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  • brightled commented on kubavit's instructable STM32F4 Discovery Part1 - Touch Buttons20 days ago
    STM32F4 Discovery Part1 - Touch Buttons

    hello,I too am just beginning to learn ST and for projects using the lcd check out a piece of software called "touch gfx" and you will find the job is much easier as the code generation is automatic.

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  • DIY 5500mW Laser Engraver / Cutter

    hello,just a word of caution cardboard BURNS and real FAST when fed by a laser,I use a piece of 3/4 inch Russian Birch plywood with mini heatsinks spaced about 2 inches in both directions as a base plate...the laser is focused to the top of the heatsinks and yes stuff does catch fire so you need a spray bottle filled with water very close by by the way I am using a 2.5 watt laser and laser GBRL.please be careful also for smoke I have a computer fan feeding a old vacuum cleaner hose directly to the chimely.

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  • brightled commented on Surajit Majumdar's instructable DIY Arduino CNC Drawing Machine2 months ago
    DIY Arduino CNC Drawing Machine

    hello,great project however we need some measurements for the plastic pieces that hold this pen plotter together or better still an stl so the parts can be 3d printed.

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  • brightled commented on Fernando Koyanagi's instructable The Incredible STM32 L4!3 months ago
    The Incredible STM32 L4!

    I am sure you are correct ..for hobby use the arduino is better even though it may not be as fast as the stm because the stm has floating point processor but most arduino users will never use a floating point processor,so the speed values are of no poit in manny if not most cases, also the arduino ide is much easier to use than the ide for stm...

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  • Arduino Digital Magnetic Compass (HMC5883L - 2 Display Modes)

    The circuit board behind the lcd is a homemade arduino uno

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  • ☠WEEDINATOR☠ Part 2: Satellite Navigation

    I have a question about GMS where I live 27557 zip the GMS system is dead now what do you do.

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  • Mug-O-Matic: a Modular Tiny CNC Drawing Robot!

    cabinet door and drawer knobs,pulls for ceiling fans,small dc motor housings,draw tubes for small telescopes,table lamp parts and on and on.

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  • Mug-O-Matic: a Modular Tiny CNC Drawing Robot!

    This is a fantastic idea..a rose engine for coffee mugs now lets build it bigger so we can use a dremel tool flexable shaft...replace the cup top with a chuck(3jaw) and then we can cut into wood ,or plastic also if you used the mini gearhead stepper motors than GRBL could be used.

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  • brightled commented on Make it BIG's instructable Small Arduino CNC4 months ago
    Small Arduino CNC

    Check your power supply .

    Check ALL the wiring CAREFULLY

    look on banggood they have a naked dremel tool just the motor and collets real cheap

    For any stepper driven project I use an old XTAT power supply....as you need current and lots of it.

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  • brightled commented on trymonx's instructable Orange Pi PC - Get Started!4 months ago
    Orange Pi PC - Get Started!

    I really do not understand why you cannot follow clear directions...I have an ori pi prime...I downloaded and installed sd card formatter,Etcher and followed all instructions now Armbian is up and running...I had to remove the case as it was causing overheat problems and the holes were NOT big enough for the plugs(Wireless,HDMI,Sound.)now I did have to use a powered hub for my keyboard to work properly but now this thing does work with ARMBIAN.

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  • brightled commented on calincostelcoty's instructable Diy Arduino Laser Engraver4 months ago
    Diy Arduino Laser Engraver

    please note that D 12 is the spindle enable and NOT the direction control pin.... D 12 is the one you want to use.

    yes I have an exhaust fan feeding into a 2.5inch hose which goes directly into and up the chimney.

    google laser grbl.

