A few weeks ago, we had our first walk-in visitor at the Cartesian Co office. Shane Edwards recognized our building in our video tour of the office, and popped in to say hello. We were lucky that Shane brought with him a robotic arm he made using 3D printed parts and an Arduino board. The pen holding robot, which can be programmed to perform various tasks such as writing and drawing, reads csv files and standard 3D printing languages. It can also be operated using a standard mouse. What an awesome tool!
During his visit, Shane chatted to us about various 3D and electronic circuit developments. Originally from South Africa, Shane mentioned that visiting our office was his first time to meet like-minded people locally. We are proud to say he found us to be friendly and accommodating!
In addition to his nine to five, he has developed a program that introduces kids to electronics circuits and operations through his company, Shane Robotics. He conducts workshops where the kids gain hands-on experience with electronics. His workshops are intended to introduce students on how the Arduino board works and how to do basic C programming. The students learn about commonly used components and are also shown how to design LED, LCD and motor circuits.
Shane has built other robots that can perform various functions; all are programmable and can perform more than one task. The robotic arm in particular easily teaches advanced math programming skills. Another robot uses a pixy camera that can detect 7 different colours to perform several programmed tasks depending on the detected colour.
We are ecstatic that Shane took the time to visit us, and loved to pick his brain about our work and learn about what he does. We are looking forward to talking to more of you to better understand your wants and needs so that we may produce better products for you.