38 articles Articles posted in 3D Printing

Solar Powered 3D Printer!

I met Bert Green, the owner/operator of SolarMill, at the Carytown Watermelon Festival last year. SolarMill uses solar power to create cutting boards and other cool wooden products. Using the solar array on the roof, we powered one of my 3D printers (an UP! Mini) and made a fridge magnet in the shape of Virginia! Bert… Continue Reading →

Playing the theme from Jurassic Park on a 3D Printer

Hold on to your butts! Inspired by the old printer that played the E1M1 music from my favorite video game Doom, I decided to see how difficult it would be to get my 3D printer to do the same thing with the theme from Jurassic Park. (Spoiler alert: It wasn’t easy) I found a MIDI… Continue Reading →

3D Printed Silver Jewelry from Pinshape Printing Contest

In December, I won a 3D printing contest sponsored by Pinshape (twitter). I made (and played) a 3D printed recorder, and tweeted my way to victory. I received $135 to spend at their store, so I got some stuff I couldn’t make with my printers. I found a ring that is printed out of Sterling Silver and I thought… Continue Reading →

Left Shark

Left Shark: The true hero of Superbowl XLIX. Also, it represents the *extremely small* overlap of my affinity for Katy Perry and my hobby of 3D printing. Sorry, I know I’m an awful painter. The teeth are pretty crooked, but I don’t know if I could make them better without a stencil. This 3D model was… Continue Reading →

Making a Low-Poly Model for 3D Printing using Blender

Considering the recent popularity of low-poly 3D models, I was surprised no one had written a tutorial on how to make one. I’ll try to make it simple, but feel free to contact me with any questions! I’m still pretty slow with Blender, but here’s my best shot! STEP 1: Import your model into Blender… Continue Reading →

Fixing a Jammed/Clogged Makerbot Replicator Smart Extruder (teardown)

HEADS UP: THIS WILL VOID YOUR WARRANTY SO HARD If you’ve ever experienced a filament jam, you know how frustrating they can be. If you haven’t, you just haven’t been printing long enough! The Makerbot Smart Extruder was built to attempt and put an end to filament jams, and it has many interesting and unique… Continue Reading →

Building a Star Trek: Voyager Kazon Ship and Lighted Display Stand

  Building a model from a parts kit can be a rewarding experience, albeit a challenging and occasionally horrifyingly frustrating one. Having finished watching Star Trek: Voyager not too long ago, I was super stoked when I saw a Kazon Raider ship at Stories Comics, and decided to try my hand at model building. The… Continue Reading →

Silver Spring Maker Faire – September, 2014

Whoops! Looks like I forgot to write about this one! The Silver Spring Maker Faire was produced by the Kid Museum, which is a hands-on museum that has a strong emphasis on DIY learning. My kind of place! There was a museum like this in Sarasota, Florida, but chronic mismanagement and a greedy city government put an… Continue Reading →

An Introduction to New Media Art with John Lichtenstein

“What is new media art?” Generally speaking, ‘New Media Art‘ is a catch-all description for modern art forms that do not fit conventional definitions. This usually goes hand-in-hand with digital art and animation, as digital manipulation and generation have become simultaneously easier for the end user as well as more diverse in potential applications. I’ve made no… Continue Reading →

Making a 3D Printed Chocolate Mold, Pt. 1

This was a colossal failure learning experience (thanks Cyndi!), so expect a lot of failures before you get to eat some chocolate! Making a mold with a 3D printer isn’t a new idea, but to celebrate the holiday season, I figured it would be fun to make some edible chocolate replicas of my face with… Continue Reading →