Paused Project: 3D Printed Solar Tracking Robot
For many Makers there’s projects that complete, but some just stall - and that’s okay
Simpler projects tend to go more smoothly- when you’re publishing on a schedule, you really do need a plan and a clear path forward. Some of my projects are like that, and some are explorations. In the months to come I’ll share completed projects, but I think it’s good to share a story here of a project that stalled. It’s not failed, but there are challenges to tackle that I’ll get to.
The project is fairly straightforward - I want to build a small, lightweight, and cheap 2-axis solar tracker. Years ago I made a large, rugged one- but it was still expensive. I wanted to make a smaller one to use on a small campsite, and something easy enough to print and modify.
This one aims to be simpler, but the hardware hasn’t been my challenge. It’s been the software. Luckily, it’s based on CircuitPython, which is rapidly evolving and improving. I plan to return to this project over the winter since it looks like CP has stabilized and grown to the point where I can develop a longer term project on it. What would you like to see? Leave a comment below and I’d love to get your feedback.