3D-Printed Laptop Operates By Hand-Turned Crank
The Turbo Entabulator, a mechanical computer, shows the possibilities of new fabrication technologies.
Pretty soon, Apple will be out of business and everyone will be 3D printing their own laptops at home. Ok, this may be an exaggeration. But Chris Fenton’s use of 3D printing technology to create a rudimentary computer, The Turbo Entabulator (basically a calculator), looks to be a step in that direction.
Fenton’s computer can read punch cards by using a set of registers that can be increased or decreased until one of them reaches zero, capable of calculating the Fibonacci sequence, and the machine itself is powered by hand-crank. Fenton’s pitch for his product, whose plans are available on Thingiverse, says it all: