GitHub, the most popular open source code repository site, released today make-me for easy 3D printing. Make-me allows users to request a print on the MakerBot via HTTP, and request webcam shots to monitor the build process.
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A few months ago, GitHub HQ 2.0 got a MakerBot Replicator 2. GitHubbers started printing almost immediately due to the easy setup but having to leave a laptop connected was painful. We quickly learned how to print from the SD card but then people without a way to write SD cards were out of luck.
What we needed was for Hubot to handle talking to the printer for us. We bundled up some open source projects on GitHub, specifically MakerBot's fork of s3g, MakerBot's MiracleGrue, and @sshirokov's stltwalker and put a small API on top. Today, we're releasing that as make-me!
Hubot is an internally-developed, open source bot that can complete tasks such as solving math problems, searching YouTube, pulling photos from Google Images etc. "Make-me makes it easy for anyone to print, primarily controlled by your favorite Hubot instance. The HTTP API only allows for a single print at a time and requires a manual unlock to help prevent others printing while another print hasn't been removed from the build platform yet. "
GitHub is inviting people to help to add new features from there and automate some inefficiency. Maybe in the future this will become part of support for 3D renderings to GitHub.
Posted in 3D Software
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