Archive for July, 2011


Six 3d printed TARDISes iterations

Versions 01 to 06, in my TARDIS printing iteration

I’m still having fun with the best toy in the world – my 3d printer!  This week, I decided to try to make a tiny, light up, TARDIS model – ideally to fit on one of my hair clips.  At the moment, the LEDs are too big, so the model above is approx 5cm tall – way too big for a hair clip.

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Fremen from Arrakis, and the movie Dune, in their stillsuits

Fremen from Arrakis, shown in the movie Dune, wearing their stillsuits

Recently my mind has turned to the problem of excessive humidity – not because I’m suffering from it currently, but because I was curious as to how an algae-based CO2 scrubber could be used without having to live in a near 100% humidity environment!  This was, apparently, one of the issues with the algae biocoil in the Biosub project.  In the end, I blew through a tube and got dizzy – here’s why.

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XKCD's 3d printing comic

XKCD addresses the inevitible future of 3d printing.

I admit, I wondered if people would start hacking into the networks of 3d-printing-enabled homes/businesses, and start printing things without permission.  The only thing that made me realize this future is unlikely, is that people haven’t been wardriving past 2d printers and sneaking documents and images to get printed out.  Probably because even the owners of 2d printers can’t get them working, 80% of the time!

XKCD comic, here.

A selection of 5 printed hair clips - forest green, royal blue, sunflower yellow, black, and striped red and blue

A Selection of 3d Printed Hair Clips - Green, Black, Blue, Yellow and Striped

In 2007 I read a novella by Bruce Sterling called Kiosk.  The main character, Borislav, is a humble, limping man from a cold, Eastern European country who owns a street kiosk selling 3d printed tchotchkes.  A young girl called Jovanica is a regular customer – returning day after day with her pocket-money to buy 3d printed barrettes, hair clips and scrunchies – she’s the trend setter of the area.  She picks out the coolest hair toys and leads the next hair toy craze – with Borislav’s kiosk being the only supplier.

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