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Thank you to OpenBeam & The Metrix Open Hardware Alliance for generously sponsoring the Seattle Mini Maker Faire for two years running!! Make sure to check out their booth this weekend!!
OpenBeam & The Metrix Open Hardware Alliance is a loose knit group of friends working on Open Source Hardware. The group is loosely affiliated with and can be found hanging out at Metrix Create Space.
OpenBeam is a low cost miniature extruded aluminum construction system, similar to the larger T-Slot systems used in industry for automations project and machine framing. It uses standard M3 nuts instead of proprietary T-nuts and injection molding to lower the cost of joining components. Recently, in close collaboration with Johann Rocholl, OpenBeam completed the design for the OpenBeam Kossel Pro and the OpenBeam Kossel Reprap. These Open Source 3D Printers highlight the versatility of using OpenBeam in the desktop automations and robotics field.
The Axios is an Open Source ergonomic keyboard featuring modular components and a design to better match the hand’s natural resting position reducing strain in both the wrists and fingers. The Axios is user programmable as well, allowing a near infinite number of layouts to be stored on the board itself and requiring no special drivers. It’s modular nature allows for a wide degree of adjustability and customization giving the user more control over their comfort and laser etched backlit keys let the user make it their own.
Members of the group can be found at Metrix Create Space, Seattle’s premiere retail maker space. Open noon to midnight, 7 days a week, Metrix is located on Capitol Hill and includes a wide array of tools for bringing creations to life.