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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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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!
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.