The 3 D printer is new class of home appliance. The self replicating Rapid Protoype machines of the RepRap class may signal a parradigm shift in general robotics.
These machines are intended to be able to reproduce themselves. For example, a milling machine or lathe can be used to make all the parts for a new (better) milling maching or lathe.
Just as the first (hand made) lathe was used to produce a better lathe, a RepRap can be use to make an improved reprap.
Saturday Morning Terry Surma had passed away.
I don't have a lot of information right now but I will post it as soon as I get it.
He was a great friend, mentor and boss. More people in the world should be like him
Kris "Modelmaker" Southerland
July Meeting Agenda
I just wanted to put up the agenda for the July meeting so people can plan to be there and know what to expect.
Club Business to include iHobby update, Dues, Treasurer's Report.
!!! Robomagellan Official !!!
!!! Contest Registration is Open !!!
Hack-a-Day has a nice little round up of DIY CNC machines for those of you pondering a step-up in robot chassis fabrication techniques.
David is encouraging folks to share knowledge and has a great site with a ton of cool projects (I really like the illuminated pingpong balls). You could publish an article here and also publish it at uCHobby.com and get free stuff!
Check out the site - http://www.uchobby.com
It seems a long way off, (October 16-19, 2008) but I just received a reminder from iHobby, so it is time to mark your calenders.
2nd Update (2/7/09):
Techsmith has released another free product for desktop recording called Jing. However, it is limited to about five minute max time. So you'll need to break up your segments. That said Jing makes it super simple to get your video up on the web.
UPDATE: TechSmith has discontinued this offer. If you haven't already gotten your freebie yet you are out of luck. Sorry!
I just wanted to announce that Moraine Valley Community College has started a robotics club this fall. The first competition is slated for December 1st, 2007 and will consist of Lego MiniSumo and a Robot O-Games (like a contest with four mini contests consisting of Robo Push, Robo Bowling, Robo Soeed and Robo Line Following). See http://mvccrobotics.wikidot.com/start for details.