The original Orb was a simple thing; a BlinkM on the end of a long piece of telephone cable plugged into an Arduino, controlled by the low-powered Linux server behind my TV that’s always on.

But it was largely a one-off; not something that could be packaged up as a Thing.

Since then, I’ve been slowly developing the idea in to a Thing. It is still a work in progress, but you can read about it in the posts below.

  1. Mark Hindess • September 8, 2012

    Nick, Have you got a source file for the base? An STL file perhaps? I’m curious how long it might take to print on my latest 3D printer.

  2. nickSeptember 8, 2012

    Hi Mark – I’ve only got the svg file for the laser cutter –
    But it would be interesting to see what a 3D printed version looks like. Do you have any recommendations for creating STL files on linux?

  3. Mark Hindess • September 9, 2012

    Are all the parts in the svg file oriented the same way? What order to they stack up? I assume top to bottom of the page is top to bottom, top row goes left to right and bottom 2 rows are right to left?

    I’d create the model with openscad either from scratch or by stacking the slices after converting each slice to dxf like this:

    I might have a try later if I get time.

  4. nickSeptember 9, 2012

    Yes, they are oriented the same way and you’ve figured out the right order. I’ll have a look at openscad to see if I can put something together.

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