Progress Update – 3/8/11

I haven't been posting any projects, but I've definitely been working on stuff!   If you don't follow my Thingiverse posts, I've leaned a little about character modeling in Blender and made me a ceiling cat for the shop:

I also made some spools for jumper wire that fit in my trusty electronics tackle boxes:

I've also been working on a set of parts that'll attach to a standard Cupcake CNC to add fume hood functionality for a fellow Makerbot operator.  It's not done yet, but the parts I have done make it look like a little oven, which I think is pretty awesome:

I've also been working on the CNC router at CCCKC, which has had a few successful test cuts and should help me finish a few long-running projects I've had on the back burner.  Check out this CCCKC blog post for video and some more info.

Lastly, I've been working on my self replicating CNC project again.  I've decided to make this project even more ambitious and I've acquired most of the hardware that I think I'll need to finish it up, or at least get it off it's feet.  I'm also learning OpenSCAD and doing all my initial design and prototyping in OpenSCAD.  I'm going to try and use OpenSCAD to model all the milled components in 3D and then use OpenSCAD's 2D rendering capabilities to generate the DXF files that will eventually be used to generate tool paths to actually mill the parts.  I'm trying to make the design very parametric and well organized so it'll be easy for me to tweak and easy for others to modify use the parts they have on hand or make new  derivatives.  The CCCKCCNC being up should help prototyping as well.

 

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5 Responses to “Progress Update – 3/8/11”

  1. Adam White says:

    Any chance you have (or could) shared the plans for the side panels? I would love to have something similar on my thing-o-matic

  2. Craig says:

    Interestingly enough, I just modified these for the ToM yesterday. I’ll have the designs up on Thingiverse in the next week or two.

  3. Adam White says:

    Excellent! Thanks! That would be awesome!

    What’s your handle on thingiverse?

  4. Adam White says:

    Scratch that request for you thingiverse page – I found the link on your mainpage!

  5. Craig says:

    The Cupcake files are up, ToM and fume hood files will follow after a bit:
    http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:13937

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