    Curently I have 2 machines one has a 2500mw@450nm and the other 500mw 638nm,and I am waiting for a good price on a 7000mw450nm laser as it will cut tricore corrugated paper or cardboard.Right now I cut paste board and paper

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  • brightled commented on Agam Tyagi's instructable Basic Phone Using GSM and Arduino5 months ago
    Basic Phone Using GSM and Arduino

    fantastic code thanks very much

    check the code in your ide compared to what you downloaded

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  • Hacking a Keychain Digital Camera for Arduino Control

    install the driver first tell windows to get driver off internet as the one on the disk is probery very old also you should do a manual search of the disk and find and load the driver than it should work... but if it is a really old camera than it will not work with win 10 as it probably has a fake usb chip also when you plug the camera usb into the computer you should get a message saying what to do with try hitting open file or list file and you should get a file list of the photos in the camera.

    Great job real nice info thanks

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  • DIY Motion Detection SMS Alarm System

    Hello,Great project but #1 in an alarm situation fire siren first then send SMS#2 set system to run off a recharagible battery only thing the power supply does is recharge the battery,#3locate siren in living area as far away from main box as you can .#4 locate sensor as far away from control box as possible and #5 hide any and all control box and switches...if someone comes make then waste time looking for system parts and also have gsm unit call 3 or more numbers and hope 1 of them will call police...my first home had an alarm that called police plus members of my family well my family members waited untill later that night to call us to inform us the alarm went off about 6 hours later lucky the police got there in time to catch the person loading our TV's,guns and other valuables int...

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    Hello,Great project but #1 in an alarm situation fire siren first then send SMS#2 set system to run off a recharagible battery only thing the power supply does is recharge the battery,#3locate siren in living area as far away from main box as you can .#4 locate sensor as far away from control box as possible and #5 hide any and all control box and switches...if someone comes make then waste time looking for system parts and also have gsm unit call 3 or more numbers and hope 1 of them will call police...my first home had an alarm that called police plus members of my family well my family members waited untill later that night to call us to inform us the alarm went off about 6 hours later lucky the police got there in time to catch the person loading our TV's,guns and other valuables into his truck.The person told the police he was moving,I got there and he told police he rented a room from us and the stuff was his,our neighbor came over and verified he did not live with us and the police took him away ,we got our stuff back 1 day later...the TV's broken and the insurance folks replaced it all.

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  • 3D Printed Laser XY Scanner - Draw, Cut, Engrave, or Scan

    PLEASE everybody that builds this design Please be very careful and pay close attention to where the beam will exit this device...THIS IS VERY DANGEROUS This needs a shield completley around it BEFORE you turn it on

    someone out there please rework the code to use laserGRBL and this will be a very good project but now all you can do is draw a square....and how do you calibrate the number of steps per mm or inch if the target can move...so fix the target at 12 to18 inches and then this will be great as you will be able to use any bitmap to burn or cut

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  • Introduction to 3D Modeling and 3D Printing

    Please tell me WHY Autodesk does not or can not explain the use of this app as you did...now I understand how it works and what to do to use it(if it does not crash)...This is a fantastic tutorial and they Autodesk should PAY you very well to use this tutorial. Now please do the same for Blender.

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  • brightled commented on MegaDAS's instructable ARDUINO TRAINING PLATFORM6 months ago
    ARDUINO TRAINING PLATFORM

    This is a GREAT idea ,when I was in college years ago I built a box like this only we did not have arduino we used 8080 processor a hex keyboard and wirewraped logic 74XX ttl to build circuits and no we did not have a PC and no internet....but check us out today...WOW we have come a long way in a short time.

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  • 3D Printed Laser XY Scanner - Draw, Cut, Engrave, or Scan

    I want this to use grbl1.1 and laser grbl to drive it howeverI have one question I must put in a Xand Y number of steps per mm, now I want to mount this unit 12 inches above the cut table is there a formula for determining number of steps per mm or do I enter what I beleve to be accurate numbers or just mount the device and experimatally determine the correct number of steps for a given line length at a given distance from work table?

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  • brightled commented on AlexP66's instructable 2W Arduino Laser Engraver/Cutter7 months ago
    2W Arduino Laser Engraver/Cutter

    PLEASE for your own EYES....these things are nothing to play around with one wrong move and you are BLIND or someone walks into the room and they are blind...Put your hand in the wrong place and a hole is drilled into your hand oh no blood but it hurts real bad.Read first ,Learn all the safety rules first than take the big step.

    you need to take a serious look at laserGRBL....I use it with a small laser cutter and it works perfect and the arduino nano with two step sticks is a dream now I am working on a 2 foot x 6 foot xy table I just acquired the guide rods.

