So I have a few projects that I am currently working on and if someone wants to gain experience or play around with some fun things let me know. I love to collaborate and I am sure there are things that can be improved on these things.
First off, the openKnit project.
My contract at the childrens museum is having me build a machine. I can do it myself but I mean its pretty cool right? http://openknit.org/
Another contract I have is to get this polargrapher working: http://www.polargraph.co.uk/
The machine is simple enough but I have to admit I absolutely hate the software. Its clumsy and busy and just a hot mess. I am considering an openframeworks port, processing works fine and all but the IDE is just not that great. I could move over to eclipse to sorta recitify that but really I would prefer visual studio or xcode. There have been several examples in the art world of similar machines. I guess the end game of this would be to streamline the arduino and control software. It just tries to do too much and doesnt do anything well so I want to pare things down.
The third project I have going on is my homemade laser cutter
This is an ongoing thing but really I am just trying to make a simple to use suite of tools to control cn machines. Currently this suite runs on any computer using Firmata to talk to any arduino, or on the Raspberry Pi. Currently it can load images, vector images, interpret gcode, and has the ability to draw and print. Imagine MSPaint that can control steppers. I havent opened up the software yet but anyone familiar with openframeworks can probably grasp its concepts. Eventually I want to make my own 3D printer so I need to add another axis and am thinking it needs to be threaded. This isn’t such a problem on the raspberry pi but it would be helpful with the firmata versions.
Just thought id post what I’ve been working on in case people were interested in tinkering.