Friday, December 6, 2013

Retracing Steps

While the stepper motor control software is functioning correctly, we are encountering technical problems in trying to actually run the motor. We have checked and double-checked all of our wiring and we decided that the problem may lie in the driver chip itself. A fresh new chip has been ordered, so we will soon begin retesting, rewiring, and keeping our fingers crossed.
In the meantime, the electronics team will be starting to work on configuring our infrared sensors. Using lasers and photocells, these devices will be used to measure how much resin is left in our storage tank, and notify the user when the "printer runs low on ink", so to speak. We hope to get these sensors and the stepper motor working soon, so we can include them in our initial prototype.