Saturday, March 29, 2008

 

Arduino chosen for next stage of RepRap development

We have chosen the open-source Arduino microcontroller for the next stage of RepRap development. Zach has been working on this for a while, and it gives a number of advantages:
In addition, we have stepper-driver boards for it that allow RepRap to use much less expensive and more easy to obtain stepper motors than the current ones.

We shall do a release of the entire RepRap system (hardware, firmware, and software) shortly that will be a stable platform from which people can take the current PIC microcontrollers forward if they wish.

We will then do a subsequent release with identical host software, but with the Arduino electronics and firmware. This will form the basis of our next set of developments.

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For standardizing reprap, definitely a step in the right direction.
 
Very nice. I was just researching about working with Arduino for my next foré into learning about creating my own electronic devices.
 
Hey, I just began working with the ardunio project not ot long ago and am looking to do this sort of thing with it. I'm glad RepRap is moving in this direction! http://welcometochrisworld.com/category/hardware/page/2/
 
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