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3D Printing

5 Posts authored by: Drew Fustini
jkridner of BeagleBoard.org and Texas Instruments just wrote a blog post on how to control a 3D Printer with the BeagleBone Black (a $45 Open Source Hardware 1GHz ARM single board computer): The skinny on getting your puppy to print - Tools Insider - Blogs - TI E2E Community Here's the quick overview of what you'll need to produce your very own first prints in 3D plastic, before we dive into any details: Processor to control your printer — such as provided by the TI Sitara AM335x on B ...
At Chicago hackerspace Pumping Station: One, Bart Dring runs MachineKit on BeagleBone Black:   BeagleBone LinuxCNC blog http://bb-lcnc.blogspot.com/p/machinekit_16.html MachineKit is a "a turn-key BeagleBone SD Card image, based on Robert C Nelson's omap-image-builder scripts and the LinuxCNC machine control software to allow easy experimentation and to promote the use of LinuxCNC in the 3D printer and maker communities."   Bart has the BBB control stepper motors connected via his DIY ...
A headline from a recent Maker Pro newsletter caught my attention:   http://makezine.com/2013/08/30/maker-pro-newsletter-26/#! 3 “HYBRID PERSONAL FABRICATORS” ON THE LAUNCHPADGet ready for a new genre of 3D printer: the “hybrid personal fabricator” that combines 3D printing with other related capabilities. One of the machines featured is the Microfactory being developed by Mebotics at Boston-area Artisan's Asylum (which I visited last weekend after the Open Hardware ...
Howdy - I attended the Inside 3D Printing Expo in Chicago last week.  There was a wide array of commercial 3D printers (e.g. additive manufacturing) but the most jaw-dropping for me was the Mcor IRIS: image source: mcortechnologies.com It took me awhile to grasp what was going on with this machine.  Their software slices a full color 3D model into layers that are printed by a normal inkjet printer onto regular copier paper.  The stack of paper is then loaded into the Mcor IRI ...
I met Matthew of Tessaract Industrial at the Make: Hardware Innovation Workshop and Maker Faire Bay Area 2013: He has a Raspberry Pi embedded in his 3D printer: He is also developing software for the Raspberry Pihttp://www.element14.com/community/community/raspberry-pi which will perform "slicing" calculations using the Pi's GPU so that a separate PC isn't needed.  An Arduino is used for motor control and connects via USB to Pi for serial communication.   Former Pumping Statio ...

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