There's been a lull (partly due to my becoming a parent, partly due to summertime/school opening blues) in work on the rapid prototyping system. It turns out that this was a blessing in disguise because I recently got my hands on something that will make this project a significantly different scope.My company
threw out an old solder paste inspection machine
. It WAS a machine intended for use inspect printed circuit boards after they've had the solder paste applied to them but before they've had components placed. As far as I know, it is in full working order.Before. After. The first accessory.
In short, this is a working X-Y gantry with sub-millimeter accuracy. It does have SOME Z motion, too, but not much- I'd guess in the end we can adjust the limits and get something along the order of one inch in Z.
For a platform to build a prototyper, you can't get much better than this. And it's in my garage
We had scheduled a build date for this weekend; I thought I was not going to be able to do that because my dad was coming from South Carolina to meet his new granddaughter. HOWEVER, he's sick, so we can meet as planned.
2pm Saturday work for everyone?