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Working in 2D: Using a CNC Mill

Posted by Erica on Oct 10, 2013 in Making, Woodworking

I have been enjoying the 3D printer. It’s very easy to go on Thingiverse and download toys and objects to print. My ultimate goal, though, is to design my own parts for the machines I want to build. And that means learning computer-aided design (CAD) software. There are quite a few of these around for [...]

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Building a 3D Printer

Posted by Erica on Sep 19, 2013 in Making

For a while now I’ve been working to upgrade my toolset, in order to make more interesting robots. One of the projects is 3D printing. Today I’m happy to report the completion of a milestone: I am the proud owner of a home-built 3D printer!
There are so many choices when it comes to 3D printers, [...]

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FireCheetah navigates on his own

Posted by Erica on Apr 15, 2012 in Electronics, Making

With less than a week to go before the robot competition, I have been working very hard. Most of the previous week was spent on navigation. With this particular maze design, there is a section where the robot is forced to move and do some turns without having a wall to guide it. I wanted [...]

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More toys for the workshop

Posted by Erica on May 17, 2010 in Making

During my robot build, I was constantly wishing for a drill press. I put off purchasing one because I couldn’t decide if I┬áreally needed a full-sized press, where to put it, etc. I eventually stumbled on a drill press that is small enough to fit on (or be stored under) my worktable, but has enough [...]

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Playing with the Dremel

Posted by Erica on Mar 4, 2010 in Making, Woodworking

I used my Dremel 4000 for the first time to do a simple project, attaching a brass nameplate to the cherry wood cradle I made back in 2003. I spent many months building the cradle and got it done just in time for Laurel’s birth — we picked it up from the workshop on the [...]

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New toys for the workshop

Posted by Erica on Feb 21, 2010 in Making

I have some new toys to play with:
The main item is the Dremel 4000. It can drill, sand, plane, shape, rout, basically do everything except bake bread. Initially I’ll be using it to make holes in the enclosure box for the Speed Vest.
I do have another small project in mind. Years ago I made a [...]

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