Category Archives: Sanctum Upgrades

Project Update 08/07/19: Final Prototyping Stages

I think I’m about to the wrapping up point for the brackets on this thing.  As mentioned in a previous post, I’ve been working through a bunch of prototype parts, and enjoying learning more about Fusion360 in the meantime.  I haven’t figure out how to get a recording of it saved yet, but it has a feature where it can play through every change you’ve made to the model file from beginning to end.  Kinda cool to watch.  I’ll try to remember to post a video if I can figure out how to record and edit it.

Anyway, here’s where I’ve gotten to with some parts for test fitting:

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In the top left I wanted some sort of knob for grabbing the tray easier, so I mixed in the handle for one of the keys from Ready Player One.  Sadly, it feels too flimsy, so I’m not including it in the final model, and I think I can get enough grip on it without an actual knob.

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From this angle you can see the retaining nuts that hold the screws for the latch.

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Here are the mounting holes for the bottom side.

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The parts on the left side of the keyboard are a slightly later generation of model than the ones on the right.  The left side ones are snap fit, whereas the ones on the right are loose.  I’m still figuring out tolerances with my printer.

I’m on what should be the last iteration of the parts, with some of the parts on the printer right now.  It’s gonna take a few nights of overnight printing to finish, but hopefully these will be the last ones, short of possibly a template for drilling the holes.

Hopefully I’ll get to the point of drilling holes, epoxying parts, and priming the whole rig soon.  This thing is coming together!

 

Assorted Updates:

A lot of stickers came in for me to put on the case.  Apparently there are pre-mixed sets of stickers for stuff like Ready Player One, so I may be making a whole collage of the back, just making sure to make the ones I specifically want show up on top.

I added a dimmable Ikea lamp to my workbench for a bit more light.  It can be hard to look at, so at the moment I’ve got some foil on there as a reflector and shade.

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I found some lettered sticky tabs, so I’ve started putting yet more tabs in my rulebooks so I can find things in the long lists in the rulebooks.  Now I should be able to look up monsters, spells, and magic items even more quickly.

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Tabs, for when you haven’t got time for a research montage mid-session.

Snapmaker 2.0 Kickstarter Kickoff

The Snapmaker 2 Kickstarter started this morning… and all the early bird specials sold out within minutes.  The whole thing was fully funded 10 times over in 10 minutes!

You can find it here:

Snapmaker 2.0 Kickstarter

Now we finally know the full specs, and pricing.  They are priced (with discounts) about where I expected them to be.

Sadly, I’ve been looking at my finances and to be a “responsible adult” I should probably wait until I know what a few upcoming expenses are going to be before I go spending that kind of money,  Especially since I missed the best specials.

Hopefully I’ll still be able to get this printer, as long as I’ve waited for it already.

Maker Workbench Inspiration

I think I’m going to find or make some signs with some of these quotes to put up around my workbench.  Here are some of the ones I’d most like to have:

“Sucking at something is the first step to being sorta good at something.”  ~Jake the Dog, Adventure Time

“Take chances, make mistakes, get messy!” ~Miss Frizzle, The Magic School Bus

“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step” ~Laozi, Chinese philosopher

“What’s the point of being grown up if you can’t be childish sometimes?” ~The Doctor, Doctor Who

“Any problem can be solved with a little ingenuity.”  ~Angus MacGyver, MacGyver

 

Technomancer’s New Worktable: Mk II

I quickly tired of the clutter, and I’ve always liked toolboxes.  I found this one at harbor freight:

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Eight Drawer Wood Tool Chest

I’ve seen it before, and the wooden toolbox had always reminded me of the custom toolboxes by dad made for his tools years ago.  I like the echo in style.

It’s felt lined, and I’ve tried to arrange the drawers and their contents similarly to how I had them laid out on the table.  The most commonly used tools are closest to the work area.  Tool trays I’m likely to use around the same time are next to each other instead of stacked, so they don’t obscure each other when open.  I’ll probably be rearranging for a bit as I get used to working with it.

Despite it’s size, it’s definitely freed up work space, and I like that it’s neat and organized.  If any family visits, most of the sharp objects that could be dangerous to kids are in one spot to be locked away from curious fingers.

Also, by collecting most of my tools into one toolbox I’ve made it that much easier for me to do demos for local groups or set up a table at a maker fair.  I’ll just have to throw the rest in there, then put the the toolbox and the 3D printer on a cart and roll it in, instead of making a bunch of trips for things.  If I need to bring my table, I can do that too, since it is portable.

