After some development and testing I would like to introduce the Printable MCP ( Mousetrap Car Project ). This models the popular long arm version of the venerable old project but is now fully printable. The .STL for this project can be purchased from TeachersPayTeachers.
I have rounded the last bend and have a fully assembled prototype for the 2 Player TicTacToe game.
Check out the new Tutorial I have just released for BlocksCAD
I received my custom d-pad shield for Arduino based projects. It came in a with one mistake I made myself but I am overall pleased with hoe it came out. A simple shield but will provide a great deal of utility for many projects.
I have taken a few moments to create a video introducing FreeCAD users to the new Assembly Workbench. The workbench is called a2+. If you have used some of the previous incarnations of Assembly workbenches you will likely see some similarity.
You can watch the video here:
I love creating. The best part about creating something is seeing it come to fruition. This morning I submitting a board to OSH Park for fabrication. It almost feels like magic. I spend hours working on the “Spell” and then cast it on-line and a about a week later a Perfect Purple PCB shows up at my door.
Here is the D-Pad :
I added a second row of header pads so it will be easier to connect to external stuff. They are not shown here but here is how OSH Park previews your board.
As a result of adding a second row I had to shift the buttons down so that will require re-alignment of button holes in the lid.
This is starting to feel like work. No not really.
After some struggling with KiCAD (I had to position my own shield pins) there was a lot of back and forth between KiCAD and FreeCAD. But here are some screen grabs of the newest boards going to OSH Park.
While this certainly is not going to win awards in the hand-held gaming sector it is going to be a fun kit for kids to get started with Arduino.
After learning the basics of Arduino learners will be able to assemble this kit and see all the basics in action. This kit only uses LED’s and Push Buttons. So Blink and Buttons are the only examples learners will need to master.
The principle behind this project is to get the learner thinking about hand-held devices they could potentially manufacture.
The code for this kit needs a little more polish but will be available on git-hub.
I have taken the plunge into KiCAD. The results that came out the other end are produced by OSH Park with minimal fiddling to get three very nice looking PCB’s. Now to teat them out to see how well I did learning KiCAD.
A little test pattern for a 3×3 Dual Color LED Array. This array is for an #arduino based Tic Tac Toe. But is a stepping stone for 7×6 Four-In-ARow
I am eager with anticipation to submit this board to oshpark.com/ a PCB Fabricator. I have tweaked the design, thanks to their thorough submission process to eliminate one bad trace .
Finished up the second version of the “Prototype” boards are fit ( mostly ). The whole general layout is working well. Next up is laying the copper trace onto the PCB’s