I'm a computer geek by day, and a hobbyist robot builder by night.
I quickly learned that the craft of robotics - just like many other precision hobbies - requires either remarkably deep pockets, or a combination of outstanding manual skills and easy access to a well-equipped machine shop.
(Owen Hall) The 2008 Purdue Grand Prix winner Jon Laski trails 2007 winner Liz Lehmann into a turn during the 51st running of the race April 19, 2008.
Lehmann, a Purdue senior majoring in management from Fort Wayne, Ind., finished third.
For the past decade, we are being promised a revolution in desktop manufacturing - but unbeknownst to many, a simple, affordable, and home-workshop-friendly solution is already well within reach.
The only problem with computer numerical control is that the workflows and materials suitable for small scale, hobby engineering are almost completely undocumented, and quite difficult to discover on your own.
The building, which opened in 2009, is part of the 725-acre Purdue Research Park.
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If this sounds interesting, and if you are willing to spend around ,000 to set up a CNC workshop, simply read on.
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