by Lee Goldberg @ edn.com:
The CircuitMaker PCB design tool could be thought of as the electronics enthusiast’s equivalent of Picassa, the free alternative to Photoshop – except that it’s a got a much more refined interface which makes it easy use. The program’s 3D modeling capabilities (more about that later) and other advanced features will help designers deal better with the “lumpy” nature of LED lighting products, or any other design project which involves large, irregular components. But that’s only half of the story. The software’s creators have also taken an interesting approach to solving several important technical and economic issues which have arisen with the Maker Economy by borrowing a few lessons from the movement’s own playbook.
Free PCB design tool includes 3D modeling, crowd-sourced parts database - [Link]
Microchip Technology have announced a computer peripheral 6” touchpad which it claims is the first able to resolve 2D multi-touch and free-space 3D gestures. To detect gestures up to a distance of 70 mm from the pad surface Microchip have used their MGC3130 single-chip gesture recognition and motion tracking controller released in 2012. It works on the principle of electrical near-field sensing. The 2D touch functionality is handled by a PIC32-based PCAP controller type MTCH63104. It handles 12 Rx and 16 Tx nodes, which are located in the centre, on the top layer of the TouchPad PCB between the 3D GestIC Rx electrodes. Microchip’s MTCH652 line driver is used to provide the necessary Tx drive signal up to 18V. The 2D touch pad allows tracking of up to ten simultaneous contacts. Besides the 2D multi-finger tracking functionality, a variety of surface gestures are implemented. These surface gestures can be used, for example, for two-finger scrolling.
3D TouchPad from Microchip - [Link]
by Mike Senese @ makezine.com:
Arduino, known for creating an easy-to-use microcontroller revolution, is about to launch its own 3D printer.
The Arduino Materia 101 made its global debut earlier today on the official Arduino twitter account with a photo of a boxy white and teal FDM printer and a note that Arduino co-founder Massimo Banzi is showing the printer live on Italian TV. It also states that the printer will be presented next weekend at Maker Faire Rome.
In the image, the printer appears to have an LCD screen, a control knob, and a switch on the front plate. A filament spool holder with a matching color scheme sits attached to the right side. The mechanical bits are obscured, so details about its extruder or print bed size aren’t clear, but we’ll be looking forward to learning more shortly.
Arduino Leaks a Peek of Their Upcoming 3D Printer - [Link]
by Morgana Matus:
Since the first wheels of mass production started turning during the Industrial Revolution, fine craftsmen and DIYers have found it more difficult to sustain their crafts. Until recently, those handmade-focused entrepreneurs who wanted or needed access to the latest technology would have to assemble a large amount of capital for items such as 3D printers or CNC machines. Those who couldn’t afford the high overhead were left to envy those wares and hope for a price decrease.
Makerspaces: A Revolution in Sustainable Production - [Link]
aldricnegrier @ instructables.com writes:
The objective of this instructable is to guide your way throw the entire making process of building a BuildersBot machine. An Arduino controlled CNC Router that can also perform 3D printing.
The instructions will cover all areas such as, mechanics, electronics and software.
Arduino Controlled CNC / 3D Printer - [Link]
Stacking memory is just most obvious application of this ultra-cheap method of stacking 3D circuitry within the metallization layers of standard CMOS chips, but I’m sure that when designers put on their thinking cap they’ll find many more useful applications.: R. Colin Johnson @NextGenLog
Chips On-the-Cheap Funded by SRC – [Link]
There is a new contest over open-electronics.org for people who bought the 3Drag or K82003 printer. Just show the OSHW community what you can do with your printer and get ready to win great gifts. The competition is intended to reward both people more gifted in technical/design, and those with artistic talent who, with their experience, are able to obtain from the files available on the Internet, objects that are perfect from an architectural, design or creativity point of view.
Thus here is this 3Drag Competition, reserved for those who possess a 3Drag or a Velleman K8200 3D printer (based on the same design).
Nowadays it’s plenty of this machines: in fact, thanks to the collaboration with Velleman, the 3Drag (recoded as K8200) had a widespread distribution throughout the world, spreading among students, hobbyists, new artisans, creating new skills and new job opportunities.
Contest for people who bought the 3Drag or K82003 printer - [Link]
Heptagon Micro Optics Pte. Ltd. (Singapore) has announced that their 2 by 2 3D imaging system for use in smartphones, phablet and tablet computers is now ready for mass production. The TrueD H2 array camera is said to be the first in a series of 3D imaging and depth-sensing cameras that Heptagon will be introducing to the market.
Heptagon’s manufacturing processes enable the system aperture; stray light control and infrared cut filter to be integrated onto a single glass wafer. The assembly can withstand reflow temperatures and its no-focus lens eliminates the need to refocus after assembly. As well as grabbing the image the array camera captures short-range depth information that can be used for gesture and user recognition and allows background removal and image enhancement. Although this feature would typically be useful on a smart device’s front-facing camera, Heptagon state that it could also be used to complement the smart device’s primary high resolution image sensor. Applications include supporting 3D and immersive mobile video games as well as augmented reality overlays. [via]
Heptagon announce 3D Array Camera - [Link]