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  • Spaceship Control Panel - Laser Cut Arduino Toy

    Great Job That is the neatest toy spaceship I have seen in a long time you should call it An imaganation expander.

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  • Powering the Arduino Mega With a Lithium Battery

    you can now purchase a buck/boost module and a much larger lithium battery mine is 3.7vdc@8000ma...set it all up wring wise charge up the battery and now you can run the arduino while charging the battery...no more connecting and disconnecting ..just rem to set the output to 5-6 vdc

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  • brightled commented on robmawe91's instructable Arduino LCD Keypad Shield7 months ago
    Arduino LCD Keypad Shield

    I ordered and recieved this unit today and checked out some vids please note ...There are 2 or more versions of shields of this type..before using verify the number of push buttons on your unit and program your unit per its instructions. My unit has 6 pushbuttons others have 5 Please note the difference.

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  • 3D Printed Laser XY Scanner - Draw, Cut, Engrave, or Scan

    not slow if you know how to set up GRBL1.1 pay strict attention to the configuration and you can make it go real fast not to fast as you do not want to skip steps.

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  • 3D Printed Laser XY Scanner - Draw, Cut, Engrave, or Scan

    Use grbl1.1 in laser mode to control the motors and the laser...using the laserGRBL app it should do fantanstic things..years ago I put together a galvo show for Halloween using hi speed motors and a printer laser.

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  • brightled commented on FamousMods's instructable 3W 4'x4' Arduino Laser Cutter/Engraver7 months ago
    3W 4'x4' Arduino Laser Cutter/Engraver

    Verry Very great write up,the drawings are fantastic,Ihope you have switched over to arduino 1.1 ans set it up for laser,yes I am building a laser engraver/cutter however my unit is much smaller 6.0" square later on I will go larger.

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  • brightled commented on Ardumotive_com's instructable Arduino 3D Printed Compass8 months ago
    Arduino 3D Printed Compass

    All airplanes use the same thing only the parts are built stronger...why buy if you can build it.

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  • Yes it can be done (I did it with an old HP 24 inch wide unit)Heres the problem are you or your wife an electronics tech with engineering experience...Yes ----solve the problem No ...go to ebay and purchase a suitable ready to run machine kit form will save you some money and be cheaper in the long run...take your time follow instructions and you will be rewarded.

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  • brightled commented on Midnight-Maker's instructable How to Build a Wood Sailboat8 months ago
    How to Build a Wood Sailboat

    The boat looks great but you could have built a "puddle duck racer" for a whole lot less time and money as the plans are free and the material is very low cost compared to what you spent and your boat and the puddle duck are about the same size.and yes the puddle duck will handle two adults.

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  • brightled commented on Ardumotive_com's instructable Arduino 3D Printed Compass9 months ago
    Arduino 3D Printed Compass

    really nice project,I will be using it on a small sailboat ...please remove the metal screws and use plastic ones also I will use lipo battery with charge controller with it pluged into boat power. And THANKS real nice job

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  • brightled commented on indoorgeek's instructable LCD Trainer Kit9 months ago
    LCD Trainer Kit

    this should be built and understood long before anyone uses arduino...Back in the mid 70's i built an 8001 machine that worked the same way only diff was we used hex and not bcd...learning without the arduino and libs make a real engineer

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  • brightled commented on liquidhandwash's instructable Printer to Vinyl Cutter Hack10 months ago
    Printer to Vinyl Cutter Hack

    in a plotter it is pen up/down...using grbl it is spindle on/off check the grbl pinout

    with a working pen plotter just replace the pen with a blade holder and use autocad for drawing your designs/practice with the pen first.

    use the code for spindel on/off and connect the up/down mechanism to the respective pins

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  • brightled commented on comsa42's instructable Boat Autopilot - Based on the Arduino10 months ago
    Boat Autopilot - Based on the Arduino

    very nice the work you did however before using GPS for any navigation trek you must read the notices to airmen and mariners for that day and each and every day as the gps signals can be altered depending on military activities please be careful and check...your work is really great and I want to try and use the servo steer for a sailboat.

