Hi-just bought a kit, delivery in February. I have a decent amount of computer/CNC/CAM experience but none with the Arduino. Is it worth buying one of the “Arduino training kits” off Ebay? I was thinking of pre-building a control panel/box with all of the electronics and thought some “hands on” with the Arduino might be fun.
The board that comes with the Maslow kit is this one. They offer quite a few starter kits too. Most Arduino training kits add a protoboard and various components - see if you can find one that doesn’t include the Arduino Uno, use the Mega2560 as that’s what is needed to compile the MAslow firmware.
I would wait to make a control box until you have used it.
I’m still trying to figure out where things go logically. Adding the Z axis changed things for me. And I still have more to go. My ah ha was when I started to mount the Arduino - there was / isn’t a clear direction on that. Do you have a 3D printer? Where are you located?
BTW - I would suggest having a spare Aurdino around for troubleshooting and testing. A spare shield is handy too. I keep extra parts around in general. I don’t want to wait on shipping when something breaks.
I started with a kit and the Uno. As an Industrial Electronic, things started boring with making a LED turn on and off. Controlling a Motor with Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) was more interesting. This little kit projects get you into writing code for the Arduino or how to modify existing. I only went through less then half of the examples in the kit, before ordering temperature, humidity, PH and other sensors I needed, downloaded the libraries and started to put a project together with copy/paste/adjust. I would suggest to put your own kit together, depending what your interests are. From flight control, over robotics, to greenhouse/aquarium automation, there is plenty out there to create a custom tailored kit.
That probably makes sense. My background is in factory automation so I’ll look to put together components. I’m a homebrewer so maybe some basic process control including PID and pump control.
Thanks for the input!
If I would put a kit together for me, it would include a sensor shield for easy testing, something like:
and a Proto Shield for quick prototyping, something like:
A ‘protoboard’ like this: protoboard would also be in the kit, as well as plenty of male/female wires in different length and colours.
Bee-I’m in Michigan, but heading to Florida for a few months. My kit should arrive in February so I was looking for things I could “pre-build” (like a control panel.) You’re correct; I should probably wait. I have been reading the sled threads re: the ring vs. pantograph. Very impressed with the amount of effort you folks have been contributing! I don’t have a printer and like the idea of spares. I’m researching frame designs as well. My head is spinning…
Hi…as per my knowledge most Arduino training kits add a protoboard and various components - see if you can find one that doesn’t include the Arduino Uno, use the Mega2560 as that’s what is needed to compile the MAslow firmware.