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jason
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Project of the Month

Postby jason » Wed Oct 21, 2009 3:49 pm

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Read the competition rules here

Deadline:
1st of each month

Previous winners:
  • January 2011: None as Jason away
  • August 2011 - no projects!
  • September 2011 - no projects!
  • January 2012 - no projects!
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Postby bdring » Sat Jan 23, 2010 10:19 pm

My first XMOS project is starting show some decent results. I thought I would nominate myself for "project of the month".

My project is a Laser Engraver Controller. It is a nice fit for the XMOS. This type of controller is almost always done with a high end FPGA or DSP. XMOS is a good replacement option for those devices and is ideal for an open source project because of the low cost of entry and the familiar C like developement language.

The project is detailed on this web site.

http://www.buildlog.net/cnc_laser/xmos_controller.html

The laser itself is also an open source design detailed here.

http://www.buildlog.net/cnc_laser/index.html
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Postby Berni » Sun Jan 24, 2010 9:41 am

Wow that is a cool project. I wanted to build a CNC and a laser but i never got to figuring out the mechanics.

You may want to look at the XC-2 board and use the onboard ethernet right on that. Since controlling those steppers and PWM is only a fraction of what the xmos chip is capable of.
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Postby jason » Sun Jan 24, 2010 3:24 pm

This is indeed very cool! You should create a project page on here too and link to it, as I never even knew of this sites existence until now! Also it needs to be a project on here to be suitable for Proj of the month and the more photos/videos of it in action the better. Great work though! Do you have any videos of it in action?
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Postby bdring » Tue Jan 26, 2010 3:34 am

Project has been posted.

There is a link to the code at GitHub. I will add the PC side GUI controller source code soon.

Berni...I like the idea of the Ethernet and the board looks very "shield friendly", but the cost is a bit high. The I/O bandwidth requirement is quite low, so a USB/Serial is fine.

A video has been added of the laser engraving the XMOS logo into a piece of granite.
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Postby jason » Tue Jan 26, 2010 10:36 am

This is brilliant!
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Postby TonyD » Tue Jan 26, 2010 10:50 am

bdring awesome project, thanks for posting the video.

@Jason it gets my vote :D
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Postby jason » Tue Jan 26, 2010 11:10 am

*makes note of vote
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Postby jason » Wed Jan 27, 2010 3:35 pm

Looks like it has made its way on to hackaday too:

http://hackaday.com/2010/01/27/building ... -engraver/
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Postby TonyD » Tue Feb 16, 2010 12:14 pm

@Jason

When is the winner for the project of the month going to be announced?

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