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The smartCaster is an automatic roto-casting machine running off of open source electronics with plans that will be freely available.
The smartCaster is an automatic roto-casting machine running off of open source electronics with plans that will be freely available.
41 backers pledged $1,839 to help bring this project to life.

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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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    A pre-release PDF version of the blueprints, bill of materials, schematics and written instructions before they are available to the general public.

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    Receive a printed full-color booklet with all the plans for making your own smartCaster as well as a t-shirt.

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    An item created from the smartCaster using high quality casting materials (item TBD). Includes the printed booklet and t-shirt.

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    smartCaster Kit: the electronic components including Arduino or equivalent electronics, the motor/s, a "shopping" list that can be given to your home depot guy for the hardware (plywood and nuts/bolts/screws).

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    Your very own brand new smartCaster. Woohoo! Includes a custom mold made from an item of your choice (provided by you, size within reason) as well as a casting from it.

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    Everything listed above plus a custom paint job to your liking as well as customized software to your specifications (within reason).

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