The installation of my fuel cell heating required a bi-directional power meter. Bonn Netz, my local power network provider, uses meters of type EasyMeter Q3M which have two infrared interfaces: A bidirectional D0 interface, and a read-only info interface. I use the info interface (INFO-DSS) to read out power consumption and production of the three phases. For this, I built an optical interface, a 3D printed housing for it, and use the UART of a Raspberry Pi with python to get the values.
When I built my media center, it went into a simple black box: Boooring! Since we watch a lot of Dr. Who on funk.net, when a Raspberry Foundation blog post on 3D printed cases featured a Tardis housing, it felt just right to have one. The 3D files are available on Thingiverse, and so I put the files into the 3D printing services of the usual supects – to be shocked by the resulting prices: More than 100 € for this thing? It nearly made me buy a 3D printer, but luckily I found out about 3Dhubs, where many many […]