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Monday, September 28, 2009

Blog Update

Some of you may have noticed that there are a couple posts missing. I deleted them because we (well, the people funding me) want to keep some of the details under wraps until a later date.

Unpleasant, but such is the reality of getting paid to do work...

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

3D Printer - Video

Here's a quick video showing the printer running today, building some parts for BrainBot...

Monday, September 14, 2009

3D Printer

So, I got my Dimension uPrint last week, and got it set up and running. I'm still waiting to get the dissolve tank, but it is supposed to arrive tomorrow.

Here's the first thing I printed on it - all the parts required to build one NanoSeeker prototype. The main shell is in 3 pieces - the nose cone, the main shell, and the tail cone. I'm really curious to see how this new propeller design works - one of the great things about having a 3D printer is the ability to try new designs in very little time, for very little cost.

Right now (as I type this), I'm printing the first set of parts for one of the new BrainBots I'm building. There are five sets of parts for each robot (because the build envelope is limited), and each robot will take a total of about 35 hours to print.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Catching Up

Well, its been a pretty crazy summer. July was insane, getting the three production BrainBots done and delivered to Dartmouth. To the right is what they looked like a couple weeks before delivery.

To the left is what one of them looked like once it was done, on the day I delivered them. The second camera (the left one from the robot's perspective) is a fake, mainly put there to balance the look. The lens is real, but the camera box is plastic.

So, next up - I'm building three more of them, for another Dartmouth researcher. This set is going to be especially exciting, because the "profits" from the robots are going to buy me (well, HUV) a Dimension uPrint 3D printer. I'm especially excited about that because (a) its a cool new tool to play with, and (b) it will allow me to start working on NanoSeeker again. Not to mention the time savings on not having to wait for printed parts to be shipped up here from Dartmouth.