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MLange is located outside Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, and is currently ordering electronics and eagerly awaiting the [https://www.inventables.com/technologies/cnc-mill-kits-shapeoko Inventables] Mechanical Kit.
 
MLange is located outside Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, and is currently ordering electronics and eagerly awaiting the [https://www.inventables.com/technologies/cnc-mill-kits-shapeoko Inventables] Mechanical Kit.
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== Ordering parts in Canada ==
 
== Ordering parts in Canada ==
  
The best prices for ordering parts in Canada are mostly found by ordering from US suppliers and dealing with the tax and duty incurred from importing into Canada.
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The best prices for ordering parts in Canada are mostly found by ordering from US suppliers and dealing with the tax and duty incurred from importing into Canada; however, RobotShop.ca offers quick shipping from Montreal, QC.
  
 
* 3x [http://www.robotshop.com/ca/productinfo.aspx?pc=RB-Pol-176&lang=en-US Pololu A4988 Stepper Driver], ''$13.35 CDN'' each from RobotShop.ca
 
* 3x [http://www.robotshop.com/ca/productinfo.aspx?pc=RB-Pol-176&lang=en-US Pololu A4988 Stepper Driver], ''$13.35 CDN'' each from RobotShop.ca
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* 1x Arduino/clone (have)
 
* 1x Arduino/clone (have)
 
* 1x Tap and Die Set (have)
 
* 1x Tap and Die Set (have)
* 1x [http://www.princessauto.com/pal/product/8352965/Small-Die-Grinders/1.2A-Rotary-Tool 1.2A Rotary Tool] for spindle, ''$19.99 CDN'' from Princess Auto (Canada)
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* 1x [http://www.princessauto.com/pal/product/8352965/Small-Die-Grinders/1.2A-Rotary-Tool Powerfist 1.2A Rotary Tool] for spindle, ''$19.99 CDN'' from Princess Auto (Canada) or [http://www.canadiantire.ca/AST/browse/6/Tools/2/CordedPowerTools/RotaryToolKits/PRDOVR~0544777P/Jobmate+36-piece+Rotary+Tool+Kit.jsp Jobmate 36-piece Rotary Tool Kit], ''$14.99'' from Canadian Tire.
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== Upgrades Planned (in no particular order) ==
 
== Upgrades Planned (in no particular order) ==
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* Self-Powered Arduino (Not USB-powered)
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** 1x 24VDC-to-5VDC switching mode power supply ([http://www.digikey.ca/product-detail/en/R-78E5.0-0.5/945-1648-5-ND/2834904 Digikey.ca])
 
* Dust Brush
 
* Dust Brush
 
** 4x Dollar Store paintbrushes, handles cut off and attached to each other?
 
** 4x Dollar Store paintbrushes, handles cut off and attached to each other?
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** Touch sensors under the acrylic to allow for UI use without letting shavings/particulate/etc in?
 
** Touch sensors under the acrylic to allow for UI use without letting shavings/particulate/etc in?
 
** OR maybe one of these for the "GO" button: (Rounded: [http://www.bgmicro.com/SWT1124.aspx BGMicro] / Flat: [http://www.bgmicro.com/SWT1123.aspx BGMicro])
 
** OR maybe one of these for the "GO" button: (Rounded: [http://www.bgmicro.com/SWT1124.aspx BGMicro] / Flat: [http://www.bgmicro.com/SWT1123.aspx BGMicro])
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== Interesting Items of possible use ==
 
== Interesting Items of possible use ==
 
* 24-48VDC @0.4A -> 12VDC @0.4A converter, PCB-mount: [http://www.goldmine-elec-products.com/prodinfo.asp?number=G17936 Goldmine-Elec]... Still a bit high to power the Arduino from, though. Hmmm...
 
* 24-48VDC @0.4A -> 12VDC @0.4A converter, PCB-mount: [http://www.goldmine-elec-products.com/prodinfo.asp?number=G17936 Goldmine-Elec]... Still a bit high to power the Arduino from, though. Hmmm...
 
* OR a small switching power supply from an external hard drive case: [http://www.goldmine-elec-products.com/prodinfo.asp?number=G18773 Goldmine-Elec].. Even has a USB port that the Arduino could patch into
 
* OR a small switching power supply from an external hard drive case: [http://www.goldmine-elec-products.com/prodinfo.asp?number=G18773 Goldmine-Elec].. Even has a USB port that the Arduino could patch into
 
  
  
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** [http://www.adafruit.com Adafruit], New York, NY
 
** [http://www.adafruit.com Adafruit], New York, NY
 
** [http://www.sparkfun.com Sparkfun], Boulder, CO
 
** [http://www.sparkfun.com Sparkfun], Boulder, CO
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** [http://www.robotshop.ca RobotShop.ca], Montreal, QC
 
** [http://iteadstudio.com/store/ ITead Studio], Shenzhen, China
 
** [http://iteadstudio.com/store/ ITead Studio], Shenzhen, China
 
** [http://www.seeedstudio.com/depot/ Seeed Studio], Shenzhen, China
 
** [http://www.seeedstudio.com/depot/ Seeed Studio], Shenzhen, China

Revision as of 03:14, 12 April 2012

MLange is located outside Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, and is currently ordering electronics and eagerly awaiting the Inventables Mechanical Kit.


Ordering parts in Canada

The best prices for ordering parts in Canada are mostly found by ordering from US suppliers and dealing with the tax and duty incurred from importing into Canada; however, RobotShop.ca offers quick shipping from Montreal, QC.


Upgrades Planned (in no particular order)

  • Self-Powered Arduino (Not USB-powered)
    • 1x 24VDC-to-5VDC switching mode power supply (Digikey.ca)
  • Dust Brush
  • Emergency Stop Button
    • 1x PowerSwitch Tail II (I have the original PowerSwitch Tail) connected to the spindle power cord
    • 1x Red Pushbutton Switch (In the parts bins here somewhere, really) to pull PowerSwitch Tail high/low(?) (OFF) when depressed, and trigger the Arduino to "Shut. Down. Everything", including proper power-down of steppers(?)
  • Limit Switches (for the X and Y axes)
  • User Interface (for use without attached computer)
    • 1x LCD Shield (ITead, DFRobot), and Adafruit even has an I2C version (the LCD and buttons together only take two pins)
    • OR 1x VFD Display (AllElectronics)
    • 1x SD Card Shield (ITead, SEEED) or SD Card breakout (ITead)
    • AND/OR 1x Bluetooth shield/module (ITead, SEEED) or Xbee Shield (with Bluetooth or XBee module) to stream wirelessly (and/or perhaps for remote progress monitoring?)
  • Arduino Enclosure
    • Acrylic(?) box with fan and filter for venting
    • Touch sensors under the acrylic to allow for UI use without letting shavings/particulate/etc in?
    • OR maybe one of these for the "GO" button: (Rounded: BGMicro / Flat: BGMicro)


Interesting Items of possible use

  • 24-48VDC @0.4A -> 12VDC @0.4A converter, PCB-mount: Goldmine-Elec... Still a bit high to power the Arduino from, though. Hmmm...
  • OR a small switching power supply from an external hard drive case: Goldmine-Elec.. Even has a USB port that the Arduino could patch into


Companies that ship to Canada

This is far from an exhaustive list, of course, just a few favourites. The prices for things vary widely by store. (I don't have any vested interest in any of these stores, I'm just listing them for reference. Feel free to merge this into a larger list of stores/resources)