Why build an electromechanical computer?

Having snagged himself a shiny new Makerbot, Chris Fenton has been busy printing out all the parts to assemble his very own mechanical computer.

Given that his day job is designing supercomputers, it is no surprise that this mild-mannered electrical engineer is well and truly up to the task.

The components shown ticking along here will eventually become part of a larger project; an extraordinary electro-mechanical device that does a whole lot more than mere counting. So why is he doing this?

Because I have a 3D printer… and I can!

The files should be appearing over on Thingiverse once it is all finished.
Stay tuned…

Makerbot blog via Boing Boing

Posted in 3D Printing, Electronics + Robotics, Guy Blashki, Open Source by Guy Blashki | No Comments

The rest is here: 3d printed mechanical counter

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