The RunCNC building process is, it seems, a touch longer and more intricate than normal RepRap (or, as we are, RepStrap because our machine cannot replicate its most important parts) developments. The basic structure has been re-designed from the ground up by CM in order to make it, in many senses, simpler to build. Since we started assembly, he has been waiting for a decent error to turn up so he can use a grinder to fix some problem in the finely lasered steel parts of the machine. Last night he got his chance (photos exist but will remain hidden for now to protect the guilty).
We are basing our electronics upon the fine work of the MakerBot people, rather than re-inventing the wheel. On the other hand, we wish to re-invent the wheel and are looking at all the ways in which we can make our wheel less angled, more resilient, flexible and all this kind of thing. In the words of Brent Crosby talking about MakerBots and other RepRap styped machines, “these are essentially a series of 1000 + prototypes” and we are working hard to maintain our prototypicalness. This has always been a design principle at Time’s Up (one of the cobuilders) so I suppose it is to be expected. On the other hand, the project is meant to work, so it cannot just be prototypes.
Anyhow, this post is a quick one to let the world know that we are coming along slowly, the machine is being assembled, software configurations are being changed and the wonderful mix of recycling and “it just works”and the heavily worked through engineering of “it just works” is coming together.
Let’s see what happens next…