I think this work area is really shaping up nicely.  Now I just need to get a steady build queue going and make the most of it!

Technomancer’s New Worktable

I got tired of trying to use my coffee table as a place to clean up my 3D prints, and I’m not a fan of bending over more than I have to.  Let’s just say I’m not a skinny technomancer, and it was getting to be frustrating with my work flow.  Also, I’m tired of cleaning off my makeshift workspace every time I want to have people over.

I did some searching on the websites for Home Depot and Lowes, and found an inexpensive folding table that was adjustable to a height for comfortable working on items while standing up, and the supports on the legs are high up enough that it doesn’t impeded my ability to use the chest I’ve placed it over.  So now, I have my worktable.

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I apologize for the image quality, but I prefer not to show more of my home than necessary online, so I’ve removed the background.  A technomancer has to be careful about how much he reveals of his sanctum!

Anyway, I haven’t yet had time to make much use of this new setup, so we’ll see how it works.  A few notes about my setup, for those who might want to set up their own workbench:

In the center-ish area is the cutting board and magnifier, since this is what everything else revolves around.  Tools are mostly placed to the left, in order of how frequently I use them, with the most frequently used tools closest to the cutting board.

The lighting in that area of my home was not the best, so I have a desk lamp with the light pointed at the work space, since that is where I’ll need the most light.  The switch for the lamp is on the cable for the lamp, so I’ve wrapped enough of the cable around the base that the switch stays in a easy reach, rather than having to duck under the table every time I need it.  Hopefully there won’t be any induced current issues.

My Maker notebook is on the right.  I’m right-handed, so it’s a lot easier to write notes if i keep them on the right side of the work area.

In the upper right corner are some superglue, whiteout, and nail polish topcoat.  Glue for assembly, whiteout for either covering up mistakes on white PLA or being able to add some white to something printed in another color, and the topcoat is to seal in the ink on items that I have colored in with markers (usually my flatminis).

This is just my initial setup, and it will evolve over time.  As I’m writing this post I’m already thinking of things that I need to start storing on or near the table, and things I use infrequently enough that they don’t need to be on the table (they’re mostly there right now because I’m trying to clean up).  I’m also considering finding some sort of organizer or toolbox to more compactly store the tools within easy reach.

I am slightly concerned that this table won’t be stable enough in the long run, but I think where I’ve got it positioned against a wall should reduce any wobble.

I hope this gives you guys ideas about how you might setup your own hobby tables.

My First DRD: Roomba 690

A few weeks ago, I noticed that it was bugging me that the floors in my home were getting dirty.  I could swiffer and vacuum, but my energy was flagging, and I need to be mindful of when I vacuum so I don’t disturb the neighbors with my occasionally odd hours.  So, in true technomancer fashion, I delegated… and got a robot to do it.

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This vacuum uses multiple methods (sweeping, brushing, vacuuming) to clean my hardwood and carpet floors.  I still think the carpets could use some time with a real vacuum cleaner periodically, as I don’t think this vacuum is as powerful for getting stuff out from between fibers, but it definitely gets the visible dirt and small detritus without requiring me to do much more than push a button, whether it is on the Roomba itself or the app on my phone.  As long as I keep the floor picked up in my home, I can even get it to start vacuuming from anywhere I have cell service!

This thing even goes under my furniture to clean, making it so that I don’t have to move as much around or bend at uncomfortable angles to get the entire rooms.  It also came with a “Virtual Wall Barrier” tower, which makes the robot turn back before going into certain areas.  Since I only have one at the moment, I’ve set it to guard my 3D printer from being jostled unnecessarily.

Once it’s done cleaning the main room, it makes it’s way back to it’s base station and recharges, so I don’t have to go find it and plug it in myself.  When I have it clean side rooms, I have to pick it up and carry it back, but it’s still better than having to lug the regular vacuum around, and I spend less time having to vacuum it myself.  It takes longer to vacuum than vacuuming it myself, but my hands-on time is greatly reduced.

I’ve noticed that it has improved my mood to have the floors cleaned more regularly, and I feel like I’d be more confident in inviting people over for game nights on shorter notice, as I don’t have to spend a bunch of time cleaning the floors in addition to all the other chores of cleaning.  I can multitask with the Roomba cleaning the floor while I still handle the other things that require manual work (for now).

Now, if only I could find a skin to make it look like a Farscape DRD…