I am happy to announce I am adding a new category to the blog: 3D printing. For years I have wanted a 3D printer but I never found exactly what I wanted. I came across a cragslist post for a lot of 3D printer parts for a great price and I had to take the plunge. The seller was trying to build a MindelMax 1.5. He acquired about 90% of the parts but never started the build.
I wanted to give you guys a little demo of what I am working on for my live performances using VDMX and Ableton live. In the 1st part of this video I show a few examples of presets I configured in VDMX. Later on I explain a little more in depth. If there is an interest I can make a step by step tutorial. Subscribe, share, Like and/or post a comment if you like what you see.
I shouldn’t have left you…..without a mix to dance to…dance to. It is just about 25 minutes of some of my favorite dance tracks with live edits through out the mix. The 1st two tracks are a live rendition of two bootlegs I am currently working on. I start off a little chill and deep but the energy builds quickly and the last 30% is my homage to Diplo (Major Lazer). I hope you enjoy it and don’t forget to “like” and “follow”
After figuring out what components I was going to use, I needed to build an electronics mounting board so that I could keep all the parts organized and safe. I wanted to mount the Raspberry Pi, two motor controllers and the Arduino Mega in the empty space where all the vacuum parts used to be. I used a spare piece of plexiglass as the mounting platform. I placed the components in the best configuration possible and marked all the mounting holes with a marker. I drilled out each hole to mount different size standoffs for the component to mount to.
Once I had all the components securely mounted on the plexiglass, I had to secure the plexiglass to the Roomba’s frame. I used a couple of screws to hold it initially, but then remembered I had some polymorph left over from another project. The polymorph is what is really holding the two pieces together. If you have never used it before, I would recommend grabbing some and start playing around.
Forming the brackets
The OEM springs that came in the Roomba 435 were too weak and needed to be much more rigged to hold the weight of the new electronics plus future add-ons. First, I removed the front spring completely and secured it by jamming polymorph into the mounting hole. The wheel still pivots, but no longer moves up and down. After fixing the front wheel, I replaced both rear springs with much larger ones. The rear suspension is still flexible, but it is much more rigid and sturdy now.
Update: Buy yours here I had always wanted learn how to silkscreen t-shirts and this winter I learned how! I am surprised how easy the process actually is. Why pay a company to do what I can do myself for a fraction of the cost while learning a new hobby?