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The FIBIAC — a 3D-Printed Electromechanical Computer

Soulskill posted more than 2 years ago | from the don't-teach-them-how-to-breed dept.

Hardware Hacking 42

Brietech writes "'Behold the FIBIAC! It's loud! It computes! It uses actual punch cards!' The FIBIAC is a simple, stepper-motor based, (mostly) 3D-printed electromechanical computer. The program is stored on a loop of paper punch-cards, and the machine uses three, 3-digit electromechanical counters for storage (which could be expanded to support more complicated programs) Watch a video of it computing the Fibonacci sequence, or jump on Thingiverse and build your own."

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42 comments

Hew hew (-1, Offtopic)

TheBootyClean (2637877) | more than 2 years ago | (#39982329)

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Re:Hew hew (0, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39982435)

MyCleanPC? FuckOff.

Re:Hew hew (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39982875)

Yeah, it's a sad state of affairs when the authors of protection trojans think Slashdot is the way to spread their warez.

Re:Hew hew (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39982965)

ten bucks says its our old friend the goatman but i aint clickin that shit, holmes

Re:Hew hew (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39984581)

nope.avi
mycleanpc is real, its shitty, and its spammed on radio and television as well as all over the internet :(

Re:Hew hew (1)

jcr (53032) | more than 2 years ago | (#39982897)

The post above raises an interesting question: should spammers die in a fire, or is that too good for them?

Discuss.

-jcr

Re:Hew hew (1)

macraig (621737) | more than 2 years ago | (#39983145)

How about printing every single instance of the spam on 24-pound bond paper and then make the spammer eat it? We could be generous and make the rate of consumption, say, one page every minute? Do we pre-shred it for him or make him fully masticate it? He'll have an entire minute to chew and swallow, after all.

Re:Hew hew (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39984005)

Meh, why let him chew the page? If the spammer is to ingest it, shove it straight up his arse into his intestines.

Re:Hew hew (1)

macraig (621737) | more than 2 years ago | (#39984427)

Nope, that's digest mode!

bro (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39982477)

i have hella smelly farts today

Wow, imagine a Beowulf cluster of these! (5, Funny)

jfdavis668 (1414919) | more than 2 years ago | (#39982483)

and how many cards that would take.

Re:Wow, imagine a Beowulf cluster of these! (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39982551)

But does it run Linux?

Re:Wow, imagine a Beowulf cluster of these! (2, Funny)

lister king of smeg (2481612) | more than 2 years ago | (#39982751)

maybe if you wrote a emulator for that 8 bit risc processor that emulated the arm running linux (http://linux.slashdot.org/story/12/04/02/191203/gnulinux-running-on-an-8-bit-processor). but if that was slow this would be monstrously so but it would be the ultimate geek cred

Build your own? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39982561)

Sure, build your own. All you need is a 3D printer (required quality unknown), a laser cutter (no problem, I have two in the garage; snerk), CNC mill (also have a couple of these laying around), and who knows what else.

Simple, real simple.</sarcasm>

Re:Build your own? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39982677)

What counts here is uncritical hype for 3D printers. Bre Pettis already has a cold, slimy hard-on going and the Slash editors need to suck it off!

Re:Build your own? (3, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39982729)

To be fair, it doesn't actually make use of a CNC mill (and the 3D printer in the video is clearly a Makerbot Thing-o-matic).

Re:Build your own? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39984925)

He used a CNC to cut the copper clad board.

Re:Build your own? (1)

JohnBailey (1092697) | more than 2 years ago | (#39982991)

Sure, build your own. All you need is a 3D printer (required quality unknown), a laser cutter (no problem, I have two in the garage; snerk), CNC mill (also have a couple of these laying around), and who knows what else.

Simple, real simple.

Wow... So building stuff requires tools.. Who knew..

Re:Build your own? (1)

thephydes (727739) | more than 2 years ago | (#39983857)

You just don't get it do you? Of course he needs tools, you tool. Just as you need tools to find that porn so that you can play with your tool - which you are obviously better at than appreciating what someone else has done.

Video is kind of disappointing (1)

gman003 (1693318) | more than 2 years ago | (#39982605)

This thing is cool and all, don't get me wrong, but the video was a bit of a letdown. Very quiet (when the blog states one goal was "Have lots of moving parts (preferably loud ones)", and not a very good show of how it actually works. It didn't even use 2/3rds of the "digits" - the video stops after reaching 8, so only the first digit of each register was used.

Imagine... (-1, Redundant)

machine321 (458769) | more than 2 years ago | (#39982645)

... a beowulf cluster of these.

Re:Imagine... (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39982721)

Imagine two Beowulf clusters of these, running in parallel.

Re:Imagine... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39982871)

Imagine two hand-cranked beowolf clusters of these, running in parallel.

Does this mean... (1)

TimothyDavis (1124707) | more than 2 years ago | (#39983069)

Does this mean that we are close to the diamond age?

Boy, that Hertz (1)

macraig (621737) | more than 2 years ago | (#39983107)

So how many gigaHertz is that CPU? What's its TDP? If I water-cool it can I overclock it?

Re:Boy, that Hertz (1)

BKX (5066) | more than 2 years ago | (#39983201)

it's .000000001 GHz. TDP is something low. No.

Re:Boy, that Hertz (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39983221)

TDP is actually probably pretty high - It's using at least 4 stepper motors and an incandescent lamp as an alert signal!

Self-replication (3, Interesting)

raptor_87 (881471) | more than 2 years ago | (#39983159)

Is the computer sufficient to run a 3D printer?

Re:Self-replication (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39983677)

you'd be better of with $0.50 microcontroller

Re:Self-replication (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39986083)

It would be hilariously slow, but you could certainly wire a plotter or similar output to it. With three 'virtual counters' for the x,y,z axis', you could have a 1000x1000x1000 volume you could arbitrarily position something in. Just wire an additional card reader pin to turn on the 'output', whatever that may be (lowering a pen or turning on an extruder).

a loop of paper punch-cards (2)

Artifex (18308) | more than 2 years ago | (#39983933)

...why not punch tape?

I still have some from when I was a little boy and my parents brought home their used mylar gold/metallic green tape, and we made Christmas tree chains.

Re:a loop of paper punch-cards (1)

jfdavis668 (1414919) | more than 2 years ago | (#39985909)

Are you trying to make an actual Turing Machine?

Gnnnn (1)

Helen Keller (842669) | more than 2 years ago | (#39983941)

Behold the FIBIAC! It's loud!

??? ...

Cute, but... (2)

Kergan (780543) | more than 2 years ago | (#39984011)

Will it blend?

Re:Cute, but... (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39984191)

I assure you, it will blend. Don't breathe this!

Re:Cute, but... (1)

Yvan256 (722131) | more than 2 years ago | (#39994531)

Not sure it will blend, but at least it will shred [kickstarter.com] .

Steampunk (1)

Intrepid imaginaut (1970940) | more than 2 years ago | (#39984781)

This is badly crying out to be a brass and mahogany Steampunk project.

But can it replicate itself? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39984969)

The real test will be when it can be programmed to create an improved version of itself. To self-replicate/pro-create. It will then be time to "Be afraid, be very very afraid"...

Credibility (1)

mbstone (457308) | more than 2 years ago | (#39985499)

Who is going to believe the output of a machine named FIBIAC?

Re:Credibility (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39988211)

It's made of 3d-printed leg bones, who wouldn't believe it?

One step closer (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39986371)

to a 3d printer that will print a 3d printer.

Matrix? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39995175)

Replication

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