All a-board!

All a-board!

Saturday 21 April

So the boards came back from Seeed icon_smile I took a moment to make sure I was static-neutral w.r.t them, and then opened up the first board. The boards looked really good with all the chips in the right place and orientation, but then my eye caught the area around the XMOS chip and my heart skipped a beat...

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From little Seeeds

From little Seeeds do mighty oaks grow

Sunday 15 April

So we got a new puppy last week, and most of my time has been taken up with her, but I did ping seeed to see what the delay was on the board, since I've been waiting on it for over a month now. It turns out there were two problems (both my fault) which were holding up the assembly. They sent me the below ...

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Black is the new Black

Black is the new black

Thursday 29 March

So I couldn't resist. I ordered some anodised-black aluminium sheet, made the small adjustments to the screw offsets, and told the machine to have at it.

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Economies Of Scale

Economies Of Scale

Tuesday 27 March

So, with the card-cage pretty much sorted out, and the PCB in the assembly stage at Seeed, it seemed like a good idea to start ordering components. I don't usually use the larger 1206 surface-mount components, but in a gesture towards making the board easier to solder, all the non-automatically-assembled components are pretty easy to solder by hand. Even the trickiest one (the USB mini power-connector) isn't difficult because you only need to solder the two outer connectors on each side - the rest are not connected

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Home Straight

Home Straight

Sunday 25 March

As well as being a pun on CNC'ing in general, the title refers to the current state of the cage build. We're not home and dry - I still need to do the base-plate, but since that will have to support the PCB, it will need holes drilled in it for screws that match the holes on said PCB, so I'll wait until the slots PCB is finalised before doing the baseplate. There's also some tweaks I could do to better-centre the mounting holes on the baseplate - we're not quite perfectly centred on one of the holes; I'll roll that into the final iteration. However, we're definitely on the home straight, if not home and dry…

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