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New Micro Magician V2

The new improved Micro Magician V2 is here! It has all the features you loved in the original Micro Magician but with an ATmega328P and improved power supply. The new black and yellow PCB looks great and is easier to read.

You can now download the manual from here: https://docs.google.com/open?id=0B__O096vyVYqUjNXVV9RMmFuNkk

Features:

Little 3V7 is an experiment to see what was the smallest battery I could run a Micro Magician V2 and Quad Bot from. I started with an old mobile phone battery. … Read more

Driving a CNC machine directly from an STL file with a DAGU Spider controller

I want to drive a CNC milling machine using only an Arduino processor and an STL file. The STL format was chosen because it is very simple for me to understand and almost all 3D CAD software can export an STL file.

In my forum post here: http://letsmakerobots.com/node/34958 the feedback I go was basically.

LMR Post Card Wall

In 2009 Frits started a "Scrap Book" forum where we could post links when another website featured an LMR robot. Now I think LMR needs a postcard wall where we can post photos of LMR members meeting each other (such as the campus party) and even a photo or two when we are on vacation in some  exotic place.

Simple Encoder Kit

DAGU is now releasing a simple, low cost, encoder kit. This kit consist of two hall effect sensors and two 8-pole nedymium magnets with rubber hubs. The rubber hubs will easily push onto most motor shafts or a small screw.

Multipurpose Mini-Machine for your Workshop

These days everyone is talking about how great 3D printing is but for the hobbyist this still limits you to plastic parts. Before 3D printers were around I always wanted a lathe and a milling machine, I still do!

When you want to build more than just basic robots it is sometimes necessary to make small metal parts. Maybe you need a special metal rod, mounting bracket, shaft adaptor etc.

Converting an STL file to Gcode to drive a CNC mill or lathe

As mentioned in my blog, "Multipurpose Mini Machine" DAGU wants to develop a low cost CNC machine kit. The models shown here will not be the final product, they are simply what I used for testing the quality of the components.

Part of the kit will be an Arduino compatible controller. Ok, I know, nothing new so far.

This animatronic head was created for a demonstration to inspire contestants in a local competition. I put a fair bit of effort into the design so I am now hoping … Read more

12 DOF hexapod kit now sold by SparkFun

The 12 DOF hexapod kit from DAGU is one of the simplest hexapod kits ever! You can buy it from SparkFun here: https://www.sparkfun.com/products/11497

Quick and easy to assemble, the body only consist of 12 leg segments, 12 foam rubber feet, 12 servos and a base plate with a hole pattern that allows controllers and sensors to be easily mounted.

Now available from SparkFun! https://www.sparkfun.com/products/11497 Hexapods are a popular robot design but they tend to be either 3 servo or 18 servo. I decided … Read more