whole machine Forgive this messy rant….
After obsessing over CNC machines for about 10 years, and having some misadventures from time to time designing my own hardware and software, I jumped at the chance to order the original Shapeoko CNC mill mechanical kit as soon as it came out. It took me a year to find time to put it all together. After it was assembled, I connected up my old HobbyCNCPro Motor driver board to it. This driver board is for Unipolar motors, so I searched for some that would work. I found these NEMA 17s from pololu <>
On a previous attempt at making a CNC machine, I used Mach 3, but this time I went with LinuxCNC. The main reason I wanted the machine was to mill PCBs. The workflow was EaglecAD–>pcb-Gcode–>autoleveller–>linuxCNC.<> I made a few really horrible PCBs with the machine before realizing it simply wasn’t the tool for the job. The gantry had way too much play. The eShapeoko community was constantly updating and improving on the designs, so I waited it out until the V2 came out before the obsession hit me again when I saw how they doubled the gantry slides to improve strength.
After a year of V2 being on the market, I searched forums for a conversion pack but none was to be found. So I spent a while trying to define the differences between the machines. In the end, I spent probably just as much as buying a whole new mechanical kit, but here’s my process.
In June of this year we moved into a new house. It was a foreclosure and unlike our first house, we had to tackle quite a few projects to get this place back into shape. Some of the things we’ve done so far aren’t really required, but make us feel better about the space. One of those projects was to put in a glass and tile back splash in the kitchen.
The color on the walls when we first moved in was actually a tinted primer and it was was on every wall. The problem with primer is that is kind of absorbs oils and such when you touch it and there were several paces that had shiny spots from this. Jess painted the entire downstairs in almost the same colors as our first house. She stopped short and only did edging in the kitchen. I should have known something was up…
I’ve already mentioned one good tool for research papers, so here’s another that might be helpful.
Most schools have a set format for their dissertations and theses. My school was the same. They provide a manual showing what they expect your formatting to be. Many people have trouble with this. You must make a meeting with a specific faculty member in the graduate school and she will take a ruler and measure your margins, and go over in extreme detail the spacing, numbering, etc. of your document. Many many people get rejected and I’ve even talked to people who pay lots of money for other people to format the documents for them. They don’t provide an exact template for any specific software, but using the google machine can help you find Microsoft Word or LaTeX tempaltes. Personally, I like LibreOffice it is completely cross-platform (works on windows, mac, and linux systems) completely free, open source, has lots of great plugins and it lives in the world between Microsoft Windows and LaTeX. It is GUI-based (WYSIWYG, visual) like Microsoft Word, but also much more powerful like LaTeX. I dislike LaTeX because it is incredibly buggy and you have to program your text documents. I program other stuff all day long, I am sick of that!
Anyway, I made my own template and write up a very detailed explanation on how to use it and my best tips and tricks for modifying the basic template if you want. I also have a chart of suggested plugins to make your papers look amazingly good and professional. Again, I used LibreOffice, so it can be used in OpenOffice as well. This is specific to my school, so be sure you double check your school’s documents to see exactly what kind of margins and page numbering they require. (Note it is in Open document Format and though I haven’t tested it, it *might* work in other programs like Microsoft Word).
I got tired of going to the dropbox website to find the public link for files I put in the Public folder. On Windows you can simply right click–>get Public link, but I’m running LinuxMint with Dropbox version 2.0.22 which doesn’t support this (among many other things like Pausing a sync…)
Anyway I wrote a script that you can just drag your files onto and it’ll pop up a box showing you the public link. In Linux, a script alone can’t do this, but a script and a .desktop file can call a script to do it. Here’s what I got:
Save the following in a text file called “getPublicLink.sh” inside your Dropbox/Public folder. Make sure it has permission to run (right-click the file–> properties –>permission and check the box to allow it to run)
Yesterday was a great Saturday for exploring new places. Adam and I watched our first roller derby game. We sat in “suicide seating” which was on the ground right on the rink. Even better, our home team – the Charlotte Roller Girls – won their bout. Next Adam took me to a great burger joint called the Kickstand. It was great food and I surprisingly (or maybe not too surprisingly) loved having avocado on my burger.
In honor of exploring new places, I felt inspired to tackle the skill of changing signs in photos to say what you want. Here is the original photo I took at a North Carolina beach.
Here is version 1.
This time around I don’t have a very strong favorite and I like them all. Take all of them as a “sign”
After yesterday’s photo word art centered around the quote “You can’t plow a field by turning it over in your mind“, I still had remnants of inspiration. Last summer my father came to visit, and I was thinking about our adventures because he is going to be returning again. Last visit, he discovered an amazing privately owned lake that is open to public visitors. I took the following photo at that lake.
I wanted simplicity with my creations. Here are my afters.
Last, my favorite.
I am in love with the above. I really see my self taught Photoshop skills growing in the above transformation. Yay for progress!
I was listless last night when I stumbled across this quote:
You can’t plow a field by turning it over in your mind. It inspired me to use a tree picture I had taken and turn it into inspirational word art.
Here is the before.
Here are the afters.
This is my second favorite of the group.
A friend commented that the text was hard to read, so at the last moment I created the version that became my favorite of the bunch.
Inspiration to get things done is always needed!
In honor of my word of the year “Be”, I played around in photoshop using a dandelion picture I took on my summer road trip to Wisconsin and the quote, “If you want to be happy, then be”. These are my results:
Image 4 is my favorite. What about you?
When creating before and after pictures, snazzy arrows add the perfect touch. My new favorite source for arrows is the LaGirouette font from FontSpace.
Here is an example of these arrows in action.
I guarantee you’ll be seeing more of these pointers!
Without doing any research, I made-over a jewelry box for my niece. When I decided to post about that project, it made me curious to see what others have done with their own jewelry box projects. In my searching, I found a lot of beautiful ideas. Here is a roundup of the awesome ideas I have found.