How to control a linear actuator with an Arduino

July 28th, 2015

Proof actuator+arduino works. See latest post at marginallyclever.com

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Controlling a linear actuator is fun and easy. They’re really strong and can be used for all kinds of things: raising your TV out of a hidden pocket; crushing your enemies; or building an RC backhoe or dump truck. I did this entire project in about 20 minutes for around $150 CAD.
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Designing a new robot arm. Help!

July 16th, 2015

Here’s the post on hackaday.io. I don’t know why I posted it there. Probably because I skipped lunch and my blood sugar is low.

I’m making a new robot arm and I don’t have enough know-how to properly attach the shoulder to the base. Can you help?

A CoreXY Makelangelo

July 8th, 2015

#First powered test looks very #successful!

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I’ve been building a CoreXY version of the Makelangelo. Just completed the first successful motorized test. More pictures and video after the break.
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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.

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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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