RAMPS compatible driver module based on DRV8818 by Dean Gouramanis:
The goal of this project is to fit the DRV8818 driver circuit onto the standard 0.8″ X 0.6″ PCB size used in RAMPS 3D printers. DRV8825 drivers are a popular choice for desktop 3D printers, because they can provide up to 2.5 amps peak current. The DRV8818 is a similar IC capable of driving up to 3.5 amps, but the circuit is too large to fit on PCB using regular methods. Also, without a propper heatsink it will overheat.
Schematic, gerbers and mechanical CAD files are shared on GitHub:
From Brian Benchoff on Hackaday:
Before there were samplers, romplers, Skrillex, FM synths, and all the other sounds that don’t fit into the trailer for the new Blade Runner movie, electronic music was simple. Voltage controlled oscillators, voltage controlled filters, and CV keyboards ruled the roost. We’ve gone over a lot of voltage controlled synths, but [Tommy] took it to the next level. He designed a small, minimum viable synth based around the VCO in an old 4046 PLL chip
The circuit for this synth is built in two halves. The biggest, and what probably took the most time designing, is the key bed. This is a one-octave keyboard that’s completely 3D printed. We’ve seen something like this before in one of the projects from the SupplyFrame Design Lab residents, though while that keyboard worked it was necessary for [Tim], the creator of that project, to find a company that could make custom key beds for him.
Read more on the F0 on Tommy’s blog:
Sarah Petkus posts an update on her Robotic Arts blog about her NoodleFeet robot:
This summer, I am once again diving into designing mechanical personality quirks. I’ll be investigating new and exciting ways for my robot, NoodleFeet to interact with the world. This time, my focus is the wet, tingly and preferential aspect of TASTE.
From now until the end of August, my goal is to produce four different tasting modules that each demonstrate some aspect of sampling or preference. You could think of them as the “four tasters of the apocalypse”
If you’re unfamiliar with Sarah and NoodleFeet, then check out here great talk from Hackaday Super Con:
chmod775 on Hackaday.io designed this simple 3D Printed USB Connector compatible with PCBs from OSH Park:
I’ve made this 3D USB Connector because I want to remove the chunky and complex standard metal USB Connector from my new upcoming project.
The design it’s made to be simple and with the height reference from the OSHP ark PCB’s.
Every year, sometime in March, the world’s preeminent 3D printing enthusiasts gather in the middle of nowhere This is MRRF, the Midwest RepRap Festival. It’s only two weeks away. You need to come. Get your (free) tickets here. I’ll be there, and Hackaday is proud to once again sponsor the festival. I need to backtrack a…
via Two Weeks Until The Greatest 3D Printer Meetup On The Planet — Hackaday
Machinekit is a platform for machine control applications. It is based on LinuxCNC and can drive mills, lathes, 3D printers, laser cutters and more.
Machinekit can run on an Altera SoC which combines a hard silicon ARM core with a FPGA. Charles Steinkuehler has been working with the DE0-Nano development board from Terasic. MachineKit runs on the ARM core with the FPGA configured as a MesaNet card:
Charles designed a DB25 connected interface board, with pin-outs matching the P2 and P3 headers on a 5i25
cdsteinkuehler has shared the board on OSH Park:
Mesanet DB25 daughter-card adapter for Terasic DE0-Nano development board