|[March 24, 2014]
TRINAMIC Provides Key Technology for Crowd-funded 3D Printer Project on Indiegogo
HAMBURG, Germany --(Business Wire)--
TRINAMIC Motion Control, a leading global developer of motor and motion
control technologies, announced that it is providing design support and
manufacturing expertise to a group of maker enthusiasts that have
launched a crowd-funding campaign on Indiegogo to build a low-cost
BeagleBone 3D printer add-on card. The add-on card-or 'cape' in
BeagleBone parlance-provides the necessary motion control hardware to
enable a complete controller for 3D printing, milling, laser cutting or
other machine tool applications.
"The BeagleBone Black is a powerful processor board that can easily run
a G-code NC interpreter, Linux O/S and user and Internet interfaces,"
explained TRINAMIC engineer and T-Bone project participant Jonas
Proeger. "The T-bone will augment the BeagleBone with the required motor
drives and real-time control software to complete an affordable and
highly functional 3D printer."
The cape being developed, called T-bone by its developers, handles
real-time operation of five stepper motors that control
three-dimensional movement of the printing head, as well as operation of
the plastic extruder. The T-bone performs real-time calculation of motor
velocity, direction and acceleration parameters, and communicates with
its host BeagleBone via a small microcontroller.
By offloading the complex and unique motion control processing
requirements, the T-bone enables users to utilize the proven software
and existing tools of the widely popular BeagleBone host. Coupled with
open source software, the T-Bone is designed to be the critical link
between an open source BeagleBone Black (USD 45) compute platform, and
an open-source Mendel 3D (USD 520) mechanical printing head. With a
T-bone, makers worldwide will be able to complete an entire 3D printing
platform for under USD 700.
"We think the T-Bone cape will create a new, affordable entry-point for
3D print makers, tinkerers and experimenters. That is the fundamental
goal of our project," said T-bone Chief Tinkering Officer Marcus
Nowotny. "With TRINAMIC's engineering and production assistance, we hope
to put 3D printers into the hands of hundreds of new users worldwide."
The Indiegogo crowd-funding campaign is aimed at building an initial run
of T-Bone boards. With a minimum funding goal of Euro 20,000 (USD
27,600), the campaign will be able to design a professional board layout
and complete an initial production run of several hundred boards.
3D enthusiasts can join the campaign at http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/t-bone-cape,
selecting funding levels from Euro 5 (USD 6.90) for an attractive T-Bone
sticker or Euro 25 (USD 34.50) for a stylish T-Bone T-shirt, up to Euro
89 (USD 123) for a completely assembled and tested T-Bone board. The
funding campaign ends on April 19.
TRINAMIC will be demonstrating a prototype T-Bone 3D printer at the
EELive! conference and expo in San Jose, CA (News - Alert) April 1-3, booth 1327.
Based in Hamburg, Germany, privately-held TRINAMIC Motion Control GmbH &
Co. KG is a recognized global leader in motor and motion control
technologies. Leveraging its extensive portfolio of internally developed
IP, TRINAMIC motor control products emphasize efficiency, quality and
The company sells ICs, modules and integrated mechatronics to market
leading manufacturers worldwide. The company's products have been
integrated into a wide range of applications in biotechnology, lab
automation, materials handling, CCTV and factory automation. More
information about TRINAMIC can be obtained on the company website: http://www.trinamic.com.
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