Hi, I’m Alexander Rössler, aka the “Machine Koder” and co-founder of the Machinekit open source project.

I created this page to share my work and ideas dedicated to coding and building of machine tools and 3D printers.

I’m truly passionate about software and engineering and started coding and publishing applications in 2007.
To deepen my knowledge about computer systems I studied electronic engineering and embedded systems from 2011 to 2016. Although I did not learn to program at University, it expanded my skillset from desktop and mobile front-end applications to embedded software and electronic engineering. This broad software engineering knowledge enables me to design systems from low level embedded control up to fancy user interfaces and front-ends.

You can also find me on Google+, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and at GitHub as machinekoder.

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  1. Hello Alexander and greetings from Canada !

    I am subscribed to your blog in MachineKoder and try to read it each time you make a new posting. I say “try” because I am a complete noob with Linux, LinuxCNC, Machinekit, etc. but am slowly trying to educate myself as it looks super interesting and something I would very much like to participate in – if even only as a new enthusiastic user of the technology that you and others have developed.

    A bit about myself. I am a retired electronics engineer and spent most of my career developing small PIC based microcontroller devices for industry. I always had an interest in CNC but never had the opportunity to get involved with it. The LinuxCNC project and some forums have given me countless hours of interesting reading and then I came across Machinekit and your blog and “signed up” for them too !

    I recently purchased a Beaglebone Black and have been working my way though a couple of online Linux courses as a starting point, but at some point I will install Machinekit on the board and even if it’s not connected to anything I can test run it and I am sure I will have issues to resolve and more to learn even for that simple task. Of course my ultimate goal is to build a CNC machine of some type. I am also helping with the local Makerspace and they can benefit from Machinekit as well, so I hope to eventually help them with my new found knowledge.

    Anyway, I just wanted to send you a note thanking you for all your great work on this project and I look forward to working with Machinekit and Machinetalk etc. in the not too distant future !

    All the best from Canada,
    Lewis Cobb

    PS – Do you mind if I ask you a few questions from time to time regarding Machinekit etc. ? I don’t want to bother you with a lot of silly noob questions, but sometimes a quick answer might help me get over a “mental block” I might be having. 🙂

    1. Hi Lewis,

      Thank you for reaching out. People like you are what encourages us as open source developers to do what we do.

      There is always a lot to learn in an open source project be it as a user, developer, or regular visitor of the mailing list. If you want to learn about CNC and especially how to drive a CNC machine, Machinekit is a great project to start with. With the BeagleBobe Black, you have already made good platform choice since it is relatively easy to work with and at the same time excellent for low latency tasks.

      If you have any questions feel free to contact me via email or any other medium you find me on. There is no such thing as a silly question.

      Your Machine Koder (Alexander)

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