I'm not a complete noob, as I was once employed as a manager for a large 3D printer company; however, I'm not an engineer... My quest is to find those interested in developing a powder based open source 3D printer.
I understand (at least I think I do) that Octoprint is a GCode generating system and that a powder printer would (likely) require developing one or more new plugins. An OctoPi controlled powder printer might be possible? There are all sorts of hurdles of course - print head, binder, et cetera - but I'd be very interested in getting such a project off the ground.
I'm aware of the open source powders and binders, of course. And the research that has been done previously in open source powder printers. Octoprint seems like such a vibrant and supportive community, I thought I'd start here.
Any thoughts (besides "impossible" and "you're insane")?
Oh, by the end of the summer, I should have at least one, and maybe two, zcorp z310's on the East Coast of the US that could be used for research and development.