Thursday, January 31, 2008


Getting my ducks in a row

I finally made it down to Potter's Electronics and got everything I needed for making up Zach's stepper controller board except for the 2K trim pot and the 2 watt, 0.5 Ω resistor that, I think, is probably not needed in any case. I also picked up an entry level Weller soldering workstation to replace my dead and gone Radio Shack soldering iron and a set of American-made side cutters and needle-nosed pliers instead of the Swiss-made Radio Shack junk that I had.

I've noticed that Radio Shack equipment lasts about 6-18 months under regular use. That's great for the sometime hobbyist but a waste of time for the average committed Reprapper.

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