G251X Donation turned into USC Senior Project

We recently donated a G251X to four students from The University of Southern California for a Senior Project. They made an incredible reactive trajectory system and are using the G251X to communicate with their x axis motor.

The team of 4 decided to test the capabilities of a reactive trajectory tracking system. (Picture below)

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“Our theories on contour detection are being tested by building an air hockey robot. As you can see, we mounted a camera above the center of the table.  This camera would capture video of the hockey puck moving about the table.  The computer would track the puck by detecting it’s shape and size (called “contour detection”) and predict its trajectory.  Based on this trajectory, the system would use a motor and pulley system to move a mallet to the correct position and hit the puck.  The motor and pulley is used in a H-bot configuration, similar to those used in a typical 3d printer. The x-axis motor and mallet actually move in unison along the y-axis.” -Nicole, one of the teams members.

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See a video of the device in action:

We are very impressed with the work these students put into this project and congratulate them on their success!

 

Made in the USA.

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All Geckodrive products are proudly designed, manufactured, and shipped from our warehouse in Santa Ana, California, USA. For us, American-made manufacturing is not just about being part of a marketing trend. Manufacturing American-made products is the core of who we are as a company.

There are endless economic and social benefits to making – and buying – USA-made products. Here are our top 5:

Why buy American made products?

1. You’re supporting the US economy

“When you buy U.S.A. made products, the proceeds remain in the U.S. economy. The money you spend then pays the workers that directly or indirectly created the product you purchased. When workers spend their money on U.S.-made products, the dollars continue to be recycled. Every American worker also pay taxes on wages earned in America.”

2. It supports safe and fair working conditions

“Importing countries have little or non-existent regulations or standards for working conditions. By keeping our dollars in the U.S., we are not supporting these horrible working conditions (long hours, exploitation of children, extremely low wages, etc.).”

3. It ensures safe, quality products

“Foreign product safety standards are low. For example, poisonous levels of lead are in tens of millions of toys shipped to the USA. When you buy toys and other goods made in the USA, you can be confident that American consumer protection laws and safety standards are in place to protect your family.”

4. It creates jobs for Americans

“As the US manufacturing ability fades, future generations of US citizens will be unable to find relevant jobs. Buy American and help keep your friends and neighbors-and even yourself-earning a living wage.”

5. You will lower your carbon footprint

“The shorter the distance a product has to travel to get to you, the fewer fossil fuels required to get it there. Many countries manufacturing goods for sale in America do not enforce the level of environmental protection regulations that exist in the US. EPA regulations help keep our air, land, and water clean for future generations. Purchasing goods made in America helps us keep our carbon footprint to a minimum.”

When purchasing  a Geckodrive product, you also have access to our knowledgeable and friendly US based technical support team.

Citations;

4 Undeniable Reasons to Buy Made in America Goods. (2013, December 20). Retrieved September 20, 2016, from http://ezonpro.com/4-undeniable-reasons-to-buy-made-in-america-goods/, Lipscomb, T. (n.d.). Top Ten Reasons to Buy American. Retrieved September 20, 2016, from http://madeinusaforever.com/toptenreasons.htm

Introducing Geckodrive’s newest product, the G214.

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The G214 is a powerful and cost effective FPGA based step motor drive meant for high power applications. Designed from the ground up to eliminate resonance from stepper motors, the G214 is in a class above competing products.

Proprietary resonance compensation ensures a step motor will move with maximum smoothness and minimum vibration. Using Geckodrive’s resolution upscaling at all speeds means motor smoothness is optimized at all resolutions and velocities. Every microstep is broken down into higher interpolated microsteps to compensate for motor vibration due to coarse microstepping at extremely low speeds. The resolution upscaling will change depending on the microstep resolution chosen via DIP switch to be sure your motor is getting the smoothest possible operation at all times.

Motor current can be set with a tri-mode option, using either an onboard DIP switch, external voltage or external resistor. The G214 can drive stepper motors ranging from NEMA 8 all the way up to NEMA 42. High speed morphing will get the most torque out of any stepper motor at high speed.

Allowing for drop-in replacement of IM483 and IM805 motor controls means technology upgrades are simple. Competitive pricing allows users to have the latest technology and the best motor performance for very little cost.

Check out the G214 here!

 

G214 GIVEAWAY!

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It’s giveaway time! Our lucky winner will receive a G214 (plus some other Geckodrive goodies!).

There are 5 ways to enter. The more ways you enter, the more chances to win.
One winner will be picked at random and informed via e-mail.

Click below to enter – and to find a special discount code!

Click here to enter!

The contest ends 08/12/16 at 11:59pm PST. As always please contact us with any questions about the giveaway. We are here to help.