Article: PROFORGE 3 open source 3D printer launches via Kickstarter

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PROFORGE 3 open source 3D printer launches via Kickstarter

Makertech 3D has launched their new third generation 3D printer this week via Kickstarter in the form of the high-performance and open source PROFORGE 3, equipped with a second-generation dual switching hot end.

We rigorously test and quality control to ensure you receive high quality components that function the way they were intended to, right out of the box. However in the slim case you do receive a faulty part or one that was damaged in transit we’ll send out a replacement for you right away for up to an entire year after your purchase!”

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Article: Arduino’s Violante Highlights Value of Open Source

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Arduino’s Violante Highlights Value of Open Source

Arduino is an open-source electronics platform based on a simplified hardware and software management system. Arduino provides many boards for every design target, and one of its latest boards is Portenta for the industrial market. At its heart is STMicroelectronics’ microcontroller, with a dual-core Cortex-M7 and Cortex-M4 on the chip.

In this video interview with EE Times Europe, Fabio Violante, CEO of Arduino, discusses the value and role of open source as well as the increased interactions between children and technology. “There’s a lot of talking about open source, but not all the people understand very well what open source means, in many cases, it is sort of a synonymous with free so people just misinterpret the this concept,” Violante said.

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Article: IBM, Red Hat and Cobuilder Develop OpenBuilt, a Platform for the Construction Industry

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IBM, Red Hat and Cobuilder Develop OpenBuilt, a Platform for the Construction Industry

IBM, Red Hat and Cobuilder recently announced a collaboration to develop OpenBuilt, a platform for the construction industry supply chains built on the hybrid cloud platform Red Hat OpenShift and running on IBM Cloud.

OpenBuilt is designed with the goal to allow companies across the construction industry, architects, building material suppliers, manufacturers and engineering firms to connect their technology platforms to partners and suppliers in their supply chain relying on a common cloud platform and infrastructure. Using OpenBuilt, construction companies will then have access to different applications and services from technology providers.

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Article: Equinix boosts Packet’s Tinkerbell open source bare metal provisioning system

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Equinix boosts Packet’s Tinkerbell open source bare metal provisioning system

Equinix has announced improvements to the Tinkerbell provisioning system it uses for its Equinix Metal bare-metal infrastructure as a service (IaaS) offering.

Equinix Metal, launched in October 2020, uses technology from Packet, which Equinix bought in January 2020. The enterprise colocation giant says that Tinkerbell already provisions thousands of servers per day for Equinix. It now has additional features, some of them with Peter-Pan-inspired names, and has joined the Sandbox program at the Cloud Neutral Computing Foundation (CNCF), the home of Kubernetes and other open source projects for containers and cloud infrastructure.

“Today we announced that Tinkerbell has added a bunch of new features and gained momentum since joining the CNCF sandbox program,” said Zac Smith. managing director of Equinix Metal.

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Article: Meet RuhaCam, a Raspberry Pi 3D-Printed Open Source Camera

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Meet RuhaCam, a Raspberry Pi 3D-Printed Open Source Camera

Smile and say cheese! This Raspberry Pi project, known as RuhaCam, is ready to capture all of life’s finest moments. It was created by Ruha Cheng and Penk Chen who decided to develop an open-source approach to handheld digital cameras. The camera is housed inside of a 3D-printed shell designed with a retro, handheld shape. Inside is a Raspberry Pi Zero and a Raspberry Pi HQ camera module for high quality results when capturing photos.

The best Raspberry Pi projects are the ones you can recreate yourself and this one is totally open source. The 3D printer files and code used are available to anyone on GitHub. There you’ll find a complete list of parts which includes additional components like a 10MP 16mm Telephoto Lens and a 2.2-inch TFT display to serve as a viewfinder.

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Article: Youtuber Develops Open source 3d Printed VR Gloves for just $22

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Youtuber Develops Open source 3d Printed VR Gloves for just $22

A student YouTuber by the name of Lucas VRTech has designed and 3D printed a pair of low-cost finger tracking gloves for use in virtual reality.Named LucidVR, the open-source gloves are currently on iteration three, and grant users the ability to precisely track their fingers without the use of dedicated VR controllers.

Lucas is currently in the process of adding haptic feedback to the gloves, meaning they will enable users to feel virtual objects as if they were really in their hands. Tallying up all of the component and filament costs, the LucidVR project cost Lucas just $22 ($11 per hand). The devices have already been tested in a number of VR games such as Half Life Alyx and Pavlov VR, and they work like a charm.

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Article: Open-Source Power Delivery Software Enables Code Integration for USB System Differentiation

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Open-Source Power Delivery Software Enables Code Integration for USB System Differentiation

USB Type-C with Power Delivery (PD) and open-source software are two technologies leading the next wave of wired connectivity. With Microchip Technology Inc.’s (Nasdaq: MCHP) new Power Delivery Software Framework (PSF), designers can now modify and own the IP in their USB-C PD systems.

By merging their proprietary code with Microchip’s fully functionable PD stack, designers have the ultimate flexibility for creating differentiated product offerings while choosing from a wide variety of Microchip SmartHubs, microcontrollers (MCUs) and standalone PD solutions for their USB systems.

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Article: An Open source smart watch you’d actually Wear

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An Open source smart watch you’d actually Wear

We’ve seen a number of open source smart watches over the years, and while they’ve certainly been impressive from a technical standpoint, they often leave something to be desired in terms of fit and finish. Exposed PCBs and monochromatic OLED displays might be fine for a trip to the hackerspace, but it wouldn’t be our first choice for date night attire.

Enter the Open-SmartWatch from [pauls_3d_things]. This ESP32 powered watch packs a gorgeous circular 240×240 TFT display, DS323M RTC, BMA400 three-axis accelerometer, and a 450 mAh battery inside of a 3D printed enclosure that can be produced on your average desktop machine. WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity are a given with the ESP32, but there’s also an enhanced edition of the PCB that adds another 4 MB of RAM, a micro SD slot, and a Quectel L96 GPS receiver.

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Article: Use the Fizo Open-Source Project to Build Toy Cars Out of Recyclable Materials

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Use the Fizo Open-Source Project to Build Toy Cars Out of Recyclable Materials

What you’re about to witness is known as Fizo. While some designers are busy planning next year’s toys, some designers are hard at work cleaning up last year’s leftovers and transforming them into accessible and easy-to-build projects for children of all ages. Best of all, the Fizo experience is an open-source one.

It all started when three designers, Arthur Murcia, Danilo Makio Saito, and Cauê Oliveira decided to create a toy-making project aimed at raising awareness regarding production processes of common everyday tools and objects. To do so, the team decided to create a recyclable toy project.

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Article: Equinix’s Tinkerbell is a bare metal provisioning pixie

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Equinix’s Tinkerbell is a bare metal provisioning pixie