Tuesday, 24 September 2013

This Blog is now closed

I have now moved the blog to its own wordpress site, apapageek.com, so all future blogging will be there.

Thanks you all those that have been reading this blog.


Wednesday, 21 August 2013

Interesting camera

I think this could be trained to recognize SMD parts for an automated pick and place machine.

Thursday, 15 August 2013

3D Printer filament

I came across this on hackerday.com, it will be interesting to see the results.

Sunday, 28 July 2013


I've had a temporary set back in my cancer treatment am not strong enough to do any reprap stuff ATM. Back at it in a couple of weeks.

Wednesday, 5 June 2013

Printing a Robot Arm

For quite a while now the objects I have been printing have all had to do with extending, or improving, my Prusa.  So I decided that it was about time that I had  go at printing something else less machine  oriented.

So I found this on Thingiverse (Micro Robot Arm) and thought it would be fun to print it and to write the Arduino code to control it.

So the servos are ordered and I am starting to print the parts.  Photos and details to follow as the construction proceeds.

Update: 10 June

The main parts for the arm are printed, I am having problems printing the rack and gear.

Still waiting for the servos to arrive.

Saturday, 18 May 2013

The future of 3D printing

It is nice to come across a post that helps to inspire you and make you feel that we are on the right track for the next generation.  Last year I took my Prusa to our local christmas faire and it was the kids who were most fascinated, a 6 year old who wanted one for making robots and a 10 year old girl who followed what was happening and pointed out at one point when I had forgotten to switch on the heated bed.  They get it.

So does this young inventor: An 11 year old and his 3d printer.

Making money on the side

My other half often asks if my 3D printer is ever going to make money (earn rather than print).  Up until today it seemed that the only way was to find local people who want to have something printed and to charge them  Finding these people has just got easier.  Enter MakerXYZ.

Thursday, 16 May 2013

Raspberry PI Camera is now shipping.

I have been interested in the Raspberry PI with a view to using it as a driver for my Prusa, or as a general 3D processing workstation. e.g. Automating the production of GCode etc.  Well yesterday I found out that RS are now shipping the long awaited PI Camera module.  Well I just had to buy one and it should arrive soon.  I will post us my impressions of it once I get my hands on it.

Wednesday, 15 May 2013

People may have noticed that I have not been posting much lately.  This is because I have been diagnosed with cancer of the colon.  However, we are trying some alternative cures and the chemo, whilst tough, does seem to be having a positive effect.

I will be using some of my spare time to complete the hadron plus some accessories such as a simple laser  cutting head. So watch this space.

Sunday, 20 January 2013

Building a Hadron

I've been fairly busy with work and Quick2Wire.com the past few months and my 3D printer has pretty much taken the back seat.  But one of the things I have been doing is gathering the parts to build an OrdBot Hadron.  This was given a big boost by the successful funding of a European MakerSlide project on ulule.com.

This weekend most of the parts have finally arrived and so I started the build.

The Y Assembly
Some of it went smoothly, but I found that one of the laser cut parts, the Gantry Plate, was totally the wrong size.

Upon investigation I found that the DXF file I originally used was wrong.  Fortunately the others were OK, so I only have to get that plate re-cut.

Serves me right for forgetting the old adage 'Measure twice, cut once'.  In this case, check that the dimensions make sense before sending the DXF off to be cut.

So project is back on hold until the reworked plates arrive.

I had the laser cutting done by 4D Modelshop in London.  An excellent service and really helpful to a novice in Laser cutting. I highly recommend them.

More once the new Gantry Plates arrive!

Motor Bracket

Y Carriage Leg