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BrainWave RepRap Controller

comingtobayareamakerfaire_2013Located 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.

Brainwave Reprap Controller | Metrix.NET, Open Hardware Lab

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  1. Fritoeata says:

    Respectully, Why would someone pursue these electronics without including some “future friendly” features like, LCD or SD?
    I know you can always replace the cpu, but that’s not nearly as PnP.

  2. Terence Tam says:

    Adding these features cost money. The LCD and SD Card features would double the cost of the controller board. Besides, we just add a $35 raspberry pi to the robots and control them over ethernet; much more usable than a 4 line LCD…

    1. exactly. and once you have a pi, you can run botqueue (shameless plug) and then control your 3d printers using your smartphone, computer, or tablet. whats better, the best interfaces modern engineering can make, or a lcd screen from the 80s? ;)

      1. peter says:

        LCD screen from the 80′s :)
        Or preferably a nixie tubes or a green-on-black CRT

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