My internship is ending and school doesn’t start until the end of August. That gives me 3 weeks to live it up before I’m back to the grind. With that precious free time, I’m currently considering taking up several personal projects. One very likely candidate is experimenting with DIY 3D laser scanning. The goal I set forth for my self is simple: Scan a real-world object and print it out on my 3D printer. Let’s see how far I get…
1. Makerbot created a MMI unit for the thing-o-matic to allow PC-Less control…(print, jog, calibrate)
2. Makerbot stopped selling MMI kit.
3. Files were open-source.
4. Access to the design files means you can build it your self instead.
6. I now have a MMI unit for my Thing-o-matic. 🙂
This is a prime example of the power of Open Source Hardware. I created my own Gen4 Interface for a Thing-O-Matic printer when the company decided to stop selling the units.
The semester has finished up and the control deck has been installed on the arcade. Everything works as expected. This was a great project because it forced me to become familiar with MDF wood, wood routers, laminate installation, and general woodworking techniques. I’ve always wanted to build my own Arcade cabinet from the ground up, and with this experience under my belt, I feel I finally have the confidence to tackle such a project in the near future.