Hi all Davidians,
Tomorrow is a special traditional day in Bavaria. It‘s the day the farm laborers‘ contracts of employment ended in former times and one began new projects. So it might be a good time to start something new
I´m really fascinated by open projects as the Arduino http://www.arduino.cc
or the RepRap 3D printer http://reprap.org/bin/view/Main/WebHome
So I thought about a open hardware project for DAVID.
Nowadays we all cook our own soup. Our constuctions do not take any care whether this or that part can be found in country xyz
As I understand „open hardware“ means to build a common hardware system from parts as simple and cheep as possible and available all over our nice planet.
At its basic level DAVID does exactly follow that way: Simple parts (boards, cam and laser )you should get everywhere. But if the direction, and I think it does, points towards an automated setup, we completely loose that way.
If I look at the last progresses DAVID made with the mirror support and plane-less scanning, I come to the conclusion that these are rarely used, for these wonderful work of Simon and Sven needs advanced equipment.
I know we have skilled people in this forum, so why not gather that skills to focus a common open hardware product.
Open hardware would mean, that we build a system with direct connections to David. As many parts as possible, circuits, driver software, mechanics and optics should be published, so that everybody should be able to rebuild the system without any special skills. Open hardware also means, that everybody should have the choice to build it brick by brick, to buy more complex modules and difficult parts or the ready made system. There may some commercial companies log in to build special parts.
e.G: If you look at the Arduino: From etching the board, buying every part from another source and soldering you can do everything. But you also can buy the ready made board. You can also clone the Arduino to a commercial product as an „XXXduino“
For DAVID I´ve in mind to develop a system of electronics and mechanics and optical components. The system should be scaleable to the needed object size, something as the REPRAP. So if anybody should decide to build and sell it completely, the buyer should be able to plug in the USB and starts scanning with DAVID.
Anybody interested doing some work for this project? How should we organize a possible development, any ideas or different points of view?
Without discussing some technical problems, what do you think of this idea?
Come on join the party
hope you will