Monthly Archives: September 2013

Modelling with Blender

Modelling with Blender, yep. Don’t start crying already, it will be alright, we’ll go through this together!
(I dearly hope you got the sarcasm.)

So, right now I am trying to model myself a nice Trinket, I have been toying around with the idea of making myself a model of the Bastion-Crest, because I loved the game so much and I’d like to hold something of it in my hands.

Bastion Game City Crest

So I started modelling with Blender, which I decided on using/learning even though it is quite the daunting program to use, I think it is the most powerful and I can do nearly everything with it, so let’s get on with it, I’m going to try giving you all the steps I took in designing it. Let’s go then:

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Redbubble’s Shirt World

Even though it doesn’t have a lot to do with the “Maker-Movement” per se, I’d still like to talk about another quite amazing service.

Let’s take a look at the concept of shapeways.com for a second. The special thing (besides the whole 3D printing magic) is all the service around it. The company lets you upload a file and takes care of all the procurement, production, shop and logistics, which enables you to focus on the design only. Even if you do not want to sell your stuff, it is still a huge thing, because it gives you access to production techniques you wouldn’t have access to otherwise.

Shapeways does that for 3D printing, but last time we talked about the Vynil cutter and that you can create cool T-Shirts with it, so let’s take a short detour in that direction.

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The Vynil Cutter

Its Wednesday again people!

And we are continuing our weekly ritual of taking a Workshop at the local Fabrication Laboratory. This week’s attraction: The Vynil Cutter!

Happylab Vynil Cutter

It is a beauty. Kind of.

Its purpose is quickly explained, cut some foil following a Vector, a path. The reason for me even mentioning that it cuts along a Vector is for you to understand what that actually means.

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Shapeways Magic

Have you heard of Shapeways yet?

No? Well, you should most definitely change that and I will gladly help you out!

When I first heard of 3D printing I was amazed. Remember my first post? I wanted to print myself a coffe-cup and all kinds of other awesome consumer goods, and for whatever reason, I wasn’t even thinking about how hard it would be to actually print food-safe ceramics. Think about it for a second, it takes around 2000° C to manufacture ceramics!

Now that you know how impossible it seems, have some magic!

Shapeways is a service where you can upload your design and have it printed, now that in itself is nothing amazing, but the fact that you can have all of that done in an amazing array of materials is what makes it, not just special, but mind blowing.
You can check out the full list of 3D printable materials here.

The materials include stainless steel, ceramics, gold plated brass, silver, full color sandstone! You might find some other amazing ones there, either because I left some out or there are new possibilities when you are reading this.

The founders could have just ended it here, but no!

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That’s the Maker Spirit!

Today’s visit to the Fab Lab started by bumping into the group of new guys and girls taking the tour through the Lab for the first time, just as I did a couple weeks ago. I am still amazed by how many people come there and sign on every Wednesday, and how diverse they are.

Shortly after I sat down there, a guy I’ve seen a couple of times at the Fab Lab came up to my roommate and asked him what tool the workshop was on today.
Well, my roommate speaks German, but not really that kind (quite the strong local dialect), so I jumped in and told him.

He is somewhere between 40 and 50 years old and just had this “eager-to-learn” grin on his face, to be honest, he looks like an odd fellow but he is incredibly nice and motivated!
Cheesy line coming up! Watch it! “Never judge a book by its cover.” Yeah. I just did that. I’ll  have to take a shower now.

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3D Printing Workshop

I’m back in full beauty!

As I might have said at some point back in the days of this ageing blog, there is a workshop for a different device every Wednesday evening at the happylab I “belong to”.

After a 2-week workshop break because of…. to be honest, I don’t know why and I don’t really care.
Back on topic: This week, it was the 3D printers turn to shine and I am about to tell you what I got out of it.

The presentation started with a disclaimer which went something like “We just assume that you already have a 3D printable .stl-file, because explaining how to model stuff would make this presentation go way overboard.”
That’s cool. I still don’t really have a clue how to design now, but I do not think that this is going to be a huge problem with all the know-how floating freely on the Internet!

So we went right down to the technical stuff of what our cute “Dimension BST” can do. Let’s go then, shall we?

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