RAGE: Richmond Area Gear Expo – April, 2015

The Richmond Area Gear Expo (RAGE!) was an eclectic mix of luthiers, guitar pedal makers, and talented musicians. I had a table with some noise instruments (Von Braun VIII and X, reporting for duty) and my ring mod guitar. I was invited by Natalie Quick, who works at Fan Guitar and Ukulele, a great store… Continue Reading →

3D Printing a Truss Rod Cover for a Rickenbacker 4001 Bass Guitar Copy

This Rickenbacker copy was one of the first instruments I ever owned! This bass was a gift from my father and, like any curious child, I immediately took a chisel to it to route out room for a pickup and performed all kinds of terrible modifications to it. I believe it’s a 1974 Greco, model… Continue Reading →

Come to Quark’s: The Mug!

    Easily one of the best scenes of all of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. Immediately after I saw this, I knew I had to build a mug that sang a little jingle *every* *single* *time* I used it. The Radioshack store near my was closing down, so I snapped up a little sound… Continue Reading →

Mad Max: Fury Road – 3D Printed Max’s Mask

Man, I am so stoked for this movie. Road Warrior was a game-changer for me, and it’s still one of my favorite movies. Chris and I made the mask seen in the trailer, and I had a lot of fun taking pictures of it! We made it on our Makerbot Replicator 3D Printer; it took about 11… Continue Reading →

Putting a Ring Modulator Guitar Pedal Inside a Guitar

  Having trouble finding an enclosure for your new pedal? Why not just put it inside your guitar?  This guitar has a 567 Tone Decoder IC circuit inside it that acts as a Ring Modulator with an adjustable carrier wave.   The schematic can be found at the awesome Beavis Audio Research site or right here!… Continue Reading →

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 →

Spain: Jammin’ Java, Vienna, VA – February 2015

  Seeing slow-core master Josh Haden’s band Spain has always been a goal, but a goal that I was fairly resigned to leaving unfulfilled. One day before their show at Jammin’ Java, I happened to check Twitter and saw that they would be performing just over two hours north of me! I had to go!… Continue Reading →