Saturday, 20 August 2011

My Parts List: Electronics

I have been having fun with Arduino http://www.arduino.cc/ for my electronics projects for a year or so, so I definitely wanted something that was Arduino-based. I again used the RepRap Wiki and Forums for inspiration, and decided that RAMPS http://reprap.org/wiki/Ramps (RepRap Arduino Mega Pololu Shield) seemed to have all the features I wanted, using Arduino as the processor and programming environment.

After hunting around for a good price, I ended up buying a kit from an eBayer in the Netherlands called "tijnekind" (their eBay Store is called RepRapWorld) for €99.99 (+ €4.99 P&P to Australia). The kit has to be assembled (conventional soldering only - no surface-mount work), and includes the Arduino Mega and the RAMPS board (version 1.3), with all components required to mount on the RAMPS board, including the Pololu StepStick stepper-motor drivers http://reprap.org/wiki/StepStick . (Stepper motors and end-stop switches have to be purchased separately - I'll blog about these in other posts.)  
Still waiting for this item to arrive as I write this (August 20 2011).