with the thermistor because of this: Thermal runaway cartridge heater.
So, instead of buying new bars and essentially starting again. I’ve decided to get some chrome plating equipment and begin chroming the rods to prevent any further rust build up. I’ll replace the bearings too. Then I’ll get to work on repairing some wiring before giving it another test
Sunderland airshow today so I don’t think I’ll be rewiring today.
I just spotted an article over on SwitchDoc Labs blog for accessing the HotPi RTC using python which is pretty cool. Please note that the DS1307 on the HotPi is wired directly into the i2c port and is powered with 3.3V so the application notes regarding the pull up resistors do not apply, you should be able to just use the software immediately with your HotPi.
Here’s the example code they have on their website.
ds1307 = SDL_DS1307.SDL_DS1307(1, 0x68)
# Main Loop - sleeps 10 seconds, then reads and prints values of all clocks
print "Raspberry Pi=\t" + time.strftime("%Y-%m-%d %H:%M:%S")
print "DS1307=\t\t%s" % ds1307.read_datetime()
It makes me consider importing this into the HotPi-daemon in some way
Their github page is here https://github.com/switchdoclabs/RTC_SDL_DS1307
Grab the code and see what you can do!
I’ve started building a mesh network in C++, it’s a small library intended for use on Raspberry Pi and Arduino. Currently I want to support one kind of radio, an NRF24L01+ which you can get pretty cheap on ebay.
These radios provide us with a Layer 1 (Physical) of a OSI network but to build a functional mesh network we need a Layer 2 (Data link, addressing) and Layer 3 (Packets), once we have those two layers we need a Layer 4 (Segments, connection management) then onto the final layer, Layer 5 (Data).
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The stock from the kickstarter has run dry a long time ago and we’re now shipping a slow methodical number of units via the pi hut. We’re running out of green boards now, all new boards are red, and new orders will start to come through that way.
I recently published a new page for the HotPi and the new User Manual. You can get both over on this page.
I’m going to be designing a new small board or two which will fit in to the range of HotPi products. This should take 1-2 months to get back from manufacture and I’ll keep the blog updated along the way.
For the purposes of performing a highly detailed capture of various historical monuments, which are local to me, I purchased a big fat server with oodles of processing capability. The system itself is a 2.83GHz Dual Quad Core Xeon HP Proliant DL390 G5 – not a bad bit of iron. It’s loud, it’s warm but it’s very very quick. Added to that a couple of 1Tb 2.5″ disks and a nVidia 210 with 1Gb of graphics memory. Once you’ve got this kind of hardware you’ve got to put it to good use. First thing for my project was to build up an appropriate workflow for using VisualSFM and Meshlab on the machine. These are tools which perform a “photogrammetric” reconstruction. VisualSFM is difficult to get working, It is dependent on packages which each have their dependencies, it’s also poorly documented generally so I wanted to ensure that my struggle helps out others. CentOS 6 was my OS of choice, I usually use this on a server as it’s pretty low maintenance once it’s configured and support stretches on and on. After a day or so of software builds (btw make -j8 is fantastic) I managed to get it working. I’ll share the binary/source RPMs that I’ve rebuilt and links to the other bits of the entire workflow. Along with a guide on how it is done.
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After a long time, I’ve decided it’s time I rebooted my blog, rebuild my home page and show off some of the things I’ve been working on over the last 2 or so years since I last blogged.
I decided to begin with a clean slate, starting afresh with all new content, and an all new site design and layout.
So here it is Quick and Dirty Hacks Rebooted.