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Ardunio

Postby Krislights » Fri Jun 01, 2012 4:36 pm

Has anyone else found these little fellas, too! I would love to hear from anyone who has found the opensource datapool, and would like to share any of their little projects. From making an LED blink to a full on turntable, or DCC. Easy, innit! If only I had found them earlier.....
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Re: Ardunio

Postby Krislights » Fri Jun 01, 2012 4:37 pm

Perhaps a new micro-controller forum section?
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Re: Ardunio

Postby Krislights » Fri Jun 01, 2012 4:40 pm

Or perhaps, looking outside the signal box,.... if you can do C++, or as it's called in Arduino, 'wiring', a whole new world! Layout by laptop.
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Re: Ardunio

Postby major clanger » Fri Jun 01, 2012 4:43 pm

I looked at them but went for Picaxe instead, probably because I grew up with basic :)

I'm currently making the ubiquitous Christmas layout in N. All the lights, points and trains are operated by the Picaxe.

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Re: Ardunio

Postby noel » Fri Jun 01, 2012 8:42 pm

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Mine arrives on a purpose built board in the mail next week.

The current craze for these IC's is in NC and particularly
the homebrew 3D printer market, where they are typically run by
G-Code for these applications: but I think there will be a front-end
for whatever you want to dedicate them to.

They may be an over engineered solution for what you want.

Try sourseforge.org for possible open source driver software.

I would agree, we need a section not only for Ardunio, but also for 3D
printing under Kit Building, I think the phenomena will explode on the
model railway scene in the next 12 months.

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Re: Ardunio

Postby Krislights » Tue Jun 05, 2012 2:40 pm

Noel, I think you may be right! I'll post the Sketch for how to build a turntable that chooses it's tracks, as soon as I have it working. There is also an arduino forum going on at the moment, for DCC. I'll challenge someone to do a signal-box Sketch. Time to brush up on C++ logic, and the arduino code, Wiring. This is the way forward! Remember, an Arduino can only handle 50 mA, so, a few transistor circuits may not go amiss, to stop people blowing up the brain of everything. Let's talk this one into existence, as I also think it may be a great education tool, too! void loop ()
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Re: Ardunio

Postby barry1958 » Fri Jul 27, 2012 6:27 am

Good thread. I have an Ardunio laying around that I used to use for high speed photography. but I am no good at programing
I did search the net to find out if any train controllers were out there but did not find any with the code.
any ideas

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Re: Ardunio

Postby barry1958 » Fri Jul 27, 2012 6:55 am

I just found this on youtube , thought I'd share it
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pOyWLgPyskg

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Re: Ardunio

Postby Essex2Visuvesi » Fri Jul 27, 2012 7:12 am

There is also the rasbertty PI thats worth a look as well
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Re: Ardunio

Postby noel » Sat Jul 28, 2012 5:47 am

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YouTube has a series of Tutorials for anyone who
has the rudiments to follow programing.

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Re: Ardunio

Postby noel » Tue Aug 14, 2012 9:38 pm

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http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/dig ... f=category

Here is a ready made prototyping board that has exceeded there Loan request on Kickback, and promises free
boards for small investors when they go into production in November

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Re: Ardunio

Postby Essex2Visuvesi » Wed Aug 15, 2012 6:14 am

noel wrote:+

I would agree, we need a section not only for Ardunio, but also for 3D
printing under Kit Building, I think the phenomena will explode on the
model railway scene in the next 12 months.

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I Think you are a little out in your prediction on 3d printers... While the prices are coming down slowly the print quality of affordable consumer units seems to have reached a plateau.
My Father in law has one of the latest makerbots and while the quality is ok for hidden components the level of detail is still lacking for producing bodyshells etc

I would estimate nearer 2 to 3 years for affordable home printers with good enough resolution for our needs
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Re: Ardunio

Postby noel » Wed Aug 15, 2012 7:53 am

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Essex2Visuvesi wrote:.... My Father in law has one of the latest makerbots and while the quality is ok .....


Homebrew printing was not what I was exactly thinking of.

With a good 3D drawing, there are several businesses printing by a sintered powder method
using various materials. These are currently giving the standards in detail that most modellers
would require.

RMweb has a section for 3D Printing to exchange experiences, and there is chat elsewhere on
that site among 2mm modellers.

I think it has opened a new option for low volume relatively unique items that will not appear in
RTR, and be too expensive in brass, to become available. Some well known names already have
offerings.

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Re: Ardunio

Postby Essex2Visuvesi » Wed Aug 15, 2012 7:59 am

Looks like I misunderstood what you were saying :oops: I thought you meant affordable good quality 3d printing of for the home user as opposed to 3d printing by a company
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Re: Ardunio

Postby Hulldude15 » Sun Sep 16, 2012 6:36 pm

I'm planning to use an arduino Mega with a RFID sensor to automate a layout in the future. I'm planning to have a large fiddleyard with a bay allocated to each train. A train (with RFID chip inside) drives past the sensor which automatically fires the correct points for its bay. Infrared sensor checks it makes it to its bay and cuts power to the bay's track. The arduino then randomly selects the next train to go and sets the points and powers the bay. The scenic sections would have a constant voltage through it and potentially infrared sensors on the approach to stations to slow the trains down to a stop. Simples! :D

There are so many possibilities with an arduino, I would recommend all modellers to have one in their arsenal if they want to automate anything from signals to their whole layouts!


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