MachineKit

PCB Progress

We have had a very busy month placing all the components on our first round of PCBs for our BeagleBone Black cape.  As expected, we ran into a number of issues and bugs on the first round but so far nothing that we haven't been able to address.  We are getting close to sending out the next rev of boards to be made which should have the functionality to continue our machine testing.  

Here's a snapshot of one of our fully assembled Beta 2.0s:

PocketNC_Beta2_5Axis_CNC_Mill

We also had the opportunity to travel to NYC to participate in the Blackstone LaunchPad Demo Day along with 20 other ventures from universities around the nation.  We had the opportunity to have a cocktail hour on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange and get our picture taken with the opening bell (see below).  We learned a lot over the couple days we were there and were excited to get back home to keep moving on Pocket NC.

Green Beta 2.0 and Purple BBB Capes

Quick update to let you all know how we are doing with our Beta 2.0's.  We got them back from anodize and were pretty happy with the results.  This is our first run with a shop here in Montana so that is always nerve wracking, but they did a great job so that was a relief.

PocketNC_Beta2_Desktop_5Axis_CNC_Mill

Bannor finished the design of our cape and we had the boards made.  The guys over at OSH Park did a great job of doing a rush set for us so that we can keep the ball rolling.  This week our purple boards came, and we have been working hard to get them populated with our components.  Like any prototyping process, we already know of some changes that need to be made to the boards but we are really happy to be making progress.

Also wanted to update you all on the timing of our Kickstarter campaign.  Once we get the boards up and running, we will need to run some good tests on the machines before launching the campaign.  If everything goes as planned, it is looking like December would probably be the earliest launch date for the campaign.