The First Cut
2012-01-16 - This weekend at the eth0 winter event, we hooked up the [laos laser] controller board to the lasercutter and were able to cut our first tests. It went smoothly, and we are now installing the cutter in the space and working to extend the software to meet our needs.
The lasercutter is initially funded by two of our not-entirely-broke members but in the meantime HXX Foundation and several more members have chipped in as well. The lacercutter will be available to members and non-members alike for a small hourly fee to get the lenders their money (at least partly) back. The cutter needs a few final adjustments, but thanks to the [Laos laser] project it is already very easy to send your design to the cutter through a CUPS driver.
With acquiring the cutter, we can now implement a new currency: trollcoins. Small troll-face shaped coins will represent a value that is slightly proportional to the cost of making one such coin. The idea is that it will become ever cheaper to make these coins, resulting in hyper-deflation. We have heard this is essential for modern currency systems.