On Friday we launched Mapfest – after spending a days and nights since the beginning og September wrangling data and building software. The project started with the Norwegian Mapping Authority giving us a head start with a large packet of geospatial data they were going to freely license.
To give everyone a flying start with the data we’re packaging it up as ready-to-run VM. We also built a service where anyone can get a custom printed slice of Norway from Shapeways – right from the browser – and laser sintered a two sculptures from the data.
We had great fun with this project and would have posted pictures from the release party on Friday if we hadn’t been too tired and euphoric to remember to actually take any.
More from the blog
- ✓ Planning permit cleared – start all buildy things!
- Bengler is hiring
- ✓ Signage painted.
- We're building a 3d printer!
- Terrafab, now available in huge and tiny
- GRBL now has a new Arduino shield! This one is made by Bertus Kruger of Protoneer. He’s cooking up a batch and you’ll be able to order them on his site.
- Experimenting with motion tracking for 3D printer benchmarking.
- Instagram-user eivind1983 says: How cool is a mini-version of a mountain? Incredibly cool! I have allready discovered a place I never noticed before, and that I will visit asap. Hooray!
- Today @cloveras dropped by with his model of Hurrungane. Nice! Protip: large area = flat model.
- Checkpoint: Repcol
- Launch: Mapfest!
- Getting Norwegian landscapes into virtual reality.
- Shrink wrapped Bengler branded 3d-printer PLA filament
- Being in Nothingness
- Practicing chording in 40 degrees celsius on vacation in Sicily.
- Last stretch before summer, working from Kulturhuset bar.
- There’s a Bobcat in our future office. It appears to be bulldozing.
- Today Martin shot this pano of us in our temporary dwellings. With the lighting it feels kind of like this, but inverted and slightly bigger:
- So long wonderful office. May you find peace as upwardly aspirational condos.
- Quick Daft Punk LED Matrix Display w/ Attiny13 Hack So what do you do when one of your friends has a six year old who really likes building Daft Punk helmets? I had some Attinys, a maxim 7219 LED driver and a generic old 8x8 LED matrix lying in a closet and spent a couple of evenings stringing them together and writing some code – though with kb of memory you find yourself running your code into stack space before getting much work done. Also, a nice tool called The Dot Factory that outputs windows fonts as C arrays saved me at east an hour. If you want one you can find the source on Github.
- Timelapse in the garden!
- Planning the brewery
- Training training training. Consistently 40 wpm now, but wants to reach at least 50 by tomorrow. The goal is 70 and it feels reachable. Most of the speed loss is me mentally verifying a fast sequence more often than not finding that I have performed correctly but unconsciously.
- Today’s blank. Red this time. Feels good in the hand, and fits in a jeans pocket alongside the phone. A few tweaks and it is time to transform this into a fully working version.
- Koing koing!