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3D printing timelapse

- October 2, 2016

Found this old video I made a few years ago. Still pretty neat. The printer is a giant self built Delta, which has since been deconstructed and turned into a laser cutter.


Sculpting in VR

- September 7, 2016

My wife sells 3D printed sterling silver jewelry (Nün&Noot). She currently uses a combination of clay and digital sculpting tools to design her very organic pieces. We recently had the opportunity to try sculpting on VR, using the Vive and Kodon, which was the only VR sculpting app I could find. Kodon has a lot …
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Laser Engraving Timelapse

- May 30, 2016

Picture: Video:   The end result. The one on the left was done with the laser slightly out of focus.


Building a laser engraver, Part 4

- May 23, 2016

I added two cooling fans, and properly focused the laser unit. The major remaining tasks are building an enclosure and figuring out a software tool chain. I suspect the latter will be the hardest part of this project. Here is a laser cutting torture test, full power at 1000 mm/s. Feel free to jump to the end of …
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An overview of the 3D printer Kickstaters – Part 1 – The Disasters

- May 20, 2016

  A list of 3D printer kickstaters that were successfully funded and what happened to them afterwards. Complete Disaster RigidBot 2013 ,  $335 RigidBot raised over $1,000,000 on Kickstater back in 2013. The design seemed solid but that wasn’t enough. Some backers got their printers but reported poor performance and a slew of technical problems. On September 2015 the …
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Building a laser engraver, Part 3

- May 19, 2016

After a run of bad luck with L-Cheapo units (kudos to their excellent and responsive support) I decided to get a much more expensive JTech Photonics unit. I bought the 2.8W laser, due to the smaller dot size (0.18mm) compared to the 3.5W, and the price difference. The JTech unit is superbly built, their documentation is excellent and …
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WaxCast by MakerJuice, first results

- May 9, 2016

I’ve recently started a small jewelry business with my wife (NunAndNoot), she is the designer and I’m the technician. Our biggest struggle is to reduce the cost of making our items, and to do so I need to be able to 3D print the items at home and cast directly from the prints. Enter, WaxCast …
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Free & paid 3D modeling tools, for 3D printing

- May 7, 2016

Which CAD should I use? I’ve been asked this question so many times I decided to make a blog post about it. Free CAD tools TinkerCAD.com – If you absolutely have no experience with 3D modeling or design, this should be your first stop. They have a slew of fully interactive tutorials that guide you every …
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