Build Log 1709F

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kerrycorcoran
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Build Log 1709F

Post by kerrycorcoran » Sat Jul 27, 2013 9:54 pm

Figured I'd post a few images of the build and comment on some hurdles that I encountered during the build.

For building the ShapeOko I followed the Wiki as my guide. Honestly, the kit is incredibly easy to assemble, however there is SOLID HELPFUL information in the Wiki that makes things go smoother.

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To start, I laid out all the parts and took a quick inventory; reviewing what I had versus what was listed on the BOM. Everything was accounted for. Should mention that the kit (Full Kit) BOM shows only a single Terminal Block; should be (3) total. I have contacted Inventables and made them aware of this. A quick trip to Radio Shack and I'll move forward.

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Per the Wiki, I started assembly of the components. I did decide to paint my metal parts, with the exception of the end plates. I knew from the onset I have plans to modify the build, so I figured I'd not worry about painting the end plates for now. Above the X, Y w/ motor mounted, and Z Plate Axis assemblies.

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Gantry Assembly completed. Note, the oil from the M5 Hex-head bolts will leave finger prints on everything; be careful if you want to preserve the appearance of the tool.

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Finished the mechanical build without any real gotcha's. One thing to note [that is mentioned in other threads], is making sure the Eccentric Spacers are flush. While performing this task it'll make sense, however it may seem very difficult to fit properly. I simply put a washer on the end, finished with a nut and slowly tightened the bolt. As you tightened the bolt it will walk the spacer into place without any issue. I have read other posts of using a vise ,etc - no need.

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Moving on with wiring, be sure to pay close attention to the color and placement. The Wiki images do not reflect the currently shipped wire colors exactly.

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Note the blue wire (from the motors) matches to the white wire (from the Driver Board).

Should note the Wiki also indicates that the kits ship w/ an E-Stop button. The newest kit no longer have an E-Stop assembly and Phil (Inventables) was very quick to reply with modified wiring information.

After it was all wired up and ready to go I noticed that all three axis were inverted. Searched the forum and the web and read multiple articles about reversing the wires and/or changing the Invert statement on the controller. I wanted to correct this on the controller, however the Wiki incorrectly states to make a change on Value $7. For this board, the correct Value to change is value $6 (changed to 160).

These were the notes from my build. Fairly uneventful and straightforward. Overall I would say the kit is VERY easy to assemble and run pen tests. The real fun will start as soon as I feel comfortable enough to actually start cutting real parts and quit drawing cubes on a piece of paper.

I have posted a (horrible quality video) of the 'Hello World' test run. http://youtu.be/sYTwXA00lGw
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selektha
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Re: Build Log 1709F

Post by selektha » Mon Jul 29, 2013 7:14 am

I would be more precise with wiring the electronics, on the images it looks like it is possible that you will have a short-circuit that will possible fry your electronics.

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Re: Build Log 1709F

Post by kerrycorcoran » Mon Jul 29, 2013 12:56 pm

selektha wrote:I would be more precise with wiring the electronics, on the images it looks like it is possible that you will have a short-circuit that will possible fry your electronics.
That is a shot of the temporary wiring, simply for testing to ensure all was working. I am in the process of cleaning up the spaghetti mess you see in the pictures. :)

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Re: Build Log 1709F

Post by WillAdams » Mon Jul 29, 2013 1:01 pm

Agree that it would be better to strip and trim the wires more evenly --- getting some shrink tubing would likely be the easiest thing.

I added a line to the relevant page on the wiki:
Inventables Revision F and later (serial numbers which end in the letter F) --- Apparently the kit has been changed and no longer includes the E-stop, and the terminal block is now 3 discrete blocks, instead of one block which must be cut up
w/ a reference to this thread. I guess what we really need is:

- Someone should document which Serial #s where in which batches
- Someone needs to upload up-dated instructions as the kits change
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Re: Build Log 1709F

Post by bobt » Mon Jul 29, 2013 5:34 pm

Could that someone be Edward as he now works at Inventables and has been a big help with resolving problems with the kits.

Just a gentle poke at Edward. He does FANTASTIC work.

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Re: Build Log 1709F

Post by cvoinescu » Mon Jul 29, 2013 6:03 pm

Updating the instructions is one of those un-sexy tasks that never get done because, well, there's always something more urgent, or at least more interesting, to do.

It also doesn't help that it's a fairly involved process to make even small changes. I don't know how it is for Edward, but my current workflow is pretty time-consuming, even when there's only one part that changes and a single image to update. That's partly why I'm trying to move away from WYSIWYG and on to a YAFIYGI workflow: if all operations are scripted, the computer can do them again and again, each time I make a change, and generate and even upload the finished image. Camera positioning, rendering styles, cropping, format conversion, adding the callouts to the rendered image -- all that can be described and saved as text, or imported from files that are rarely edited. I'm slowly getting there.
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Re: Build Log 1709F

Post by WillAdams » Mon Jul 29, 2013 6:25 pm

Yes, Edward is Edward R. Ford, the designer of the ShapeOko.

Hopefully we'll be able to get things updated / explained on the wiki Real Soon Now, and hopefully we'll better manage the launch of the next iteration of machines.
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Re: Build Log 1709F

Post by kerrycorcoran » Mon Jul 29, 2013 11:37 pm

Well, I took the "plunge" today. I am sure i'm the first to you that terminology. ;)

Ran an actual job with the Dremel and a bit that was shipped with the kit.

Still nervous and learning, I played it safe and milled my name into Dow (Blue) foam. Decided to only go down 1/8" so as to not ruin my spoilerboard and possible avoid any "gotcha's" associated with newbies. :o

Not quite ready to try wood, but definitely know I need to read more about preferred bit speeds and how fast the bit should be pushed through "X" material.

Oh, and of course, I did this only after I cleaned up my wiring mess.

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