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Welcome to the Fab@Home News Archive Page
Here you can find all of the news releases that have been posted on the front page. Please move your news postings to the top of this page from the front page when they are more than 1 month old.
00:47, 4 December 2009 (UTC): NextFab Organization and the Brazilian government's Renato Archer Center for Digital Technologies are planning a conference on open-source and/or affordable digital manufacturing technologies - including Fab@Home, RepRap, hobby CNC, Blender, etc. - to be held in 2010. The goal is to bring together users, developers, and producers of these technologies to share ideas for new applications and technical advances, learn about the latest software and hardware systems, and discuss and develop future direction. To help improve the quality of the conference, please participate in our survey about conference logistics and content...
19:36, 12 November 2009 (UTC): Fab@Home is in the news again: in a Time Compression Magazine article by additive manufacturing industry consultant Terry Wohlers of Wohlers Associates, and in 2007 Wall Street Journal Online video linked in a new Wall Street Journal article on the resurgence of tinkering
19:45, 7 October 2009 (UTC): Fab@Home contributor Joseph McGuire is developing a web-catalog of 3D models that users can download and build. Please check it out, and if you have any expertise 3d web services programming, consider contributing to Joseph's discussion about it on the Fab@Home Google Group.
19:47, 2 October 2009 (UTC): The Design of the Model 2 Beta release is complete. Check out the documentation on how to have your own.
14:32, 27 September 2009 (UTC): A new front for the Fab@Home website is under development. We hope it will attract new users and help organize content, discussion, and innovation. check it out!"
16 September 2009 (UTC): The McGill University Center for Intelligent Machines is partnering with the Fab@Home project to bring their ice printing capability to the platform. They are currently using a Fab@Home Model 1 as the positioning system for their novel ice deposition tool. McGill will be working with the Cornell University Student Project Team to revise the design to make it completely off-the-shelf and lower-cost. This new deposition tool is a fantastic addition to the Fab@Home printing system.
16:23, 2 September 2009 (UTC): All Fab@Home users and project contributors are invited to participate in a research survey on the nature of Fab@Home and other open source projects. The researcher is Kerstin Balka, research fellow in The OSI project at TUHH, Hamburg University of Technology, Germany.
20 August 2009 (UTC):The French Culinary Institute and Cornell students are working together to develop a materials platform for printing food on the Fab@Home. In early October, a Model 2 will be delivered to the New York City culinary school. Chefs David Arnold and Nils Noren will be applying their expertise to devise novel material formulations for printing a wide range of food items.
12:00, 7 August 2009 (UTC):A new blog called NextFabNews was released with the intent of release the status of the development of all improvements to fab@home machine.
6 August 2009: Fab@Home Model 2 BETA to be unveiled soon. Faster, Cheaper, better.
21:04, 14 June 2009 (UTC): Fab@Home has received a brief mention in a text book intended for secondary school, titled Engineering & Technology (ISBN-10: 141807389X ISBN-13: 9781418073893), published by Delmar / Cengage Learning. Fab@Home is presented as an example of the new technology of "microfactories". Photos and a description are included in Chapter 4: Materials and Materials Processing, p. 165.
20:20, 14 June 2009 (UTC): Personal Fabrication Technology has been named one of the 2009 Innovations That Could Change the Way You Manufacture by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME). Dr. Evan Malone of the Fab@Home Project, and Terry Wohlers of Wohlers Associates were invited to speak on the topic.
15:38, 19 May 2009 (UTC): Fab@Home is being featured in The FAB Show, an exhibition of art and technology of additive manufacturing at the Klein Art Gallery of the University City Science Center, in Philadelphia, PA, USA. Newsweek has a brief mention of the exhibition as well.
12:00, 22 January 2009 (UTC): The Koba Industries Fabber store is now the NextFab Store and we are still having a Fabber Sale. All clear chassis kits are $2750.00US. For ordering and information please contact: Kenji Kondo
07:00, 18 September 2008 (MDT): Version 0.23a of Fab@Home has been released. This version include an important fix that affects all users that use FindSafe button. Now the limits switch for motors U and V are enabled by default. Please test it, and comment about its performance and bugs. Thank you for your help with testing! Contribution from The Renato Archer Center of Information Technology - CTI (Campinas, Brazil).
