Welcome to Fox Robotics!

This is my personal blog and the future home of all of my projects. This site is very much under construction at the moment and is lacking content. Sorry about that. Barring something crazy happening, I will try to write something on here at least twice a week. I’m also learning the new graphics platform, so expect things to change from time to time (even when you are visiting my site, heheh).

My New Year’s resolution, for what it is worth, is to try to keep myself immersed in projects. I love to learn, I love to make, and I love to teach. This website is a great way to keep up on all of that.

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Bits and bobs from projects, modern events, and whatever strangeness comes from my head.

Hacking a Brother Knitting Machine

I have to say, I love knitting, I love electronics, and I was elated to find that you could combine the two. After a bit of research, I found the AYAB project and dove in. Unfortunately, I struggled to find a lot of documentation when I embarked on this road a few years ago, so I made my own. There are a few tutorials that show you how to do initial setup items like how to cast on the yarn, so I don't cover those here. What I do cover are the softwares you need to get up and [...]

The Horror Laser of Doom

As I mentioned in the previous post, I picked up a "K40" laser cutter off of eBay. I knew when I bought it that it was going to be bad. Well, it arrived and I had the chance to dig through it a bit. In a nutshell, it's bad. Not just bad, but baaaaaaaad. What was remarkable to me is that this machine wouldn't even work out of the box. It took me about four hours just to get it running with the software it came with. This had nothing to do with the software itself, but a list of [...]

K40 Chinese Laser Upgrade Plans

Intro I did something bad....very very bad....I bought I Cheapo brand 40W Chinese laser off of Ebay. <gasp!> These machines are crap and leave a lot to be wanted. This post is somewhat of a brain-storming post as well as an upgrade path for me. I included A LOT of information in this post, and I probably SHOULD separate it into multiple posts, but hell, it will nice for someone out there to have all this in one place. Why does anyone need a laser cutter? While I love my 3D printer and CNC mill dearly, they just can't do [...]

New Content Soon!

Howdy! Time has been sparse the last few months due to my day job. I was driving something like 4 hours a day which ate into my creative time. As such, I haven't had the chance to do any fun engineering or programming projects for you to enjoy or secretly despise, heheh. I recently got assigned a new client that is a lot closer to my apartment which means much more time for nerdy goodness and some pretty exciting things! While everything is a work in progress, I am working on a few different video games simultaneously with a release [...]

What Engineers Can Learn From Pokemon Go

Pokemon Go is a smartphone game that combines video games with the real world. Instead of sitting on the couch with a controller in your hands, you have to walk around your neighborhood parks and beaches to find and catch creatures in the game. Once you've caught enough pokemon, you can power some of them up and then "battle" them at certain landmarks called gyms. There is little doubt that you've seen kids and adults alike walking around playing this game. It's free, fresh, and appeals to the millennial generation's nostalgia. The internet is now full of news stories of [...]

Increasing the Reliability of Your 3D Printer

3D printers are fun when they work but a royal pain in the rear when they don't. Heated nozzles jam, stepper motors skip a step, a layer delaminates, threaded rods can bind, the part unsticks from the printer bed, the belt tensioner breaks....the list goes on. This gets particularly frustrating when the print gets interrupted in the middle of a multi-hour print or when you just need it to work. So, what should you do about fixing these issues? 1) Buy quality printer filament and store it correctly. It is unbelievably easy to compare a cheap roll of Ebay filament [...]

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