We have always been happy to accompany everyone’s thoughtful and detailed reports [Tommy]Synthetic products, The background of his latest instrument, Scout, is no exception. Scout is specially designed for beginners, easy to crack, and use as many 3D printed parts and components as possible. However, the effective use of 3D printing as a production method is more than simply producing parts. Everything needs to be carefully designed and tested, including the 3D printed battery holder, which we happen to think is a good idea.
[Tommy] It also took some time to explain how he decided which features and design elements to include and which to ignore, comparing Scout with his POLY555 synthesizer. Since Scout is designed to be affordable and suitable for beginners, too many features can actually be a disadvantage. The cost of components has risen, assembly has become less simple, and more complex parts mean that there will be more points of failure in 3D printing.
[Tommy] I chose to keep Scout focused, but since it is completely open source and has a hackable design, adding features becomes as easy as possible. [Tommy] The PCB was designed in KiCad, and all other work was done using OpenSCAD. Scout uses ATmega328, which can be easily modified using Arduino IDE.
The STL file can be downloaded here And all source files are open GitHub repository of the project, Which also contains detailed assembly and modification guidelines. Watch it in action in the video, embedded below.