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Welcome to the Fab@Home Model 1 Software Page

Here you can find the most up-to-date Fab@Home software executables (application and USB drivers) for the Model 1 with installation instructions. Currently, this software runs only under Microsoft Windows.

If you are interested in participating in the development of the open-source Fab@Home application, firmware, or drivers, please visit the Fab@Home project on SourceForge.net

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Developers

Anyone interested in working on developing the Fab@Home software is invited to join the Fab@Home project on SourceForge.

Application Download

Current Version

  • More work necessary before we can declare an official release Evan 11:33, 5 December 2006 (EST)

Beta Version

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Drivers Download

Current Version


Legacy Version

Application and Drivers Installation

Note that the USB serial drivers installation procedure differs depending on whether you are using version 4 of the firmware, or an earlier version.

Installation instructions for Firmware Version 4

  1. Download the Fab@Home Application and Drivers .zip archives:
  2. Unzip the archives to your desktop or another convenient location using WinZip or another .zip decompression utility. The resulting folders should look roughly like the images below:

Application archive, unzipped
Application archive, unzipped
Drivers archive, unzipped
Drivers archive, unzipped

  1. When you plug in the USB cable from your Fab@Home to your PC, Windows will request the drivers for the Fab@Home unit. Just navigate to the FAHDRV folder, and select the driver file requested. You may need to do this a few times when you first connect to the Fab@Home. After this, the drivers will automatically load whenever the Fab@Home is connected.
  2. You can verify that the drivers are installed by opening the Windows Device Manager, and examining the Ports (COM & LPT) and Universal Serial Bus controllers lists. You should see ONE USB to Serial Port Adapters with a COM port number (e.g. COM11 in the image).
Device Manager showing loaded drivers
Device Manager showing loaded drivers

Installation instructions for Firmware Version 2 and 3

  1. Download the Fab@Home Application and Drivers .zip archives:
  2. Unzip the archives to your desktop or another convenient location using WinZip or another .zip decompression utility. The resulting folders should look roughly like the images below:

Application archive, unzipped
Application archive, unzipped
Drivers archive, unzipped
Drivers archive, unzipped

  1. When you plug in the USB cable from your Fab@Home to your PC, Windows will request the drivers for the Fab@Home unit. Just navigate to the FAHDRV folder, and select the driver file requested. You will need to do this up to FOUR times when you first connect to the Fab@Home. After this, the drivers will automatically load whenever the Fab@Home is connected.
  2. You can verify that the drivers are installed by opening the Windows Device Manager, and examining the Ports (COM & LPT) and Universal Serial Bus controllers lists. You should see TWO USB to Serial Port Adapters with COM port numbers (e.g. COM17 and COM18 in the image), and at least one USB Composite Device controller.
Device Manager showing loaded drivers
Device Manager showing loaded drivers

Navigation

  1. Buy tools required for assembly
  2. Choose your style options
  3. Buy the parts for the Model 1
  4. Build the cables and subassemblies
    1. Cables
    2. Machine Base
    3. XY-Carriage
    4. Z-Carriage
    5. 1-Syringe Tool
  5. Assemble the subassemblies into the complete Model 1 System
    1. Assembling the Chassis
    2. Mounting the 1-Syringe Tool
    3. Preparing and mounting electronics
  6. Program the LPC-H2148 with the Model 1 Firmware
  7. Install the Fab@Home Model 1 Application
  8. Commission the Model 1
  9. Use the Model 1

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