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Pencil Case Triangle by Sotenck

Living Hinges

Living Hinges aren’t just for CNC work, they can be 3d printed as well. Stereolithography files of models designed with hinges have popped up on various online printing communities. Recently, I entered Instructables’ Lamps and Lighting contest with a project called Hinge Shade Empty Filament Spool Lamp. It features hinge pattern one from another Instructables … Continue reading Living Hinges

Photo credit: Mary

Free Software & Slicers for Desktop FFF* Printers

*Fused filament fabrication Modeling Software Slicers Combination Slicer & Printer Management Blender Cura 3D Builder OctoPrint BRL-CAD KISSlicer IceSL Printrun FreeCAD Repetier Host Idea Maker Klipper/fluidd OpenSCAD Slic3r Meshmixer Klipper/Mainsail Tinkercad PrusaSlicer Wings 3D MatterControl

Spool House

Sometimes, you end up doing something you didn’t know you had an interest in doing and you become obsessed with it. Such is my now near addiction to empty filament spools. I’m not at the point where I want to buy filament just to print models for empty spools, but I feel myself drawing close. … Continue reading Spool House

Sage Advice for Makers Wanting to Start a 3D Printing Business

Michael, of YouTube channel Teaching Tech, posted a video yesterday that is chock full of advice for Makers who desire income from Desktop Additive Manufacturing (AM). In the video, Michael interviews Maker Myles, the proprietor of a successful, unnamed, auto parts business. When asked about the secret to his success (10:37), Maker Myles utters words … Continue reading Sage Advice for Makers Wanting to Start a 3D Printing Business

Cura’s Triangles Infill

Just in case you missed news about Cura’s triangles infill, the photos above and below are examples printed with Push Plastic’s Translucent Green. Both examples were printed with one perimeter, 30 % infill, and 0.2 layer height. I have tried using Cura’s gyroid infill without perimeters, hoping to get results similar to Stefan of CNC … Continue reading Cura’s Triangles Infill

Orbelisk

Orbelisk is another design emanating from the raft created when I printed a table bracket. It was inspired by a glass object I saw in a home decor magazine I read while sitting in a doctor’s waiting room. To obtain size variations, I simply scaled the model in Cura slicing software. It was printed with … Continue reading Orbelisk

Umbrella Stand

I thought of designing this Umbrella Stand Divider while trying to think of an attractive and convenient place to store my compact umbrella until it dried. There is enough space for putting a sopping wet purse or bag should that become necessary as well. I really appreciated having this during the last summer and fall … Continue reading Umbrella Stand

Contemporary Lamp

The inspiration for this lamp emerged from the raft generated during printing of table brackets. I know it’s odd, but that’s what happened. When I peeled the raft from the print I thought it looked like a double-sided spade. It reminded me of home decor I saw in a magazine while waiting in a doctor’s … Continue reading Contemporary Lamp

Chair Design Series, Part 2

In this part, I will be making adjustments to the chair following recommendations from a Wood Magazine article, Must Have Measurements For Comfortable Seating; Pallozorodcarlocom; and measurements from sitting in chairs. The adjustments I make will be specific for me. If you are following along, alter dimensions for your personal comfort. Must Have Measurements for … Continue reading Chair Design Series, Part 2

3D Printed Parts to the Rescue!

This cabinet marks my first attempt at building a cabinet with pine wood. I made many mistakes; however, I was determined to complete the cabinet. With a little imagination, I put wood pieces together with dowels and 3D printed parts to make an attractive piece of furniture for my bathroom.

3DBenchy & Me

I have seen photographs of Benchys for years and I did not understand why so many people printed one. It was not until I found a benchmark tool created by Kickstarter and Autodesk last month that I bothered to find an answer. I did not realize that it is an actual bench-marking tool. After owning … Continue reading 3DBenchy & Me

Digital Craftsperson

“…we’re getting to a point where people understand that 3D printing doesn’t exist for the sake of 3D printing. It’s a tool that unleashes creativity. It’s an instrument that enables all of us to become digital craftsmen.” Avi Reichental (cited by Davies, Leaders of the New School…, March 29, 2019: TCT MAG) 3D printing has … Continue reading Digital Craftsperson