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Kit Log #020: Photos and more photos

Kit Log #020: Photos and more photos

Today’s progress was making a small dent in the mountain of photos to edit. The process involves importing, looking at each one, and flagging the best ones (most in focus, clear, shows what is happening). Here’s a look at it number wise:

Super bright lights is 570 photos total, with 108 of them to be edited. Editing = done.

Operator interface is 750 photos total, with 187 of them to be edited. Editing = started, but not done (need to crop and double check colour correction).

Wheel kit is 440 photos total, with 91 of them to be edited. Editing = not started.

The next kit log will continue this progress on the photos.

Kit Log #018: Operator interface 0.5->3

Kit Log #018: Operator interface 0.5->3

Today we completed the operator interface kit packing list. Luckily we had already made some progress on it prior, when we were assembling the kit and taking photos. It was previously listed at step 0.5, but now that the packing list is done it jumps to step 3, which is organising and editing the photos.

Yesterday we mentioned that the power pack kit was at step 2.5, but it’s actually at step 4. The reason for this is because initially we though the packing list was not done, but indeed – it was already done.

The next step will be to make the packing list for the super bright lights kit, and edit the photos for the operator interface kit. At some point we will need to revisit writing the words for the power pack kit instructions.

Kit Log #014: Operator interface complete and Wheel kit assembly complete

Kit Log #014: Operator interface complete and Wheel kit assembly complete

Yesterday the kit log was partially in progress while finishing the operator interface assembly. That is now complete. The steps that followed were finishing the keypad with soldering the buttons, resistors, leds, and of course the joystick. Next was adding the boards to the enclosure, and adding the lids to them. Then taking photos of the finished product.

The kit to complete today was the wheel assembly. Although this one is documented through CAD images, some of the manoeuvres to do assembly can be tricky to see in that format. Additionally, the connector that goes from the motor terminals to the bowie brain should be attached in a certain orientation to ensure smooth changeover between different drive systems. For example, not flipping the wire polarity to cause the robot to go backwards when going forwards.

In the guide, we will have to mention to use JB weld on the hub and shaft. As well as blue threadlock on the set screw. Tonight, these were not added, because we wish to do all 4 in uniform. This means likely needing to disassemble the wheel in the future. However, that might be useful for a video.

Here’s a look at the assembly process:

There is a portion on the wheel kit that is very cumbersome to assemble. Not entirely sure the best way to go about organizing bug fixes / upgrades yet. Maybe one way would be to note down all the fixes that might be good to do after beta testing, then triage them into ones that will make the cut. Figuring out the priorities and figuring out support will be something to make sure is ready before the step by step guides go live. The last picture in the gallery is nice to see. Now these kits are on step 3 (brain kit: step 4).

Shoutout to Larry @fast_code_r_us for sending us a tip regarding an Arduino library for the OLED display. Check it out, the ss_oled library. Can’t wait to try this out once we circle back to the operator interface again. Saves us a bunch of time from researching and testing – so thanks for sending this along Larry!

Kit Log #013: Operator interface assembly

Kit Log #013: Operator interface assembly

There is progress being made on the operator interface assembly right now. Currently the display is completed. In the next few hours (after posting this brief log) will be the final steps on the keypad assembly. We received the components today which was a relief, in order to be able to document this tonight.

As for the motor kit, instead of the metal pieces we are increasing the disks from 2.5mm and 1.5mm to 3.0mm. This should add some more strength to it, while keeping it accessible via 3D printing – which is one of the main points of this Bowie robot in the first place. Looking at the CAD model, there should be enough clearance for a 16mm screw to have enough space at the end for the hex nut.

What took up the most time so far tonight was the heatset inserts. The enclosures were previous versions without the proper hole dimension for the inserts. There’s also not enough clearance for the soldering iron tip tool to press the insert in without damaging the neighbouring walls. Finally, once the heatsets were in, then realised they weren’t aligned, so had to go back and attempt to manually align them with the circuit board. This will all be simpler with the updated version printed.

Now it is time to get back to assembling the operator interface keypad.