Welcome, Zach “Hoeken” Smith!
- Thanks to our sponsor, Club Jameco. Be sure to check out ClubJameco.com/TheAmpHour to check out the featured kit and to support the show.
- Zach is currently living in Shenzhen, “the factory of the world”.
- After a college education in software, he got interested in electronics as part of the RepRap Project.
- The RRRF was developed to help purchase components in bulk.
- This eventually became MakerBot, along with Bre and Adam.
- Zach has since departed with the company. While he cannot discuss detail, he has written about a little about MakerBot since his departure.
- These days, he’s working with the HAXLR8R program, helping develop connections at the factories in the area and at the SEG market.
- Dangerous Prototype’s video of the SEG market
- He’s also developing test rigs for stepper motor drivers, brilliantly discussed on the Hoektronics site.
- The CNC drilling of PCBs was also very impressive. As is Zach’s SMT tutorial.
- The first round of HAXLR8R went well, including a very successful kickstarter project for the Nomiku
- Zach’s choice for Chip Of The Week is the TB6564, similar to this TB6560, but with more step resolution (1/64)
- One of Zach’s other projects is to network hundreds or thousands of 3D printers together with BotQueue.
- In the midst of learning Mandarin, Zach has captured some of the funnier signs he has seen on his Tumblr blog, Engr.sh.
- A good tip for sourcing parts (even from the states) is to go on TaoBao with Google Translate.
- Are you interested in applying for the HAXLR8R program? There’s still time, though not much! Apply here now!