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rStep PCB v3

November 20th, 2010

After a failed order (and 2+ months of waiting) for a PCB order from dorkbot, I reordered the PCB through seeedstuio. $40 shipped for 10 PCBs was great, but they ended up shipping me 18 (must have had extra space on the panels). I paid an extra $10 for the white soldermask (I’m so sick of green. I never want to see a gree PCB). A few weeks later, I got them.


For those of you who have stopped following my CNC posts, I’ve still be active working on an open-source project called rStep. Yes, the r is for Reza. I’m egotistical that way. Anyhow, it’s been a really interesting experience and I’ve gained a lot of insight in running an open-source group. Last I checked, there were 78 members subscribed to the mailing list, and we have about 1/2 dozen active participants who are submitting code, testing, etc. I love seeing an idea start to become something real with people who are interested in the same stuff as I am and see the advantages to such a system. Check out the rStep page for more information.

The parts order is in place, this will be the final beta version (v3) and v4 will be a production run.


  1. Per-Albert
    | #1

    Hi Nice work indeed, any possibility to buy one of these Rstep boards in near future, i currently working on a couple of small and medium size 3 axis mills. this seems to be the perfect choice of controller. I already have almost ANY TYPE of Arduino in my stock + a couple of Sanguino as well. currently running 1 mill on EMC2 and a 3 axis Stepper Motor Driver Board Controller TB6560. works fine but i really love working with the Arduino, but sadly not an expert into soldering and components.

  2. | #2

    Thanks. Alas, I got sidetracked with work and although there are >100 people on the mailing list, I need more help in getting these production-ready. I have spare PCBs I can send, but you’ll have to find someone to do assembly for you.

  3. Dewy721
    | #3

    Let me know when these go on sale. I will buy one.

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