Tag Archive: ABS


Kiosk 2.0 from Unfold. Notice the printer inside, the hanging prints, and the bag of all-too-familiar printing-detritus.

I had wanted to create something like this – a mobile, wheeled, 3d printing street-vendor cart!  Called Kiosk 2.0 and created by ‘Unfold Design Studio’ based out of Belgium, the Kiosk combines printer and scanner (and I’d not thought of a scanner when I was making plans) and little bags of pre-printed objects hanging from the shelter over the top.  tl;dr – The ultimate kiosk will include printer, scanner AND recycler – and we’re almost there!

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A 3d printed anglepoise lamp, from the highly derived LED Desk Lamp by CarryTheWhat on Thingiverse

A no-solder, 3d printed, miniature anglepoise lamp in black and UV.

Above, you can see my weekend project – a 3d printed, no-soldering-iron-required, LED using miniature anglepoise lamp.  I printed it on Saturday, and assembled it on Sunday – it’s fitted with 6 UV LEDs (because I couldn’t find any white at the time) and the lamp shade has a thin accent line of glow-in-the-dark plastic as a highlight.

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A 3d printed, Warhammer 40k inspired dreadnought on the left, and an official Warhammer 40k dreadnought miniature on the right

On left - BomsaiBrain's 3d printed Warhammer style miniature. On right - an official GW dreadnought mini.

Anyone who’s into 3d printing is probably aware that the PirateBay recently announced a new category on their torrent tracking site for 3d model files, ostensibly for 3d printing, called Physibles.  Man do I have a lot to say about that.

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Blurry photograph of my emergency cufflinks on my shirt cuffs.

Emergency cufflinks doing sterling duty holding my cuffs closed.

This morning, I had a bit of a wardrobe catastrophe.  Nothing dramatic like a snapped thong or an impossible hairstyle – no, I couldn’t find my cufflinks.  Anyone who knows me knows I am both messy and forgetful – so it was only a matter of time.

So what did I do?  I designed and printed a new pair before I left for work this morning.

Truly, I live in the future.

Image of a glowing blue brain, exploding with shimmering beams

Unfortunately, not a photograph of my brain. Any free MRI’s gratefully accepted!

My mind is nearly overwhelmed by the sheer number of ideas bopping around in it – I’ll write them down here as a sort of pressure release valve:

Piezoelectric Energy Generation

Facinating stuff, inspired by fields of waving grasses in the wind.  The sort of thing going around in my head is like this video of the beautiful, silky, wind-waveforms in crop fields.  I only discovered today that wood is piezoelectric!  As well as silk, bone, and other natural materials.  Imagine breeding grasses for piezoelectric generation!  From what I can see, they’ve not figured out why such natural materials would evolve to be piezoelectric generators, but the suspect it’s being used somewhere.  My ideas are also inspired by hair/fur – each follicle connected to a nerve sending signals.  I’ve got a piezoelectric element in the post, on the way here, to do experiments with.

Raising Silkworms

(See previous post on colored silk).  I’m not sure how the piezoelectric nature of silk works, but artificial silk doesn’t exhibit the same characteristics – we’ve not figured out that bit yet 🙂

3d Printing Stuff

Improving the design of my attempts at 3d printable vertical turbine blade elements.  I’ve dabbled with this, but improvements can be made!  Also, some new 3d printed containers for all the multitudes of game pieces that come with Mansions of Madness.  So many little cardboard bits!  Oh!  And I also want to try a new version of the 3d printed spherical chocolate mold I was trying.  I ate the (one and only) complete sphere I made today – I’l assembled it into a Cadbury’s style creme egg planet, with blue icing seas and green gel continents.  I didn’t realize that the gel wouldn’t harden, so I only managed Asia, Africa and Europe.  Australasia and the Americas were on the other side of the ball – sorry guys.

Assorted Shenanigans

  • Designing a new coat – there’s an Etsy shop that will custom make a coat, and I’m having a go of that.
  • Getting a new Lilypad Arduino and some LEDs to potentially create some glowing appliqués.
  • I’ve got Pokemon Black to play, and just received Okamiden through the post.
  • Alpha Centauri is still whispering its planet-dream at me from the corner of the room too.

And that’s just today – a Wednesday.  By the weekend, I’ll probably have more on the go!

I have a Thing-O-Matic!!

Or rather, I have a pile of the parts of a Thing-O-Matic.  My slightly delayed Christmas present this year (and by rights should be my present for the next few years, it’s worth more than just one year’s Christmas) was a Thing-O-Matic – one of the leading horses in the home 3d printer race.  A weird half-way house between Star Trek replicator and inkjet printer, once I finally manage to assemble all the pieces, I will be like Mickey in the Sorcerers Apprentice – able to set it printing 3d models of buckets and brooms, endlessly repeating as long as it has a steady stream of ABS plastic to spew out.

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