Thursday, October 13, 2011

Micro MIll

I recently picked up this MicroMark mill. I got it off craigslist (Chicago) with a whole bunch of tooling. The cart / stand is from a hospital that also came from Craig's list.

The mill came with a DRO on the 3 axis's but the goofy rubber plugs that plug into the scales were so loose that the readout would not work half the time.

So, like  any other enthusiast I just cut them off and soldered the wires directly to the circuit board.

Once they were soldered  I assembled the units back together and I put some silicon in the pockets to seal them.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Telepresence Robot

I'm always on the look out for new thing to use in building my robots or to make into robots. Recently I was scouring the local electronics recyclers and came across these hospital computer carts,  And the first thing that came to mind was that they would be a great start for a Telepresence Robot.

Has 17 inch monitor (12 vdc) with motherboard
Keyboard drawer
Battery and charger in base (Dead battery)
The center post also adjust up and down to vary the height.

My plan is to replace the rear caster with  drive wheels to move it around.