Since we may be contracting 3rd party to make PCBs and supply parts for the CNC, I'd like to gauge how much real interest there is in buying one of these machines, when we're done.
Keep in mind that this is not a commitment, just think to yourself to see how serious you would be, and comment yay or nay.
Update June 8th, 20122:
Ok, just counting heads. So far it's 17 people. Let me know if I missed anyone.
My personal budget for this is $1000-$1200, so any higher, and I'm out, but of course would continue to do my best to get this done for everyone!
Here's a list of "yays" so far (again no commitment assumed):
Drive System Survey
Franco Scipioni has set up a survey to gauge interest in which system we want to have on the system.
Access the survey here:
Count me in, if we plan to write the software ;-). I used to write CAD/CAM software too. Infact, I wrote couple of applications/plugins to optimize the tool path, and to optimize the material utilization (nesting, bin packing.. ) for shapes..
Count me in!
Yes, also one for me!
Count me in.
Im in Adelaide Australia and I would like to be in for a kit but with an option to buy the heavier equipment locally if possiable as the freight costs will probably defeat the purpose of going DIY.
I will check the freight prices as it progresses.
Great work everyone,
I'm in also!
Would LOVE to have one, but I don't have $1200. :(
Trying to get it below that. Still early days yet.
Just posting to keep this alive... I know we are all busy, Kevin doing exams, and Monroe planning to go to the moon! :) hehe
Just wanted to see where we are, what we need to move to the next step.
(can you tell I am a project manager in "real" life!) hehe
Yeah, me too(was), but this is not real life. ;-)
So, RD and I were doing a few PM exchanges. He's going to spend some time to convert the UHU board to SMD, and Eagle files.
I'm still waiting to hear from my guy at SOC Robotics about making a populated board for us. I think if RD is successful in the Eagle files, my guy will be more conducive to making that board for us.
Hey I am pretty fast at soldering too... I solder and test 40-50 APM2 per month! ehehe
I know it is quite a few boards to solder and specifically test (the hardest part) but if we are stuck with no one to assemble them for us I offer my service and time!
Soldering iron is always hot around here at Canada Drones!
It is good to know there is another electronics builder in the group. I too offer my services for those not experienced or confident to solder *through hole* technology.
SMD tech requires a few tools/skills I do not yet have but am slowly acquiring.
Dany, once we settle on a servo/controller or stepper/controller, we should both at least get the electronics working far earlier than the actual machine. I am considering buying two stock UHU from EAS just to evaluate them. I have most of the parts on-hand from my recycle/salvage efforts.