We built small custom boxes containing an arduino board and a relay to power the machines on and off. The user-interface and database handling has been coded in python.
Using this system we now also provide live usage-information and statistics to help our students planing their laser time.
Here a little photographic production report:
|All components are ready to be tinkered with|
|Some serious coding|
|Even more serious coding|
|The first on/off test|
|Laser-cutting the Arduino holding plates|
|Laser-cut mounting plates|
|Buddha is enlighted, everything works...|
|New entrance with custom furniture|
|The controller workstation|