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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 Skaven watchtower model, 3d printed

My 3d printed Skaven watchtower

Bit of a weekend project – a 3d printable piece of Warhammer Fantasy Battle terrain.  I keep flip-flopping on whether I like the texture – an artifact of the 3d printing process.  It’s sort of interesting; a little reminiscent of wood, but different.

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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!
Concept art from Deus Ex: Human Revolutions, for Adam Jensen's apartment (with candelabra)

Concept art for Jensen's apartment in Deux Ex: Human Revolutions - note the candelabra

I’ve been playing Deus Ex: Human Revolution, and reveling in the stealth-puzzle options available to me.  It means I spend a lot of time in one area, creeping around like the Creeping Kid, and because I’ve turned off the object highlighting and mission arrows, I need to actually look at the environments.

One environment that struck me more than many others, was Jensen’s apartment – the second the artificially intelligent door opened for me, I was drinking in the strong Bladerunner vibe.  Noir-ish lighting spills through room high, slatted windows, casting long dark shadows across the jumble and accumulated debris of Adam’s life and upheaval – it feels like a refugee from Tron was put under house arrest in a long abandoned, 18th Century Parisian flat.  In short, I liked it.

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3d printed basic buttons in black

A (Blurry) Handful of 3d Printed Buttons in Black PLA

Please forgive my terrible ‘phone-photography (my camera is on a tripod for time-lapsing my tomatoes) but if you can’t make it out – above is a handful of 3d printed black PLA buttons.  Common or garden variety – two hole, 2cm diameter – buttons.  They’re not big, and they’re not clever – but they print in under 2 minutes and they don’t melt in the tumble-dryer (I’ve tested them – 3 times).  I broke the top button on my favorite pair of combats recently, and it was a few days before my brain finally had that eureka moment!  I designed and printed a replacement, sewed it on, all in the time one morning before leaving for work.

This is not a grand story of 3d printing – it’s no breakthrough development – it’s another grain of sand on the beach.

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