This is a list of small, free, or experimental tools that might be useful in building your game / website / interactive project. Although I’ve included ‘standards’, this list has a focus on artful tools and toys that are as fun to use as they are functional.
The goal of this list is to enable making entirely outside of closed production ecosystems or walled software gardens.
Binary Viewer is a tool for binary file discovery using visualizations that may highlight patterns.
A web-based, drag-and-drop 3D design tool.
A realtime strategy game in which you compete in a virtual space with others to build the biggest, most robust network you can while attempting to compromise or crash the networks of rival system admins. It sounds a little like Starcraft meets Neuromancer with a healthy dose of the movie Hackers thrown in for fun. Runs on Windows as well as Linux.
A graphical application that makes it easier to generate and render in high resolution 3d fractals. Includes many of the classic fractal systems (like Mandelbrot, the Julia set, the Menger sponge, and IFS). All of the supported fractal systems can be hybridized and combined with one another. 64-bit safe. Makes full use of multiple CPUs for rendering. Also supports common graphical functions, like fog rendering, geometric primitives, ambient occlusion, reflection, keyframing, and more.
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RepRap is an open-source (hardware, software, and documentation) desktop fabrication system which lets you construct arbitrary objects (or parts for assembling more complex systems). It's unique in that you can construct one yourself for about $400us, and it is fully capable of making duplicates of itself.
An open source DIY robotics/rapid prototyping kit much like an Erector set. Lots of standardized pre-milled bars, rods, connectors, and components. Build your own plotter, CNC machine, RepRap, scanner table, or what have you. Capable of three axes of linear motion. Comes with all the electronics you need, including an Arduino, stepper motors, and a motor driver board.
An open source object scanner that exports the data such that it can be replicated on a 3d printer.
The Shapeoko is an open source CNC that you can either buy as a kit or build yourself for about $300us. Work up your design on a laptop using open source CAD software, clamp feedstock on the bed, and it'll produce what you designed. Because it's open source it's not limited to wood - it could be adapted to just about any material that you can cut or grind could be. Chances are, someone's already done it and posted the docs.
Everything is also kept in a respository on Github: https://github.com/shapeoko/shapeoko
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