It was a Festivus Miracle! I created a Festivus pole for the holiday season and presented it as a gift to a relative. Check it out:
Festivus pole complete with the Human Fund
3D assembly of the Festivus Pole
Festivus Pole Endcap
Festivus Pole Base
Festivus stand and cap printed on Prusa i3 MK2, 0.2 mm layer height, 20% infill with clear PLA material. Requires the purchase of a “6061 T6 Seamless Aluminum Round Straight Tubing, 16 Gauge, 1′ Length, 1″ OD, 0.065″ Wall Thickness” pole. This can be found online or at metal shops.
Download the Festivus Pole and Cap off of Thingiverse and have a Happy Festivus.
I’ve printed my share of things using my 3D printers and sometimes they work out and sometimes they don’t. The toughest ones are the ones that take a long time to print then go wrong in some way. A while back I was printing the T-Rex Skull from Thingiverse and the part separated from the build plate on hour 11 of a 13 hour print:
T-Rex Skull missing snout side view
T-Rex Skull missing snout on the side
T-Rex Skull missing snout front view
T-Rex Skull missing snout front view alternate
This T-Rex Skull printed on Prusa i3 MK2, design scaled up 200%, 0.2 mm layer height, 20% infill, clear PLA material. The print was going well until the snout. The firmware on the Prusa at the time was an older version, I could hear the extruder scrape across the model after each infill layer but I didn’t give it much thought until it separated from the build place. Luckily I was home and stopped the print soon after it went wrong. To resolve the issue, I updated the Prusa firmware and started the print again and issue was resolved:
T-Rex 3D Print side by side. Failed print below, successful print above.
T-Rex Skill 3D print in Black. I got the light just right to make it glow.
T-Rex Skull Profile
T-Rex Skull Profile snout detail
3D print the accompanying T-Rex Jaw and here they are:
T-Rex Skull and Jaw
T-Rex Jaw Details
T-Rex Skull and Jaw combined
T-Rex Skull and Jaw alternate
T-Rex jaw printed on Prusa i3 MK2, design scaled up 200%, 0.2 mm layer height, 20% infill, black PLA material. Build time ~13 hours. The material is quite reflective and it has a smooth feel to the touch. I might add that the lighting looks great in some of these pictures.
I’ve done lots of work in 3D printing over the years and I found I needed something on my desk to hold SD cards, paperclips or other miscellaneous needed items that I have to have handy and need to put in one convenient place.
Behold! Paperclip Caddies!
Each model took ~4 hours to extrude with my Prusa MK2, layer height of 0.2mm, infill 20%, no rafts or supports. Printed with clear PLA material.
I’ve shared the designs on Thingiverse: https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2054964
Feel free to download, 3d print and enjoy!
I designed all three models using Autodesk Inventor. All of them are in essence the same design. The three bin model is the base for the entire design, to generate the two and one bin models in Autodesk Inventor the user only needs to delete the extra features.
Its that time of year again. Another fresh build straight off the VM machine. Check it:
AOSP Lollipop 5.1.1 screengrab
Here is a project I’ve been working on for a while. It is a RGB LED Controller and Node. Here is a short demo of the finished product:
This was a challenging project to put together. The goal of this product is to adjust the color of a RGB LED remotely using a controller. As you can see from the video I believe I’ve succeeded. This is the first video in a series. I will go through the software, hardware and enclosure aspects of this product in addition I will discuss what went right and what went wrong and future plans. I hope you will watch and enjoy the videos.