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11/14/2009 21:15:42

kaptooooonnn

I got sidetracked with several other projects…  I am waiting on an order of kapton tape to finish the plastruder.  Either the tape was missing from the original kit or I lost it along the way.  I’m going to give makerbot industries the benefit of the doubt on this one and call it my fault :)

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09/25/2009 12:10:42

Good news!  I finally got my act together and busted out a good 8 hours of work last night.  I finished the last stepper driver, finished up the x, y, and z stages, and put the whole assembly together.  At long last, I give you, the Imperial March test :)

IT’S ALIVE!!!

This weekend, I’ll finish the plastruder and hopefully get my first print.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/sdavisk/3952786329/?likes_hd=1

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08/19/2009 10:47:15

Home Stretch

I’m really close to finishing. Today, I will solder the last few bits onto my last stepper motor driver, attempt to get the firmware and some code onto the motherboard, and finish the plastruder assembly and x/z stages. Keep posted for photos and updates throughout the day. I need to clean up my work area a bit, so I will get started as soon as that’s done.

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07/18/2009 19:19:08

ELECRONICS, MUAHAHAHAHA

Over the last 2 weeks I’ve been slowly soldering away over a hot iron.  All the electronics are finished except for the last stepper motor board, which I’ll probably finish tonight or tomorrow morning.  I had problems burning the firmware to the motherboard, but I haven’t tried burning firmware to the extruder controller just yet so I’m not sure if thats an issue with my computer or the board itself.  Also I’m missing 2 10-pin IDC headers for the stepper boards.  This makes me sad, but I will push onward.

SMT soldering is REALLY awesome.  I literally got to pan-fry my electronics as if I were cooking up some eggs for breakfast.  XLNT.

See the flickr set for more photos of the electronics assembly (plus, a photo of me wearing a super sexy magnifying visor :)   http://www.flickr.com/photos/sdavisk/sets/72157620860440069/

ELECRONICS, MUAHAHAHAHA

Over the last 2 weeks I’ve been slowly soldering away over a hot iron. All the electronics are finished except for the last stepper motor board, which I’ll probably finish tonight or tomorrow morning. I had problems burning the firmware to the motherboard, but I haven’t tried burning firmware to the extruder controller just yet so I’m not sure if thats an issue with my computer or the board itself. Also I’m missing 2 10-pin IDC headers for the stepper boards. This makes me sad, but I will push onward.

SMT soldering is REALLY awesome. I literally got to pan-fry my electronics as if I were cooking up some eggs for breakfast. XLNT.

See the flickr set for more photos of the electronics assembly (plus, a photo of me wearing a super sexy magnifying visor :) http://www.flickr.com/photos/sdavisk/sets/72157620860440069/

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07/05/2009 13:29:25

Making progress at last!  The kit arrived at my local post office on Thursday, so I’ve had a solid day to work on it.  I skipped the electronics step and went straight to the build because I don’t own a hot plate for the surface-mount soldering.

Everything is looking good so far.  The Z stage is installed and moving nicely, with the exception of one of the rod assemblies.  Some friction is slowing down the rod and I can’t figure out where it’s coming from just yet.  I’m going to put down the body assembly for now and go back to the electronics.  I have an old frying pan at my apartment that should act as a decent heating element.

Photos added!  I’m going to be adding all GeeBot photos to a flickr set, http://www.flickr.com/photos/sdavisk/sets/72157620860440069/

Oh and I have to mention…  the kit came with a sweet magnifying visor to help out with electronics assembly.  I’ll have my roommate take an action shot.

Making progress at last! The kit arrived at my local post office on Thursday, so I’ve had a solid day to work on it. I skipped the electronics step and went straight to the build because I don’t own a hot plate for the surface-mount soldering.

Everything is looking good so far. The Z stage is installed and moving nicely, with the exception of one of the rod assemblies. Some friction is slowing down the rod and I can’t figure out where it’s coming from just yet. I’m going to put down the body assembly for now and go back to the electronics. I have an old frying pan at my apartment that should act as a decent heating element.

Photos added! I’m going to be adding all GeeBot photos to a flickr set, http://www.flickr.com/photos/sdavisk/sets/72157620860440069/

Oh and I have to mention… the kit came with a sweet magnifying visor to help out with electronics assembly. I’ll have my roommate take an action shot.

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05/26/2009 19:06:48

In the beginning…

…there was a giant box of parts and doodads. The parts and doodads contained within that box would one day become - GeeBot!

So, I ordered my MakerBot from http://store.makerbot.com/ over the weekend. In a few short weeks, I will have all the bits and pieces here at my apartment and ready for assembly. It will probably take a couple weeks to complete the construction of the GeeBot, and I will document my progress here with photos and videos. Once the GeeBot is complete, I will continue posting my MakerBot hacks and creations on this site.

Enjoy!

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