17:06, 29 August 2008 (UTC): The design and engineering of the next generation of Fab@Home systems has begun! If you are interested in contributing in any way to this effort, please see the notice on the discussion forum...
20:09, 21 August 2008 (UTC): Koba Industries Inc. has created the first wooden fabber! In addition to being the most beautiful fabber we've made, it's also the most customizable - easily modified with standard woodworking tools.
07:00, 29 July 2008 (UTC): Version 0.23 of Fab@Home has been updated. This update was released to fix minor bugs reported by some users and to add tooltips for the new dialogs. Please test it, and comment on its performance and any bugs discovered. Thank you for your help with testing! Contribution from Renato Archer Research Center (Campinas, Brazil).
13:30, 25 July 2008 (UTC): In case you still want to hear more, listen to Fab@Home co-creator Evan Malone interviewed for a full hour on the The David Lawrence Radio Show of Hollywood California
15:57, 22 July 2008 (MDT): Koba Industries Inc. has developed an ultraviolet-cure adhesive deposition system! The UV-cure system consists of a UV-cure adhesive (Koba UVG-1) that works in conjunction with a UV LED array (Koba LED-1). UVG-1 is a highly viscous, shear thinning gel that has excellent build properties. Once cured, it is very hard and can be sanded, drilled, filed, tumbled, sawed, cut, routed, and otherwise finished. LED-1 is a low-profile array of UV wavelength LED's. It mounts directly to the tool holder, and doesn't interfere with the build process in any way. Check out the addendum here, and a short video of the first fabbed part to be integrated into an existing assembly here. UVG-1 promises to open up a whole new world of practical, buildable parts.
9:27, 22 July 2008 (MDT): Koba Industries Inc. has released the C-4 Interface Board! The C-4 allows for connection of the Olimex microcontroller board to the Xylotex motor amplifier board with no ribbon cable work. The C-4 also provides power taps for auxiliary equipment (e.g. a 2nd tool, cooling fan, UV LED array, etcetera), labeled, easy-access solder pads for an additional motor axis, and a power jack that the power supply plugs directly into. Check out the addendum here.
12:00, 18 July 2008 (MDT): Version 0.23 of Fab@Home has been posted and supplants version 0.22e. This version has some new features that were developed by the Renato Archer Research Center (Campinas, Brazil) in parallel with the 0.22 software developed by Evan. We strongly recommend you to read the Release Notes to understand how the new features work before use this version. Please test it, and comment on its performance and any bugs discovered. Thank you for your help with testing!
8:48, 18 July 2008 (MDT): We recommend that the *.printer file be amended such that the JOGSPEED parameter be set to 10 mm/s or less. We've notice repeated stepper skipping problems with speeds above 10 mm/s, especially on the X axis. Also, DO NOT PUT A SCOPE OR A METER ON THE XYLOTEX STEPPER OUTPUTS! It will fry your board, as indicated by the red light flashing. Koba Industries Inc.
13:55, 16 July 2008 (MDT): Koba Industries Inc. has partnered with Solidworks Corporation. We will now be distributing Solidworks 2008-2009 Student Design Kits(150 day Solidworks License) with all complete fab@home kits and assembled machines sold to educational institutions in the USA.
20:03, 14 July 2008 (UTC): Version 0.22e of Fab@Home has been posted and supplants version 0.22d. 22e fixed a bug which was causing occasional crashes during slicing, and also found and fixed a bug in z table motion calculation during builds.
20:03, 14 July 2008 (UTC): Version 0.22d of Fab@Home has been posted. Errors which led to layer offsets after pausing have been corrected, and a new tool file parameter "MINPATHLENGTH" has been added to remove paths shorter than a certain length (in mm) to prevent excess material deposition. Please test this version, and comment on its performance and any bugs discovered. Thank you for your help with testing!
21:26, 12 July 2008 (UTC): On some new PCs the Fab@Home application crashes on startup with "Exception 0xc0000005". This appears to be an ATI OpenGL driver-related issue (atioglxx.dll). If you experience this problem, please try updating your ATI graphics drivers. If you cannot fix the problem, please notify Evan
23:56, 10 July 2008 (UTC): A test release of version 0.22c has been posted. Significant errors in how pushout and suckback were handled have been discovered and (hopefully) corrected, and an error in path planning which tended to underfill areas with raster paths has also been discovered and corrected. These changes may affect your tool parameters. Please test this version, and comment on its performance and any bugs discovered. Thank you for your help with testing!
