Finally I have returned. Last July I retired from Intel in Hillsboro, OR after 2 1/2 years. I moved back to my home in Firestone, CO.
I will be updating the blog more often now that I got organized (Organized. Really? – Linda).
As I am a volunteer Mentor for the Mead High School MAVBots robotics club I built a couple of bots for them:
- A Sparkfun RedBot. I upgraded the Line follower sensor and added better bumpers. I also added a pen and lift servo so it can function as a Turtle-bot.
- MavBot. This is a 310mm x 280mm differential drive robot. It is basically a Redbot on steroids.
- it has stepper motors (NEMA 17 – Left over from my 3D printer Project (see below). I used two Sparkfun Easy Drivers for control. http://www.sparkfun.com/products/12779
- Arduino Mega2560 for the brain. http://www.sparkfun.com/products/11061
- SD card reader. https://www.adafruit.com/products/254
- Line Follower Bar. https://www.sparkfun.com/products/13582
- LCD Display.
- XBee Radio. https://www.sparkfun.com/products/11373 and https://www.sparkfun.com/products/11215
- Polulu Micro Maestro to control servos. https://www.sparkfun.com/products/9664
- Pen Holder with Servo.
- A robot hand demo using http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:101523
- Smart timers that know when Sunset is and adjust the on time automatically. They use some SSRs instead of relays. Processor is a Arduino Pro Mini (http://www.sparkfun.com/products/11113) with a DS1307 time chip (https://www.sparkfun.com/products/12708) and a (16×2 LCD https://www.sparkfun.com/products/13293) . It uses the guts of a USB charger to provide 5V.
- Robot Arm using the Inmov Hand (http://inmov/fr).
- Another Robot Arm based on the Parloma hand. This one is a lot harder to find all the files needed. There are no directions except for a slim manual which has lots missing. However it looks like a good design. I am having to modify some things as some parts are weak.
- A clone of the TAZ-5 3D printer
- 300mm x 300mm x300mm print volume
- DUET Controller and graphics display.
- Chimera Dual extruder
More to come