Darren Vandervort, founder of the Open Capitalist open source product development platform, has joined us on the Open Source Induction Furnace (OSIF) project. We are using Open+Pario for project development. He volunteered to become project leader for the induction furnace controller subproject – where the controller is one of the components of a modular, scalable, induction furnace design. You can view the deployment proposal on the furnace prototype, further details on the controller, and other documents under the Documents section. We are at the phase of design discussion prior to the build, so join us for technical developments at the Open+Pario project management site. For our initial work, we are basing initial discussion around a working application – an induction oven – documented by ST Electronics. Please join the development team at Open+Pario if you have electronics experience – especially if you know about power electronics.
Regarding other modules on the OSIF – we are still negotiating with the Donbass State University induction furnace research group regarding further design work, primarily regarding the furnace chamber and induction coil details. We are considering a visit to their research labs after the Free Society (FSCONS) summit. The on-site visit would allow us to (1), engage in rapid learning on the state of the art; (2), complete the furnace chamber design; and (3), begin the build process.