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by jsbannis
Mon Jan 28, 2013 5:22 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: HDPE suitable for ShapeOko structural parts?
Replies: 4
Views: 1594

Re: HDPE suitable for ShapeOko structural parts?

The MTM Snap machine ( ... index.html) is mostly HDPE, but the construction is pretty different from the Shapeoko, and it looks to have a much smaller envelope. Probably works well for light-duty applications; it looks like it can mill PCBs pretty well.
by jsbannis
Thu Jan 17, 2013 3:41 pm
Forum: Assembly
Topic: best way to clamp work piece?
Replies: 1
Views: 1317

Re: best way to clamp work piece?

Hi, welcome to the forum! Here are the threads with the methods that I know of:
by jsbannis
Wed Jan 16, 2013 6:43 pm
Forum: Software - CAD, CAM, Workflow Help
Topic: Adobe Illustrator CS2 - for free from Adobe
Replies: 12
Views: 3727

Re: Adobe Illustrator CS2 - for free from Adobe

Let's try to keep it civil guys. The nice community is one of the biggest advantages of the Shapeoko, and I think we'd all like to keep it that way. Arguing about whether Illustrator is better or not than open source alternatives is deviating from the topic of the thread, and open source vs propriet...
by jsbannis
Thu Jan 03, 2013 7:29 pm
Forum: GRBL
Topic: GRBL Freezes while sending a file
Replies: 51
Views: 35800

Re: GRBL Freezes while sending a file

I've seen issues with USB/serial communication with arduinos with the Adalight code from Adafruit (for ambient lighting) where communication would shutdown seemingly randomly after a long duration. There is a setting in Windows under "control panel / power options / advanced / USB settings / USB sel...
by jsbannis
Mon Dec 17, 2012 5:17 pm
Forum: PCB Fabrication
Topic: Success!! PCB with Shapeoko
Replies: 26
Views: 11811

Re: Success!! PCB with Shapeoko

It increases driver temperature significantly. The driver is sourcing the most current when the motors are in hold. If holding is enabled you'll need to turn down the current pots to keep the temperatures reasonable, or have a pretty good cooling system.
by jsbannis
Sun Dec 09, 2012 4:57 am
Forum: Member Projects
Topic: Black Mesa Desk Ornament
Replies: 0
Views: 1390

Black Mesa Desk Ornament

I'm finally cutting things! I routed a pocket in my spoil board for PCB milling, but I haven't gotten around to trying that out just yet. I wanted to make something more interesting than a rectangle, so to get more acquainted with 2D toolchain I cut out a Black Mesa logo (from the Half Life games). ...
by jsbannis
Wed Dec 05, 2012 5:10 am
Forum: Build Logs
Topic: Another build log
Replies: 9
Views: 4575

Re: Another build log

Finally got to a point where I may actually be able to use the machine :D Cable carrier is attached to plates with aluminum brackets I made with an "improvised" brake made from door hinges and some l...
by jsbannis
Tue Dec 04, 2012 11:54 pm
Forum: Design Ideas
Topic: Easy Hold Down Table
Replies: 31
Views: 25042

Re: Easy Hold Down Table

This was one of the ideas I had thought about for hold down when I first was building everything. Those T-nuts are surprisingly hard to find in hardware stores or online from places with a decent shipping price for small items. I have 4 of them sitting around, since it seems to work well I'll have t...
by jsbannis
Wed Nov 28, 2012 10:13 pm
Forum: Electronics
Topic: Power Supply
Replies: 9
Views: 3249

Re: Power Supply

Got the Herbach power supply, now need to wire it up. The output connector can be lopped off. Any idea where to get the AC power connector? Plastic part is: -- Tyco 350766-1, A14280-ND at digikey. Metal pin crimp thingies are: -- TE Connectivity 350570-1, A97891CT-ND at digikey OR -- TE Connectivit...
by jsbannis
Tue Nov 27, 2012 5:06 pm
Forum: Member Projects
Topic: Backlit cedar box, LED help please.
Replies: 23
Views: 6847

Re: Backlit cedar box, LED help please.

I'd second the MSP430. The launchpad dev board can be had for $5, cap and voltage regulator for running it standalone would only be a few bucks, and it draws next to no power. I think the energia project ( ) supports almost all the arduino library on the msp430, so...