I’ve had the good luck to know many people from Xerox PARC and through that network I ended up talking with an ex-PARC, Alan Kay, about an upcoming museum exhibit focused on the first WIMP computer, the Xerox Alto.
He enjoyed one of my 1:6 scale Memex and is now funding the creation of 6 full scale Alto replicas. There are a bunch of people involved with the software but my part is making the physical objects.
Anyway, yesterday I had my first dry fit of roughly printed test parts with the laser cut and bent metal frame parts.
This display case print is the first multi-day test of my new heated enclosure for the CR-10s5 so the bottom few inches show layer adhesion problems. But, it’s now pretty well dialed in and seems to handle cold nights. I can still use this print to improve my finishing techniques.
I’m using a 1mm nozzle so there will be filler and a lot of sanding.
Any news about the Alto replica? I’m very interested into this project as an Smalltalker and passionate about the Xerox PARC history. Do you have the models, sketches, software or some kind of related stuff published somewhere?
Hi Luque and Welcome to the Forum. @trevorflowers has been sharing more of his awesome Alto PARC replica journey over on his Mastodon account. You can browse though his feed for a lot more build updates.
He didn’t tag all his PARC posts with hashtags but the hashtag #OnTheBench will get you a lot of them.