locking up the UI for safety

Posted by on Jun 1, 2017 in Digifab, Warifuru | No Comments

My initial plan for warifuru was to lock up the UI during an actual laser cutting operation.  There would be one floating control panel that controls the cut, and after the cut is started the only options for the operator is to stop/pause the cut. Looking at the new lasersaur API and thinking about other […]

Slight warifuru sidetrack

Posted by on Mar 8, 2017 in Design, Warifuru | No Comments

I put a lot of effort in to the front end of warifuru looking at use cases, other software, and how people use laser cutters.   Also did some crash-course learning of Qt5 — which I like way more than Cocoa/iOS — and got a sketch together that could parse DXF in to an abstract model […]

Win10 now supported

Posted by on Jan 3, 2017 in Warifuru | No Comments

Way easier than I thought to port a Qt5 app from OSX to Win10.  My goal now is to have a -0001 release finished by the end of January.

Windows support for warifuru

Posted by on Dec 11, 2016 in Warifuru | No Comments

Semester is over, I’ll grade on Monday, then I get all winter break to focus on warifuru. Question:  Which versions of Windows should I support other than 10? I currently have Win10 in VMWare on my Mac (for SolidWorks) and Qt5 is just a slog with only 8Gb of RAM allocated.  I have a new […]

almost a winner!

Posted by on Oct 4, 2016 in Design, Digifab | No Comments

Came in as a runner-up in the Shapeways/DJI contest.  Here’s my entry, I’ll post the buoy/bomb to Thingiverse in the near future.

Focus and adjustment tools for the lasersaur

Posted by on Sep 17, 2016 in Design, Digifab | No Comments

tldr;  make or buy Lasersaurs have a manual focus: you need to loosen a screw, adjust the height of the lens based on the material you’re cutting, then tighten the screw.  I was having some focusing problems where the lens wasn’t perfectly perpendicular with the incoming laser and the bottom of the focusing tube would […]

warifuru features wishlist

Posted by on Jul 22, 2016 in Design, Digifab, Warifuru | No Comments

I learn a lot by observing the process of how other designers and engineers actually do their work.  Here’s a look at mine, this is my catch-all outline of desired features (as of today) for warifuru.  I keep this list in OmniGraffle but what I should do is start a bug/features tracking system.   Sourceforge has […]

warifuru personas^h^h^h^h^h^h^h end users

Posted by on Jul 12, 2016 in Design, Digifab, Warifuru | No Comments

(I know, I know, that leaves us with two spaces between “warifuru” and “end”, but “^hend ” is a little harder to read.  Nobody under the age of Grampa Simpson even gets that joke in the first place.) So, one of my first questions when I was thinking up features for warifuru was, “who is […]

warifuru – a new interface for laser cutters

Posted by on Jul 3, 2016 in Design, Digifab, Warifuru | No Comments

I started using laser cutters a decade ago and was a little surprised at the primitive controlling software. Our big-money, brand-name laser cutter came with a printer driver for Windows and nothing else. We did all our work in Illustrator, saved a copy to a flash drive, copied it to the PC in front of […]

Welcome to the -0001 version of my new site!

Posted by on Jul 1, 2016 in Administrivia, Design | No Comments

Finally found a WP theme I like and a couple of days to update my portfolio, enjoy!

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