Tools – FireBall V90 CNC

Today I managed to gather enough nerve to purchase a FireBall V90 CNC machine with all the bells and whistles from Probotix for under $2000.  The V90 has the following features:

 

 

  • Approximately 12″ x 18″
  • Thomson precision linear shafts
  • Oilite bearings
  • Precision Acme 2-start lead screws
  • Anti-backlash drive nuts
  • CNC USB controller and software
  • Aluminum T-slot extrusion spoil board
  • Bosh Colt PR20EVSK Router and holder
  • MeshCam software
  • 3-Axis ProboStep Motor/Driver Kit
  • 40 VDC Linear RTR power supply
  • Larger enclosure for power supply and motor controllers
  • 220 in/min rapids

The machine is supported by the  FireBall CNC Yahoo Group.

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Projects – Hobbybotics MAX6675 Thermocouple Breakout V1.0

I designed a breakout board for the MAX6675 Cold-Junction Compensated Type-K Thermocouple interface.  My plans are to use the design for various heating control projects such as a Sous-vide cooker, wireless thermostat, smoker controller, beer brew controller, reflow oven and some environmental projects.  Check it out here.

General – Optiboot 4.4

Been a long time coming but, today I officially updated all of the Hobbyduino boards to Optiboot 4.4 (same bootloader that is on the Uno).  I’ll follow this post up shortly with a tutorial on how I did it.  For those that cannot wait, you can take a look at my introduction for the Hobbyduino Mini Bootloader ISP Shield.  The process to load Optiboot is pretty much the same as that for the Arduino Duemilanove w/ ATmega 328 bootloader except the board type is now ‘Arduino Uno’.