New Tools

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Feb 172014
 

As a bit of an accounting exercise, we totaled up the money we’d been spending to outsource laser-cut materials (LCD chassis windows, plus small acrylic chassis sets for quick-turn work mostly) as well as chassis labeling and printing.  Though our outside vendors did great work, it was common for our three hour job to sit in their queue for 2-3 weeks before it was completed.

Not terribly efficient.

So in Mid-January, we purchased an 80-watt laser cutter with a 400 x 600 mm working space and an adjustable z-axis which travels up to 250 mm.  It’s been a wonderful addition to the shop.  It’s been used so far to mark a production run of DecaBox chassis pieces:

DecaBox - Laser Etched

DecaBox – Laser Etched

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… with lovely results.  We also marked and branded a batch of complicated chassis sets which we OEM for another customer.

Last week, we were asked to ship a very quick-turn LED driver system, complete with protective chassis.  In the space of three hours, we hopped from napkin sketch to CAD drawing to paper printout to laser-cut cardboard mockup (several iterations) to final chassis cutting.  The flexibility and precision of the process is very rewarding.  Many many revisions can be completed in-house, in less time than it would take to visit a cross-town vendor.

Testing - Front Panel Design

Testing – Front Panel Design

A bespoke power supply + DMX receiver + LED pixel strip driver

A bespoke power supply + DMX receiver + LED pixel strip driver

A good friend who works as a lighting designer most nights – but who also plays in a band – received a copy of the group’s logo etched in 1/2″ water clear acrylic.  A black background and edge lighting make a beautiful result.

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13″ square, 1/2″ acrylic

The money we would have spent to outsource this work, just over the past two weeks, totals about 10% of the machine’s cost.  That’s not such a bad return.

We look forward to helping our customers with high-quality, well-designed and quick-turnaround designs this year.

 

 Posted by at 10:54 pm

RS232 DMX Engine – New Firmware

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Jan 032014
 

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Happy New Year!

We’re pleased to announce a release of v4.7 firmware for the RS232 DMX Engine.  It’s a free update for all existing customers, and will ship installed on any purchase made after January 3, 2014.

Full details are available on this page, but here’s a quick breakdown of the added features:

  • Add ‘streaming data’ command.  It’s now possible to write to the repeating DMX output stage directly from your RS232 port, with almost zero protocol overhead.
  • Added command for initiating a hardware reboot.  Emulates a power cycle.
  • Added  command to pause crossfading mid-transition.
  • Added command for jogging individual channels up or down by a specified amount.
  • Add scene recall masking.  This makes it possible to recall a stored scene, but only apply it to specific DMX channels.  This is useful for multi-room installations, etc, where one room’s look should change without disturbing other presets.

If you’d like to update your existing equipment, just contact us for the details.  The process takes about 10 seconds to complete in the field.

Finally, if you’re interested in receiving email updates when new firmware for any of our equipment is released, or when new products become available, just enter your name and email address in the top right corner of this screen.

 Posted by at 11:06 pm

Ex-Rental Stock – Flapper MKIIs

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Apr 242013
 

Check out the bargain bucket – we’ve got five Flapper MKII projector shutter systems, recently returned from long term rentals.  Though there might be a few cosmetic scuffs, the gear works perfectly.  Now’s your chance to grab a projector shutter at much-less-than-regular price.

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Refurbished Projector Shutters

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Jan 012013
 

We’ve got a trio of Flapper MKII projector shutter systems, recently returned from long term rentals.  Everything comes with a full 1 year warranty, just like our new gear.  Only difference is that there may be some scratches or scuffing on the chassis pieces.

Interested?  Take a look in the Bargain Bucket.

Usually refurbished gear only lasts a few days (and sometimes, just a few hours) once posted here.  If you’re looking for a deal, don’t miss this one.

 Posted by at 3:31 pm
Aug 292012
 

As a result of customer suggestions, we’re happy to release version 4.0 of the dimming engine’s firmware.  Lots of new and useful features, including scene storage and recall.  It’s a free upgrade for existing customers, and ships standard with new purchases as of today.  If you’ve got one of these systems already and the new functions seem useful, send an email and we’ll get you the new build.

 Posted by at 5:44 pm