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  • Blog Post: Moving my Main Blog From MSDN to WWW.SebbyLive.Com

    The time has come to finally move away from hosting my blog on MSDN. There are a few reasons for this transition but the two main deciding factors were that posting personal posts on a MSDN blog seemed odd (at least to me) and that I already had my own website to document my various side-projects so...
  • Blog Post: Finally Updated www.SebbyLive.Com on 06/17!!!

    Had lots of CNC related data to post to the site. Finally took some time this evening to go through and update the website http://www.sebbylive.com/projects/hardware/cnc-mill.aspx I've also added a donation page (I know, that's lame) but in case anyone has used gear or expertise they are willing...
  • Blog Post: CNC Mill Motors Turning...

    Here is a video I captured of the action I posted about yesterday. Not that much to look at unless you're into step motors ;)
  • Blog Post: CNC Mill Update 06/12... It Turns!!!

    Got the new gear I had ordered last weekend and spent a few hours hooking it up. Using Mach 3 I was finally able to get the motors turning. Now, there is a few wierd things going on in regards to the settings I have to use to get them to turn at the expected rate. But this is most likely a configuration...
  • Blog Post: CNC Mill Update 06/03/07... Some Problems :(

    Finally got everything wierd and hooked up. But so this weekend I tried to get one of the motors turning. No luck. I of course don't have all the gear needed to diagnosis all the possible sources of the problems. But I do know the power supply is yielding the right output. I do also know the controller...
  • Blog Post: CNC Mill Project Update.

    Actually, there is not too much of an update. Was hoping to take advantage of the 3 day weekend to make some progress but we finally got our paddle boat onto the lake and took advantage of the nice weather. Was nice to get some fresh air and take in some sun rays. Did manage to spend a little time...
  • Blog Post: Surface Computing... Neat-O...

    Popular Meechanics got a sneak peak of Microsoft Research's Surface Computing Technology. This is really cool technology. Not usefull for all applications but I can see a few things for which this would be useful!! :)
  • Blog Post: Little More Work on my CNC Mill

    This weekend, I spent a few hours working on my CNC Mill setup, most of it consisted of wiring. The motor controller board and putting it together. I have yet to complete my www.sebbylive.com post for this, but thought i'd write a quick blog-up on this. In the first picture below, is the controller...
  • Blog Post: Putting the CNC Controller Together - Part 1

    I decided to start putting my CNC Mill CPU together today. Felt like modding a little so it semed like the best possible project. I probably should have tested all the components before I put them in (ok nothing isn't working so far) but was a little too impulsive and wanted to get to it. As you can...
  • Blog Post: All the CNC Mill Hardware is In. Need to Put it Together...

    From: http://www.sebbylive.com/projects/hardware/cnc-mill/hardware-to-control-and-drive-motors/all-the-required-hardware-is-in-need-to-put-it-together.aspx Finally, all the hardware needed to control the motors for the CNC is in... The power supply shown in this picture is only 12v 1.5A, which...
  • Blog Post: The Tahoe Devkit is In!

    After a long wait, my "Tahoe" dev kit has finally come in a few days ago. Comes in a nice little case, with everything needed to get started. The CD does contain a CD with a wide variety of samples. I have not had a chance to play with it yet, but the first things I need to determine are: ...
  • Blog Post: CNC Mill Motor Controller Board is in!

    It has finally come in through the mail yesterday. Sure took forever! Unfortunately, I don't have time to do much with it until the end of the week. Looking over the documentation, all looks good except for the power supply I had ordered which is insufficent. I van order another one online but might...
  • Blog Post: Quick Project Update.

    Had a few emails asking abouy my various projects. Thought a little update would be warranted. The short answer is that not much has happened since my last post. But here is an overview of the individual projects: CNC Mill : Still waiting on the motor controller board. Since this is the key component...
  • Blog Post: The One-Haned Post... :)

    No, nothing twisted. Just still have my splint on my right hand so I almost have to type using a single hand :) Its been a while since i've posted a general update. So I thought today would be as good a day as any... Health Last week has been pretty bad health wise. If you factor in my finger surgery...
  • Blog Post: CNC Mill Components Comming In...

    Some of my components have finally started comming in. So far I have recieved my motors, linear actuators and power supply. Unfortunately, i'm still missing the controller board (which is shipping from the UK) before I can really start putting anything together. In the meantime, I have been looking...
  • Blog Post: Hardware to Control and Drive Motors

    Of course, motors on their own aren't very useful, the need to be powered and be provided with a control interface which will comunicate with the miling software on a PC. The Motor Controller The control circuitry itself is fairly simple but I decided to go to a pre-built solution that I found on eBay...
  • Blog Post: Motor Selection for my CNC Mill

    One of the most crutial aspects of a CNC machine is the motors and control systems used to position the head of the mill on the work surface. Accuracy of these components will of course directly affect the precision and quality of the work done. I have posted a new article on SebbyLive which goes over...
  • Blog Post: Building my own CNC Mill/Router

    One realization I have made with all my other projects is that there is alot of tasks which could be done more efficiently and cheaply with the use of a CNC mill. A few examples of this: Etching / Drilling PCB boards Mill work around the house (cabinet doors, base boards and other trim work...
  • Blog Post: Creating the Circuit Boards for My Projects

    With all my new projects, I need a way to produce the PCBs (Printed Circuit Boards) for the electronics. The classic homebrew approach involves the use of a etch resistant transfer to the board and the use of an etchant solution ( here is an example which uses transfer from laser printer toner). The...
  • Blog Post: User Input For Home Automation

    Besides the touchscreen, I wish to use buttons to control a few other components of the system (such as the intercom buttons) and maybe a numeric keypad. The obvious (and easy) solution is to use standard buttons. There is of course several options and variety for those. But I was also curious how other...
  • Blog Post: First Cellphone Component arrived.

    I have orderd this neat little GPRS/GPS dev kit from SparkFun Electronics . It is essnetially a GPRS/GSM cell phone combo with integrated GPS capabilities. All in a matchbook sized module. Here is more details from the description on the SparkFun website. This is the latest technology available...
  • Blog Post: Misc Update for 04/16... Well 04/17...

    Near 1 am, getting tired. So it is indeed time to go to bed. But since I havn't posted in a few days, I thought I would post a quick update. House Life Actually started working more on the house with my wife. Not that we hadn't been doing anything before but most of it was planning. We've actually...
  • Blog Post: Data Raid, Revisited...

    Today, I actually recieved a new unit from Buffalo to replace my 1TB Terastation. Considering the ground ship time, it was a really quick turnaround on their end. In the meantime, I have decided to implement my own solution. Not that the Terastation is bad, but I am too much of a "control freak". So...
  • Blog Post: A Little Addition to my Home Automation Project.

    Just found this BLOG POST which includes a video demonstrating the use of the .NET Micro framework with the freescale reference board. Really shows how easy it can make the development of an embeded application!
  • Blog Post: Staring a New Hobby Project: Home Automation System

    My new house is outfited with an old (I mean 20 years old) intercom system. Although the system itself is still functional, I want to create a new open-source and flexible system to replace the existing system. Since my background is in Computer Egineering (which includes some electrical engineering...
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