So the excitement of the last week-ish has been ebbing away (you can read about the wedding here), and things will return to normal soon. I heard from Aaron at FastPinball that the starter kit is almost ready to go, so I will be getting back to work real soon!
Last night I finished soldering and connecting the last bits of the FR4 milling machine. I also checked for any shorts, then powered up the Arduino to see if it would light up all the drivers and confirm everything is working. Sure enough, it did!
I hope to get a real test cut done soon, but I have a lot going on tomorrow and through the weekend (my wife’s cousin Julianne’s wedding). I also have to install the control software on a laptop, so I need to dig one up.
The FR4 Mill is almost complete. A little more work to do with the Y-axis motor and carriage, and a few more wires to work on. Also still have to install the spindle motor assembly.
Last night I wrote up a page and a half document about solenoids. I wanted to write it up in a way that a parent/child team could read through it and grasp the basics of how solenoids work. I explained a little about electromagnetic fields, how flipper solenoids work, and a few safety tips. This educational write-up will hopefully be a part of the starter kit documentation when it comes out.
Last weekend I was at the Northwest Pinball and Arcade Expo in Tacoma WA at the Fast Pinball booth. It was a fun show (but so loud) and I have no voice left today at work. I realize that what I do is pretty niche stuff and not something most people are interested in, but I still got a lot of questions and comments about my custom stuff. Even my flippers, which I didn’t think much of, got some attention.
I’m excited to be working with the Fast crew, they are great, and have built a great community. My efforts here will shift somewhat as I assist them in preparing their pinball kit for launch, but stay tuned for updates. There will be new stuff coming down the pipes!