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  • PhilB's Avatar
    Today, 03:55 PM
    You have a pretty steep learning curve ahead. I suggest you start with something a lot simpler than a BGA package. Assuming you want to do surface mount, you could look at doing SOIC packages, 805 Rs and Cs. The Atmel...
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    10-17-2020, 04:43 PM
    In that case, a simple plug-in to read the voltage could be written. My breakout board has a serial port header on it so you could use that to get the tip voltage. Sounds pretty easy at first blush.
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    10-17-2020, 03:23 PM
    A THC is in the development stages. Terje, the grblHAL developer is looking at it right now. The T4.1 has more than enough spare cycles. I'm pretty sure he would love to work with you on it. I have an ADC card in...
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    10-17-2020, 12:46 AM
    It can use the sd card on the teensy. The best way to use it is to put the card in the teensy and leave it. If you put the machine on the network via ethernet, you can download your GCode to it and run it from there. ...
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    10-15-2020, 10:09 PM
    I've posted about my Teensy 4.1 Breakout Board for grblHAL previously. There was some interest in seeing actual machines built with it. So,... Here is a show case of grblHAL based CNC machines with lots of details on...
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    10-12-2020, 04:22 PM
    Yes, that doesn't need a beefy driver at all. But, I would suggest you look at the TMC step sticks. They are head and shoulders above the others. I was using a 4988 in an astro tracker I made. While it worked fine,...
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    10-01-2020, 02:46 AM
    Yeah, all those can add up. I've seen it all except for returns. Haven't had one yet though I expect it to happen. I do a visual inspection on everything I ship so at least obvious stuff gets caught. And, I use my...
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    09-30-2020, 06:07 PM
    Thanks. I'll look at the 2113. My Chinese assembler has them in stock so it would be easy. $10 may be a reasonable price for 1 but you should factor in your time to package and ship. Consider your net per...
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    09-30-2020, 02:25 PM
    On your original question - is there a market for these? Definitely. You've done a lot of the hard work (including documentation!) so might as well harvest a little reward for it. Tindie is an easy way to do this...
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    09-30-2020, 01:55 PM
    This looks well thought out. Good job. What power multiplexer are you using? I've been looking at the TPS2114/5 for a project I'm doing and have exactly the same problem of the bidirectional power pin. I thought...
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    09-28-2020, 10:58 PM
    I'm hoping that the UGC and bCNC folks get grblHAL religion. It is capable of taking significant share from both grbl "classic" and LinuxCNC. But, to be honest, java based GCode Senders have their limitations. It...
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    09-28-2020, 07:48 PM
    Hi John. Have you tried grblHAL with compatibility settings? It takes a recompile though I have prebuilt 3, 4 and 5 axis versions on the github page. Or, you can build it yourself from the grblHAL github site. Follow...
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    09-24-2020, 03:15 PM
    Are you saying they took your exact layout and used that to build their product line? Then you may have a copyright claim against them. If you are saying they liked your idea and built a product that is very similar...
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    09-24-2020, 02:11 PM
    There's a fine line here. Some companies do have an excessive markup on generic stuff but this race to the bottom (line) causes some real problems for electronic products. The whole "Blue Pill" for $2 thing has lead to...
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    09-21-2020, 11:11 AM
    Some cheap servos are pretty "spikey" and can cause glitches on the power rail. Motors and digital logic don't exactly go together well. I usually try to power them from a separate source. The logic circuits in...
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    09-08-2020, 11:33 PM
    I haven't looked this up but what is the max recommended impedance of the iMXRT1062's ADC? Good to keep the voltage divider below that. If you need a divider that goes above the max, you can use an opamp as a...
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    09-08-2020, 09:58 PM
    vj answered the MAC question. I can confirm each one is unique (or at least the 4 I have are). To the IP addr question, if you select DHCP, you get unique IP addrs. (I think that's the default...) You can also...
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    09-05-2020, 02:34 PM
    Yeah, the RAMPS board was never intended to drive so many steppers and, frankly, is fairly underspec'd for the total amount of power it could draw. The saving grace there is that 3D printers are not terribly demanding....
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    09-04-2020, 11:59 AM
    Thought I posted this but it seemed disappear. The photo is pretty blurry but it looks correct. 10 mm wide. You would run a bare wire right on top of the trace and solder it at each pad where there is significant...
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    09-03-2020, 03:32 PM
    OK, sounds good. Sizing the traces is easy - there are on online calculators for trace width based on copper thickness and current. You don't want more than a 10C temperature rise. Note that you will never get both...
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    09-03-2020, 03:07 PM
    Hard to say without a schematic. I would regulate to 5V for the T4.0. You don't want your 5V fighting Vusb so yes, isolate. Especially if it might be 6V... How are you interfacing to the step sticks? and are you...
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    09-02-2020, 08:19 PM
    Yes the German CNC stuff is topnotch! Uber Alles! I'm in the US though about 1/3 of my customers are in Germany. grblHAL is definitely "not your father's GRBL". The author, Terje Io, has done an outstanding job of...
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    09-02-2020, 07:40 PM
    Lol. There are a number of DM556 clones out there. In fact, I would be surprised if you can actually buy a real one. As soon as there is any product that sells well, the counterfeits are not far behind. They don't care...
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    09-02-2020, 06:00 PM
    Yes, please post your progress and feel free to contact me directly if you have any questions.
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    09-02-2020, 04:34 PM
    Since you have the stepper motors picked out, you should size the drivers to them. But before that, you should probably decide on what voltage you want to run them at. I'd be temped to go to 48V so need to get drivers...
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    08-27-2020, 12:56 AM
    My application of the Teensy 4.1 has to interface with a lot of 5V stuff. Generally, I look at each I/O and decide how I want to make it work. In the case of outputs, I really like T logic (as in AHCT or HCT). Wish...
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    08-27-2020, 12:42 AM
    I like this idea. In the space of the SD card, you could add 25 more pins at a 100 mil spacing. Not saying that's how it should be done but I could see at least 15 more pins. I could certainly make use of them for...
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    08-25-2020, 07:45 PM
    One thing I have learned the hard way is to keep my workspace clean. Little bits of wire and other metal pieces have a nasty way of finding themselves onto the bottom PCBs. Also, never power up a board on your bare...
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