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Old 04-19-2013, 03:05 PM   #11
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Beautiful build!!! What type of programming are you using for the ui?
I'm using a perl backend to provide a restful API to the front end which is all javascript. I'm using Sencha Touch as the UI. All the services that interact with the arduino and other devices are written in perl too. I was going to try to learn a new language, but perl was too easy.
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Old 04-19-2013, 03:33 PM   #12
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I bought a welder last weekend, so the sculpture build is now inevitable. The plan (for the moment) is to use a Due to run it, but use an Android table just for the interface. I guess kind of like a DIY BCS460.
I recently got a mig welder too. This was my second or third project. Came out OK, but a lot of grinding was required to clean up my mistakes. I will say any polishing of the frame I did was a complete waste of time. It gets scratched up pretty quick.

Are you going to use a wifi shield for the arduino or some sort of USB connection?
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Old 04-23-2013, 03:31 AM   #13
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I expect I'll be drawing my own shield in Eagle and having a batch of boards done by iTead. I've had excellent luck & results so far with both.

I haven't done the first bit of Android programming yet, I don't even own the tablet. For now, I'm guessing that putting a bluetooth module on my board will be the route of least resistance. "The plan" for the moment is to build a control panel with three 8x2 lcds (temp and volume for each container) and a 20x4 for everything else (machine state, time remaining for each step, etc). That will be easy enough, and I can teach myself Android as slowly as I want at that point.

What you've done here, though, seems years ahead of what I envision even my finished product to be.

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Old 04-23-2013, 03:56 PM   #14
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What you've done here, though, seems years ahead of what I envision even my finished product to be.
Is there any interest in me putting a demo of the software up that people can poke at? I'd have to fake some of the temperature data I guess since I don't want a propane burner hooked up to the internet.
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Old 04-23-2013, 03:58 PM   #15
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I expect I'll be drawing my own shield in Eagle and having a batch of boards done by iTead. I've had excellent luck & results so far with both.
I've been learning/using Eagle as well to design board for this and other projects and mill them on my CNC mill.

Here's my first attempt at making a board for this project.
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Old 04-24-2013, 01:58 PM   #16
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Great project. Nice write up. Thanks!

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Old 04-26-2013, 04:14 AM   #17
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I'd like to see the software. I am looking to use a pi but wondered about speed too.

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Old 04-29-2013, 05:44 PM   #18
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I was a trade show this weekend, check out the Beaglebone Black. http://beagleboard.org/Products/BeagleBone%20Black

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I was a trade show this weekend, check out the Beaglebone Black. http://beagleboard.org/Products/BeagleBone%20Black
Yes, I've seen that one and am considering it. BeagleBoards had been expensive, but this one is very comparable in price to the pi and is faster and has more GPIOs which means I can possibly get rid of the Arduino I'm using as well.
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Only a few reasons I like the beagle board: 1. I run there ad campaigns, 2. They are a small company unlike Pi who is owned by Avnet, 3. Much faster board as stated for only $10 bucks more.

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