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January 12th, 2007, 12:54 PM
Fab@Home (http://www.fabathome.org/wiki/index.php?title=Main_Page)

Fab@Home is a website dedicated to making and using fabbers - machines that can make almost anything, right on your desktop. This website provides an open source kit that lets you make your own simple fabber, and use it to print three dimensional objects. You can download and print various items, try out new materials, or upload and share your own projects. Advanced users can modify and improve the fabber itself.

See Also:

* Democratizing Innovation (http://www.fabathome.org/wiki/index.php?title=Democratize_innovation)
* Fablab at MIT (http://cba.mit.edu/projects/fablab)
* "PERSONAL FABRICATION: A Talk with Neil Gershenfeld" (http://www.edge.org/3rd_culture/gershenfeld03/gershenfeld_index.html)
* Slashdot mention "A 3D Printer On Every Desktop?" (http://hardware.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=07/01/09/2239206)

We've already had a digital revolution; we don't need to keep having it. The next big thing in computers will be literally outside the box, as we bring the programmability of the digital world to the rest of the world. With the benefit of hindsight, there's a tremendous historical parallel between the transition from mainframes to PCs and now from machine tools to personal fabrication. By personal fabrication I mean not just making mechanical structures, but fully functioning systems including sensing, logic, actuation, and displays. - above quote source (http://www.edge.org/3rd_culture/gershenfeld03/gershenfeld_index.html) - quoted here via fair use

note to mods: if this topic has already been posted before, my apologies, I searched before I posted, please merge with any existing topic if same said topic exists, thank you

March 12th, 2007, 03:28 PM
I found out about it recently and after a quick look at their wiki page http://www.fabathome.org/wiki/index.php?title=Main_Page
Their software is Windows based .Net thingee and 30 day shareware. I'm interested in putting together a printer but I was wondering if there is any Linux software to run it. I already use Blender and have done some designs for jewellery work but I don't know about software to run the printer or what to look for. It would be great for cutting wax models if it is accurate enough. Even if it isn't I love puttering around at my work bench and I could always use it for something else after. The three thousand they estimate for the parts is more in my financial range than thirty thousand for a commercial product.

March 13th, 2007, 07:49 PM
found emc2 for Ubuntu at Linuxcnc.org