3D Printing for T-Pain

Ruth and I are working on one of the Thinklab’s welcoming gifts for the new UMW president Troy Paino: a symbol of Mary Washington, printed right here on our own 3D printers. Our class collectively decided that we should print the UMW logo, along with (hopefully) an eagle perched on top. First, we downloaded a vector […]

Ruth and I are working on one of the Thinklab’s welcoming gifts for the new UMW president Troy Paino: a symbol of Mary Washington, printed right here on our own 3D printers. Our class collectively decided that we should print the UMW logo, along with (hopefully) an eagle perched on top. First, we downloaded a vector of the logo available on the UMW website and converted it to an svg format so it could be imported into Tinkercad. Our original plan involved printing the letters as-is, and we had hoped to import the file and then edit each letter individually once it was in Tinkercad. Unfortunately, we learned that once an item has been imported, it’s impossible to break the shape apart. For the time being we decided to use the logo as a hole in another shape, and came up with this design: umwbox Continue reading "3D Printing for T-Pain"

Tiny House: Design

For my next print, I decided I wanted to design and print something I made myself in some kind of design software. Since I’m pretty new to this, I thought Tinkercad would be the best choice for me. My goals were to build something that required many different sized shapes, but was mostly geometric, and to […]

For my next print, I decided I wanted to design and print something I made myself in some kind of design software. Since I’m pretty new to this, I thought Tinkercad would be the best choice for me. My goals were to build something that required many different sized shapes, but was mostly geometric, and to learn how to actually use the software, so I decided to recreate my house! Not to scale, unfortunately, but just a rough design of it from memory. I spent my unexpected Tuesday snow day working on the project.

I started off with the bigger pieces, just making the main body of the house and the roof. Then I moved on to making the porch and the steps and ended up with this:

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The next big obstacle was the railings. I increased the grid snap to help keep all of the tinier pieces on the railing at about the same size. I started by making one short piece of railing that contained 4 posts and the top railing. I grouped all of these pieces together and aggregated them together to make longer railings. I added some columns and the front/side doors and ended up here:

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I still needed to add windows and added those in. Then came the most difficult part: the back porch. This was where my lack of real measurements and pictures really showed (looks maybe 60% accurate compared to the real thing):

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And here’s the final result! Feels like home amirite??

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I left out any details beyond structural parts of the house, both because I thought it would be really time consuming and could possibly be destroyed in the 3D printing process. Plus, this is only my first time using Tinkercad. I didn’t want to try too much.

From this project, I think I learned A LOT from Tinkercad, and it’s definitely more versatile than I thought it was. I feel completely prepared to create some other projects with it (and maybe improve this one). This replica is far from perfect but I’m glad I stuck with the “make something even if it sucks” rule — this was definitely worth making.

Next, I’d like to prepare this for printing and add any needed support. I’m really hoping that the thin details on the railings will pull through, but I might have to create a pretty big print for them to work. We’ll see!!

When Your Original Design Fails…Make Something Easier to Start With.

Eventually, I’m going to make this beautiful 3D printed Ghost… But not today. Today my dream of making a DinkleBot were diminished to this… So instead of leaving myself sorely dis-appointed I created a easier design that will be given to … Continued

Eventually, I’m going to make this beautiful 3D printed Ghost…

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But not today. Today my dream of making a DinkleBot were diminished to this…

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So instead of leaving myself sorely dis-appointed I created a easier design that will be given to my wife since she is awesome and I love her real real bad.

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This was a lot of fun and really exposed me to the free world of 3D design and not so free world of 3D printing. One of those will run you at least $1000 not to mention the filament coils that you’ll need… and how many times you’re going to mess up or at least I messed up.

 

To complete the Ghost I will have to go back into the design and build in or, the depending on the program I use, the program will put in supports that can later be cut out of final product. I will go more into detail about the Ghost building in later posts. The Ghost itself consists of roughly 14 separate pieces and I was running into trouble with some of the smaller pieces. This will truly be fun and I look forward to documenting the process along with other thing there.

Beckoning Cat pt. 2

Today’s the day!! I put the Lucky Cat model into the Dremel 3D Idea Builder and scaled it down a bit so I wouldn’t have to think about support (and so it would take less time — I didn’t feel like waiting any more than an hour). I loaded it onto the SD card and […]

Today’s the day!! I put the Lucky Cat model into the Dremel 3D Idea Builder and scaled it down a bit so I wouldn’t have to think about support (and so it would take less time — I didn’t feel like waiting any more than an hour).

I loaded it onto the SD card and printed it with a white filament. I’d never 3D printed anything myself before so I LOVED watching it print. Here’s the figure while it was printing.

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And here’s the cute little finished Lucky Cat!! Yay!

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I might try to smooth out some of the edges (like that pointy ear) and then, if I don’t get too attached to the plain color, I want to try painting it.

Beckoning Cat pt. 1

For our first assignment in the class, we’re picking out something on Thingiverse and 3D printing it! I decided that I wanted to print something pretty simple; I love the engineering projects on Thingiverse, but I wanted to make sure I had experience 3D printing something before I moved onto more complicated or detailed projects. […]

For our first assignment in the class, we’re picking out something on Thingiverse and 3D printing it! I decided that I wanted to print something pretty simple; I love the engineering projects on Thingiverse, but I wanted to make sure I had experience 3D printing something before I moved onto more complicated or detailed projects.

So I decided I would print this maneki neko! Or lucky/beckoning cat in English. It’s cute, all in one piece, and doesn’t have any thin/intricate pieces. Perfect for first-time printing (I think? I guess I wouldn’t know).

I’ve downloaded the file and next Tuesday I’ll be learning how to get it ready for printing (and printing it!).