10:48, 13 April 2008 (EDT):Don't forget, there is a publicly accessible map of the locations of Fab@Home users around the world has been created - PLEASE ADD YOUR LOCATION IF YOU ARE A USER!
16:39, 11 April 2008 (EDT): Additional documentation on upgrading a 1-syringe system to 2 syringes has been posted...
13:17, 1 April 2008 (GMT): Added a complete Fab@Home Model1 Part Catalog (With Photos) in PDF format to the Bill of Materials page.
04:53, 21 March 2008 (MDT): Koba Industries has eliminated the Winford board and greatly simplified the build process. We've developed an interface board that allows the Olimax micro controller to plug directly into the Xylotex board. We'll be updating the BOM and the assembly instructions shortly. Also, check out our new website and our customer map at kobaind.com.
02:16, 18 March 2008 (EDT): Beta version 0.21 of the Fab@Home application has been posted, and includes a number of bug fixes and enhancements. The source code for this version is also available on the Fab@Home CVS repository on SourceForge.net
18:42, 6 March 2008 (EST): An error in the number of #6-32 x 5/8" screws has been corrected in the Bill of Materials for the Model 1. If you know of any other errors in the parts list, please notify Evan
16:53, 26 February 2008 (EST): Information has been coming in about the version 4 firmware. The version 4 firmware does not currently work with Rowley CrossWorks. Please see the note on the firmware page relating to version 4 firmware. Work is being done to allow Rowley CrossWorks to correctly program the firmware.
10:51, 15 February 2008 (EST): The Xylotex Amplifier current limit adjustment during commissioning has been changed to reflect the differences between the version 4.02 and earlier boards and the version 4.03 boards.
10:51, 15 February 2008 (EST): We have ported the firmware (version 4) to use only Free and Open Source (FOSS) development tools (Eclipse IDE, WinARM, ARMLib, and OpenOCD). The firmware page describes how to install and use these tools in Windows. An analogous set of development tools should work on MacOSX and Linux as well. Version 4 firmware source and binary will be released shortly. With version 4 of the firmware, there are new USB-Serial drivers (version 2), which should improve the USB link stability, and reduce the need to hard reboot when the driver hangs.
11:00, 12 February 2008 (EST): A new 3D printers / 3D printing blog has sprung up which Fab@Home users might find interesting and useful...
11:35, 11 January 2008 (MST): With our new CNC machining center Koba Industries is now able to machine parts for Fab@Home. We're now offering the shaft end block significantly cheaper than McMaster Carr, shaving over $65 off the price of a fabber! We'll be updating our store soon to include the new end blocks, fabEpoxy and syringe kits, but in the meantime please email Kenji to order.
9:43, 21 December 2007 (EST): Fab@Home has been nominated by The International Academy of Science as one of Outstanding Technologies of 2007, ranking it among products and innovations produced by major corporations and defense contractors!
11:08, 30 November 2007 (EST): The Wall Street Journal Online has published a video piece covering Fab@Home and related work...
03:26, 18 November 2007 (EST): We are working on updating the Materials pages so that each material is presented in a standard format, with downloadable parameter files, examples, safety and technical information, etc. The latest updates: Easy Squeeze Frosting, SS-26 Silver-filled Silicone, GE Silicone II...
03:32, 18 November 2007 (EST): A publicly accessible map of the locations of Fab@Home users around the world has been created - PLEASE ADD YOUR LOCATION IF YOU ARE A USER!
23:07, 5 November 2007 (EST): A new video covering the Fab@Home Project has been released by AT&T Tech Channel, a new technology news video website.
14:15, 16 October 2007 (EDT): Automated Creation Technologies has three Fab@Home Model 1 units [FabEpoxy included] for sale via eBay! The auctions will end during the Maker Faire in Austin, TX on Oct 20 & 21, and they will have a booth with Fab@Home on display. See the FAQ for more details.
