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[DPRG] Introducing Myself

Subject: [DPRG] Introducing Myself
From: James LeRoy james at getsurreal.com
Date: Thu Jan 9 17:19:19 CST 2014

Thanks Doug!

I did bring my robot out.  I plan to be there Saturday and will bring it 
along too.

On 1/9/2014 4:59 PM, paradug wrote:
> James,
>    Welcome!
>    I missed last week's RBNO, but hope to meet you this next Tuesday.  
> Did you bring your robot platform to RBNO?
> DPRG has a meeting this Saturday at noon. The agenda  is the annual 
> officer election. There will be a discussion on projects and 
> directions for the new year. Please put it on your schedule.
> On a different note,  I have also recently built a 3d printer 
> (original Printrbot with end stop mods) and have been having a lot of 
> fun with it. My model generation tool path is still weak,  but I am 
> making progress on an acceptable solution.
> Regards,
> Doug P.
> -----Original Message----- From: James LeRoy
> Sent: Thursday, January 09, 2014 3:32 PM
> To: dprglist at dprg.org
> Subject: [DPRG] Introducing Myself
> Hey Everyone,
> I went to my first meeting this past Tuesday and had some great
> conversations. I just completed my membership registration and I'm
> excited to be a part of the group so I thought I'd send out an
> introduction.  I've never actually been able to talk with anyone else
> interested in robotics, only a few back and forth forum posts here and
> there so forgive me if I start out talking your ears off.
> Here's a little bit about my background.
> I just barely got started with robotics/electronics in June of 2012 with
> a purchase of an Arduino starter kit with some additional miscellaneous
> sensors and motors.  I then quickly purchased an introduction to
> electronics book to try and get a better understanding.  I built my
> first little robot using hand cut acrylic to wonder around using sonar
> and infrared to avoid objects.  Next I unsuccessfully tried to create a
> balancing robot and have given up on that one for now.  I found myself
> frustrated with my inability to find brackets and parts for how I wanted
> to build my robots so I got myself a 3D printer (Printrbot Plus v2) so I
> could design my own parts.  I was likewise disappointed in my hand
> cutting skills with acrylic so I started building a DIY CNC (ShapeOko).
> The original ShapeOko cutting area wasn't working for me, so I spent
> some time expanding that into 17x15 in. (should have gone with at least
> 24x24 in.).  After all that, I was able to create a robot platform that
> I wanted.  Unfortunately I may have created a platform that is beyond my
> skills to program in any reasonable amount of time so I may have to take
> a few steps back to fill in some gaps I have with robotics.
> My day job is a systems administrator, primarily focused on VMware and
> Windows Server with a little bit of Linux.
> James LeRoy (getSurreal)
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