Friday, March 28, 2008
Yesterday we got the length variance down to about +- 5mm on the new harness machine. This is excellent because we HAVE to have reliable lengths.
This means that the machine should be ready for Show and Tell next week when the BigWigs come down from Canada to tour the plant.
Hope nothing catches fire between now and then!
The real tough question is what am I going to call him. His name is Jorge, but obviously I can't call him that.
I've been toying with the following possibilities:
It seems like the list is endless...
Man this is tough!
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
So they hired me an intern who supposedly just graduated from computer science/engineering. I thought it was going to be awesome to have a programmer who i could teach electronics to and who could teach me how to program better.
the kid knew less than me about programming. In fact, he couldn't even answer the most basic programming questions, things that I learned in my introductory programming classes from UA. He didn't know what a case select was, a progress bar, a ternary operation, or even how to parse a string. These are things you learn in programming 101. and he was supposed to be a programmer.
needless to say, that show was cancelled before the first commercial break.
So I spent 3 days training this kid, and all that's flushed down the toilet now.
Monday, March 17, 2008
Thursday, March 13, 2008
I wrote this program to take advantage of all its inputs and outputs.
If you decide to run this program, make sure you have the controller connected up through ethernet, and that you get ethernet response over mcHelper.
the program and source are available at http://www.makingthings.com/Members/tunell.
The microcontroller costs about $110 and is AWESOME. I've been using it in a lot of my projects, and it's great! Don' t know how I ever survived without it.
Thursday, March 6, 2008
My new bestest friend is the microsoft Visual Studio Express Edition package. It's a group of free programs that will allow you to write your own software. FREE! Also any programs you make are your own, no royalties or licensing fees. Pretty suite...
This is a screenshot of the design interface for my Harness Machine
http://www.microsoft.com/express/download/ they even let you burn your own CD. FREE!
*Crescent Wrench Not Included
this allows you to plug in a microcontroller into your computer and have it move stuff around. The "MC" make controller, has libraries that work in C#, so this means you can talk to it from your own programs. Anyway, I've really come a long way in my programming skills since i started using the Express Editions. If you've ever thought about learning how to make a basic windows program, you should download a copy and play around with it, it's actually quite fun! Did I mention FREE?
Tuesday, March 4, 2008
Here's some photos of my office:
That spray bottle has WD-40 in it, keeps my drill bits sharper longer. Black&Decker 14.4V drill with quick change chuck, (and a compass and a stock and a thing which tells time) was a b-day present from Vicki. My Fave. You can't see my all time favorite tool which is my Dremel. It's carefully stowed in my tool box where no un-sterilized hand may touch. I use that baby almost every day. It's about the most useful tool evar. Yes i said "EVAR!"
There's also a couple of cans of flat-black spray paint. Dad taught me that a little flat black can make a piece of crap look like solid gold (black gold, that is).
And it's TRUE!. Even my crappiest, blobbiest, ugliest, most un-even welding jobs are no match for a little buffer action and a heavy treatment of flat black. Thank you, Dad. Those are the kind of lessons that every son should be so lucky to receive.
You may notice a lot of my projects use liberal amounts of flat black.... There's a reason for that.
Monday, March 3, 2008
We needed a cheap check system for our fuse systems, so the old wheels started turning...
I'm thinking about switching to the lucrative profession of hand-modeling
PS. I love my dremel
FALLA MEANS FAIL... BECAUSE THERES PINK
You can also zoom... WOW it's like You're in the future.
then it will either FAIL the harness with a screen saying where the error is, or it will PASS the harness and print out a beautiful little adhesive sticker like the one below, which tells the part number, date, image number, and stuff.