Last bit of parts!!! 04/22/2010
The last package of components arrived yesterday! Pretty exciting. I haven't really thought about the CNC over the time I've been waiting for the parts to get off backorder so I'm ready to get back to work. I still need to order some solder paste and pick up an electric skillet. I've checked around at the local thrift shops to see if anyone had one but I haven't found one. WalMart and Target both have one for about $20 so ill just pick one up from there. Finals are coming up so don't expect to see a huge amount of progress! On a similar note I talked to Ed over at EdsLifeDaily and he's found a new driver design that he's testing out. Make sure to check it out. That's all for now but Ill be sure to get to cookin on those PCBs in the next month.
Gifts from Afar 03/11/2010
Yeah! It took 2 weeks and a trip to the local FedEx to get these puppies but they look great. I have more of them than I need so if any one needs a couple, hit me up and Ill sell them to you. Im going to put a couple up on eBay to see how they do. Ive still got about 12 LEDs on back order at Mouser so its still a waiting game. Its always nice to get stuff in the mail though. Ive got a couple more things to gather before Im ready to assemble. Solder paste and a hot plate. i went by Goodwill to see if they had el cheapo hot plates...They dont but thats cool. Target has them for like 20 bucks.
I posted 9 in the ebay listing last night and sold 3 soon after posting. I also got a request to ship three to Canada so it looks like I might recoup some of the money I lost having to order so many. Heres the ebay link for those interested in ordering.
RepRap Stepper Driver V2.3 PCB
The first batch of parts arrived today! 02/18/2010
Its for real now. I just received the stepper drivers from digikey. Ive been emailing around for some quotes for the PCBs.....wait WOW the UPS just dropped off the rest of the parts from mouser while I was writing this post. Thats crazy. What perfect timing. Ok. so whats left? Lets make a list.
- Get the PCBs made
- Get a hot plate
- Get solder paste
- Figure out how to work with SMD
- Wait for back ordered parts from mouser
- Assemble, repeat, repeat
- Figure out how to get it all to work together.
- Cut some stuff out
After looking at some of those parts Im amazed at how small they are. Its taken me a long time to get to the point where I am willing to try SMD. I guess you look at how to after how to and the pictures give you a false sense of size. Well see how it goes after I get the boards made and come up with a hotplate. For everyone out there trying to get PCBs made, make sure you mention if your a student. One of the places I got a quote from offers a 50% discount. Unfortunately they were still higher than my lowest quote.
A bit of history on me and my build after the break.