DIY PICAXE MICRO-PROCESSOR TRAINER
(ships only to continental US states)
OUR ERROR - YOUR SAVINGS
We have a few PCB's where one trace was bad to the Signal pin on the servo connector. This is easily fixed with a one small jumper wire, that we supply. While we wait for our new boards, we are reducing these boards by 50% to $22.00. (The servo alone could cost you that!) With the jumper wire added, everything operates perfectly.
This trainer comes complete with a PCB, the parts to poplulate the board and a course designed to teach you basic PICAXE commands. A 14M2 PICAXE mirco-processor is at the heart of the system.
You will also receive the hardware needed to complete course projects.
You could use your own "trainer", and still learn PICAXE programming, however, the course is designed around our trainer.
You will learn by writing actual code and download it to the 14M2 processor. You follow easy step-by-step hardware Exercises. Each exercise will teach you the syntax of the commands and how to use them to control one of the eigth available output lines.
And once you have completed the course, you have a micro-processor to progam chips for other projects. Also, you could use your trainer as the heart of your next project.
You could build automated robots, runs motors, build all-terrain vehicles, make Ferris wheels and fairground rides, open and close doors, build a humidity detector, make an ultrasonic range finder, program a heart rate monitor or digital tachometer. Your trainer becomes the heart of thousands of projects.
All wire connections to power and hardware have been made easy by having screw terminals.
The micro-processor comes pre-programmed with a "test program" that will drive your servo motor to each of its limits and flash a red LED.
You can place the components on the board and solder them yourself to save some money, or buy our assembled and tested PCB.
WHAT YOU WILL LEARN IN THE COURSE
You need no previous experience to complete this course. The step-by-step instructions follow a logical process to build a solid core of PICAXE commands. You will build hardware projects and download your programs into the micro-processor to activate the hardware.
You will learn:
- to understand PICAXE micro-processor pinout diagrams
- to use the free PICAXE Editor 6 software to write and download code to the micro-processor.
- the syntax of basic commands
- to write input and output commands to turn hardware ON and OFF
- to use labels and goto commands to direct your program to perform different functions.
- to write conditional commands that only function if certain conditions are met
- to understand pulse generation and to generate pulse width modulation signals
- to convert analog voltages to digital numbers that the micro-processor can use
- to read sensor inputs and control hardware outputs based on the sensor values
- to make d.c. motors turn forwards and backwards and to control their speed
- to control servo motors and position them accurately
1 - 14M2 micro-processor printed circuit board
1 - servo motor
1 - red led
1 - 14 pin DIP socket
1 - 14M2 micro-processor chip (pre-programmed)
1 - 2 pin screw terminal
1 - 8 pin screw terminal
1 - 3.5mm stereo jack for connection to your computer
1 - 3 pin servo header
1 - .1 uf capacitor
1 - 300 ohm, 10k ohm and 22k ohm resistor
1 - pre-tinned jumper wire
1 - course materials and instructions
1 - copy of the pre-programmed Test Code
PRINTED CIRCUIT BOARD DETAILS
We use only professionally produced PCB's
- The laminate is 0.062" FR-4 epoxy glass with a copper thickness of ~0.0017".
- All holes are plated through so soldering may be done on either side of the board.
- Etching resolution is: 0.006" minimum.
- Trace width is sized to meet the required current carrying capacity of the circuit.
- Board maximum operating temperature is 125 degrees C.