Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Pat Delany, who founded the MultiMachine project, with which I am also (minimally) involved, has produced a 59 minute video demonstrating his machine, and how it's constructed. It's now online, available for download.
Some hosting has been provided by the Includipedia project - a friendly fork of Wikipedia, aiming for inclusion of all knowledge, not just that suitable for a traditional encyclopedia. All video download links (including one for direct download) can be found at the Includipedia's mirror of Wikipedia's MultiMachine page: here.
For convience, here are direct links to the torrents:
Compressed 289MB AVI
Full resolution 3.9Gb DVD
Mind, it's interesting and I like it, but it seems, to me anyway, tangential to Reprap goals at best.
As far as it's relation to RepRap goes...
1: A machine this simple, with this many capabilities (including a lathe), given a skilled operator, is nearly self-replicating.
2: Eventually, if we can't replace them, it would be nice to have experience machining metal parts. Here you go.
3: In the mean time, if people hacking on RepRap want to save some cash, and learn a few skills by making the required metal parts themselves (or even an all-metal repstrap), here's a solution.
4: It's just plain nice to make friends in the budding Free / Libre and Open Source Hardware community.
5: Seeing how other people are solving the same problems you are is _always_ worth while.
I just figured our groups share a lot in common, and there might be some cross-group interest from both sets.
I guess that I get so focussed on all the people that don't have the space or the acoustical privacy to house a good-sized machine tool that I tend to disregard the importance of having something like that as a possibility. :-s
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