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A 3D printed, electromechanical computer

If you had a machine that could print complex mechanical parts in an hour or so, what would you do? [Chris] is doing the coolest thing we can imagine and is building an electromechanical computer from 3D printed parts.

You may remember [Chris] from his efforts to getting his tiny, 1/10th scale Cray-1 supercomputer up and running. Even though he has the OS on a disk, actually booting the machine is a bit of a problem; much the same as his electromechanical computer project. Late last year we saw [Chris] building a few gears for his computer, but now he’s got a punch card reader that looks very much like a Jacquard loom.

Even though the computer doesn’t actually do anything yet, it’s amazing to think that [Chris] is building out of plastic that will run computer programs. You can check out the video of [Chris]‘ video of his punch card reader after the break.

Comments

  1. Galane says:

    How about a 3D printed CURTA?

  2. cf says:

    I actually have the punch card reader wired up to the 3 registers now – I should make another video of it running . . . it’s pretty sweet.

  3. Non-ICE says:

    Yo dawg, I heard you like computers so i hooked a printer that can print computers to your
    computer so you can make computers while you compute.

  4. Peter says:

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