This week I worked on the Sixi 3 arm quite a lot.
Monday, I made a new tool to talk to my robots. Arduino Serial monitor is all well and good but I needed more features and some color coding.
Tuesday I tackled a problem with the base of the robot. When I designed the first version it seemed fine! Then I tried to drive it while in a Zoom meeting for the Vancouver Robotics Club and discovered that at the right spot the base and the J1 actuator collide.
Whoops. So I designed and 3D printed a new base…
…which didn’t work! The screws to attach the base to the board could not be accessed after the base was on the J0 gearbox. No tool clearance is bad! Taking the whole robot off the board just to fix J0 is bad! So that went in the recycling and I tried again.
That worked much better!
The screws that go on an angle through the top and bottom halves of the base need a nut. The nut can’t turn. I could make a really tight slot that the nut barely fits into… but then how do i get the nut out later? My solution is these nut holding tools. They fit snugly, prevent the nut from turning, and give me a convenient handle to grab with pliers when I need to pull them out. A gift to my future self!
As you know from the previous post, there’s a new firmware coming that is faster, smoother, and much more friendly to all they DIY people out there. Much of this week has been talking with people on Discord, showing them how to set up their custom versions. In short,
- Install the apps mentioned in https://mcr.dozuki.com/Guide/How+to+upload+Makelangelo-firmware+from+Windows+(2021+)/33?lang=en
- Get the firmware currently at https://github.com/i-make-robots/Marlin-polargraph
- read Marlin/Configuration.h and change where needed for your board, your drivers, your LCD.
- For size changes and more advanced stuff, come talk with us!
I’ve also filmed raw footage about how to use 3M hooks to put a Makelangelo on a flat wall. Some people don’t like the suction cups or they don’t have a big window. No problem! Subscribe to my Youtube channel and watch for the announcement.