If anyone is interested: he is willing to make the trip again if there are several people that need a laser. Mail bart [at] minifablab.nl or you can find him on the LaosLaser mailinglist.
Pictures of the latest shipment can be found here. This set is priced around 875 GBP (excl. VAT, and excluding the LAOS electronics, limited offer for LAOS developers, order directly at HPC).
Yesterday, Peter hacked engraving into the motion part of the firmware. It's not completely finished, but it looks promising!
The Bitlair Hackerspace, Amersfoort (NL) started a project to build 5 huge flatbed lasers. They will use LaOS electronics and software to drive the lasers. Follow their project at the Bitlair wiki.
Protospace has sponsored LaOS laser for a long time by lending us a SUDA laser. Now their laser for daily usage (Epilog) broke down, which is an excellent reason to ask us to bring the SUDA back. So, from monday 26/3 onwards, Protospace will have a LaOS laser ready for use by visitors!
I removed the electronics from my Makerbot Cupcake and replaced them with a LaOS board. Suddenly I have a Makerbot with display, endstops, smooth movements etc. Hardware-wise, our LaOS board is a drop-in replacement. But the software will still require some tinkering...
Bart Bakker (minifablab.nl) and Jaap Vermaas wil be present at the opening of Fac Lab. FacLab is a new Fab Lab opening at the Université de Cergy-Pontoise in Gennevilliers (near Paris, France). We will join the roundtable about the future of Fab Labs and present our open source laser alternative.
Today we (Peter, Bart, Harmen, Diana and me) did a reality check on the
laos firmware with menu support. Using the two HPC lasers from the Mini
FabLab and FabLab Amersfoort, we solved a large number of small bugs.
The LaOS laser project had it's first serious usability test: FabLab Amersfoort traveled with a LaOS laser to the Eemlandcollege, a gymnasium in Amersfoort. The laser was used to demonstrate of the possibilities of the FabLab to a group of 18 pupils.
Today the Laser of minifablab and the laser of Fablab Amersfoort have the LAOS hardware implemented and can cut nice round circles!