What is Gestalt and the Modular Machines that Make [m]MTM?
"an organized whole that is perceived as more than the sum of its parts."
Download the cardboard cut files here, designed for .15" thick stock. Note board one is cut face/color up while board two is cut facedown. If you desire a different machine dimension or have stock of a different thickness use the parametric model to adjust!
Recommended Laser setting for Epilog 120 Watt:
Etch: Speed 100, Power 13
Cut: Speed 60, Power 50
(every laser/cardboard is different... test first!)
Have a look at the Construction Kit for clever ways of connecting the stages together.
Now that the stage is complete we will need to download the required software to program and communicate with the Gestalt Nodes. You can clone the latest Gestalt library from GitHub here.
Once you have the Gestalt Framework downloaded and installed, it is time to program the nodes. Use the below wiring diagram and Makefile.
Once boards are programmed we can plug everything together! In order to talk over serial we need to install pyserial. Be sure to pay close attention to connector orientations!
How do I talk to the nodes?
See below for an example 2 Node network. You can run this from the terminal directly, or you can import the virtual machine into your own python program.
NEVER HOT PLUG! ( boards should never be powered while connecting). We power the boards at the very end, forgetting this and connecting while powered will most likely destroy the Gestalt Node...
Connecting multiple Gestalt nodes together is as simple as adding another cable! See below how to attach another Node to your first node we connected to the Fabnet board.
The set up of nodes is saved into a machine persistence file called test.vmp. You can make a new one by deleting the old one and rerunning the virtual machine file. The code will prompt you to identify the nodes by pressing their buttons. Try e.g. running http://github.com/imoyer/gestalt/examples/htmaa/xy_plotter.py
Current research also sponsored by the MIT - SUTD Collaboration and International Design Center.