Imagine you could make a hollow mold out of anything you wanted quickly and easily. Up until now if you wanted to make your own hollow chocolate bunny or plastic pink flamingo you would have to pay hundreds to thousands of dollars for an expensive roto-casting machine or 3D printer. I aim to empower people to make what they will with a cheaper alternative.
A roto-caster is a machine that uses centrifugal force to fully coat the inside of a mold, thereby covering every crevice and leaving a hollow cavity inside the resulting cast (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rotational_molding). The smartCaster is an automatic roto-casting machine running off of open source electronics. Once the project is completed the plans will be made freely available under the newly announced CERN Open Source Hardware License so anyone can make their own.
By utilizing the open source Arduino micro-controller as the brains of the machine I'll be able to offer casting programs that allow you to control things like casting run time and rotation speed. In addition, anyone will be able to modify and tweak the software to meet their specific needs.
With the funding provided by your patronage I will be able to buy the raw materials I need to continue building and expanding on a smartCaster prototype which I hope to one day be able to sell en masse. After funding I'll be offering documents and tutorials on building your own smartCaster. In addition I will be offering kits with the required parts at a reasonable price.
Those bunnies won't be casting themselves. Please join me in making this project a reality. :-)
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