I've been spending my wee few hours a week designing, tinkering and finally building my little robotics platform. I've had ideas brewing for a while but haven't had enough time outside of work to start hacking.
It all started when I first saw Rick Waldron's Johnny Five framework for Node.js.
Sensors are asynchronous, so, ya, a node.js robot framework makes sense.
A few months later I started sketching designs, reading up on firmata and buying my arduino & Pi.
Before the what & why, here's the basic BOM: 1 Arduino Uno R3 running firmata1 original Raspberry Pi with Raspbian, Node.js & 4gb of storage1 Magicians chassis1 SN754410NE Quad Half H-Bridge to drive the motors1 dual-output mobile battery backA custom mount for the Pi & some custom USB cabling for power
Why Raspberry Pi
The main controller is a Rpi. It turns 2 small motors by delegating instru…
What I couldn't find is a complete compiled list with links to purchase. So I made one! I put together a simple Amazon Affiliate store called Maker Workbench Equipment List. I merged what I thought made sense and added a bunch of items I think any good Mak…
3D printing is certainly a hot topic and it hasn't even hit its stride. The machines are getting smaller, more accurate & cheaper. We're seeing less toy/protoypes and more "real products" - even a life-size robot!
But to make a final product, you need more than just the frame. New Startups are entering the arena to enable a Maker to complete the entire product development lifecycle in their own workshop.
Circuit Board Prototyping
The folks at AgiC sourced special conductive tape that only conducts in the Z-axis so soldering a SMT is literally just placing it on paper.
The mill can cut out tons of materials from copperclad for more permanent circuit boards to metals.
Pick & Place
I saw an more updated version of the machine and I was surprised how impressive it was (and no idea how expensive a real P&P cost!)
Is it ready yet for my apartment?
Not quite. These startups are just getting off the ground. Furthermore, if you were to buy all of them it w…