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Maker Faire 12

July 24th, 2012 . by Agent Scott

Exactly one month ago, Agent Scott setup a GRL Canada booth at the Vancouver Mini Maker Faire, showing our Orignal GCode project, and our current progress in taking drawings, tags, and any live webcam feed and turning it into straight GCode.

The project, as it currently stands, allows us to capture webcam data and export it to a <!– 2D –> GCode file for use with a laser cutter or CNC mill.

Since we didn’t have access to a portable laser cutter at the event, we were graciously allowed to borrow a Mendel Max 3D Printer from our friends at the Vancouver Hack Space, and started the work involved in expanding the software to allow for flood-fill algorithms, shape scaling, and extrusion that will be needed as we push the exported data to a 3D (or 2.5D, let’s be honest here) GCode file.


Here’s some pictures of Agent Scott pointing at things and looking confused:


Vancouver Mini Maker Faire

June 21st, 2012 . by Agent Scott

GRL Canada will be representing this weekend, Sep 23rd & 24th at the Vancouver Mini Maker Faire, at the PNE Forum.

We will be showing a slightly updated version of Original GCode, a project originally conceived and implemented by Agent Scott alongside Graffiti Research Lab Germany ,which has been built with the help of TMR and Vancouver Hack Space.

The project consists of a simple lightbox with an embedded webcam, and allows writers to tag the top face of the box with dry erase marker. The image is run through custom blob detection software, built in Processing, that traces the edges of the image and exports the XY coordinates of each pixel to a gcode file, which can then be used to CNC the resulting shape on a laser cutter or a 3D printer.


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