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Rib Lamps

Posted by Ignatius Havemann on April 07, 2014  /   no comment
Round 420mm x 270mm - Side view

7 April 2014 – We have started with a range of lamps shades we are cutting on the CNC. These can be purchased pre- assembled or as a flat-pack kit. No glue required – although you could add a drop of glue inside each rib to ensure everything stays where it should We offer these either […]

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CoolSteps Rev2.1 released

Posted by Ignatius Havemann on October 15, 2013  /   4 comments

15 October 2013 – After receiving a request for modified CoolSteps 2 drivers to enable fast decay – used on Morgan printers – we decided to update the PCB to make things easier for you! We added a solder jumper on the bottom of the PCB to enable fast decay, mixed decay by default. Enter CoolSteps […]

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K40 Laser – First Test Cuts

Posted by Ignatius Havemann on April 24, 2014  /   25 comments

24 April 2014 – The Chinese just keep on impressing me! Although I have to admit you need to do your homework and make sure you buy form reputable suppliers. Whats in the box: We received the Group Buy Lasers, all in excellent wood packaging with no visible damage on the outside. I promptly opened one […]

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uMotio: 3D Gesture Controller – Support our Indiegogo campaign!

Posted by Ignatius Havemann on April 11, 2014  /   no comment

11 April 2014 – Hi everybody! Black Box Industries and ProtoFactory has been very busy the last few months testing and finalizing an Arduino™ compatible 3D Tracking and Gesture controller. This device allows you to interact with the world around you using hand and finger position tracking and free-space gestures. We are launching an Indiegogo campaign […]

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Reflow Oven Controller

Posted by Ignatius Havemann on January 22, 2014  /   9 comments

8 April 2014 – When we assemble prototype PCB’s in the lab using SMD components and solder paste, we use a normal desktop oven to reflow the boards. In the beginning we used a TV-braai – well, that’s what we call it in South Africa –  and just eye balled it till we guessed it […]

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Group buy: K40 Mini 40W desktop laser

Posted by Ignatius Havemann on November 20, 2013  /   17 comments

25 November 1013 – A tool I have had on my wish list for quite some time – and I know many of you too – is a laser cutter. I have looked at many options including buying locally, importing from China as well as building it myself. Unfortunately it remains a high price item. […]

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CNC First cut

Posted by Ignatius Havemann on November 06, 2013  /   2 comments

6 November 2013 – pent nearly a full day to service our CNC from back to front. It has an oil container and pump with pipes leading to all the linear rails making oiling them a breeze. We removed all the covers to grease the rack and pinions, fastened and calibrated the inductive limit switches. […]

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Finally our CNC arrived!

Posted by Ignatius Havemann on November 01, 2013  /   no comment

1 November 2013 – After a lot of research and budgeting between building or buying a CNC we ended up ordering a CNC mill from China early August. Mainly for cutting wood and plastics. It has a 1. 3m x 2.5m x 200mm bed with a 3kW water cooled spindle. We also ordered a dust […]

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J Head hotends

Posted by Ignatius Havemann on October 22, 2013  /   3 comments
J Head_Hotend_web

22 October 2013 – While building my printer I battled to find an affordable, good quality hotend. So, I decided to make my own. I followed the design instructions of the J Head. I had to purchase the PEEK, PTFE and brass in lengths resulting me having material to make quite a few. We made […]

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New Product – CoolSteps 2

Posted by Ignatius Havemann on September 23, 2013  /   2 comments

9 October 2013 – This product is a breakout board for TI’s DRV8825 stepper motor driver. This stepper motor driver lets you control one bipolar stepper motor at up to 2.2 A output current per coil. Some of the driver’s key features: Simple step and direction control interface Six different step resolutions: full-step, half-step, 1/4-step, […]

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