Makrbus receives POZYX developers package.

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Last Summer, a Kickstarter was run by a company called Pozyx to get a indoor positioning system they developed out into the market. Makrbus has since acquired a developer kit in order to write a number of demo/instructional posts on how the system can be utilized. At the moment the goal is to create 4-5 demos which will include the following:

  1. Where was my dog – Put the Tag on the dog and create a log of where s/he has been.
  2. Where is my dog – Put the Tag on the dog and create a method to display real time location of the dog.
  3. Where is my robot – Put the Tag on a Lego Robot and track where it is.
  4. Drive my robot – Two way communication between where my robot is and where it needs to go.
  5. Where is my drone – Indoor position log of where has my drone flown or where my drone is.

Currently the Pozyx system has been unboxed, Arduino’s Uno’s were ordered and ow we are reviewing current code to begin the dog tracker. Here are some pics of the developer kit as it arrived.

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After the unboxing… I realized they were shields vs full units so I had to buy some Arduinos. The Uno’s are the only ones that seem to match pin wise 1:1. In our kit, we got 5 tags and 4 anchors.

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Makrbus supports drone racing

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So alot of people ask … what does Makrbus have to do with drone racing. So the initial charter for the Makrbus was to support bringing science and technology to schools to support STEM programs. So that never really took off so to speak. A couple years ago some friends formed the Rhode Island Drone club on Facebook. Since that happened, I would show up with the giant battery and catering wagon known as the Makrbus.  Supporting drone events just became the natural direction for the RV.

Check out Rhode Island Drone Club on Facebook for current info.

Check out RIDroneracing.com as well.

Feel free to contact me if you want to hire it out to support your next event.

artsycs@yahoo.com
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Makrbus becomes reseller for DeskProto

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In order to become a single stop CNC supplier/reseller/service bureau, Artsy Computing Services has picked up another company to resell in support of it’s Stepcraft reseller status.

The Company Delft Spline Corporation out of the Netherlands makes an amazing 4 axis machining package that works flawlessly with the Stepcraft 4th axis option.

I know this video does not do the process justice but I wanted to post it anyway. Should always do an “air cut” on any new program just to save the spindle and table from a silly mistake.

Here we have the Stepcraft 300 running the 4th axis and doing a 2 axis cut on top of the rotary axis.

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Artsy Computing Services has become a Stepcraft Reseller

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Artsy Computing Services ( parent of Makrbus ) has just signed up to be the Rhode Island reseller for Stepcraft. Please use the promotional  code of “makrbus” during checkout and get 2% off on your purchase. Mention that Artsycs is your system integrator and if you requested your machine assembled, we will do it and hand deliver it to you with an hour of training.

We wanted to document some of the testing/demos we are putting together here for others to review.

Sample video of cutting Carbon Fiber drone parts.

Sample video of cutting Aluminum drone parts.

Watching UCCNC display while machining a wood carving.

Using the Stepcraft 300 with the 3D print head with PLA filament.

4 axis machining with the Stepcraft 300 and the rotary option with DeskProto. ( cutting air to verify program )

Interview with WPRI on FAA Registration Deadline

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Had a great opportunity to meet with and be interviewed by Susan Campbell from WPRI. The subject was what do I think about the soon approaching deadline for the FAA Drone Registration.

I had a lot to say on the subject, instead, catch the interview which is airing Monday, February 15 at 5:45. I wanted to focus on the space I secured to do the interview at. I contacted a friend of a friend and got access to Wide World of Indoor Sports. I had noticed this location when my daughter was playing field hockey there. The unique feature I noticed was that all the interior surfaces of the building were covered with a strong netting material. This would prove awesome to “catch” a drone and prevent any damage. In addition to this… a second floor observation deck had plenty of seating and also included a full bar. Here is a pic of Susan, Less and Myself.

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Here is a video of testing the netting. I took a drone and full speed flew into the netting. Neither the drone nor the netting suffered any damage.

Makrbus’s Stepcraft 300 build and first part

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We recived the Stepcraft 300 and built it.

