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In Topic: Arduino as pac-drive alternative?

07 September 2018 - 09:03 pm

So, as I said, here is a video of moving reel. This is just a simple stepper motor taken from a printer or scanner - I don't remember. Reel band does not match Dam Buster. It is taken from Andy Capp game, but it doesn't matter in this example.

The main thing I'd like to show, is that it works. It is possible and it is  confirmed.

Reel movement works. Reel shaking works. Directions of movement works. Nudging works.


I'm not quite satisfied with accuracy, because sometimes reel makes longer spin. Most of the time it lands on propper spot, but sometimes it skips steps. Arduino serial transmission is a problem here. I will have to work it out. For now it is just a firework feature. After I will get 100% accuracy it will be added to my program. And here is the video:

In Topic: Arduino as pac-drive alternative?

07 September 2018 - 02:48 pm

Nice to see that software is working. You have only a test version Eric. I'm working now on a version with more lamp outputs. More like Arduino Mega version. 40 would be enough I think :).

As for the hopper support, I think it will be the next feature to work on. I haven't done anything with it yet, because I'm very focused on stepper motor control. Maybe soon I will post a video to show how this works (reel movement). For now - works :), but not fully functional.


As for the hopper - I can't stop working on reel control for steppers. I'm obsessed with it. I will get to hopper control coding after I'll finish with steppers. Takes time, because serial communication is complicated for me.


Soon I will release my software (I named it "Fruit Squeezer") to forum members. Maybe someone will find it useful.

I have not decided what I'm going to do with stepper motor controll for reel movement, but for sure release will drive lamps. In next update I'll try to add hopper control.

Sorry for little chaotic post, but my brain is full of ideas & boiling, obsessed with Fruit Squeezer!


Take care!

In Topic: Arduino as pac-drive alternative?

10 July 2018 - 09:05 pm

Cool cab. Azz KiK'r I'd say!! When I see such masterpiecies I feel so small.... If I only have more time. Anyway. I'll keep on working on my 'break your neck' project. As for your work Eric - RESPECT! Lot of work.

In Topic: Arduino as pac-drive alternative?

10 July 2018 - 12:13 pm

:jimlad: Just wait for stepper motor control.  This is going to be amazing! Hopefully... :goofy: haha

In Topic: How to recognize ROM - game, sound, video

08 July 2018 - 09:57 am

Just a general question. I was trying to try to do my own classic layout, but the process starts on rom loading. So, I got the example package, and it occured that I don't know which file to put to each rom section.

So I'd like to know how layout creators do that, because some rom packages I have, contain ~30 files inside. Some of those files are game roms, some sound... etc.