I’ve managed to back-port the cross-platform code I created for controlling the fab@home printer to Windows. So now it runs both on Linux and Windows. Hope the fab@home guys can make use of it somehow Included a bunch of unit tests as well. It’s interesting to see a unit test actually moving something physical, though
The next steps are creating a Qt frontend that will drive the thing. Basically one will be able to draw an image on a bitmap, and then the software will make the fab@home printer drop small droplets of liquid for all pixels that are ‘on’. In the final installation, the droplets will be made of arabinose, and will turn on the fluorescent protein generation genes in the bacteria – making them develop the image through time.