Notifications
Clear all

Scott, Nashville, TN  

  RSS

shorton
(@shorton)
New Member
Joined: 1 week ago
Posts: 3
2020-11-17 4:30 pm  

Greetings:

Looking forward to reading the forum.  I'm an old ME by education, but have mostly done IT SysAdmin and programming career-wise.  I've dabbled in digital electronics and self-taught programming Microchip PICs in assembler.  But if you don't do it every day it's tough to pick back up every few years, for an old guy LOL.  I made a very successful linear motion device that I sold worldwide for about 10 years until technology worked around it (www.techht.com)

I volunteer and teach a Middle & High School robotics team that is part of BEST (www.bestrobotics.org).  I built a pretty nice tabletop CNC machine, ostensibly for the kids to use <wink>.  That made them so successful that it upped the bar for all the competing teams as well.  My teams have won several championships but I lost all my star players a few years ago and this year COVID finished off the team (figuratively).  I've got a lot of team rebuilding to do over the next years.  Looking forward to getting back into post COVID  I hope.

I have a lot of Linux (Centos/Redhat) sysadmin experience, running DNS and Mailservers.  I just recently started playing with a Rasperry Pi to add some remote connectivity to a Prusa MK3S 3D printer I got to play with.  Trying to learn a little python.  I also recently got my first Arduino, boy is that easier than programming in assembler.  Very new to both of those boards, but they appear so powerful for what they are.  And relatively easy vs a PIC and building your own PCB.

I'm back to piddling with a new project using some encoders/BLDC motors and that led me to Bills great videos.  One in particular he was using an Oscilloscope and I've been trying to talk myself into getting that toy.  That video led me to here. 

Scott

 

 

Scott.
Please excuse my typo's, fingers aren't what they used to be :)


Quote
codecage
(@codecage)
Member Admin
Joined: 1 year ago
Posts: 769
2020-11-17 6:46 pm  

@shorton

Welcome aboard!  I'm sure you will enjoy the ride.

Browse thru Bill's DB1 series of videos and see if you might want to join in and help a group of us on here get this project moving again.  We could use some advice from someone that has built working robots.

Again, Welcome Aboard!

SteveG


shorton liked
ReplyQuote
shorton
(@shorton)
New Member
Joined: 1 week ago
Posts: 3
2020-11-17 7:46 pm  

@codecage Thanks.  I doubt my robot building level is up to what you may be thinking, it's all based on somewhat canned VEX parts and no encoders.  They are kid driven via handheld controller things.  But I'll check it out.

 

Scott.
Please excuse my typo's, fingers aren't what they used to be :)


ReplyQuote
codecage
(@codecage)
Member Admin
Joined: 1 year ago
Posts: 769
2020-11-17 8:27 pm  

@shorton

I would imagine you might still be able to steer us away from some common pitfalls.

My DB1, which my wife has named Willy Nilly, after my attempts to get him running around the house, has been sitting idle long enough and I need to get back to work on him.

I would like to be able to control him via joystick using the nRF24L01 2GHz radio modules that were the subject of a video Bill did about 2 years ago.

I have two circuit boards that I had made up for my DB1 and @huckohio has at least three that he has done.

Looking forward to hearing from you.

SteveG


ReplyQuote