Monday, February 19, 2018
Thursday, February 15, 2018
In the past few weeks I've been working on a new CNC instructable, but I was having trouble getting my motor drivers to cooperate. At first I couldn't seem to get them all to even start up. I decided to try out these Texas Instruments DRV8825-based Stepper Motor Driver Module designed as a drop-in replacement of my existing drivers:
I was getting better results but still missing some steps so I checked the 3.3V from my modified phone charger. It was showing the expected voltage on the multimeter, but when I looked with my $20 single-channel oscilloscope, I saw frequent peaks above 9V.
I added an electrolytic capacitor I found and smoothed out the peaks to around 3.6V. That's it, right? Wrong! It took a few more trial runs and a night to sleep on it to realize I also had a mechanical binding issue on the x-axis. After removing 2 screws, it's working great again.
at 8:50:00 PM
Monday, January 8, 2018
Thanks to Woodcraft for featuring winners of the instructables.com Furniture Contest: https://www.woodcraft.com/blog_entries/chicago-maker-wins-furniture-contest
You'll find mine among the second prize winners.
Here's a photo of the table we bought from friends and painted to match...
at 8:13:00 PM