Introduction To Robotics And Robot Making
The Terminator. R2-D2. BB-8. Megatron. WALL-E. For years, robots, automatons or otherwise synthetic assistants have been part of our popular culture. While they’ve mostly been restricted to the silver screen, thanks to increasingly affordable and powerful electronics throughout the last couple decades, building a robot has never been easier.
Although robotics is more accessible than ever (such as the MeArm illustrated above that you can build with nothing but a screwdriver and enthusiasm),
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If you need a divided plastic case for small parts, those sold by Harbor freight are a really good option. On the other hand, they don’t sell the small subdivides inside by themselves as far as I know. If you need even smaller dividers, then you’re out of luck… or were out of luck.
In this video, I outline how to print new storage containers, as well as labeling and organization using this handy tool [Amazon affiliate]. The new dividers are designed by Tinic Uro, and can be found on Thingiverse here. You might also want to check out my previous video posted below about a very easy way to make shelves for these cases, rather than stacking them on top of each other:
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Online Laser Cutting Trend Report – Q4 2018
This quarterly report is for customers, suppliers
and digital manufacturing industry trends analysts to learn more about online
It’s the only report of its kind, with real world data from Ponoko, an online laser cutting pioneer visited by 1,000,000 people per year.
This is our fourth report for 2018, so let’s see
Most Used Laser Technique
Both types of engraving were more popular than last quarter,
In recent months and years, the additive manufacturing and 3D printing industry has been anything but dull, with stirring news nearly every week. Last week, for example, footwear product company Dr. Scholl’s announced a partnership with Wiivv to produce custom insoles by AM. I own a pair of the Wiivv-branded custom insoles (see the left image in the following) and wrote about them here.
The next 12 months will offer a wide range of interesting, even exciting, developments in AM. We will see companies of all types bridge the chasm from stand-alone AM systems to developing end-to-end solutions for final part production. A few companies have made a lot of progress, but most others are in the early phase. One challenge is to organize many systems at multiple sites. This means managing capacity, sending the right jobs to the correct facilities, and tracking progress. It’s one thing to do it for prototypes, but it is dramatically more difficult to conform to manufacturing quality standards and procedures.
Methods of post-processing will further develop this year. Post-processing involves support material removal, clearing access material from holes and cavities, surface finishing, coloring, coating, texturing, and inspection. Metal parts may also require stress relief, hot isostatic pressing, CNC machining, additional heat treatment, and polishing. Automating some or most of these steps will contribute greatly toward justifying the cost of using AM for production volumes. Post-processing is an area in which each company is developing what it believes to be distinct know-how and IP—and keeping it to themselves—yet much of the work is similar from one company to the next.
Materialise founder and CEO Fried Vancraen said recently that 2019 will be a year of incremental steps and a continuation of a slow revolution. He also stated that applications, not technology, will drive the AM industry in the form of investment. I could not agree more with his views. The year may not bring anything that is completely game-changing. Yet, the collective effort of thousands of organizations worldwide will help to bring AM closer to maturity for production applications, such as the custom insoles from Dr. Scholl’s and Wiivv.
While you can control your volume with onscreen clicks or even keyboard shortcuts, it’s hard to beat a physical knob. This project expands on the previous version, as an input device with three buttons (including the one built into the rotary input itself). I’ve also been able to use it with a “snake” game, so be sure to check it out in the video!
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The USA Catalog Expands With Blue, Coral Pink And Plum Colored Plywood
Traditionally, when laser cutting wood, the only color options were the natural tones associated with each wood variety. If you wanted something else, hand finishing was required—until now. With the introduction of blue, coral pink and plum colored plywood to the USA materials catalog lineup, there’s a whole new world of product possibilities that you can either sell for profit or use to build your brand.
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New Brushed Copper On Black Acrylic Makes Its Debut In NZ Catalog
From red carpets and magazine spreads to home interiors and oh-so-likeable Instagram posts, copper has been the it color for the last several seasons. You’ll see it being integrated into wedding decorations, signage at boutique hotels and trendy bars and restaurants, jewelry being sold on Etsy—and much, much more.
Now you can bring the copper trend to your latest laser
cutter projects with the debut of brushed copper on black acrylic in the NZ catalog.
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