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All Chips, No Salsa!

Day:Friday 28 January 2011 Time:10:30 - 11:15 Location:F509
Project: EMC2

Recent advances in technology have broadened the set of available approaches for computer-aided prototyping of physical objects at home. In many cases, however, the tool of choice continues to be the classic multi-axis CNC milling machine.

Milling machines suitable for home use are much more available than they used to be. Using the Enhanced Machine Control (EMC) software, it is now possible to assemble a home machining center based entirely on open source software.

Bdale has been through this process more than once, and will share details of options currently available, and why he chose the components he did. The presentation will include the details of original software written to produce components for different hobby projects, punctuated with photos and videos of real parts being cut.

Bdale Garbee

Bdale first contributed to Free Software in 1979, has a long history of involvement in the Debian distribution, and is Chief Technologist for Open Source and Linux at HP. He is President of Software in the Public Interest, and serves on the boards of the Linux Foundation, the Consumer Electronics Linux Forum, and Open Media Now. Bdale's primary hobby seems to be turning all of his other hobbies in to open source projects...