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61  Community / Bar Sport / Re: Your latest purchase on: June 25, 2013, 05:43:35 pm
Got a new Makerbot Replicator off Ebay for around 2/3 the price from the official website. 

Replicator Article - https://www.inventables.com/technologies/makerbot-replicator-3d-printer

I have printing non-stop for about a month now.  Just had to purchase my first set of filament.  This thing is amazing, especially if you're designing something that needs prototyping and don't like waiting.


62  Community / Website and Forum / Re: Pinned Faqs on: June 25, 2013, 05:17:51 pm
The majority of people don't read the stickies.  Doesn't matter if it was a global announcement that flashed in red in the middle of the screen.  People seem to think that making a post, typing a 2 page report of their problem and then waiting for 1 day or 2 to get an answer that would have easily taken 30 seconds with a Google search.

Once you're around here for awhile, you will notice this.  If you're like most long term members here, have a list of Frequently Asked Questions that you have the answers for typed up and ready to copy and paste..
63  Topics / Product Design / Re: [Help Wanted] The ArduWatch - A Simple, Low Cost, Take Anywhere Platform on: June 19, 2013, 02:52:02 pm
I can probably speak for everyone when i say that no one will do that for free, especially since you want the rights to the design.  My advice to you would be to seek a professional design and assembly firm.
64  Development / Other Software Development / Re: Arduino Code Highlighting, Auto-complete & Call-tip Help in Notepad ++ on: June 18, 2013, 02:09:43 pm
True.  NPP can run the IDE and compile upon opening the IDE.  The end user will have to input where the IDE exe is.  There is a post in this forum somewhere about how to make NPP run the IDE exe..  I will see if I can find it.

Here it is.. http://forum.arduino.cc/index.php?topic=160456.0
65  Development / Other Software Development / Re: Arduino Code Highlighting, Auto-complete & Call-tip Help in Notepad ++ on: June 18, 2013, 11:29:49 am
Since this forum and Arduino are for beginners, my suggestion would be to write up a full tutorial on how to use your app.  Also since your telling people to set the IDE to external editor, you might want to make NPP start the IDE and compile. 
66  Community / Products and Services / Re: Arduino Nano V3 Enclosure - Create This on: June 17, 2013, 03:52:04 pm
We offer design services if you're looking for something you don't see here.

lol, I think I can print my own and download the free stl..  I also think that you should tune your printer to not have gaps.  I notice all of your prints have some kind of gap in the plastic.
67  Using Arduino / General Electronics / Re: Voltage drop over capactors on: June 16, 2013, 12:19:48 am
C1 is wrong.  One lead needs to be connected to Ground (it doesn't matter which one).
68  Topics / Product Design / Re: [Help Wanted] The ArduWatch - A Simple, Low Cost, Take Anywhere Platform on: June 15, 2013, 01:07:39 pm
You say you don't want to reinvent the wheel, but you are doing so by making an Arduino that can fit inside a watch..  If you are going to make this design work, you have to start thinking outside the box. 

And yes, I can see your pics, that's why my ideas were based on a round design.

And if you wonder why members don't speak up about their ideas in this thread, it's because you shoot the ideas down before you even think about them.

good luck..
69  Community / Products and Services / 3D design and Printing on: June 15, 2013, 11:55:16 am
Need help on a 3D design and/or printing? 

I have a 3D printer and use SolidWorks for designs. If you need help or just looking for someone to print your design, I could print it then send it to you.

Some examples of use:
Enclosures
brackets
mounts
knobs
anything you can make in plastic!

I am not doing this to make myself rich.  It is a hobby and I love doing it.  If I like your design or you have an idea that I like, I may do it for free!

Send me an email (click the envelope under my profile) or PM me with yours
70  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Is there an interest in 3d printed custom enclosures? on: June 15, 2013, 11:44:44 am
I'm interested.  The most significant issue in my project has been the enclosure.  I am using a 20x4 LCD and it's the width that is the sticking point.  In the end, it seems like I might have to simply sit down with template making material and rough something out, then send it to a 3D printing outfit.

I have a 3D printer if you want to PM me with some specifics, I would be willing to help.
71  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Schematics on: June 15, 2013, 11:40:39 am
Ever heard of Fritzing ?

Not for schematics!!  Fritzing sucks..

http://www.digikey.com/schemeit# (online version)
72  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Fritzing: In PCB view can I remove Arduino and just use Atmega328? on: June 15, 2013, 11:37:50 am
You need to find the IC, not the the name.  I believe in Fritzing, that the IC you want will not have Arduino or Atmel attached to it.  It's a basic part and you have to input the amount of pins you want the IC to have.

I don't have Fritzing installed anymore so that is the best advice I can give.
73  Community / Products and Services / Re: Arduino Nano V3 Enclosure - Create This on: June 15, 2013, 10:58:09 am
http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:36914
74  Topics / Product Design / Re: [Help Wanted] The ArduWatch - A Simple, Low Cost, Take Anywhere Platform on: June 15, 2013, 10:36:21 am
Why not have the band act as the breadboard.  Each link is a small breadboard.  BTW, you don't need to make the breadboard as thick as the real ones.. If someone is too lazy to cut their jumper pins a little shorter than you could make a short pin jumper (and possibly make a little money off those too).

Now that I'm thinking of utilizing the band, why not have each band some kind of sensor? Light sensor, piezo, you know the small ones.. Or, you could make the band a breadboard and have specialized sensors that plug in to the small breadboards.. 

Also if you're going to make it round, you could make the pinout for the chip go around the case.  Not just in one spot.  This would make it easier to design as well..  As for the power, you could design a coin cell battery case that plugs in to a power port..

DISCLAIMER - Sorry, I started thinking and couldn't stop!
75  Using Arduino / Programming Questions / Re: Just got MINI steppers! What kind of code do I need to do PWM? on: June 15, 2013, 12:21:25 am
Thanks for the steppers, just got 'em today.  Haven't had the chance to play with them yet, but hopefully get time over the weekend. 

I found this
http://www.stepperboard.com/CalculatingMotorCurrent.htm
http://wiki.linuxcnc.org/cgi-bin/wiki.pl?Stepper_Formulas

Have you found any specs for the steppers?  Voltage, current draw..?
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