Is it this:?
Because if so, then writing software to drive that would be much
easier than rebuilding the whole thing. The only additional
information we'd need is this: The ACL manual only talks about generic
'digital outputs' so we'd need to know which ones correspond to the
heater and extruder.
Since the protocol is text-based, you could have a go at manually
making the motors move using hyperterminal or similar.
I'd say choose the most convenient interface - either the links to the
individual motor driver boards or, if it's documented well enough, the
top level controller and adapt the makerbot software in the first
instance. If that doesn't make good enough use of it, do something
I'd be interested in being part of a group to do this, whether writing
software or reverse-engineering the hardware further.
What are the other DIY stratasys users doing ? If they're running
stock software they may be able to sniff the serial line and tell us
what the auxiliary controls are (if it's not obvious fro the wiring).
On 09/05/2011 18:22, Adrian Godwin wrote:
> What are the other DIY stratasys users doing ? If they're running
> stock software they may be able to sniff the serial line and tell us
> what the auxiliary controls are (if it's not obvious fro the wiring).
While I'm all for trying out new things, and dislike the idea of just
carbon-copying other peoples projects off the internet, the machine
itself is a rare and valuable resource that shouldn't be wasted by
starting over from scratch and possibly ruining the advantages of the
Let's build on the shoulders of giants in this case. Let's dig up all
prior-art on hacking/modding these and actually talk to the people who
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I would also be interested in getting involved in this project. Sunday and Monday evenings are usually good for me but I'll be in tomorrow evening if anyone's around to talk about it further...