Let's Make Robots!

A great design by RoboPaul

Paul, I am sorry to single you out here but this has to be said.

You gotta catch 'em doing it right.

We are all well aware of recent drama and let's face it, some big fat generational gaps. Not to put to fine a point on it, some of our younger members demanded help and resources while some elder members recoiled when their hand was bitten. Consciously or unconsciously, I feel that some of the feelings [we] had for our younger members may have been spread a bit wide. It is an easy thing for us humans to do, see a member of a group act one way and assume the group as a whole is as such. Going with the assumption into ass-outta-you-and-me theory, [we] were all proven wrong.

Today in the shoutbox, RoboPaul asked me about some 3d printing work. As many of you know (and with the most recent "issue") this pushed a bit of a button. I replied to Paul in a hasty way, purposely speaking in short-hand, forcing him to not only Google, but also to piece together the search terms. I also answered in a way to force him to dig a bit once he got to the proper website.

I threw a bunch of hoops in front of the kid and said jump. In hindsight, a bit harsh and a few too many hoops but, well... Paul, I love ya buddy, but man, you just kinda caught me at the wrong time. Not your fault. :)



Hey, you know what happened 3 hours later? I got an email.

Hey, you know what Paul was doing for the last 3 hours?

Jumping though hoops.

This young man grabbed a teeny tiny bit of opportunity by the balls and friggin' ran with it. Alright Chris, you're not going to give me the whole website name? I'll find it myself. And he did. Oh, I gotta figure out how things sit on the print bed so I can design printable parts? Yup, I can do that too. Oh yeah, he did that too. A well written email and an attached file in 3 hours after getting the tiny amount of resources he got? Done and done.


(Now, we got one little bridge that we might find a better way of printing, but this is 100% printable.)


Let me take you through what I see:

  • First off, just looks damn good.
  • All long edges with radius
  • Curved inside corners for crystal cut-out
  • Square inside corners around solder pads. Now this is a good one --the square cut-out is to clear the pins soldered from the other side. Now, for the record, I missed these when I was designing my plexiglass version of the HC-SR04 bracket. The silkscreen around these pins is square, the hole in the bracket should be square. It is.
  • Countersunk holes on all fastener locations. Better clearance for the heads of the screws, a cleaner look, it is the correct way to do it. Beyond that, it was not needed. It took time. It took effort. Pardon me, but when you give a shit about something, this is what it looks like. Fantastic.

You took materials (in this case virtual materials) added labor and produced value, Paul. And you did a damn good job.

You have my help, you have my ear, you have my tools. We will get this guy printed for you and shipped off. If it is the wrong size, you can fix it and I will print it again. If you want a plexiglass version as a back up, I will cut you one of those. Its on the house. You earned it.


Take note boys, this is how you do it.

Good job, Paul.

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hey guys I saw a challenge on http://www.instructables.com/ and I thought that my design would be great to enter in it http://www.instructables.com/contest/chrisanderson/ I would appreciate your vote on my design.

You may want to provide a direct link to your design. I looked but couldn't see yours.

well I didint post it yet but as soon as I get the pan tilt I will post it and give you guys a link thanks

PS: thank for the fetaduino :D

May others read this story and follow suit.

I prefer to search the problem online extensively before looking for help (in other fields, waiting for my first microcontroller in the mail) although have found when it finally comes to me giving in and making a post on a forum somewhere the response I get is usually more relevant than random googling. But I've put the effort in beforehand to track it down myself and usually make that clear. 

You are batting 1000, Paul.

I shot you an email, I will be talking to you in the next couple days. Good job man.

A big THANKS!!! to all of you. But I feel that I must tell you that I LOOKED and LOOKED for the forum that Chris talked about and didn't find it. But I've used skecthUp before so I made the part with out looking at Chris' forum. I feel that it would be miss leading to not tell all of you. But I thank you all.          .P

Honesty should be rewarded as well but you did do some work and that is the main thing. A lot of us are frustrated with youngsters that want the work done for them. We are happy to help and give guidance but we all have our own projects we would like to get done as well and when we see zero effort coming from people asking for help it gets us down.
However you have given us hope for the younger generation at LMR.

It can hardly be considered cheating to do the work yourself compared to copying it from somebody else.

you miss understood the forum that Chris talk about is on how to use sketchup

Never forget what they teach in the Royal Air Force:

"Old age and treachery will always overcome youth and skill."