13:37, 14 October 2007 (EDT): Fab@Home has continued to work on embedded circuits, fabricating more advanced structures with embedded LEDs and batteries.
11:15, 11 October 2007 (EDT): Fab@Home wins a Popular Mechanics 2007 Breakthrough Award!!!
17:49, 26 September 2007 (EDT): New "Complex" models posted in the library - more coming soon...
09:56, 26 September 2007 (MDT): CAD Practices - When posting CAD models please post models with zero beam radius compensation. There's a very large risk of parts being manufactured incorrectly if the beam radius (cutter comp) is modeled into the part, especially if the compensation is not labeled. The "two syringe tool" model is an excellent example of this, it would be great if whoever posted it could post models that have no compensation, or at least specify what the offset is. Thanks, -Chris
05:37, 24 September 2007 (EDT): A NEW MATERIAL - FabEpoxy - a 2-part epoxy, developed specifically for Fab@Home by Kraftmark Company, of Pennsylvania, USA is now available for sale! See the FabEpoxy Material Data Page to order and for more details...
19:41, 23 September 2007 (EDT): New in the gallery - an iPod Skin. Still some bugs to be worked out though...
23:25, 14 July 2007 (EDT): A minor software update (Fab@Home V0.20A) has been released. This adds a menu item to allow the machine to automatically resume building after an automatic pause for calibration, and also returns to the next path (rather than the last point before pausing) after a tool change. Also, the "simulation" feature ("Printer->Emulate Hardware") is working again - remember to home, safe, origin before using the emulator.
23:14, 14 July 2007 (EDT): Leland Pierce has produced a great PDF document that contains most of the content of this website - download it HERE!!!!
20:28, 10 July 2007 (EDT): The Fab@Home Labs at Cornell are working on an ink-jet tool to expand the range of deposition tool options. Check out the preliminary info!
11:27, 24 June 2007 (EDT): Some minor additions have been made to the Bill of Materials so that a full kit will allow you to start building objects right away. The changes include syringe barrels, pistons, and tips, a tube of black silicone as a building material, and paper clips and wax paper to allow for easy detachment of finished parts from the build surface.
15:03, 7 June 2007 (EDT): The full system CAD assemblies for the Model 1 have been posted. They are complete and include every part except for cables, but unfortunately are organized by assembly step, rather than by named subassembly. It should not be too difficult to rename some of the subassemblies to create a more intuitively organized full system assembly - would anyone like to try?
14:24, 1 June 2007 (EDT): Evan has just returned from a Fab@Home European tour - a workshop on building the Model 1 at the MIT FABLab Norway in the Lyngen alps, above the arctic circle, and a visit to the Plasticity exhibit at the Science Museum London. While in Norway, we completed an elegant dark green Model 1, and pioneered a new material - the construction adhesive, Ebofix, which we used to create a Darth Vader head.
23:03, 29 May 2007 (EDT): I've posted a quick summary about Fab@Home at the Maker Faire. Check out the pictures, and post more if you've got them! Thanks for coming to check us out, we definitely appreciate the support!
19:51, 17 May 2007 (EDT): The Fab@Home Lab has printed a flashlight, and shipped a Model 1 for inclusion in the exhibition Plasticity - 100 years of making plastics at the Science Museum London, starting May 22nd, 2007!
03:03, 15 May 2007 (EDT): BIG NEWS Version 0.20 of the Fab@Home application has been released, and include many new reliability and usability enhancements. Version 0.20 requires that you have Firmware Version 3 loaded on your microcontroller. Note that there have been some changes to the printer and tool file definitions - please see files packaged with the application download for examples. Also available, a version 0.20 application packaged for a 2-Syringe Tool system. We'll try to update the user manual with new information shortly.
16:40, 4 May 2007 (EDT): The electronics and cables pages have been updated with a minor modification which allows software to turn off the amplifiers when idle. This will help keep the motors from overheating. The schematic and pinouts have also been updated for this change. Some new photos also document the cable attachments. Please Note: if you have constructed your machine prior to May 4, 2007, you will need to add these modifications to your machine AND update to Firmware Version 3 and Version 0.18 of the Fab@Home application!
13:34, 4 May 2007 (EDT): New video posted of a Model 1 with a 2-Syringe Tool in action; Video shows real-time and accelerated views of building an object comprising 2 materials, including automatic tool changes.
