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Forum: Altair 8800 12-18-2007, 12:38 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 13,896
Posted By mardy
My bad. I generated the IGES file in 2D instead...

My bad. I generated the IGES file in 2D instead of 3D. I verified the updated file with another CAD program and it seems to work now. As for the DXF file, there is definitely a problem with my CAD...
Forum: Altair 8800 12-15-2007, 02:05 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 13,896
Posted By mardy
Unfortunately I think that machining the mold is...

Unfortunately I think that machining the mold is still the hard part. But then, having never done one before, I could be wrong.

I drew this with a simple Mac CAD package called TurboCAD. They...
Forum: Altair 8800 12-15-2007, 12:26 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 13,896
Posted By mardy
Here is a replica design that I put together. ...

Here is a replica design that I put together. The DXF and IGES files for the design can be found at the following URL:

http://web.mac.com/mardy/iWeb/Altair/CardGuide.dxf...
Forum: Altair 8800 12-13-2007, 06:21 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 6,951
Posted By mardy
Looking for information on original power supply

Does anyone have any information on the transformers which were used in the original Altair 8800 power supply? I'm trying to get my hands on either an original set or a modern replacement.

Thanks!
Forum: Altair 8800 12-13-2007, 02:43 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 13,896
Posted By mardy
I'm in the process of creating a 3-D mechanical...

I'm in the process of creating a 3-D mechanical drawing of the original card guide. When it is completed, I will post the DXF file.

Anybody out there have the resources to make a mold?

-Mardy
Forum: Altair 8800 12-13-2007, 02:58 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 13,896
Posted By mardy
Here are a couple of pictures of what the card...

Here are a couple of pictures of what the card guide looks like.
Forum: Altair 8800 12-11-2007, 03:38 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 7,794
Posted By mardy
Well, I unpacked the kit last night. One simple...

Well, I unpacked the kit last night. One simple word describes the experience, amazing. It was like stepping back in time. For those of you who saw the add on eBay, it did not do it justice. Most...
Forum: Altair 8800 12-09-2007, 03:17 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 6,596
Posted By mardy
So other than lucking out and getting ones hands...

So other than lucking out and getting ones hands on a completely working genuine Altair floppy drive peripheral, what is the second best option?
Forum: Altair 8800 12-08-2007, 02:07 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 7,663
Posted By mardy
This might be a good candidate for BitTorrent P2P...

This might be a good candidate for BitTorrent P2P file sharing. I know most people immediately think of P2P in the context of people sharing illegal copies of music, but it is becoming a very...
Forum: Altair 8800 12-08-2007, 03:48 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 7,794
Posted By mardy
Is it better to build or to preserve?

Strange question, let me explain. I was recently fortunate enough ( My wife says crazy enough. ) to get my hands on an original Altair 8800 kit completely unassembled. It is just as it was 31 years...
Forum: Altair 8800 12-08-2007, 02:57 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 9,948
Posted By mardy
I'm really on the fence about building the kit. ...

I'm really on the fence about building the kit. On one hand, don't build it and it's a perfectly preserved piece of computing history. On the other hand, build it and it's a perfectly preserved...
Forum: Altair 8800 12-08-2007, 12:56 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 9,948
Posted By mardy
Actually the $6801.00 kit. More money than I've...

Actually the $6801.00 kit. More money than I've ever spent on a computer before and it doesn't even come with a useless copy of Microsoft Windows!

Of course I'm still hoping to get my hands on...
Forum: Altair 8800 12-07-2007, 10:51 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 9,948
Posted By mardy
In that case, I will seriously look into trying...

In that case, I will seriously look into trying to reproduce some. I have some original ones in the kit I just purchased. I'll first try to make an impression mold. If that doesn't work, I'll have...
Forum: Altair 8800 12-07-2007, 06:15 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 9,948
Posted By mardy
The board looks awesome! Has anyone ever...

The board looks awesome!

Has anyone ever found a source for the card edge guides?

I have been toying with the idea of trying to produce some by hand using a rubber mold and Urethane casting...
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