The mechanical portions of the badge are coming along nicely. This week we will be finishing up the mechanical stuff. We get our production PCB panels later today and will start pick and placing the PCB's (there are 6!) for the badge on Wednesday. All of the remaining components will be arriving tomorrow, and we will need a few hours to get them loaded up and ready to rock. Fingers crossed!!
I think this year's badge looks awesome. As I have mentioned previously, this year we have expanded beyond just a circuit board for the badge and have a very significant mechanical aspect to it. When I started this endeavor, I thought that adding the mechanical stuff would double our historic efforts. I was mistaken - it's more like triple the effort :-). Pareto's rule is in full effect due to the sight variances between all of our custom parts and the off-the-shelf parts. We got through 80% of units without issue, but the last 20% are taking a significant amount of time. Some filing, some grinding, re-cut some parts, try things, repeat until they work.
I don't want to let any secrets out, but I think you will surprised with some of the extra stuff we will be bringing along with us. I plan on having a "junkyard" where we will have many different things available that we have accumulated over the years. Everything will be steeply discounted. A couple of these things would make awesome controller boards for your projects (thermocouple inputs, high current 24v outputs, water level sensors, CAN, 3.2" touch screens, etc.). I plan on making the schematics available for these units to get you up and going. Unfortunately, I can't provide all that much in terms of software, but I'm always here to help you out with your questions/requests. We will also have some other goodies that might be just the thing you've been looking for... for CHEAP.
Over the next few days I plan on posting the following info:
1. Stuff you will need to bring if you want to program/tinker with the badge at the conference.
2. Full schematics and artwork for the badge PCB's.
3. The software for the badges at this point (I'm still finishing it up) so you can start to get a feel for the badge (and some big clues about it :-) )
As mentioned previously, I plan on making everything available for the badge this year. This includes:
1. All CAD files in native (I use Alibre) and DXF
2. All the Lightburn files
3. All the software
4. All the electrical design files in native formats (Altium and gerbers)
5. Specs for the junkyard stuff (what I can - schematics for sure for PCB's)