Yesterday, I attended the EuroGamer Expo (EGX), 2014, at the Earls Court Exhibition Center in London, U.K. The journey up to London, by train, did not start too well, due to works being carried out on the railway tracks. This meant that we first had to go to Brighton to catch another train up to London. Hence, a journey that should have taken an hour and a half ended up taking about three hours. When we got to London Victoria Station the Circle and District underground lines were closed, which meant taking the C1 bus to Earls Court and us arriving almost an hour and a half late.
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Hello and welcome to another post in the blog series on using FPGAs in Robotics. So far the series has concentrated on the construction of a 17 DOF robotic kit, which was purchased without any assembly instructions. This kit, when fully constructed, will be central to this series of blog posts and should be controlled using one of Altera's Cyclone family of FPGAs on a development board or kit. In this blog post I will finish the construction of the lower limbs and add the waist bracket, which will eventually act as our Inertial Frame when the Denavit-Hartenberg parametric representation of articulated joints is considered.
Quite recently I set myself a task to print in 3D one object, out of many, from a 3D scene in AutoCAD. How this is, or should be done, left me perplexed for a while. However, I soon realised that this objective is not too difficult a thing to do, like most objectives, once you know what you are doing, or are supposed to be doing! Especially, where in my case, probably like with most 3D printers, the printer's application software accepts 3D models in the .stl or Lithography format. By the way, in case you don't already know, my 3D printer is an UP! Mini 3D Printer.
With this objective in mind, in this blog post I demonstrate how I 3D print AutoCAD models using any 3D printer in general and the UP! Mini 3D printer in particular. Hence, the method should work for any 3D printer software that supports the .stl file format.
3D Printing (2) - UP! Mini 3D Printer - Installing the Parts, Configuring and Printing My First 3D Models
Hello, welcome to my blog posts about 3D printing. Last week I received my UP! Mini 3D Printer and began the installation process. However, I started relatively late on Sunday and didn't have time to complete the task during the week. Having a weeks' break wasn't so bad, as it allowed me to reflect on what has been achieved so far, which in all honesty is not very much.
In this post I describe the trails and tribulations I have been through to print my first 3D model.
First Impression (1) - GY-80 : The 10 DOF, 9-Axis Accelerometer, Magnetometer, Gyroscope and Barometer Module
This blog post is about my first impressions of the GY-80, a 10 Degree-Of-Freedom (DOF), 9-Axis Accelerometer, Magnetometer, Gyroscope and Barometer Module, which I purchased and have just received two of. This module is typically used in quadcopters, robotics and similar products where balance and stability are of interest. Indeed, I bought the GY-80 for my 17 DOF Robot that some of you have been reading about in my FPGAs and Robotics blog category.