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Gravity Sketch!
Forum: 3D Printing Software
Last Post: MisterAcoustic
2021-02-18, 08:41 PM
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All Ye Who Register Here
Forum: General Discussion
Last Post: Mooselake
2021-02-11, 02:00 PM
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Happy New Year!
Forum: General Discussion
Last Post: MisterAcoustic
2021-01-01, 02:49 AM
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So what the heck is tinyB...
Forum: General Discussion
Last Post: mimicRobots
2020-12-30, 02:36 PM
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tinyBot Assembly
Forum: General Discussion
Last Post: mimicRobots
2020-12-30, 02:31 PM
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No CNC routing section
Forum: Site Discussion
Last Post: MisterAcoustic
2020-11-16, 11:05 PM
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Apologies rezasulaiman!
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Last Post: Mooselake
2020-11-16, 05:09 PM
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User Deleted
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Last Post: Mooselake
2020-11-16, 05:04 PM
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Options for STEM learning...
Forum: General Discussion
Last Post: rezasulaiman
2020-09-08, 10:58 PM
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Site Email Broken Again
Forum: News and Announcements
Last Post: Administrator
2020-09-08, 08:45 PM
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  All Ye Who Register Here
Posted by: Administrator - 2021-02-09, 02:17 AM - Forum: General Discussion - Replies (1)

Hi All,

I don't know why, but there seem to be a lot of people out there in the world willing to go through the registration process on the forum, just so they can make some spam posts before getting banned.

There aren't so many registrations that I can't police every one. Sometimes it takes me a while to see a new registration and investigate it - I apologize if your real registration is delayed, but that's the price we pay for keeping the spammers out.

I'm just venting because our last two registrations were from proven spammers... It's sad, but there it is.

We love REAL members who want to talk about real maker interests. We don't love spammers, and we try not to let them in. Ever.

To all the spammers reading this, please stop wasting your time and mine with this %&^#$%&.

Admin

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  Happy New Year!
Posted by: MisterAcoustic - 2021-01-01, 02:49 AM - Forum: General Discussion - No Replies

Hi All,

Best wishes to everyone in the new year.

Stay safe, so we can eventually put the pandemic in the rear view mirror.

Here's hoping for a better and brighter future!

Stan

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  So what the heck is tinyBot
Posted by: mimicRobots - 2020-12-30, 02:36 PM - Forum: General Discussion - No Replies

Hi folks,
   While some folks got here from the mimicRobots Facebook and Instagram pages, this post is for those that didn't and have no idea what we do. tinyBot is our latest product, and it's a small (about 4 inches tall) educational robot arm. tinyBot is controlled using a set of 8 buttons, but kids can also program tinyBot using the Arduino IDE and our special software, mimicBlock. It's an affordable, approachable way to bring robotics home.
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  tinyBot Assembly
Posted by: mimicRobots - 2020-12-26, 10:36 PM - Forum: General Discussion - Replies (2)

Hi folks,
   Now that more tinyBot kits have hit the streets, I thought I'd post a few assembly tips.

First off, don't over tighten! The screws only need to be slightly more than finger tight. The plastic the robot is made of can compress if screws are over tightened, causing binding.

Second, double check all orientations during assembly. Make sure nothing is upside down or backwards. Everything should move freely and sit flush, so if anything is binding or appears to be sticking up, chances are something is upside down or backwards.

Third, it's important to keep the servos in position while installing the arms and the rotating base, but after that you can move them all you want!

If you have any questions, post here!

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  No CNC routing section
Posted by: Mooselake - 2020-11-16, 05:18 PM - Forum: Site Discussion - Replies (1)

I was thinking of posting some ramblings on my still wishful thinking CNC ornamental turning 4th axis router, but there's no appropriate section.  Maybe a CNC section with subsections for routers, mills, lathes, and other?

Kirk

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  User Deleted
Posted by: Administrator - 2020-11-15, 11:00 PM - Forum: News and Announcements - Replies (1)

Hi All,

I deleted a user who registered as Shammi999 (or similar).

In my investigation, I did not find any association this person might have with maker or 3D printing interests - but I did find numerous indications that this was a known forum spammer.

Just trying to keep the noise to a minimum Smile

Back to your regularly scheduled programming.

Admin

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  Apologies rezasulaiman!
Posted by: Administrator - 2020-11-15, 10:55 PM - Forum: Site Discussion - Replies (2)

Hi All,

I totally failed in my admin duties - I completely missed a post by rezasulaiman that was awaiting moderation (all first posts are moderated).

This was in the queue since September (where's an 'embarrassed' emoticon when you need one?).

I don't know how I missed it, and I apologize - hope this user stops back someday - they probably think the site is broken... which I guess it is since I missed it.

Once again, my apologies.

Admin

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  Site Email Broken Again
Posted by: Administrator - 2020-09-08, 07:40 PM - Forum: News and Announcements - Replies (1)

Hi All,

Google has once again screwed up our email setup. The site is unable to send registration emails. My apologies - I will work through this asap.

Admin

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  Gravity Sketch!
Posted by: MisterAcoustic - 2020-08-31, 10:09 PM - Forum: 3D Printing Software - Replies (7)

Hi All,

We acquired an Oculus Quest to help my son enjoy the pandemic a little more Smile.

Eventually, I heard about Gravity Sketch. OH MY GOD - this program is awesome!

It's hard to express just how magnificent this is in comparison to regular 3D modeling programs (which are fundamentally 2D in how they display things on a screen).

With Gravity Sketch - YOU are in the space with the model. You can walk around your design, or through it. When you draw, objects are created where your hand moved in 3D space.

You can draw a complex 3D curve simply by moving your hand in three dimensions - and then, you can create a complementary curve by threading your stroke right through and all around the first one.

It exports to .obj, and most if not all operations produce manifold objects - so it's quite suitable for producing output for 3D printing. It imports as well, if you want to start from existing objects.

As if that wasn't mind blowing enough (and it is, believe me) - the price of the software right now is $22. Yep, twenty two dollars. Now, for best effect, you need a Quest or other VR headset as well - but take my word for it - this is the best deal I've ever heard of for 3D modeling software.

If I didn't impress upon you how different and fantastic this is, feel free to ask questions. Is it perfect? No. Does it have every feature just the way I want it? No. But at the moment I can't imagine modeling in anything else (although, starting something in OpenSCAD might be useful to get engineering scale more easily at the start).

Everyone - if you have a VR headset - buy this immediately. If you don't have a headset, consider if the price of the best 3D software ever were $522 for a lifetime license. It would still be a steal - go buy a Quest too, if you do modeling. I don't think you'll regret it.

Stan

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  Sick and Tired
Posted by: Administrator - 2020-08-11, 07:53 PM - Forum: News and Announcements - Replies (2)

Hello,

To anyone who can see this message...

I checked the site today, and there were 18 users active in the last 5 minutes. Of course, likely none of those users was real - the vast majority were hack attempts.

Heck, for all I know, they've been succeeding. The forum software is fairly out of date, and updating will be complicated.

So, I turned on "Login Required". You won't see this unless you log in - and the only person I know who actually logs in is Mooselake (Hey Mooselake Smile  ).

I will probably leave things this way for a bit to give any would-be attackers time to pick a new target.

Sorry for the inconvenience, if any.

Since you logged in, whoever you are, why don't you make a post a start a conversation here?

I hope all are faring well during the pandemic.

Adminstrator

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