Archive for April, 2013

Prototyping A Camera Mount

Prototyping A Camera Mount

3D printing makes it incredibly easy to crank out new parts on a whim. For example, I’m about to make the trek to California for RoboGames and want to use a Contour ROAM2 HD action camera to capture some of the action – especially ComBots with the massive steel robots trying to inflict mortal damage [...]

Support Material Overview Video

Support Material Overview Video

jds232323 uploaded a very helpful series of Youtube videos covering different approaches to support material. He compares the results from different slicers/printers ‘Afinia up!, Cura, Simplify 3d, Makergear M2) and talks about manual generation of support material as well. Related links: Support material – YouTube, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=43AwHi5YK08, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dgv_ggFvE0I

Building a Reprap Printer

Building a Reprap Printer

Nico3ck posted an excellent photo journal in the forum showing all the steps in building a Tantillus 3D Reprap printer. You can really get a feel for what’s involved, the number of pieces, and how it all goes together. Related links: Nico’s Build

3Doodler 3D Printing Pen Featured on CNN (Video)

3Doodler 3D Printing Pen Featured on CNN (Video)

I usually have CNN muted on the TV in my office while I work, and glance up to see what’s going on in the world from time to time. But, I didn’t expect to see the 3Doodler printing pen featured. WDAM.COM – TV 7 – News, Weather and Sports Thanks to their recent success with [...]

Filastruder Cheap filament for 3D printing

Filastruder Cheap filament for 3D printing

    There’s a new Kickstarter project named “Filastruder” for a cheap ABS filament extruder that’s practical for a hobbyist to use. It claims to reduce ABS filament costs dramactically. Related links: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/833191773/filastruder-a-robust-inexpensive-filament-extruder

Using LockBlocks to print Pif Paf with Turn

Using LockBlocks to print Pif Paf with Turn

This 3D printing video was interesting: This video demonstrates a typical use of my Lockblock connectors which are free to download from http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:27695. I wanted to make a copy of Gregory Benedetti’s Pif Paf with Turn puzzle – http://puzzlewillbeplayed.com/553/PifPaf/Turn/ – but the four identical pieces are sufficiently complex that they would normally need support material [...]

RepRap – The Viral 3d Printer

RepRap – The Viral 3d Printer

This 3D printing video was interesting: I traveled to Elkhart Indiana to get more information on the opensource 3d printing movement called RepRap. I interviewed core developers and users of the technology, as well as kids who are growing up with the technology. On top of the people who allowed me to film and interview [...]

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