LUV Main August Meeting: 3D Printing and Linux Houses

Aug 5 2014 19:00
Aug 5 2014 21:00

The Buzzard Lecture Theatre. Evan Burge Building, Trinity College, Melbourne University Main Campus, Parkville.


Richard Keech "Linux for monitoring and control in a sustainable house"
Bernard Meade "Recent Developments in 3 Printing"


This talk will describe how the use of Linux with One-Wire bus sensors and controls can provide the smarts for an energy-efficient home. This will look at:

* Hardware for monitoring of temperature, the use of water, and the use and generation of energy;
* Wireless interfacing to smart meters;
* One-Wire bus and how it interfaces to Linux;
* How to switch devices using One-Wire bus;
* Controlling data collection;
* Choice of Linux platform (Raspberry Pi vs others);
* Future work;
* An overview of how energy and water use have each been reduced by 3/4.

Richard completed a Masters of Environment at University of Melbourne in 2011. Richard's primary area of interest is energy technology and it's role in society's response climate change. Richard also has a Masters Degree (by research) in Digital Systems from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (1990).

Richard works as a consultant to the Alternative Technology Association helping clients make best use of renewable energy and energy efficiency, and as a Systems Engineer for Solem Consulting analysing thermal system performances (like solar hot water systems). He has also worked for Beyond Zero Emissions, Red Hat as a senior consultant, and Cybersource as a senior consultant.

Recent Development in 3D Printing

3D printing, also known as additive manufacturing, has started to influence a wide variety of research activities. Traditional areas such as Engineering and Architecture have greatly benefited from the new range of inexpensive yet
highly capable machines, while areas such as Medicine and the Arts have just begun to recognize the potential impact. This is a truly disruptive technology that not only promises amazing things, it is already starting to deliver. This talk will be about how 3D printing is being used at the University of Melbourne, how it is changing research and teaching, and how it will change our lives in the next few years. It will also report on the recent "Inside 3D Printing" conference.

Bernard Meade works at the University of Melbourne with the ITS Research team. In his role as Innovation and Outreach officer, he investigates emerging technologies and promotes them to the research community. He runs the Digital Fabrication service along with the University Digitisation Centre, which now offers several 3d printers and scanners to the University community.

The Buzzard Lecture Theatre, Evan Burge Building, Trinity College Main Campus Parkville Melways Map: 2B C5

Notes: Trinity College's Main Campus is located off Royal Parade. The Evan Burge Building is located near the Tennis Courts. See our Map of Trinity College. Additional maps of Trinity and the surrounding area (including its relation to the city) can be found at

Parking can be found along or near Royal Parade, Grattan Street, Swanston Street and College Crescent. Parking within Trinity College is unfortunately only available to staff.

For those coming via Public Transport, the number 19 tram (North Coburg - City) passes by the main entrance of Trinity College (Get off at Morrah St, Stop 12). This tram departs from the Elizabeth Street tram terminus (Flinders Street end) and goes past Melbourne Central Timetables can be found on-line at:

Before and/or after each meeting those who are interested are welcome to join other members for dinner. We are open to suggestions for a good place to eat near our venue. Maria's on Peel Street in North Melbourne is currently the most popular place to eat after meetings.

LUV would like to acknowledge Red Hat for their help in obtaining the Buzzard Lecture Theatre venue and VPAC for hosting, and BENK Open Systems for their financial support of the Beginners Workshops

Linux Users of Victoria Inc., is an incorporated association, registration number A0040056C.


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Attending this week-end

I have a HP 6730b Laptop with various versions of Mandriva Linux and Mageina Linux (and Win7).

I have been unable to connect to internet via my 3G USB Dongle since day 1. My ISP set up a system of using the Network Center then running a script to get me connected, and I've been connecting this way since at least 2009, but I'd be interested in seeing if someone can get me up and running, on MG4 hopefully, so will be dropping in to VPAC on Saturday afternoon, 3p.m.'ish.

I hope there will be someone there that can help me out!!


Re: Attending this week-end - by Daniel Mercovich

Opps!! :-(

I'm attending another function in Melbourne this week-end (Mythbusters @ Jeff's Shed from 2:00 to 4:00p.m.), so will be at VPAC about 11:00a.m.

I've read here about a Beginners Lecture on MythTV happening on Saturday as well. Is this at same location??


Can anyone attend

Hi. The talks sound really interesting. This would be the first lecture/meetup with LUV. Is it free? Can I just rock up?


Re: Can anyone attend - by visitor

Yes, it's a free lecture - and anyone can just turn up.

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