PCB manufacturing in China

So, here it comes. I need a small, pretty looking PCB for the infrared switcher.

It took 3 hours to validate the order, almost 25 hours to make the PCBs and almost 2 days to announce them delivery ready.

To be continued, once they arrive 🙂

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Migration hell

After a regular hardware failure the entire site was migrated to a more stable location.

Well, there was a lot of customization done and the new APIs appeared in the last .. 12 (wait, no way!)  years.

As allways, be sure you have your backups. they are up to date and are easily accessible once you need them.

Infrared switcher for the auditorium. Part 1

Sometimes I find myself in awkward situations.

Some time ago we have installed a video duplication system in one of auditoriums. It is based on the HDMI backbone and some active equipment, like splitters and media converters.

It has single video injection point, where different sources can be selected. Source switching is made using KD-S4X1 switch from Key Digital.

One small problem is the entire installation must be concealed, while the switch is controlled with a button on the case and the IR remote. It has also no means of displaying the output, except a LED per active channel.

And so the Project was born: place a push button anywhere and replay the sequence on the IR LED inside the enclosure. Just to be sure, an Read the rest of this entry »

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Grinding arbor for Unimat SL/DB

Unimat SL/DB grinding arbor. Photo from the Internet

Arbor’s lenght 18 + grinding tool + 3 + 5.2 (bolt head) mm. Thread length on bolt 13,2 mm, M12x1.

Thread on the arbor M12x1, continuous, last 5 mm toward the headstock are bored to ~14 mm.

Holder diameter 15 mm, holder lip 3 mm. Max diameter 28mm.

 

Safety first

Right shoe failed. Skid marks on the wall, the ladder is out of service.

Eclipse, Arduino and STM32

Mkay, let’s switch from Arduino IDE to some more user friendly.

I need Arduino, PHP, Python and i woukl like to switch to STM32 ‘Blue pill” instead of AVR core.

Seems like Eclipse community has developed some support on Arduino: need to mention Sloeber to bringing more pleasant UX to Arduino community. STM32duino community has an nice wiki post on installing Sloeber on Eclipse, yet it’s not up to date right now:

  1. Arduino plugin JSON link right now resides in http://eclipse.baeyens.it/update/V4/stable instead of http://www.baeyens.it/eclipse/V2.
  2. You don’t need to update to CDT 9.1, as Eclipse has CDT 9.4
  3. You do need to install support for SAM boards from “Arduino”->”Preferences”->”Platforms and boards”, mainly “Arduino SAM Boards (32-bits ARM Cortex-M3)”
  4. The GNU C/C++ compiler, provided with SAM boards is quite oldish, IMHO – it tells “4.8.3-2014q1”. I have a GNU Arm Embedded Toolchain in “C:\Program Files (x86)\GNU Tools ARM Embedded\7 2017-q4-major” and it seems quite legit to replace “A.RUNTIME.TOOLS.ARM-NONE-EABI-GCC.PATH” projec’t variable with the path above and the compilation is performed using the GCC v7 binaries.

Right now i have some older Arduino sketches that I would like to port to STM32: I like the on-board USB, increased pin count and the idea of J-Link debugger.

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Woodpecker 2.8 GRBL board and ISP connector

In the case you heed to to upgrade the Woodpecker CNC control board, you will have to overcome some issues.

First one, the firmware upgrade via USB is almost(?) impossible, due to the CH340 chip between USB socket and Atmeg328.

Second one, the ISP header IS present on the PCB, but is has 1,27mm (0,05″ or 50 mils) pitch. Usual ISP connectors comes to 2,54 mm (0,1″ or 100 mils) pitch. Read the rest of this entry »

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My GRBL settings for 3018 CNC DIY machine

My settings for 3018 DIY CNC machine with Woodpecker’s control board and GRBL 0.9j.20150930. Note the feed rate and acceleration on axes.

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Rant: SF.net GIT repositories

If unable to push commits, use git clone ssh://USERNAME@git.code.sf.net/u/USERNAME/PROJECTNAME instead of proposed git clone ssh://USERNAME@git.code.sf.net/u/USERNAME/PROJECTNAME u-USERNAME-PROJECTNAME

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LCM-WM002

LCM-WM002 is a 16×2 LCD display, coming from a “refurbished” equipment. To be true, the equipment was a HP 5000 / 5100 laser printer, and the LCD has a bezel and a PCB with buttons attached, named ESU19516, part number RG5-5438. Read the rest of this entry »

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