Located inside Metrix Create:Space at the heart of Seattle, Metrix Open Hardware Lab features a pick-and-place machine and a reflow soldering line for manufacturing open source electronics. Its first product, the Brainwave, purports to be the cheapest all-in-one 3D printer control board solution on the market.
“I’ve wanted to design my own 3D printer electronics for some time,” writes designer Matthew Wilson (aka unrepentantgeek), “but it wasn’t until I found myself building machines where 50% of the cost was in the electronics that I really threw myself into it.”
Brainwave 1.0 supports single-extruder Cartesian and delta-style printer designs, and is designed to be easily patched and repaired. More details are available on Thingiverse, and at the MOHL storefront, linked below.
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