Category: Digital Fabrication

Infante robots – an educational robotics system

  Hi! Today I’ll show you a project that started as a challenge that I have accepted and turned out to be one of the most challenging projects I have ever done. K6 professor Bruna Carmo wanted to do some research on educational robotics for her Master Thesis but couldn’t find an affordable educational robotics…




Video of Episode 2 of Portuguese Makers Hangouts

Hi everyone 🙂 As I said in my last post, I have been invited to participate in Episode 2 of the Portuguese Makers Hangouts. It was on the 21st of May at 22:00 (Lisbon time). In case you weren’t able to watch it  live, here’s the full hangout. It’s in portuguese but you’ll still be…




How to install HeeksCAD in Ubuntu 12.04

Hi! In a previous post where I wrote about the CNC Software Toolchain for Linux I mentioned HeeksCAD, which is a great software to generate the toolpaths from the 3D models for CNC machining. Since I upgraded to Ubuntu 12.04 I started having some problems with the HeeksCNC plugin and some features like the pocketing and…




CNC Controller Board v2

As I said previously, I have been slowly developing my second CNC Machine, TheMaker2. To control the new CNC machine I developed a new board based on a PIC16LF877A since the L297‘s that I used on the first CNC controller board that I designed can be quite expensive here in Portugal and I had some…




Homemade CNC: TheMaker2

Hi! As I previously said in my first post about my first Homemade CNC: TheMaker1, I was slowly developing a bigger, faster (didn’t accomplish this part yet) and more robust CNC. Well, the development phase has finally come to an end and it is finally ready! 😀 In order to build a more rigid structure I…




CNC Controller Board

In this post I’ll make a short description of the CNC controller boards that I’m making available for you to download and use to control your own CNC. I’m posting 3 version of the same board, but only the first one has been really tested and has been working inside my CNC Control Box for…




Homemade CNC: TheMaker1

Hi! In the following lines I’ll present a project that has taken a very long time to complete: my homemade CNC machine. From the first tests and tryouts with various materials to the actual machine 2 years have passed. More important stuff always made me delay the development of the CNC. However, I estimate that…




CNC Software Toolchain for Linux

Hi! Some time ago I made a post about My Home Lab where I showed a small CNC that I built. In the same post I said that someday I would post some details on the software toolchain and that’s exactly what I’m going to do in this post.   The process of using a…




My home Lab

Hi! This time I’ll show you my home Lab which is where I usually tear things apart and sometimes make some electronic or electromechanical devices. So, my lab is composed by two workbenches: one for computer programming and electronics and another one for the hard work (cutting, drilling, hammering, etc.).     In the first…




First Post

Hi there! This is the inauguration post of this blog. I hope you like the contents that I’ll post around here from now on. Most of them will be about robotics, electronics, computer science, hacks, etc. However, sometimes and not very often I may publish some stuff about other random topics. All the posts will…