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Mechanics and Construction / Re: what tool is next?
« Last post by Anoroc on August 20, 2014, 06:12:41 AM »
I'm completely bias, but this is what I'd go with 8)

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Mechanics and Construction / Re: Building a simple robot..... need advice
« Last post by DiegoChavez on August 19, 2014, 12:23:52 PM »
you can change the sleep settings on the iPad for it to never go into sleep mode. But if you want to build a robot I would get a servo and some type of vise to hold the servo on top of the IPad and then you can attach a stylus or something to the servo arm. And the rest is just about writing some simple code in the arduino. If you need any help with the wiring, design, or the coding I'll be more than happy to help you.
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Mechanics and Construction / Re: what tool is next?
« Last post by DiegoChavez on August 19, 2014, 11:36:40 AM »
I believe that would do. A 3d printer will work for what I am doing. now the only question is which one to get. I am in the $1000 price range any ideas?
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Mechanics and Construction / Re: what tool is next?
« Last post by Anoroc on August 19, 2014, 08:50:10 AM »
I suppose that depends on what you mean by "robust". I use 3D printers to prototype new machines I'm working on. I've successfully printed precision cutting heads for plotters, linear bearings, gears, tool holders... The list goes on.

I've also produced prints that are clean enough to actually sell as a finished product.
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Mechanics and Construction / Re: 3D printing parts for fun!
« Last post by Anoroc on August 19, 2014, 07:47:26 AM »
That sounds like a deal that's pretty hard to turn down! PCBs and mechanical parts for the cost of shipping.  8)
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Mechanics and Construction / Re: what tool is next?
« Last post by DiegoChavez on August 18, 2014, 04:28:29 PM »
I am thinking of a 3d printer because it meets everything I said but my only question is if it can make things that are robust enough.
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Mechanics and Construction / Re: what tool is next?
« Last post by waltr on August 18, 2014, 02:08:37 PM »
3D printer?
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Software / Re: using the iphone as an rc transmitter
« Last post by waltr on August 18, 2014, 02:04:59 PM »
Can you use Google web search?
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Misc / Re: "real" microcontrollers
« Last post by waltr on August 18, 2014, 02:03:22 PM »
It varies quite a bit. It could use a PIC12, 8 pin uC or ATiny or it could have a large SOC like a Altera Cyclone with dual ARMs and FPGA.

It all depends on the application and what the engineer chooses.
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Mechanics and Construction / Re: 3D printing parts for fun!
« Last post by Billy on August 18, 2014, 11:19:25 AM »
but it'll be quite some time before I'm finished :P

I see, it's commercial. Still cool you're willing to do a few for free.
It could really get someone through a deal breaker on a robot project. With so many ways to get distracted these days, needing a part you can't buy (or make) could make the difference between a life long interest in making and getting sucked into a gaming habit. 

Over the weekend I modified SW to allow the printer(CNC) to read PLT files from EAGLE PCB editor, so it can now machine simple two layer PCBs. Maybe I should agree to help in the same way.
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