DMM Servos

Need advanced servo motors or drives for an upcoming project?  Building a CNC machine?  Just interested in learning a lot?

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My experiences with their service has been outstanding.  Will be receiving product soon and have to post more about that then.

http://www.dmm-tech.com/, a company that:

DMM Technology Corp. is devoted to the research and development of advanced servo motion control products. Within our 20 year history, we have achieved numerous patented technological advances in the automation industry and have integrated these technologies into our products. These achievements have allowed us to expand the limits of AC Servo application and have attributed our products with an unprecedented combination of performance, reliability, and cost.

All technology used in our products are developed by our in house engineers who utilize smart thinking and smart solutions to simplify the servo control mechanism while maintaining a high performance and full-featured product.

Our products have proven themselves in many manufacturing, and automation industries for worldwide applications. We are also able to collaborate with users to develop new, or modify existing systems in order to meet and exceed the target requirements. We integrate smart technology into an industry proven package.

Visit our Core Technology section to learn more about our technical specialty.

 

One-Off Cast Iron

I had an incredible talk with Craft Pattern today, about making a custom cast iron machine frame.

http://www.craftpattern.com/

They really took the time to talk me through the process and helped me understand the different techniques used.

Isn’t it great when you get to talk to someone who knows what they are talking about?

Have you considered cast iron as a possibility on any of your projects?  I hadn’t until recently, but now a whole new world of possibility has opened up.

In addition to casting, they offer full CNC machining services on the castings, so it sounds like a one-stop-shop.

 

 

 

CNC Gears Made From Baltic Birch

If I have a CNC router and haven’t made wooden gears – isn’t that a crime?

http://geargenerator.com -> SVG -> InkScape -> EPS -> VCarve Pro -> WinCNC -> CAMaster CNC Router -> Baltic Birch -> Gears

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They run very smoothly.  Next I need to improve the mounting.  I’m thinking either real bearings or HDPE bushings.

The Wonder Of 3D Printing

Here is a little robot the kids and I were working on.

We designed it in Solidworks.

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Prepared for printing in the MakerWare software.

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Printed it on the MakerBot.  It failed halfway through and we had to re-print some of the parts.

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Here is a closeup of the print.

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And some pictures of the finished chassis.

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We used custom rubber bands for tires. Threads were even printed into some of the parts so 6mm bolts could screw right in.

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