How it looks when it arrives.

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Some Assembly photos

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The final product

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First 3D surface in wood. This thing is awesome.

Carving a 3D flower into woof video

Final results of a programed Ring Cut, 3D flower with engraving bit and 3D flower with proper ball nose bit.

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Now… to cut some Aluminum. I drew a part in vCarve for my drone ( a motor extension) and broke a lot of bits understanding how to set the feed and speed and chip collection. Here is an example of one of those bits breaking.

One more closeup with some chips flying. Current cutting is done with the vacum turned on and the “brush collector”.

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Designed and made some hold downs on the Bridgeport, put the dust collector on and away we go. Works great. Next project, add a mister and specialized bits and start cutting carbon fiber.

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Stepcraft CNC positioning system

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Recently became an affiliate for a product that made its way into the US via a Kickstarter last year. The companies name is Stepcraft and they are based in Germany. They have been selling products in Europe for about 3 years now prior to making an entry into the US market.

The person responsible for the US market presence is Erick Royer from http://www.stepcraft.us.

I went to visit Erick in CT before I bought a machine to see what made it special and how they were able to hit the price point. I found a number of unique and clever features so I purchased the smallest unit thinking it would be ideal for demonstration purposes.

The most distingushing feature of the Stepcraft machine is the fact that it is not one machine. It truly is a CNC positioning system that then allows the user to postion a number of different tools to perform a number of different processes. Fancy way of saying its multiple tools in one. At the moment it can be a Mill, 3D printer, Laser cutter, Foam board cutter,  thin stock (vinyl) cutter and whatever other type of tool the user can imagine.

So below are some photos of some of the initial work i have completed with my 300 unit with the HF milling head.

Erick demoing the Stepcraft on wood

Crawl for a Cure

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Had the chance to go to the 2015 Crawl for a Cure and brought the drone with me. Had been a while since I flew since I crashed it at the Fall Crawl. The site for the Crawl was the Quaboag  Riders facility in Monson MA. Really nice facility for hill powered hill climbing. Got clearance to fly from the officers of the club so off we went. I will post the video on the Makrbus YouTube channel. SO for now… enjoy some of the pics.

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Brief flight at the 2015 Fall Crawl.

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Had a chance to attend the 2015 Fall Crawl in Harrisville NH. Was asked to try and capture some footage of the line up to start the event on Saturday morning. Wanted to get the rig out and shake off any cobwebs due to not flying over the last couple weeks before I “needed” to fly. Made a couple mistakes including forgetting to remove the Gimbal “holder” which resulted in horrible bouncy video as the gimbal fought the holder when ever I banked the drone. I was able to grab a couple pics from the video before making the biggest mistake. One of the attendees dared me to land on his rig. I figured… I land on my hot tub all the time. Piece of cake. So I fly towards us and stick the landing to a big whoo hooo and cheers. Then the mistake…. to shut down the motors on the DJIs ( my other drone ) you push sticks down to the middle ( same sequence to start motors on both drones ) however on the QX3… this does not shut down the motors. In fact it makes the unit hard rotate right while strafing left. Needles to say it tumbled from the top of the 4×4 and crashed to the ground. Was not able to resurrect the rest of the weekend but was able to get it to work ( minus broken GPS boom ) tonight. Should be all set for next Rock Crawl. Enjoy the pics.fallcrawl1 fallcrawl2 fallcrawl3 fallcrawl4 fallcrawl5

Back to Ashaway with new Blade 350 QX3

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Makrbus went back to Ashaway RV resort with the new Blade 350 QX3 AP ( while the DJI 550 gets built ) Shot a ton of video and still for the campground. Also got enlisted to troubleshot the SplashPad portion of the swimming pool. Learned alot about a Siemens PLC controller. We booked our next visit for July 1-5. Looking forward to having some other friends join us for that visit.

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sunset over the pool

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Main entrance

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fishing pond

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sunset over the back of campground

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pool and pavilion

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aerial from athletic field