swampcholla5 karma2020-03-23 00:50:07 UTC
Would a design form the 50's-70's - something simple without membrane switches, transducers displays, and processors work? Might be faster to source parts and build without extensive safety certs (no software for instance).
I imagine we used to get along without all the bells and whistles but perhaps they were not as precise or required more attention for skilled staff.
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swampcholla1 karma2020-03-23 04:34:50 UTC
it's been my experience that new equipment doesn't do the basic functions better, but that they are easier to use and require less skill to operate, and are self-testing/self-calibrating.
It would be significantly easier to design and build a completely manual machine rather than one that requires certification of a life-safe software system
If older ones are still out there (in a museum perhaps) especially with documentation, they could be easily reverse-engineered.
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