automate your machine
document the group project and your individual contribution
My accountability in the Assignment
In this week's group work, I mainly do the design part of the project.
Since I lives in Guangzhou, a city more than 150 kilometers away from Fablab shenzhen, I can only make it to the lab every weekend.
So when the project started, we seprated into two groups: one responded for appearance and mechanical design, one for circuts and programming. And I was in the design group. I communicated with everyone mainly online or through facetime. Thanks to Viky Xie, Flex Ma, Lit Liao, Yixiao Zhang, Yang yang, I can finish the most challenging assignment.
I finished design work at home and went to the lab for cutting, assembling and testing.
Based on previous work in week 9, we polished our design and made our machine body components more accurate.
Automate our machine
We found a very useful tutorial Getting Started With Gestalt Nodes from the Fabacademy website. :)
Fabnet is a multi-drop network, meaning that multiple modules (a.k.a. nodes) share a single set of communication wires.
- Connect to PC with FTDI USB
- Connect to the Fabnet（Gestalt Node）
- Provides power at two voltages 12V-24V/7.5V
Then create a bridge board that adapts the cable to Fabnet:
Download the firmware for Gestalt Node
wxGestalt is a simple IDE for controlling Gestalt nodes in Python
Identify the nodes
Run the machine
And cheer for the cutting!
Click blow to watch our video ;)