Wednesday, September 13, 2006
They do sell fonts and clip art for it on some kind of smart card, and I think they're waiting to see how that part of their business takes off. If it does well, they may not want to cannibalize that market by enabling the usb driver.
If they decide not to open it up, I suspect the easy way to hack it is to disassemble the cartridge and connect it to a 7-in-1 smart card reader, figure out their file format and directory structure, and then write your files on their cartridge.
There are some paper-based 3D printers, but compared to plastic FDM, it sounds like a pain in the ass.
The fab-lab folk are very big on using copper foil for PCBs.
They still use plenty of lead for soldering the copper, of course... observed at a stained-glass craft store:
*UPS guy staggers in after carrying tiny package up 3 flights of stairs*
UPS guy: "Did you send away for lead or something?"
UPS guy: "Oh"
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