I came to this forum hellbent and determined to build a Lowrider v2 and I am still planning on it, one day. However I have become smitten with the ZenXY and think it may be a better project to cut my teeth on.
I fancy myself as technically minded and a quick study but to be honest I am a neophyte in this space. I am starting from scratch, I don’t have a bucket of parts from past projects, nor experience from building a CNC or even modding a 3d printer. No matter how many forum posts I read, how long I study subreddits and how many readme’s I look at on GitHub I am completely lost. My anxiety/fear of “doing something wrong” is through the roof so I thought I would reach out to you fine folks for help.
I found a post here with a modern box shaped coffee or end table sized ZenXY and that seems reasonable and fairly easy to build. I have also thought of sort of a contained tabletop version I can place on a buffet or end table. If I get really confident in my craftsmanship I may try to cut a hole in my existing dining table and drop the box into the void… Not sure the wife will approve that route. I want the features of Sandypi (wireless access and continuously changing patterns) and would like some automation of the LEDs. Although I could just handle those separately using something like HomeBridge (another thing I have no experience in).
I have a ender 3 so I will print the parts I can and I plan to buy everything but the control board from Ryan. I have 0 confidence in Amazon/Aliexpress/Banggood components because I just dont know what I am looking at 90% of the time.
It seems like the control boards offered here are a bit of an overkill for the ZenXY.
That leads me to my questions:
Is the ZenXY a good “beginner” project or should I start with something else?
Assuming the answer above is yes, what control board do you all recommend?
Thanks in advance, this community is awesome!