Modding an i3 to support five axis printing

July 4th, 2015

five axis printing

I’d like to mod my i3 to try five axis printing. I have a Reprap i3 and a RUMBA board that support six steppers. I see in Marlin RUMBA is set up for 3 axies and 3 extruders. The axies would be X,Y,Z,U, and V. I’m wondering what is the best approach. Here are my thoughts so far.
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Makelangelo Developer Preview, June 28 2015

June 29th, 2015

Arm3 & Hexapod updates

June 19th, 2015

Arm3 June 19 2015

Arm3 and Hexapod projects are now much more friendly for first time users.

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Hexapod, Russia updates

June 17th, 2015

Updates to my oldest robot project, news about the trip in Russia, and +1 like upvoting some awesome people.

@bookvoed front window on Nevsky Prospect. It's like the #Saks5thAvenue of St Petersburg.

A photo posted by Dan Royer (@imakerobots) on

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Software, Forums, Russia

June 10th, 2015

Several projects were updated over the weekend, the forums have been tweaked, and I look forward to meeting you in Russia June 13-21.
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Marginally Clever at the Vancouver Mini Maker Faire 2015

June 8th, 2015

Best year ever at the Vancouver Mini Maker Faire! We broke all our sales records. The surprise hit was our Arduino starter kits, selling way better than anticipated. I had a surprising number of requests to see all our robots. Our two tables have only so much room!

I was delighted to hear some people skipped every booth to see us first, and I was shocked – shocked, I say! – at the number of people who had never played Tetris before.

Unlike the Bay Area Maker Faire we had the Wifi we were promised the entire weekend, media attention, Maker Happiness people checking in on us, and some really exciting opportunities to network. New to me was a menu in the Maker check-in package and a slip to write down an order. That way a Maker Happiness volunteer could go get lunch and the Maker wouldn’t have to abandon their table. So thoughtful!

Next up I have to prepare to attend Geek Picnic in Moscow. It’s like the Russian Maker Faire. Follow us on Instagram to see pics while I’m over there.

Privacy Policy & Terms of Service Updates

May 28th, 2015

Today I’ve updated our terms of service and our privacy policy.
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Giant Tetris for Vancouver Mini Maker Faire 2015

May 27th, 2015

led tetris

I used the Arduino Starter Kit tutorials for building your own game of Tetris and modified them just enough to run the game with WS2811 full color LEDs.

For added authenticity I added wall kicks (turning a piece close to the edge pushes it away from the edge) and increasing difficulty (finish a row, game gets faster).

You can grab the code from the LED8x16tetris github repository I just pushed.

You can try the game live June 6-7 at the Vancouver Mini Maker Faire at the PNE fairground in Vancouver, BC, Canada. We’ll have stuff you can build, stuff you can buy, stuff you can play, and smiles for everybody. It should be a beautiful weekend, so come on out and make the most of it.

Congratulations for 1000 Makelangelos!

May 25th, 2015

There are now 1006 Makelangelos around the world. To celebrate I invested Sunday to build a new website just for the Makelangelo robot. Thursday and Friday last week were spent making “how to assemble” videos and now they’re being edited together.

I am humbled and grateful that you enjoy this project so much. Thank you!

An opportunity for Dutch Makelangelo owners

May 25th, 2015

Cinekid festival in Holland is looking for a Makelangelo user to show off at this year’s festival in October. Are you available?

I know you’re out there from the map of Makelangelos around the world. That’s why we added a Dutch translation to the software. Hello, Vlaardingen! You have been busy.

So if you’re machine is ready and you’d like to show off for a weekend, ping me. Forums, twitter, Instagram, Facebook, live chat… I’m not hard to find. I’ll hook you up. Maybe it can be the Amsterdam Makelangelo users meetup.

There are so many opportunities now that I can’t take them all. I feel like this guy, only the limes are opportunities.

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