[Lab] More fun GCSurplus
tom.i.burns at gmail.com
Wed Dec 1 15:04:42 EST 2010
Thanks for the heads up Darcy.
Actually from what I read the controller can accept commands over RS232 so
it'd be relatively easy to work with it from a current computer and a
USB->Serial adapter (just be sure it's outputting 12v). If the baud rate is
REAL slow however you may need to track down a computer with a built in
serial port as really slow RS-232 connections don't always work with the
cheap USB adapters. I learnt that at Maker Faire from the guys who had the
teletype hooked up to twitter.
There's examples online exporting from EAGLE to commands it can understand.
I had a bid based on the thing working, which I'm now retracting. If I were
you I'd leave the electronics as-is and do the electromechanical parts
first. Good luck.
On Wed, Dec 1, 2010 at 2:56 PM, Darcy Whyte <darcy at siteware.com> wrote:
> I looked at the engraving machine in person. It's not in working condition
> like they claim.
> Spindle motor does not run, spindle motor belt is rotted. Controller boots
> up but it's nearly *24 years old* so it clearly wont run from any current
> computer or software.
> I paced a bid intending on rebuilding it with current electrical and
> It's only a 20cm x 14cm x 1cm work area but I thought it would be a good
> learning project.
> I didn't notice the plotter while I was in the warehouse. It's rather
> There is a cool Lamborghini there. Apparently its 2 years shy of being an
> On Tue, Nov 30, 2010 at 11:25 AM, Richard Guy Briggs <rgb at tricolour.net>wrote:
>> On Tue, Nov 30, 2010 at 04:51:16AM -0500, normand at artengine.ca wrote:
>> > Congratulations for a well deserved recognition. It was awesome to see
>> > this train outline floating over the street. Even more impressive to my
>> > grandson was the horn!
>> Thank you! How old is your grandson? That would explain why I didn't
>> see you with the rest of the guys:
>> > Bravo!
>> Perhaps I should have led with what was actually in the subject line...
>> Did anyone look at the items I listed below? A wide plotter and a
>> computerized engraving machine?
>> > Normand
>> > > I was hoping to come to this week's meetup, but I'll be out in Orleans
>> > > receiving our trophy for winning "best novelty" float third year in a
>> > > row for HPVOoO. :D (http://hpv.tricolour.net, Human Powered
>> > > Operators of Ottawa)
>> > >
>> > > I just found some more interesting goodies on the government surplus
>> > > site:
>> > >
>> > > $75 "Hewlett Packard Design Jet 750C Plus Plotter - HC 24127"
>> > >
>> > >
>> > > $150 "Roland CAMM-2 Computer Aided Engraving Machine"
>> > > http://www.gcsurplus.ca/mn-eng.cfm?snc=wfsav&nscn=R0OT06455
>> > >
>> > >
>> > > slainte mhath, RGB
>> slainte mhath, RGB
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