In this article I will go through the entire build process for an offline CNC controller that I have made for my 6040 CNC router. Although it is made specifically for my router, most items covered should be applicable for any CNC machine for personal use. I will cover the preparation of the enclosure, why I used certain electrical components and I will include any errors I made along the way to hopefully prevent other people from making the same mistakes. This build is also covered in 2 videos. In addition to the build instructions in these videos, this article also provides additional information such as software parameters and settings for the DDCS controller and VFD.
This is a brief introduction for the Dobot conveyor belt. This equipment is meant primarily for use in education and will typically be part of an automated system in combination with one or more robot arms. I received this unit for review from Dobot.nu. In the video below I will have a look at the included hardware, programming and will run a simple program to demonstrate how you could use the system.
A vision system is an indispensable tool for most automated production processes. Dobot offers a Vision System for educational use, which can be used in conjunction with the Magician or M1 robot arms. The star of the show is the software included the package Vision Studio. It has advanced image recognition features and a clean, easy to use visual programming interface based on flows.
This is a short how-to guide for creating your own brim on a 3D model in CAD to prevent a model from coming loose from the print bed. This can come in handy in case your slicer software does not include a correct brim suitable for your part. When 3D printing taller objects which are relatively narrow, the printed object can possibly come loose from the bed, resulting in a failed print. The higher the object becomes, the larger the risk, due to to increasing mechanical advantage for larger height to width ratios.
The AI Starter is a Robotic Car based on the well established Arduino architecture. It is primarily intended to be used in education for programming, automation and robotics. After posting a couple of videos on the Dobot Magician Robot I was contacted by a local Dobot supplier Dobot.nu. They asked me if I would like to have a look at some of the other products Dobot has on offer.
In this article I will have a look at the AI starter kit they sent over for review. I will cover the assembly of the kit, programming and a mini project with a tipping bucket I designed, to demonstrate the expandability of the platform.
Vision systems and robot arms are used in many modern production lines. With the availability of cheap vison cameras for consumers it has now become possible to make your own vision system controlled robot arm at home.
This article describes how to add a vision system to the Dobot magician robotic arm, allowing it to identify parts automatically and place them in a designated drop off location.
Polypropylene (PP) is a material that is used in a variety of applications like packaging, automotive industry, furniture, et cetera. For use in 3D printing however, it is not nearly as popular as PLA, ABS or PETG. This might be because PP filament is not readily available at most resellers. Also, it is difficult to find information online about requirements for the printer and process settings which would be needed for a successful print.
Stepped surfaces in 3D prints have been around since the dawn of 3D printing using the FDM process. The question is how to get rid of the unattractive steps them without drastically increasing print time. In this article I will cover a new feature in the Slic3r Prusa Edition that will allow you to tackle this problem in an interesting way. This also works for 3D printers which are not made by Prusa. I will test the feature with my Flashforge Dreamer. Continue reading “Slic3r Prusa Edition Variable Layer Height”