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So ya... This is amazing!  I think this is going in my list of CNC projects to do!  +Jason Smith  thanks for sharing!

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Maslows_hierarchy[] normally looks like this:

{Physiological needs, Safety needs, Love and belonging, Esteem, Self-actualization}

But some days, it looks like this:

{Coding, Coding, Coding, Coding, Coding}

My guess is that there's a buffer overflow vulnerability that allows it to be overwritten this way.
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Why hasn't anybody made a small motor controller to that uses an encoder and takes step/dir signals in a format compatible with a pololu driver so that we can use servos as drop-in replacements for steppers on printers yet? I would think there should be chips designed to do this, but even if it requires a microcontroller and a separate H-bridge, it shouldn't be difficult...
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+Whosa whatsis Sorry for going on about shaft encoders but I really think they may be useful. A geared dc motor with encoder will cost roughly the same as a stepper, but will be stronger and way lighter (probably closer to 20-50 g, while a stepper often is 200+ g). The most obvious place for this is of course the extruder.

Linear encoders for the axes sounds like a good idea anyway.

Where you actually put the encoder shouldn't really matter though (implementation-wise), so wether you use a linear- or a rotary en coder, you could still use the same driver hardware.

As for the hardware, I'm confident this can be implemented with a cheap ATtiny and an H-bridge driver chip, on the same footprint as an A4988.
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A couple of interesting ideas here. Looks more like a CNC mill's toolpath than a printer's. Shallow-angled nozzles need not apply.
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+paul mplr that's where I've been looking with all this. Arbitrary layer shape should allow you to mitigate layer interface weaknesses in an appropriate way for your application.

Also, for ninjaflex and similar, you could manipulate flexibility with layer shape.
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Something like this might make a good Z probe, able to detect an aluminum heat spreader on the platform.
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Shut up and tell me where to submit my application.
What if there were a loose body of makers, with some recognizable name and "seal of non-disapproval," who take it upon themselves to vet all of the new hardware offerings posted to crowdfunding sit...
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PT Barnum lives!
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I still want to see patents abolished, but this is the next best thing.
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+Billy Zelsnack that doesn't work... they attack both other lawyers and innocent people and bring nothing to the market
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Oh, tiny microcontroller dev boards that I already have too many of and will probably never get around to using, I wish I knew how to quit you.
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I got "onboard" this one also.
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The skanbot fits in my tiny car without disassembly, and it will fit even more easily once I get the new, more compact turntable mechanism working. This one is from an old project and is bigger than it needs to be.
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Another printer resulting from the race to the bottom.

I saw early shots of this that looked like it was an H-bot, but this one appears to have a rack-and-pinion X axis. Y has loops of belt that I'm guessing are driven by spinning the four Z-axis smooth rods, which would in run need to be D-shaped or have slots milled in them to allow pulleys to turn with them while still sliding vertically, similar to this concept for an off-carriage extruder motor:

Of course, for the pulleys to be loose enough to slide freely, I suspect that a bit of backlash in these pulleys will be impossible to avoid.
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They claim to have their own custom idiot proof software. Yet, their video shows Pronterface running in at least 2 shots
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