Today has been a day of software, probably a bit too much time spent on the computer and a few hours looking at a terminal window…
But I did what needed to be done. I now have my laptop refreshed with a fresh install of Windows 7 and a fresh install of Ubuntu 12.04 LTS installed. Well they were fresh, now they are updated and have everything needed(that i can think of) installed and ready to print once my Mendel Prusa is assembled. As recommended my Makergear I have installed the Arduino IDE, Printrun(Pronterface) and I have a preliminary setup of Slic3r(he gives you free reign on a slicing program). I also installed OpenSCAD and InkScape so that I can make some vectors to import and extrude with OpenSCAD.
Of course that did not go very smoothly at first, i had to get myself used to a couple of things are I had not used before. Git is an amazing development tool, but as someone who has not tried to do program seriously since 2003 I had no use for it up until now. But with the basic documentation (chapter 2) I was more than able to use it to get all of the items(pronterface, sprinter and i got sfact just in case) that I needed to download from github without having to spend a half hour downloading each file individually.
Slic3r also took a bit of time because it is only written for an x86 architecture… well I had already installed and setup quite a few items on the x64 Version of Ubuntu that I downloaded and so the search was on for a way to make it work. Luckily I found Dusts RepRap Blog and he had just done what I was needing to do and even had it all written out for me.
So with that setup I have been learning more about OpenSCAD and Inkscape so as I come up with ideas I will be able to make them work. I was kind of leery at first of using it as I am not the biggest fan of scripting(although i do enjoy a good terminal session) It is quite straight forward although I expect it to be one of those easy to use but challenging to master kind of things.
So tomorrow i will start the assembly because to my pleasure MakerGear send their kit priority mail. So the week I was expecting to have made all of what I did today even more important.
Later this week I will be doing a full photo breakdown of the unboxing as well as the items included in the kit.
I feel like i should come up with some sort of catchy closing line but alas at this hour my mind draws a blank.