So, I think it’s safe to say, I have a 3d printing ‘problem’. I love 3d printing – dodgy prints and wonky extrusions and all – and if I’m not printing something, I feel that I’m wasting valuable print-time!
I’ve got a handful of 3d printing projects on the go at the moment
- A passive coin sorter – darn you, US 1¢ coin vs. 10¢, with your 1mm difference in diameter!
- A hairbrush with replaceable bristles, and interchangable handles – for different firmness and length of bristles, and different, customized ergonomic handles.
- Updates to my glowstick candelabra – collaborating with a smart gent to make a version that can be wired for LED use.
- Trying out the maglite candlestick that someone else on Thingiverse designed
…And new stuff every day. I’ll wake up too early, lie in bed trying to sleep, and then BAM – new idea for a 3d printed thing will hit me. Then, it’s only a matter of time before I sneak over to the laptop and start modelling it.
So what comes along to make my addiction worse? MakerBot TV – a new web video series that looks at developments at MakerBot (the creators of my Thingomatic), gives advice on the use of ReplicatorG (the tool I use for 3d printing) and then features some of the objects at Thingiverse (where I upload all my designs and avidly watch other designs being uploaded).
There’s no saving me, it would appear. Another 2 year obsession has hit, and hit hard. My last one was Steampunk, a few years ago, and I’ve been experiencing the calm before the storm, waiting for the next one to hit. Well, this is it!