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From: Steve Dalton <[address removed]>
Date: Mon, Feb 4, 2013 at 7:53 PM
Subject: HackCNC for kids
To: [address removed]
I just got around to rebuilding my HackCNC (from Arduino Miniconf) after disassembling it for transport. My 7 year old son Jaron took an interest in helping out with the wiring and so sensing some keen interest after he had put in all the wires and we'd tightened the screws together, I just let him loose with the LinuxCNC software.
This is our first test of the CNC with a pen (despite me being first to finish build I didn't actually get around to testing it properly at LCA). It worked rather well and Jaron wanted to record a video for everyone explaining what he is doing. He is on the autistic spectrum and sometimes has a lot of trouble expressing himself, but seems to do quite well in videos and really took to this:
Also have another much longer video that we recorded for Jaron's show and tell at school, quite interesting hearing him explain why there is a delay between letting go of the button and the pen stopping, he claims that it is because Daddy's USB and power cables are too long and it takes a bit of time for the signal to get through :)
Anyway - we'll move to doing our own designs tomorrow, but for now it was a lot of fun manually controlling it. I'll probably take it to his school in a couple of weeks and will be a permanent project at the TechSpace. I hadn't really thought of the CNC as a kids thing - but I think it will be a lot of fun as an educational tool.
To all people that made HackCNCs - have fun with them and make sure you share them around, don't let them gather dust as can sometimes happen. A massive thankyou to those that organised the Miniconf - I know you all put in a massive amount of work and we all really appreciate your efforts.
Steve Dalton, President
Gold Coast Tech Space
3b/51 Johnston St, Southport, Q 4215