Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Short Update!

23:14:07:13 passed the deadline

I'm now five hundred bucks poorer! Why am I sooo excited about that you ask? If you'll take a look at the nice picture on the right ----------------------------->

You will see that the money will soon be converted into a set of three high torque stepper motors, a Gecko g540 motor driver, and a matched power supply to get this party started! Hell yeah I'm excited. This should make getting up and running a lot easier. No more dealing with the Arduino and those tiny tiny stepper motors I was playing with. On a side note I will most likely be building a 3d printed or something smaller when I get the CNC up and running. So in the end those stepper motors will have a home....even if I end up selling the whole thing.

For those wondering, I got the job at ORNL and that's the main reason I have the excess financial funding needed to acquire these final pieces. There are upsides and downsides to this deal though. The upside is that I have a job and am being paid good money. The downside is that this is only a spring term internship with the possibility of extension. So the hunt is still on for a permanent job once I graduate. I've got some leads but nothing solid at this point. Fortunately my resume is getting full of all kinds of different and important acronyms that make me a strong candidate for many positions.

Tip for those looking for a job in the science/research field. Mention specific instruments you have worked with in your resume. HPLC, GC, NIR, Bioflo reactors, Fermentors,  Mills, etc, etc. It tells the reader what kinds of things you can already do and also says that someone trusted you with high dollar research equipment.

More to come when it unfolds.

23:14:20:37 passed the deadline