Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Monday, February 22, 2010

X-Axis motor success!

We just completed the first successful test of the system and everything is working great. We will be painting on walls in no time.

X-Axis Stepper Motor Success. from tim williams on Vimeo.

We done broked it good!

While finishing up the wiring for the control box, we miss wired the on/off switch and then broke it in the act of fixing the wiring. Luckily radioshack carries a lovely collection of switches!

The next day our Transformer arrived in the mail and we were able to finish the wiring of the control box(with  new on/off switch). We plan to try our first motor test this week. Hopefully a video showing a successful test run will be up in a couple days. 

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Constructing a case

Constructing the case is a microcosm of what 183 CANVAS is about. Rather than taking the obvious and known route of building a wood box to hold our electronics, we went the unknown route.

After googleing the melting point of acrylic versus wood, we realized that we could easily melt our acrylic in the oven (325 degree melting point). From there we shaped it into our nice electronics holder.

Monday, February 8, 2010


The Hobby CNC kit has arrived and we have finished assembling most of it. Taking extra time to be as careful as possible, because our wiring experience is quite limited.
The most impressive part of the kit was the three 305 oz-in Stepper motors. They feel so dense that you can just tell they are ready to release some power.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

stepper motors and controllers have arrived... experimentation soon to ensue

Thursday, February 4, 2010


183 CANVAS is designers designing. No goals... just experimentation.