Grand plans for an update… not so much. *LR2 Released*

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  • #60383

    Ryan
    Keymaster

    I have been sketching and compiling things I have wanted to change about the LowRider CNC since I first used it (as I do with anything I touch).

    A few weeks ago I had what I thought was a comprehensive sketch of everything I could tweak to my liking. I then took the parts out of the store, thinking this will be easy and ready to go in no time. Well dang it, as I started to make changes and test parts separately it was looking good. As I started to put it together as a full assembly I started running into issues. I design function first, and as I tried to “fix” some things I didn’t like about the OG design, turns out I did them all initially for a reason. This attempt has much longer than the original designs did, such a bummer.

    I started changing to make parts work well together…I ended up with an extremely similar design. So I am announcing my defeat of a game changing update. I need to start over and just optimize what we already have with a few things thrown in.

    Apologies for the delay, just an update. Doing my best to get this done before the PID parts get here.

     

    EDIT—7/13/18 – redacted

    edit – 7/30/18 – Released, here

     

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    #60405

    JJWHarris
    Participant

    Sad to hear it hasn’t worked out, what particular problems were you trying to eliminate?

    #60410

    Ryan
    Keymaster

    I was just going for a full design change. Same thing happened with the MP3DP, I am happy how that turned out, so hopefully the LRCNC goes the same way. Just improve everything a little bit. I worked on it all day on and off, so far so good.

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    #60430

    Jeffeb3
    Participant

    I’ve refactored a lot of code. There are a couple of times where I’m not sure it was really better afterwards. Thinking about it still stings a little.

    #60434

    David Walling
    Participant

    I’ve refactored a lot of code. There are a couple of times where I’m not sure it was really better afterwards. Thinking about it still stings a little.

    Me too. There are some times where “working” is good enough.

    #60439

    Jeffeb3
    Participant

    There was some code that detected lane markers from a mono camera that I worked on 10 years ago. It had a long section for detection on the left side, and then the right side, and I was sure it would be easier if it just looped, and had an is_left flag on the left side. Man, it was a mess afterwards. There were so many subtle changes for the left that it was just really a pain to read after. Before wasn’t great either, and there were a few bugs in one side and not the other, but it’s weird that I still remember that refactor with such detail.

    #60452

    Ryan
    Keymaster

    That is what it feels like. So the “new” parts will be slightly optimized for production and rigidity, lighter, less parts, optional 10mm belt, optional vacuum boot (different style). Makes it a little tough to get back in it and finish…

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    #60723

    matt thomas
    Participant

    I’m hoping to buy the new version as soon as it becomes available 🙂

     

     

    #60727

    Ryan
    Keymaster

    Okay. Hard to get the motivation to finish but it is getting there, Maybe I just wrap it up, test it, and keep sketching other revisions. Instead of banging my head on the desk. Biggest difference is single side plate, makes less total bolt length and less printed parts, in turn a little lighter.

    #60757

    matt thomas
    Participant

    I haven’t used the original, but the optional vacuum boot sounds interesting, has that worked out?

    (and I hope hope I don’t come across rude by asking!)

    🙂

    #60766

    Ryan
    Keymaster

    Th original has worked fine for me but others have had issues. So know I will have an option. The new one looks promising, but I have not assembled the entire machine yet.

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    #60818

    matt thomas
    Participant

    Well, there’s more than a good chance the original will work well for me too 🙂

     

    #61229

    Jonathan Reid
    Participant

    When do you think you will have lowrider kits available again ? I am visiting the US in 7 weeks so thinking of bringing a kit back to New Zealand.

    #61671

    Jonathan Reid
    Participant

    Hi Ryan,

    Sorry to hassle – but are you intending to put Low Rider parts back into your store (current or new design) ?

    I am in the US in 5 weeks and keen to order a full kit – I need everything as don’t have an existing cnc or 3d printer.

    Thanks

    Jonathan

    #61734

    Ryan
    Keymaster

    Sorry, doing my best. I had a set back and need to redo a few things.

    #62059

    Mike B
    Participant

    +1 for looking to order a new full low rider kit…..

    hopefully inspires you ever so slightly to keep pushing forward!

     

    looking forward to seeing it!

    #62067

    Ryan
    Keymaster

    Thanks. I actually am working on it. I have a new vacuum port I need to try but don’t have a LowRider right now. So I have to finish this thing up ASAP.

    #62125

    Ryan
    Keymaster

    Maybe I went too far.

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    #62131

    Jeffeb3
    Participant

    Just imagine it with the transformers sounds.

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    #62133

    Ryan
    Keymaster

    It hasn’t finished printing yet, so I am not sure if it is strong enough but I spent way, way, way to long thinking about it for it not to work.

    #62134

    JJWHarris
    Participant

    If you’re after flat parts in NZ I can help you out – Printer isn’t running at the moment until some new parts arrive but let me know if I can help.

    #62135

    matt thomas
    Participant

    Well the new part certainly looks nice!

    And JJWHarris, I’m in NZ too, and will be after flat parts…

    #62152

    Ryan
    Keymaster

    Any constructive criticism on logo placement? Ditch it all together, less prominent, more? Speak now or forever hold your peace.

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    #62187

    Jonathan Reid
    Participant

    ooh ! looking nice !

    @JJWHarris I will see where I get to with parts – might need to take up your offer on flat parts

    #62202

    Barry
    Participant

    I’m digging the logo placement.

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    #62206

    Jeffeb3
    Participant

    Needs more cowbell.

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    #62232

    Barry
    Participant
    #62243

    Cliffhanger
    Participant

    That looks awesome. Cant wait to finish mine so I can take it apart and upgrade parts 😛

    I do like the look of wood in the original design though… kind of makes it look a little classier.

    #62249

    Ryan
    Keymaster

    The sides will be wood still just one thicker sheet instead of two thin ones. That gives less printed parts and shorter bolts, Less CNC time needed to make them.

    #62255

    Barry
    Participant

    Well, now I know when I’ll be taking my table apart to paint it!  I can use it to cut my side pieces, then pull it apart while everything else is printing.

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