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Blogs about Education & Learning Applications

Blogs about Education & Learning Applications

  • CNC Build #4, words of wisdom or my CNC build and an Oops with my Uno


    We now have many posts for the CNC build and the latest being the Electrical, this post is a suppliment to simple show you what happens when 24V meets an UNO (Pre OPTO Isolators being in place) and a few additional words of wisdom. I am sure by now your frazzled out with the Hours of previous videos I have presented so this is only about 6 minutes long


    • CNC Build #3 Electrical Build of Gantry and Control Panel


      Now we have the mechanical build out of the way, it is time to focus on wiring up the Gantry and the Control Panel, and this is where we get to add all the electronics. There are many ways to drive Stepper Motors and CNC machines, in this post I will only focus on one. I will investigate and show others in future posts The parts for this build all came from RS Components with the exception of the Arduino UNO but this can also be supplied from RS if needed. OPTO Isolators and an Arduino Proto Board was also used and is easy to source. WARNING: This part of the build involves MAINS and the rules and codes required vary between regions and countries. Also if you don’t know what you’re doing, you could KILL yourself so seek experienced help if needed. My installation is based on using 110V, yours may differ. Plan and take extreme care here.


      • Using Flowcode and Eblocks to create Arcade Games – Pong


        One of the best ways to learn programming is to create a game. It forces your hand to try and keep things fast and efficient but also when your finished it gives you something entertaining you can play and share with your friends. In this article we demonstrate how to quickly develop a simple Pong game with Flowcode, and also implement it into hardware using E-Blocks.


        • Talking to the Formula AllCode robot using the Raspberry Pi


          The Formula AllCode robotics course is great for makers to test their skills and capabilities or for introducing learners to programming and robotics in a fun and motivating way. The robot is compatible with hardware from Raspberry Pi to Android to iPhone, Windows PC's, MAC and more. This tutorial guides you through the process of setting up a Raspberry Pi with a USB Bluetooth dongle so it can communicate with AllCode. Once the set-up is complete, we’ll be able to send simple commands to toggle LED’s, receive information from sensors, just to show some of the functionalities of the Formula AllCode.


          • FORTHdsPIC and a ‘Kill Switch’

            Bill Marshall

            In my last post I described how to get FORTdsPIC running on wheels, seeking out light while avoiding bumping into the furniture. In other words making it an autonomous vehicle, admittedly somewhat lacking in intelligence, but able to make directional decisions based on data from its sensors. A feature of such a vehicle is that it starts working from power on, so how do you bring it to a stop without just turning the power off?


            • A new journey started in RS Components


              This is Yingyi, a Year 3 student from Republic Polytechnic. I will be work in RS Components as an intern for the next four month. Here are some feelings about RS.