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.
Much work remains but it’s fun to directly see the overall shape of something from the early 70s that I’ve only ever seen behind glass or in photos.
I remember these units well …guess that dates me!
Thanks for showing this! I’d love to keep seeing pictures as this comes together.
My wife’s Aunt oversaw one of the first Xerox Alto setups in the federal government — awesome technology — really wish we could get back to that sort of consistency and innovation.
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.