LISBON 10-12
APRIL 2014
LISBON 10-12
APRIL 2014

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Talks > Building a tiny CNC bot

Status

This talk has been approved for this year's edition. Check the calendar for more information.

Language

English

Abstract

We've been developing and iterating an open-source CNC platform called Piccolo. The basic premise was this - make a low cost, Arduino powered, hobby servo driven, 3-axis CNC platform, entirely digitally fabricated and simple enough for a complete beginner to assemble and start learning about CNC, and that is small enough to fit in the palm of your hand.

This talk will introduce the design, show a few demos, and explain the various issues and surprises we negotiated along the way. I'll go into depth about servos and in particular hobby servos, and a few unexpected things we discovered from testing various makes and models. I'll also go over a few things you may not know about laser cutting.

I'll also cover everything you need to know for making your own Piccolo!

For more info, check out the Piccolo repo on GitHub:
https://github.com/diatomstudio/piccolo/

Proposal date

2014-01-27 23:43:28

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Filipe Miguel Pires Lopes
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interesting!! :D

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Mário Saleiro
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I'm curious about it :)

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Xavier Francisco
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This sounds awesome! :D

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Igor Antunes
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Very nice xD Upvoted :)

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Ricardo Pereira
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Can I create a 3D printer with it? :)
I have some curiosity, so I upvoted.

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Joaquim José Agostinho Mendes
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Sounds great!

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José Miguel Malaca
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looking good :D

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Alberto Manuel da Silva Gomes
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Sounds good! :)

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Tiago Rorke
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+ Ricardo Pereira, one of the ideas behind the platform is to develop various different toolheads. Piccolo could definitely be used as a 3d printer by making some kind of extrusion toolhead.

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Ricardo Jorge Santos Subtil
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Interesting. If i'm applied to Codebits, maybe i'll go see it

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Carlos Rodrigues
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This looks like a cool subject, and the picture of the device on github looks pretty cool too.

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Sérgio Laranjeira
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Looks a great project and you deserve a talk at Codebits. Thumbs up!!

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Rafael Reia
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interesting!

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Márcia Pinho
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Seems great :)

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Miao Sun
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interesting, upvoted!

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Paulo Pereira
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interesting!

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Nuno Barros
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Arduino & bot: great!

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Ana Santos
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Looks really cool :) Upvoted.

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Ricardo Jorge de Jesus Silva
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I got curious about this :)

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António Pedro Oliveira Cunha Santos
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Sounds interesting...

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Been quite interested in this area. Some work has been developed around it in my campus. Hope you make it. I'll be there! upvoted

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Jose Simoes
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This sounds very nice, especially if people are getting into cnc routers and 3d printer, in which it looks like everyone is headed into that direction.

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Paulo J Morgado
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definitely upvoted!!!!

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Luís Pedro Calçada
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Interesting but... it's an expensive toy.

Nowadays, it's nothing new.

Nevertheless, I'll be in the audience. ;)

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David Dias
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Interested! What is the possibility of building one during codebits? :)

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Tiago Rorke
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+ David Dias, I would love to hold a build-your-own-piccolo workshop if this would be relevant/permitted by codebits in some way? Not sure yet, I'll try to find out.

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Luís Costa
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Build a CNC is on my to do list. As so, this talk would be welcome

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Ricardo Nogueira
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Start with a CNC, build a 3D printer next ;) You sir, have my upvote!

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Tiago Rorke
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Yay, codebits approves Piccolo! thanks for your up-votes everybody. Let me know if you have any particular questions you would like me to cover in the presentation. I will try to find out about the possibility of a build-your-own-piccolo session.

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Luís Costa
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+ Tiago Rorke, Do you have an idea about the total cost of the cnc?
That and a parts list (IMHO) should come before the session arrangement.
Participants would know in advance what to expect and easily decide to attend the session.

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Tiago Rorke
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+ Luís Costa, The parts list is available in the Piccolo wiki on github - https://github.com/DiatomStudio/Piccolo/wiki/Piccolo-Bill-of-Materials
The costs vary quite a bit however, depending on sources and quantities. I have not been able to find out whether on not holding a workshop will be possible, but if it does happen it would require some kind of registration & payment prior to codebits in order to prepare the kits.

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Ricardo Lameiro
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Very interesting concept.
This would be great for swarm robot art :D

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