I’ve been keeping busy on a variety of projects this past week, but none of them are really “finished” yet. The Autotar (player guitar) is functional and plays a song (Twinkle, Twinkle), but needs some software tweaking to make it sound more like music… Most problematically, the stepper motor that drives the slide is pretty noisy, compared to the unamplified guitar. It’s pretty straight forward what needs done, but it’s going to be a bit tedious. Following that, I need to build an interface layer to actually send songs (MIDI?), as right now, it’s using a “fret and string” syntax.
I’ve also been working on the most scope-creepy project of the year, the Making Cabinet. Initially, this was supposed to be a simple wooden box to carry some 9×14 inch Plano trays around. Dave saw my [cardboard] prototype down at the Makery and suggested that it should have fancy doors and be all done up in Steampunk fashion, like a small steamer trunk. Lots of people agreed, and with that, the scope crept… heck, it didn’t creep, it took off and freakin RAN. Anyhow, a week later, A box with doors has been designed, cut, stained and mostly assembled. Full details once I get the hardware finalized… Anyone know a good source of solid brass trunk corners?
I’ve also been involved as the Makery’s private machinist (AKA “Voice Controlled machining center), cranking out parts for camera dollies, 3D Printers and robotic arms. Photos of the robotic arm project to come, as soon as I get some photos from Dave.
Finally, as a torture test for the Makery Mendel (now that it’s up and running reliably, thanks to Brandon), I designed (and Brandon redrew) a handlebar camera mount for my bike. It’s a printer-ch0king 58 grams of PLA, in the shape of a lower-case D. More photos of that once I get the hardware to mount it to the bike.
This post is really just a teaser for each of these projects, as they’ll each be getting a real writeup with some photos, as soon as I get a chance to take said photos. Stay tuned!