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Set A Temperature For an Oven Using a Relay
This is my Arduino temperature-ramp PID controller, which is running on a hot plate (up to 325 C) and which shall also be tested on a furnace (up to 650 C).  This … Read more

RepRap Stepper Driver v1.2 and Next Gen CNC

In the picture from top-left, clockwise to bottom-left: the terminal block (24V power up to 13A), the 2 X-axis drivers, the Y-axis driver (blue heat sink), and the Z-axis driver (blue heat sink), the Arduino controller (direction x3/enable x3/step x3), and just below the terminal block there is a small 9V regulator board to shift 24V down to 9V for the Arduino.  Everything is mounted on an MDF board, and the board is mounted with baling wire.


Vendors I Like

I've noticed a few folks on LMR have mentioned their preferred vendors -- I though I might do the same on my blog.  There are more I'll probably add, but these folks are fresh in my mind. Everyone already knows about SparkFun, Adafruit, Electronics Goldmine, SeeedStudio/NKC Electronics and Gold Phoenix PCB -- this list includes stores I haven't seen mentioned.

__General-Purpose Vendors__

PCB CNC Mill: Clamping makes a difference

This might be useful to anyone else here with a DIY CNC who does PCB milling: http://blog.holyscraphotsprings.com/2011/05/good-circuit-boards-require-good.html

I've had a really tough time figuring out how to clamp my PCBs: my boards often look like the "bad PCB" here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/11461247@N02/5697373918/

CNC Machine V2 with RepRap Controller

I finally finished my Fireball V90 CNC build.  In May, I got the frame, and I planned to use the motors and electronics I purchased for upgrading the Valkyrie-clone CNC.  So I made some NEMA-17 to NEMA-23 adapter plates from CD-R disks, and got it all up and running.  It's running off 12V for now, with 24V planned in the future.


Video Goggles

Presented here is a video goggle system assembled from commercial, off-the-shelf (COTS) components.  The system can be made from recycled materials for under $100.

Old pic: http://letsmakerobots.com/files/clone_cnc_closeup_1500px.jpg TinHead's Original: http://letsmakerobots.com/node/9006 Vector Drawings: … Read more

Bricked! ATTINY2313 Repair with HV Rescue Shield


This blog post contains my build of a "HV Rescue Shield" by MightyOhm.  The High-Voltage Rescue Shield is a high-voltage programming shield that fits on an Arduino.  The Rescue Shield works on 28-pin ATMEGA ICs and on 20-pin ATTINY2313 ICs.  My use/instructions for now only concern resetting the LFUSE (clock fuse) so that the IC can be used with a 16MHz crystal.


I bricked my $3 µC IC on my first attempt at programming.  Recently I found some DIY AVR HV programmers that could be made from stuff in my lab.

Joins a 5mm shaft with an 8mm lead screw
Introduction Couplings are expensive, but tubing and Shapelock (Polymorph) is cheap.  This is a cheap way to build a coupling between a 5mm stepper and an M8 … Read more