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  • brightled commented on geekrex's instructable Building a 3D Printer Under $200 10 months ago
    Building a 3D Printer Under $200

    I have this exact printer paid 95.00 for it on ebay...please peel the paper off the parts before you put them together (its plexaglass)..watch the instruction sequence on the USB stick as it shows step by step how to assemble ,its a prusiaI3 much info is on the net..be careful and pay close attention do not rush...ensure it is square...use a tape measure and insure that the distance front to back of the buildplate slides is the same (exactly)on both sides...also very very carefully adjust the Z zero switch it takes time and it must be done exactly right or the machine will not work correctly...when you zero the print head to the buildplate turn the machine on with replicator running use manual control ..move the z axis up above the build plate..move the x axis (printhead) over the table...

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    I have this exact printer paid 95.00 for it on ebay...please peel the paper off the parts before you put them together (its plexaglass)..watch the instruction sequence on the USB stick as it shows step by step how to assemble ,its a prusiaI3 much info is on the net..be careful and pay close attention do not rush...ensure it is square...use a tape measure and insure that the distance front to back of the buildplate slides is the same (exactly)on both sides...also very very carefully adjust the Z zero switch it takes time and it must be done exactly right or the machine will not work correctly...when you zero the print head to the buildplate turn the machine on with replicator running use manual control ..move the z axis up above the build plate..move the x axis (printhead) over the table (manual control) and bring the printhead down to 0 on the control panel (manual control) now slide a very thin strip under the printhead and using the table adjust screws move the buildplate up until the paper drags between the table and the print head..do this for all 4 corners to level the build plate to the printhead... IF YOU DO NOT UNDERSTAND REPLY AND I WILL HELP

    Mine works perfect ...It takes time and patience to assemble and align this machine...recomended for people with cnc and or pen plotter experience or some mechanical or electronics assembly experience

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  • brightled commented on thegrendel's instructable The Arduino / TFT LCD Connection1 year ago
    The Arduino / TFT LCD Connection

    #1 you need a data sheet for the display and pinout and the i/o board attached to the cable.Than before you buy check for a driver for this chip Raydium/RM69071.if no driver lib are you able to write one and do you have the necessary tools to work on this scale to wire it up ..if you answer no than search for an arduino ready product.WCH

    hooking up and adding a lib is no piece of cake insure the screen you buy is arduino ready and sold by a reputable shop with step by step directions...WCH

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  • Arduino With T6963c 240x128 Graphic LCD Tutorial

    Thank you....Great job

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  • UNO R3 2.8 TFT Touch Screen With SD Card Socket for Arduino Board Module

    Hello,please post our code also ..the screen driver must be known and that info must be known in order to get these things to work correctly..you show your code and then the vid blurs..Someone needs to write a pdf teaching how ,what ,when and why concerning these screens I would gladly pay $10.00 and I am sure others would too.I have 3 different tftlcds only 1 works its for the mega and Bomer has a lib for it,I am really considering use of Nextion units from now on 4 pins easy programming but higher cost...also the small cell phone screens use spi mode and are real easy to set up and use

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  • 99p Fix for PL2303HX USB Serial Converter Using FT232L

    I have a HY-STM32_100P development that has the same problem bad Prolific 2303HXon the USB Ports so I am going to remove the device and do basically the same thing,this is sad all they had to do was ask the end users to pay the cost of the chip ,send them a code that activates the port in one computer and thats that...but oh no just shut everyone down

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  • STM32F103C8X Minimal Development Board + ST Link V2 + STM Workbench

    please explain what we are doing as we follow your example pictures...example you show how to set up clock but why did you do it that way..explain what all the letters mean (HSE=high speed external)

    For arduino STM32..look up STM32F103C8T6 Blue pill Arduino Guide make a copy and checkoff each step mine works perfect much easier.