11:28, 1 May 2007 (ET): We at the F@H Lab have had some success with using frosting as a support material. Check out the pictures!
12:13, 11 April 2007 (EDT): The Fab@Home Lab's own Dan Periard will be at Make Magazine's Maker's Faire, San Mateo Fairgrounds, California, May 19/20 2007. Come meet Dan, share tips and tricks, or see a Model 1 in action, if you don't have one yet.
12:13, 11 April 2007 (EDT): Sell the products of your Fab@Home in the newly emerging "open-source hardware marketplace" - check out MFGx.com!
21:15, 6 April 2007 (EDT): Fab@Home was briefly mentioned in the New York Times
13:51, 28 March 2007 (EDT): New electronics pinout and schematic files (editable, rather than JPG) have been posted for the Model 1. Please see: the Model 1 Electronics Page.
15:41, 25 March 2007 (EDT): Koba Industries has given us an update on their Model 1 kit sales. They are actively selling kits, and have received many orders - please be patient while they adjust to the high demand for kits. Their lead time is not certain yet. If you have questions about ordering Model 1 kits from Koba Industries, please contact Kenji Kondo of Koba Industries.
12:09, 7 March 2007 (EST): If you have been having trouble programming your LPC-H2148 microcontroller, please revisit the Firmware Workaround for the Model 1. I updated it and tested it last night, and it seems to work fine. If you have problems, please contact Evan.
14:45, 22 February 2007 (MST): Koba Industries is now offering complete Fab@Home Model 1 kits! Visit www.kobask8.com.
18:48, 10 February 2007 (EST): Thanks to your help, Fab@Home is getting attention:
- Two television technology shows have recently visited the Fab@Home Labs at Cornell University to cover the project for upcoming episodes!
- The Science Museum, London, UK is including a Fab@Home Model 1 in an exhibit entitled "Ingenious - centenary of plastics" commencing in May of this year!
- The Guardian, UK newspaper, March 29, 2007, PDF
- Science Daily science blog picked up the Cornell Chronicle article, February 26, 2007
- The Cornell Chronicle newspaper, Cornell University, February 26, 2007
- Newsweek International, February 5, 2007
- Technovelgy.com, January 11, 2007
- Wired Magazine's Beyond the Beyond Blog, January 11, 2007
- New Scientist Magazine's NewScientistTech.com technology magazine, January 9, 2007
- Slashdot technology blog, January 9, 2007
- Hackaday technology hacker blog, December 8, 2006
- We know of several more articles in preparation as well!
14:30, 24 January 2007 (EST): The open-source Fab@Home project is looking for software developers to help realize the true potential of desktop manufacturing. If you are interested, please visit the Fab@Home SourceForge project page. Interested programmers will need a SourceForge account, and a CVS client program to download the source code. There are plenty of challenging tasks in the project, including path planning and optimization, hardware abstraction, user interface improvements, manufacturing process simulation, and more. There is also strong demand to port the Fab@Home application from MS Windows C++ to Java and to target Linux/MacOSX.
00:32, 18 January 2007 (EST): Source code for the Fab@Home application has been posted on the Fab@Home SourceForge project. Please feel free to post feature requests there if you are a user, and join the project, if you would like to help develop!
18:54, 16 January 2007 (EST): Chris Ball of Koba Industries in Albuquerque NM, our preferred manufacturer of laser-cut acrylic for the Model 1, has offered to be a reshipper for international orders for their customers. This means that if you order laser-cut acrylic parts from them, you can also order all of the parts for your machine, have them sent to Koba, and they will box the whole kit and ship it internationally for $50 US. For more info, please contact Chris Ball at Koba Industries.
00:40, 12 January 2007 (EST): There is now a Google Group called Fab@Home Forums. I think it will work better than trying to run threaded discussions in wikitext. Please feel free to join, and add topics. I sent out invitiations to everyone on the guest book, but Google flagged it for review because the list is up to 39 names.
23:21, 9 January 2007 (EST): The January 9th, 2007 Slashdotting occurred. Further details are there, and Slashdotters and regular editors are encouraged to edit the page on the subject with questions, answers, comments, or relevant links.
