About 5 months ago I sent an out-of-the-blue email to RocketScream electronics asking if they wanted to help me build an open source PID controller. It’s been far more challenging than I expected, but today I get to announce the release of my first open source hardware project: the osPID!
(pause for applause)
The goal was to make an open equivalent to the PID controllers you can currently buy. To do this we combined the Arduino, my PID library, some open-source auto-tune code, and RocketScream’s Reflow Oven Controller Shield.
In some areas we fell short: The case, for example, isn’t nema rated. If this thing becomes popular however, there’s no reason we couldn’t fix that.
In some areas we hit our mark: form factor, interchangable I/O cards, Autotune, onboard user interface.
…And in some cases we hit out of the park: It has a java trending/configuration Application, and it costs… wait for it… $85.
I’m really proud of the work we’ve done, and there’s more to come. Let me leave you with some videos I created to help introduce this release.
For more information check out the (slightly rough) website we’ve created at osPID.com/blog.