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  • STM32F103 Blink LED (using Keil and STMCubeMX)

    THANK YOU ,AT last some one has come forward and written a clear and concise method of setting up and teaching others like me how to do something (anythink ) with these fantastic pieces of silicon...Now please do not stop please teach us next how to read a switch and make the led turn on when the switch is on

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  • brightled commented on pdaniel7's instructable DIY Solar Tracker1 year ago
    DIY Solar Tracker

    great project ,an updated heilostat from the first spectroheiloscope,I plan to build but mine will use steppers instead of servos

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  • DIY Arduino CNC Drawing Machine

    hello,ok the design looks nice ....however this drawing machine has been built many times,simply by setting up the dvd chasis in the correct orientation and most od us who built one used junk parts from our junkbox...Yes we purchased the arduino and my question is ...What have you done thats different????

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  • Dotter - Huge Arduino Based Dot Matrix Printer

    I am mistaken ,I use correl draw (trace feature) to convert to dfx and f-engrave to go from dfx to gcode, I use arduino grbl to run the machine

    It depends on the source drawing ,most of the stuff I do is lines an circles, however I do use F-engrave to convert bmp or jpeg ect to dfx,I have experimented with the drawing apps to mod a line drawing to dots,alot of clacking but it works ,one difference is my machine uses a stepper drive for the z axis whereby yours uses a solonide....

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  • Dotter - Huge Arduino Based Dot Matrix Printer

    Excellent project and the way you presented it is fantastic,some years ago I converted an old HP pen plotter to stepper motors and GRBL,its 24 inches wide,I use it for my art work,and I know from experience what you did was not an easy project and you did great keep up the great work....WCH

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  • How to Use NOKIA 5110 LCD Screen With Arduino

    the code does not verify/compile in the arduino ide 1.8.5 Arduino: 1.8.5 (Windows 10), Board: "Arduino Due (Programming Port)"sketch_jan17a:8: error: 'int index' redeclared as different kind of symbol int index=0; ^In file included from c:\users\blind\appdata\local\arduino15\packages\arduino\tools\arm-none-eabi-gcc\4.8.3-2014q1\arm-none-eabi\include\stdlib.h:11:0, from C:\Users\blind\AppData\Local\Arduino15\packages\arduino\hardware\sam\1.6.11\cores\arduino/Arduino.h:24, from sketch\sketch_jan17a.ino.cpp:1:c:\users\blind\appdata\local\arduino15\packages\arduino\tools\arm-none-eabi-gcc\4.8.3-2014q1\arm-none-eabi\include\string.h:55:8: error: previous declaration of 'char* index(const char*, int)' char *_EXFUN(index,(const char *, int)); ...