17:08, 20 December 2006 (EST): The wiki sidebar (to your left) has been restructured, and some new pages added. Most notably, there are new pages for The Fab@Home Awards, Construction Challenges and Fabbing Challenges as well as forum pages for discussions of Construction and Use of fabbers, and the Structure and Organization of the Fab@Home Website Please contribute your thoughts to these. Evan
18:05, 18 December 2006 (EST): New Model 1 Bill of Materials has been uploaded. The only change is that HSI Inc. has seen the increase in orders resulting from Fab@Home, and agreed to treat the linear stepper motors for the Fab@Home Model 1 as a single package with a single part number: SP 058. If enough orders are placed, they expect to be able to begin stocking the motors, which will greatly reduce the delay between ordering and receiving your motors. Thanks HSI!
18:05, 18 December 2006 (EST): Moving has been completed, but the Fab@Home server may go down briefly during this week as we reorganize our lab space.
13:35, 12 December 2006 (EST): NOTICE the Fab@Home wiki will be offline for up to 24 hours between Tuesday and Thursday while we move the server into a new room.
19:24, 7 December 2006 (EST): Quick and dirty solution for programming your micro has been found which is compatible with CrossWorks version 1.6. Please see the Model 1 Firmware Page!
23:01, 6 December 2006 (EST): Rowley CrossWorks Version 1.6 includes changes that result in the Fab@Home Firmware V2 no longer compiling and downloading to the microcontroller correctly. We are working to resolve this issue, and will post a resolution as soon as possible. Version 1.5 of CrossWorks should still work fine.
11:48, 5 December 2006 (EST): Fab@Home fabbing chocolate - Noy Schaal, a freshman from Manual High School, Louisville, KY, has been working on using Fab@Home to build objects made of chocolate. This past weekend, she and her father, Maor Schaal, visited the Fab@Home engineering center at Cornell University. Using the Schaal's design and chocolate handling techniques, we constructed a heated syringe tool compatible with the Model 1, and Noy performed a set of experiments to tune the operational parameters for depositing a particular brand of chocolate. A side benefit of this work was Noy's beta testing of the Fab@Home application - we found and corrected several major bugs, resulting in the new Fab@Home beta version 0.17a.
11:26, 5 December 2006 (EST): Fab@Home beta version 0.17a - A new version of the Fab@Home.exe application, version 0.17a has been posted which improves the stability of the program when deleting and importing models, and stopping and restarting the same model. Version 0.17a also allows you to reload tool files during execution (see the "Tools" menu) so that adjusting deposition parameters is much faster. It is highly recommended that you ditch the old version 0.16 and upgrade.
01:05, 17 November 2006 (EST): ELECTRONICS PAGE AND BILL OF MATERIALS REVISED The bug found earlier in the electronics has been diagnosed, and the Model 1 Electronics page and the Model 1 Bill of Materials have been revised. Please use the new schematic, and note that if you soldered a SIP resistor network onto the Xylotex amplifier prior to today, you will need to remove it and reinstall it according to the updated instructions. If you purchased (normally-closed) limit switches prior to today, you will need to return them for the normally-open type now listed on the bill of materials. Please excuse the error, and contact email@example.com with complaints or for more assistance.
21:05, 16 November 2006 (EST): ERROR DISCOVERED IN THE ELECTRONICS SCHEMATIC If you have modified your Xylotex board with the SIP resistor network, please do not connect it to power or the microcontroller - this may damage your micro - please contact me if this has happened. The error is being corrected, and I will post here when the solution is available. Sorry for the trouble! Evan 21:06, 16 November 2006 (EST)
14:15, 16 November 2006 (EST): Cool new overview video of the project is available - see the Movies and Photos section below!
02:36, 15 November 2006 (EST): Nearly all of the Fab@Home Model 1 Assembly Instructions and Documentation are now available online. Commissioning is the only major portion still to be done. Please report anything else missing or confusing or fix it yourself!
01:04, 31 October 2006 (EST): There is now a Guest Book. Please add your contact info to it if you are interested in staying in touch with the project. We may use the list to develop an informative mailing list in the future.
01:04, 31 October 2006 (EST): There is now a Fabber of the Month award page to honor the greatest achievements in fabbing.