Mar 13, 2011
Haas open house was an awesome event, complete with plant tour, food, machine demo, and reminds us that manufacturing in USA is still alive and viable. In the 5 years since the last visit, an extra building was constructed, more robots were added, and more, a lot more, Haas machines making Haas parts for more Haas machines.
Beyond the busy sound and motion of a modern factory humming away building and replicating, the most memorable image from the last visit was the machine operator wiping down his machines in between operations. That type of human dedication and pride is not something quantifiable, yet serve as testament to the culture of the company. Impressive, indeed.
Thank you Haas, for opening your door to us and for inspiring us.
More images of the Haas open house can be found at the image gallery.
Rails Server Upgrade
Mar 10, 2011
Jan 15, 2011
Work In Progress Part 2
Oct 04, 2010
Progress is still slow but the manufacturing space is gradually taking shape. The machines are finally up and running and the environment is looking habitable.
. . . Freedom for ALL!!!
Sep 30, 2010
Clean Dry Air
Sep 29, 2010
Clean dry air, the supposed cure for all mechanical ailment. Sticking Tools? Try clean dry air. Rusting solenoid valves? Try clean dry air. Not having enough time to do what needs to be done? . . . . probably have to look else where, but at least there's clean dry air.
Another old friend comes to life with a newly added air dryer.
Not prettiest copper soldering, but it will do the job of distributing clean dry compressed air to all the cnc machines
Aug 31, 2010
Haas HFO van showed up. . .
After a few hours, SR-100 powers up. . .
A few hours more and TL-2 powers up. . .
Another small step toward manufacturing. It took almost a year or delays and detours but nevertheless, the machines are finally up and running.
Jul 19, 2010
Documentation on the Reprap firmware is a bit confusing with multiple unreferenced version. Following the installation instruction, the Sanguino Master Firmware was uploaded into Reprap Motherboard V1.2 via a Atmel STK500v2 through serial port. ReplicatorG was then installed and interfaces with the RepRap Motherboard through a Sparkfun USB-TTL board via a usb port.
It should be a fairly simple process, but there are a few versions of the firmware upload instruction each using a different version of the firmware. Before compiling and uploading each firmware, the bootloader must be burned through the Arduino IDE. . . . so it took a couple hours of trial and error to figure it out. I think the file reprap-mendel-20100702.zip contains the latest motherboard firmware and also the latest reprap interface, ie ReplicatorG. . . I think.
The X, Y and Z axis stepper motor tests okay with the Reprap interface.
Jul 14, 2010
Using the stepper motor test program it seems that all the servo motors and optoendstops are running.
Jun 28, 2010
The cost of the mechanical parts are as follows. The actual cost is probably a little less. The parts where ordered from McMaster back in January so I don't remember how many "extra" parts I ordered that may have inflated the overall order. Anyway, the pulleys and the rods are a bit pricy.
|Part Name||Qty||Vendor||Vendor Part No||Cost||Ext Cost|
|Trapezoidal-Tooth Belt /ft||16||McMaster||7959K21||1.810||28.96|
|Timing Belt Pulley 20 Teeth||3||McMaster||1375K39||9.810||29.43|
|Timing Belt Pulley 60 Teeth||4||McMaster||1375K57||14.630||58.52|
|O1 Tool Steel Rod 3'||10||McMaster||88625K67||4.880||48.80|
|316 Stainless M8 Rod||8||McMaster||94185A160||11.95||95.60|
|Misc Spring, Bolt, and Nuts||various||McMaster||various||107.68||107.68|