Wayne Gramlich's Manufacturing Projects
This document only lists my manufacturing related
personal projects. The full list of
all my personal projects is available along with my
current priority list.
My current manufacturing related personal projects are:
I have purchased a Mikini Mill to help
me realize some of the projects I wish
Most of the projects below are pretty old and
are not being actively worked on.
I have some big plans over the years for
my table top CNC mill and lathe. All of
these CNC projects are stored in the
CNC projects directory.
FunCAD Computer Aided Design
This is my attempt at a basic mechanical
computed aided design system.
Steps CNC to Stepper Converter
This program is repsonsible for processing
a limited sub-set of RS-274 (i.e. "G-codes")
into a sequence of time pulses for the X,
Y, and Z axes.
Hot Wire Milling
The basic idea here is to build an X/Y/Z
machining table that steers a hot pointy
wire/needle around. The hot point should
be able to melt a variety of interesting
materials such as:
This project is basically just hooking up some
stepper motors to a X/Y/Z table. There is
the additional interesting problem of writing
some software to drive the stepper motors to
machine interesting shapes.
A piece of wax, could be used for
a lost wax casting.
Any Low Melting Point Metal
While lead is the most commonly used
metal for hobbiest casting, there are
some new metal compounds that have a
low melting point but do not contain
any lead. There are some justifiable
concerns about the toxicity of lead.
Styrofoam can be directly used is some
situations (e. g. architectual models,
model railroad scenery, etc.)
Computer Controlled Mill/Lathe
A long time ago, I got a hobbiest mill/lathe.
I have always wanted to hook it up to a
computer to dabble in CADCAM (Computer Aided
Design/Computer Aided Manufacturing.) This
is a fairly simple project of hooking up some
stepper motors to the appropriate locations
of the mill/lathe.
I have always wanted to build a robot. There
is this plastic toy sold in the United States
under the brand name Capsela (tm)
that allows someone to plug together some
interesting mechanical contraptions. I would
like to expand upon that idea and build a
bunch of modules that can be plugged together
to form different kinds of robots.
A roving eye is a remote controlled platform
with a video camera (preferably stereo vision)
and, when appropriate, an audio audio system.
The basic idea is of roving eye is to be able
to visit a place without actually being there.
The roving eye platforms being considered are
land (actually land/air), water (actually
land/water), submarine (water only), sky
(air only), and space (micro-gravity/vacuum).
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