This will be my build log for learning electronics and embedded systems.
The diploma I studied after school many years ago was a 50% hardware 50% software type deal, and I have always been fascinated with designing hardware and then writing the software to make it a full on product. Life happened after my studies though and I just went to where the work opportunities were, so I became a software developer, no hardware in sight. I am currently employed as a software developer for enterprise line of business applications, but the fascination for the hardware side never went away.
I decided to action that recently and got my first STM32 development board and started tinkering with the obligatory ‘make the LED blink’ type stuff. I tried quite a couple of groups and courses for brushing up my electronics knowledge (which is VERY basic) but none of them really showed me how to practically use what I am learning. You can only learn Ohm’s law and Kirchhoff’s law in so many ways before you really want to make something useful
I stumbled onto Contextual Electronics by accident when Youtube recommended a video to me and I joined because I really like the idea of learning hands on. Take action, fail, ask questions, try again…this process really appeals to me and how I like to work.
I work best if I set myself a goal and work towards it, so to help myself along, I want to achieve the following for a start.
Mid Term Goal (6 months) - DLP 3D Printer Motherboard:
I am quite into 3D printing. Just love the fact that you can design something, print it and use it for its intended purpose in the comfort of your own home. I chose to design a DLP (a.k.a Resin 3D printing) 3D printer motherboard because it has all the basic elements of what I want to build in the longer term, but much simpler. This should help me build my skills and confidence to get to my bigger goal. I will be posting more about what I would like to achieve with this and what I am doing to get there later.
Long Term Goal (1 year+) - FDM 3D Printer Motherboard:
In the longer term I would like to build a full FDM 3D printing motherboard for use with Klipper. Klipper is open source 3D printing firmware that I am running on one of my printers and I think it is quite a good piece of firmware. A bonus for this goal would be designing the board in such a way that it can be used as a drop in replacement for some of the popular hobbyist 3D printers and selling it as a product.
You can expect from this build log a lot of questions and requests for comments. I am not afraid to be wrong and really thrive by learning through iteration and feedback. Really looking forward to interacting with the community and learning.
Eventually would love to be able to contribute to this community too, but I have a bit of a road in front of me before then.