3D Printing Makelangelo Robot Arm

Weekly summary ending 2018-02-15

Hey, gang! Here is what we worked on in the last week, where we are heading next, and how you can join us.

Welcome Jacob & Scott

We have new interns! Our factory grows! Mwhahahahaha~! I get these two bright young men for three whole weeks and I am working them tirelessly to breaking beneath the unforgiving whip of industry on every project that we’ve been saving as “great if we had more unfiltered evil time”.

Among their first tasks has been converting some of the STL files we use into Fusion 360 versions so that we can tweak them; testing parts they designed;

practicing their maniacal laughter; and repairing a 3D printer that has an unfortunate accident

New Dozuki Process Control

Scott & Jacob have also been building new documentation for our team, DIYers, and new users. Documenting our process means more control and better quality. I love Dozuki ever since I saw it used by Prusa Printers. Check out the start of our documentation.

Sixi Robot Arm Anchor and Shoulder First Look

Yes! The first version of the anchor and the shoulder have been birthed from the primordial ooze printed. As soon as omc-stepperonline.com come back from Lunar New Years and ship our parts (we expect delivery ~the 20th) then we’ll be putting it together and finally conquering the planet making it move.

Get Educated

I’m back in school to up my game!

First off, Mandarin. I keep ordering fancy parts from China and I hear all the best deals are on chinese-only sites like Taobao. It is easier to convince people that robots are the future if I speak their language. One in six people understands Mandarin so it’s the obvious choice.

Second off, professional Machinist courses. I’ve signed up to take CNC lathe work at BCIT and their classroom is a machine porn wet dream.

Next

Next week we have a scheduled power outage for another electrical upgrade to the super ray. I plan to spend the time at Vancouver’s Science World wreaking havoc filming footage for a new Makelangelo video. We don’t plan to be there more than once for this, so I’m drawing schemes storyboards for the first time. Nice!

Join Us

Get the latest Sixi Master Assembly for Fusion360 on Patreon
OR
Buy anything in our store and mention ‘The Fusion link’ in the notes field to get a link by email.

You can use this file to build your own copy of the robot arm.  Put that 3D printer you bought to use – Make it your own! Share your creation with others!  That’s what open source is about.  If you build one we would love to share it with others.  I am actively seeking talent… show me what you got.

As always, follow our daily progress on our Instagram or see our older stuff on Youtube.

Lastly, thank you for your likes, subscribes, comments, and purchases. You keep the lights on and the mood high so we can keep working on awesome things that will help the planet.

Special thanks to Bernie at Coast Precision CNC that saw my broken printer Instagram post and offered me one of his spare thermistors. We were back up and running the same day! Excellent.

3D Printing Projects

3D printable pipe connection adapter

Recently a good friend asked me to make an adapter to connect the air hose from his vacuum to the air hose on his new scroll saw.  Both were, obviously different sizes.  3D printing to the rescue!

Shortly after he went home happy, I was thinking it would be great to have a tool that solves this problem forever.  Thingiverse has an option to make customizable, parametric designs.  So I whipped out SCAD modelling program and in about an hour crafted this tool that is free for everyone.

https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:3184173

You can change the diameter of the two hose ends, how far the hose ends sink into the adapter, and the thickness of the walls.  There is a small lip inside the shape to keep the hose from moving too far into the adapter.

In the first two weeks it has been remixed ten times already.  Fantastic!  If you find it useful, please tag me online or join my Patreon.