If I had the time I’d sit kneeling in front of my 3D printer at all times watching it print. It’s like a grown up version of Sesame Street’s trip to the crayon factory. Unfortunately I don’t have that kind of time. I did however find a work around with a spare laptop and Skype (and with New Years parties kicking off shortly, you just might find this handy).
Continue reading “Monitoring your 3D Printer with Skype”
Back in April I was contacted by someone at the Science Museum looking to collect prints for a 3D printing exhibit. I packaged up some early WALLY prototypes, mailed them off, and waited for an update (checking the museum site every so often so I wouldn’t miss the unveiling)… At some point I stopped checking, as it turns out the exhibit opened in early October and looks really awesome!
“3D: printing the future” will run until sometime in summer 2014 and includes some really cool examples of 3D printing. It looks like they have a good mix of scientific, medical, commercial, and artistic prints.
Included in the exhibit are two prototypes (pictured above) and a finished electrical plate. They illustrate the development process of my model and are a pretty good example of how 3D printing allows for inexpensive gradual iterations.
I haven’t been able to get to the exhibit personally but I was able to get some additional shots from the museum that I’ve included below. If you’re able to get out and see this exhibit take some photos for me! I’d love to see more of it.
I’ve decided to put together a series of posts covering topics that I either:
- Find myself rewriting every time someone asks me about them.
- Would like to read but no one has written yet.
- Have seen mentioned but not as well visually documented as I would like.
So here’s my first post on applying Kapton tape. I found this recommendation on the Makerbot Operators Google Group about a year ago and it has really changed the way I get my printer set up.
Continue reading “3D Printing School: Kapton Tape Application”
As you may have noticed from reading my blog I’m a bit of a Disney fan. Especially when it comes to Disney parks. I’m love the way they mix innovative engineering with spectacular story telling, the fact that they’re able to blend the two seamlessly has always impressed me, and has inspired my own DIY projects. This summer I decided to push my own 3D modeling skills, and you guessed it, I picked one of my favorite Walt Disney World ride vehicles as my subject.
I decided to model the Tomorrowland Transite Authority (TTA) ride vehicle, sometimes also called the “People Mover”. The majority of my 3D modeling is “purpose driven”, if I have something to repair or a part missing around the house I model a replacement. While I’ve gotten pretty handy at modeling functional parts I thought it was time to try something a bit more creative, a bit less practical, and a bit more fun.
Continue reading “Paging Mr. Morrow. Mr. Tom Morrow.”
Being a maker is often a solitary hobby (which is often a good thing, but it can get lonely), so any time I have the chance to work with other people, I get excited. Recently I was approached by visual artist and designer Silvia Heisel asking for assistance creating a customizable monogrammed iPhone case.
It was a lot of fun to taking someone else’s concept and finding a way to make it into a customizable and reliably repeatable product. I got to work a lot with typography, Inkscape, and OpenSCAD on this project, the first two I haven’t had much of a reason to work with up until now (I love when a project presents itself that lets me expand on my skill sets).
The files are all available on Thingiverse to download and print if you have your own printer here: Monogrammed iPhone 4, 4S, and 5 Case. For the best fit and finish I recommend printing this case with PLA and Makerware’s medium setting.
Don’t have a printer (or just want to have us print it for you)? These cases are also available for purchase at http://sylviaheisel.com.
3D printed monogrammed iPhone cases are fun from sylvia heisel on Vimeo.