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    the code does not verify/compile in the arduino ide 1.8.5 Arduino: 1.8.5 (Windows 10), Board: "Arduino Due (Programming Port)"sketch_jan17a:8: error: 'int index' redeclared as different kind of symbol int index=0; ^In file included from c:\users\blind\appdata\local\arduino15\packages\arduino\tools\arm-none-eabi-gcc\4.8.3-2014q1\arm-none-eabi\include\stdlib.h:11:0, from C:\Users\blind\AppData\Local\Arduino15\packages\arduino\hardware\sam\1.6.11\cores\arduino/Arduino.h:24, from sketch\sketch_jan17a.ino.cpp:1:c:\users\blind\appdata\local\arduino15\packages\arduino\tools\arm-none-eabi-gcc\4.8.3-2014q1\arm-none-eabi\include\string.h:55:8: error: previous declaration of 'char* index(const char*, int)' char *_EXFUN(index,(const char *, int)); ^C:\Users\blind\Documents\Arduino\sketch_jan17a\sketch_jan17a.ino: In function 'void loop()':sketch_jan17a:75: error: assignment of function 'char* index(const char*, int)' for (index = 0 index < (84*48) / 8; index ++); ^sketch_jan17a:75: error: cannot convert 'int' to 'char*(const char*, int)' in assignmentsketch_jan17a:75: error: expected ';' before 'index' for (index = 0 index < (84*48) / 8; index ++); ^sketch_jan17a:75: error: ISO C++ forbids incrementing a pointer of type 'char* (*)(const char*, int)' [-fpermissive] for (index = 0 index < (84*48) / 8; index ++); ^sketch_jan17a:75: error: lvalue required as increment operandsketch_jan17a:75: error: expected ';' before ')' token for (index = 0 index < (84*48) / 8; index ++); ^sketch_jan17a:77: error: invalid types 'byte [504] {aka unsigned char [504]}[char*(const char*, int)]' for array subscript LCD_Write(LCD_D, grap[index]); ^C:\Users\blind\Documents\Arduino\sketch_jan17a\sketch_jan17a.ino: At global scope:sketch_jan17a:79: error: expected unqualified-id before '<' token }</p> ^exit status 1'int index' redeclared as different kind of symbolInvalid library found in C:\Users\blind\Documents\Arduino\libraries\jan19_2017: C:\Users\blind\Documents\Arduino\libraries\jan19_2017Invalid library found in C:\Users\blind\Documents\Arduino\libraries\ST7565: C:\Users\blind\Documents\Arduino\libraries\ST7565Invalid library found in C:\Users\blind\Documents\Arduino\libraries\jan19_2017: C:\Users\blind\Documents\Arduino\libraries\jan19_2017Invalid library found in C:\Users\blind\Documents\Arduino\libraries\ST7565: C:\Users\blind\Documents\Arduino\libraries\ST7565This report would have more information with"Show verbose output during compilation"option enabled in File -> Preferences.

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  • brightled commented on Nikus's instructable DIY Arduino Controlled Egg-Bot1 year ago
    DIY Arduino Controlled Egg-Bot

    Very good, Excelence my friend but why not use GRBL,just replace the servo with a small stepper and put a cam on the shaft,then up and down are just a number of steps in forward and reverse direction

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  • brightled commented on starshipminivan's instructable Faux Gemstones (Fantasy Bling)1 year ago
    Faux Gemstones (Fantasy Bling)

    for super color with no foil backing use pearlesscent ink

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  • How to Make a Arduino Basted 8-Bit Mini Portable Gaming Console

    I am sorry but you have not taught one iota of theory or programing,you need to reclassify this tutorial into how to solder and download .

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  • brightled commented on Don Whitaker's instructable Create a 3D Printed 3D Fractal2 years ago
    Create a 3D Printed 3D Fractal

    Great lesson,now it would be great if we could load all the pics from the voxel stack into an app and convert the edges to gcode for each pic,stack the code together insert the z info now we go straight to the 3d printer,as the 3d slicer is doing the reverse of what we did,we generated the image ,then sliced it up ,then stuck it back together again,only to run it through anouther slicer.

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  • brightled commented on Don Whitaker's instructable Create a 3D Printed 3D Fractal2 years ago
    Create a 3D Printed 3D Fractal

    Also this will be great for the liquid resin type 3d printer,after all the bugs are out.

    this is the best instructable yet ,you did a bang up job,just as stated everything works perfect,now finally the hardware and software has caught up to where I was 15 years ago,trying to figure out how to make the thing in the screen an object I can hold and show others,Thanks alot ,big handshake THANKS...WCH

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  • brightled commented on dan14's instructable Arduino BASIC Shield2 years ago
    Arduino BASIC Shield

    Will this work on a MEGA

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  • brightled commented on yes2tech's instructable Geodesic Dome Greenhouse2 years ago
    Geodesic Dome Greenhouse

    Great idea for the hubs,this will also work if using 2 x 4 or 2 x 6

    please ,an instructable is used so that others will learn ,please use the correct tools for the job, a hacksaw is used to cut metal not wood as the teeth in the saw blade are set at a different angle,I am sure home depot or lowes would have arranged to have a loaner on site if someone had asked a mitre saw would have been better and showed better in the pics.

    the HUB method shown below is fantastic,this is what I thought the instructable was doing

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  • brightled commented on dan14's instructable Arduino BASIC Shield3 years ago
    Arduino BASIC Shield

    please make a kit or ready to plug in unit available espec for arduino mega

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