Monthly Archives: November 2011

Ordering PCBs at WEdirekt

WEdirekt is sponsoring the manufacturing of the first batch of PCBs, which is a real great help for us. Thank YOU !!!

The following Video documents the process of ordering PCBs on WEdirekt’s Online-Shop:

(Local-) Community support for machining the housing

Yesterday I went to meet Johann, who jumped in to help in getting the mechanical work done for the OggStreamer-housing. He is a sympathic helpful guy, working as a school teacher in a mechanical Workshop and therefore has access to the needed tools. We first meet at the Open Technology Labratory, when I was organizing an Arduino-Workshop.

For my person i am not very fimilar with the possible processes of producing all those holes needed for the connectors, buttons, knobs, LEDs, etc… My first guess was Laser-Cutting (maybe because we are experimenting with 3D-Printers latley, and Laser-Cutting is also well discussed in this scene). I still don’t know if it is possible – but Alu, due to its matieral properities needs quite a high performance laser to do the cutting … But after the talk yesterday i noticed that there are other options too. Well, for the round holes drilling is the obvious way. But what to do with all those squares? I didn’t know till now but one way is CNC Punching. (Youtube Video).

Thank you Johann for supporting this Project.

Mechanics (almost) finished

The mechanics are almost finished – the only thing missing is the design of the lightguide for VU-,OnAir- and Power-LED.

You can download the Sketchup-File from Sourceforge here

500g of pure transparent PLA

The friendly people from the German Reprap Foundation (short: grrf) – contributed half a kilo of tranparent PLA, which is a plastic material made out of starchy plants. We are going to use this PLA Filment on our Prusa Mendel 3D Printer in the OTELO (the Open Technology Labaratory), to produce the light guides of the VU-Meter, On-Air and PowerLED for the OggStreamer.

Thank you Jan & Florian @

Videointroduction of PCBs

Short introduction to the PCBs of the OggStreamer, which just got completed a couple of hours ago 🙂

PCB-Design Files published!

Today we have published the design files for the OggStreamer – which you can find on sourceforge:

The design was done with PCAD 2006 – so you might need a viewer to have a look at the files. The Viewer can be downloaded here.

We used PCAD 2006, because it was the only feasible option for us to use at time we started the project. But we would be very happy if somebody could translate this Files to an OpenSource EDA-Tool like KiCad or gEDA

New Supporter: Barix

Yes. We’ve got another supporter and for this one I am especially enchanted. The name of the company is Barix, and they are specialized in producing audio-streaming devices. Their quality streaming solutions – like for example the Instreamer 100 is used by a number of radiostation I know personally. So if you need a streaming solution with an out-of-the-box experience they are an excellent option.

And they agreed to the following: They are willing to sponsor one OggStreamer to the OpenHardware-Community. So basically they are paying for one device that we can give away for free to a commited developer or to a free radiostation. And by buying this unit they further support the production of the first batch of devices. 🙂 How cool is that?