When I teach the Electronics Measurements class at the TechShop in Austin, I take a lot of pride in showing off the Mixed-Signal Oscilloscope. We have a Rigol DS1102D as well as a standard DSO. To help illustrate the power of the combined digital and analog channels, I created a Mixed Signal Oscilloscope Demo Board, based on a counter, that has an issue that could be turned on or off. This board is also my first time making use of OSH Park’s PCB service.
The next stage of the reflow oven project is moving to a custom PCB for the controller electronics. Overall the board is based on the ATmega32u4 with a DS3231 RTC. The LCD module is intended to be driven by one of Adafruit’s Serial backpacks. There is an area of LED indicators (something I learned from a previous project) and some extra VCC/GND pins sprinkled about.
Last Update: 09/24/2013
As a member of the TechShop in Austin, TX I teach a class on Electronics Measurements. The class includes a variety of test equipment like power supplies, DMMs, and Rigol oscilloscopes. One of the oscilloscopes is a Rigol DS1052D which is a “Mixed Signal Oscilloscope.” In addition to the two 100MHz analog channels, the scope also include 16 digital channel channels. It is a logic analyzer and oscilloscope in one!
While practicing the Quadrotor‘s motor mounts on a Shopbot gave me experience in how to register two sides for milling, I didn’t want to invest the time required for the arm mounts. So I decided to make use of the MakerBot Replicator 2 to print physical samples in PLA. Time per piece went from about an hour to about 15 minutes.
A couple of years ago I started looking at what it would take to make a quadcopter. At the time, I only had the limited tools at the Austin hackerspace available to me (which I don’t think even has a space anymore). So I shelved the idea since I didn’t see a time effective way to make any of the components. Fast forward to a few months ago when I joined the TechShop in Austin. Now I have no excuses to not make a custom Quadrotor.